When you think of Disney’s Frozen, what characters come to mind? Anna and Elsa? Kristoff and Sven? Olaf?
Yeah, sure, they’re great. But are they scene stealers? Fine, Olaf is a scene stealer and hilarious. You know who else is hilarious? The love experts themselves: trolls!
In anticipation of Frozen 2 releasing, I was inspired to make something as sweet as the trolls themselves (and, yes, it gave me a chance to experiment with a few new tricks). Not cupcakes, though, because there are a ton of Frozen cupcakes out there. For this DIY dessert, I needed something round and rolling like the trolls. Something like… cake balls, NOM.
There are multiple recipes for cake balls, but the easiest is this one by Epicurious for Basic Cake Balls, which uses just boxed cake mix and canned frosting.
You’ll want to get these supplies:
- Boxed cake mix
- Canned frosting
- Mini brownies, aka brownie bites
- Wilton candy eyes
- Wilton edible color spray in silver gray
- Wilton green icing writer
- Wilton black icing writer
NOTE: All of the ingredients were found at my local grocery store, H-E-B, but you can also find some of the harder-to-source Wilton items at stores like Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s.
Follow the instructions from Epicurious by baking the cake and crumbling it into a bowl.
Mix the cake crumbs and ¾ of the frosting together until you get a texture that’s almost like wet sand. Don’t throw away the leftover frosting, as you’ll use it for “glue” later.
Roll the mix into round balls about an inch and a half wide. Then, either refrigerate for several hours or freeze for 15 minutes. You want them chilled but NOT frozen.
While the balls are chilling, get out your brownie bites and cut them into fourths.
Mold each brownie bite bit (say that fast) into the shape of an ear. (That’s right: you can mold small amounts of brownie into different shapes! Just don’t overdo the molding or they’ll start to dry out and crumble apart.) Keep going until you have enough ears for all your cake balls or two ears per ball.
Next mold more brownie bite bits (whew) into round noses. You’ll need one nose for every ball.
Using icing as your glue, attach your ears to each cake ball. If the icing isn’t strong enough to keep the ears in place, you can spear each ear with a toothpick all the way into the cake ball to hold it.
With your icing “glue,” attach the noses to your cake balls. Aren’t they CUTE?!
Cover your space to protect it from mist and then spray your cake balls with the edible color spray. Make sure you get all sides. (This spray was all-new for me, but it really did behave just like regular spray paint and gave a great coating of color. It did not have a noticeable taste, either, in case you were wondering. I will definitely be using this again.)
With your icing “glue,” attach the candy eyes to your cake balls.
Pull out your green icing writer and add some cute little sprigs of hair at the top.
Grab that black icing writer and add different mouths.
You’re done! If you have the time, you can keep decorating with colorful necklaces of sprinkles and green shirts (maybe with icing or candy melts) to add personality. I placed mine on a bed of chocolate rocks for a tasty background. In case you were wondering, our adorable Frozen 2 troll cake balls were delicious! Have fun trolling!
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