Fast forward a few months. It's a big family dinner—my sister, aunt, cousins, boyfriend, everyone. We'd all gathered so my mom could introduce her new man to the crew. I decided to impress them with my international flair and made churros for dessert. But my mom quickly stole the show. She took one bite of a churro, started choking on the sugar, and ripped a giant fart. Her chair was wooden, so you can imagine the reverb. I'm still a little shocked that her date, Paul, ended up marrying her.
Anyways, lesson learned: I don't serve churros at parties. It's a shame, since churros have the potential to be life-changing.
But, I've recently learned, there is is a way: I was thumbing through 101 Gourmet Cake Balls by Wendy Paul last weekend—and voila! A churro cake ball recipe! They're only lightly sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar (safe for even old farts, like my mom). So, eager to reclaim the dessert, I made them for a Cinco de Mayo party. Each little truffle is packed with intense cinnamon flavor, sort of like a Taco Bell Cinnamon Twist, but better.
Churro Cake Balls
What you need
1 box yellow cake mix
¾ cup whole milk
¼ cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Vanilla candy coating
1 stick butter, room temp
3 ¾ cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp cream
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Put it all together
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine cake mix, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour into a greased 9 x 13" baking pan, and bake for 30-32 minutes.
- While it's baking, make the frosting: Beat the butter in a large bowl until it's soft and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla, and beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in cinnamon.
- Cool completely, then crumble into small pieces.
- Stir the cake crumbles into the frosting until a thick dough forms. Roll tablespoon-size portions of dough into balls, place on a baking sheet, and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Dip each dough ball into melted vanilla candy coating*, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Allow to harden completely.
*Try piercing each ball with a fondue stick for easier dipping.