Football Cake Balls

By Lori @ Life's a Bowl of Cherries:

(Disclaimer:  I realize the icing is wiggly.  I have a very unsteady hand!  Yours will look much better, I'm sure :)

After home football games different groups sponsor "5th Quarter" and feed the football players, coaches, and all of the Junior High and High School students. When our church hosted "5th Quarter" a few weeks ago, I decided to try to make Football Cake Balls". They turned out cute and the teens all seemed to enjoy them. It's hard to beat lots of chocolate!

Football Cake Balls
1 chocolate cake mix (cooked per directions on box)
1 container chocolate frosting
1 - 2 packages of chocolate flavored candy coating (could use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips...just add one tablespoon shortening when melting.)
Allow baked cake mix to cool completely. Crumble cake and pour crumbs into large mixing bowl.
 Add icing, stirring until mixed thoroughly.
Line large cookie sheets (may need 2) with waxed paper. Scoop cake mixture into balls (about 1 1/2 inch).
Shape into football shapes.  Freeze about 20 minutes, uncovered, until firm.  
To start with, break one package of chocolate coating into sections.  Melt in microwave safe bowl. (No times are given because microwaves are so different.  Mine is ancient!) Do not overcook as chocolate will get hard.  
Insert lollipop sticks into edge of football.  Dip into melted chocolate. Gently scrape of excess if needed.
Allow to dry by inserting sticks into a cooling rack like I did or insert them into a large piece of styrofoam. When dry, decorated with white icing.


Icing:

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, small amount of milk and clear vanilla, to make decorating icing.  Needs to be fairly thick (mine was a little bit thin, so harder to make laces on football).  Spoon icing into an icing bag with small round tip OR can use a disposable cellophane cone bag and cut the very tip to make a small hole to pipe icing.  Decorate as shown.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. (You don't have to, but most people like them cold :).

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