In my opinion, there is no place prettier than New England in the Fall. I’m just going to put that right out there.
If you have never been to New England, New Hampshire specifically, in the Fall, I suggest you put it on your list of “Places to See“.
Farms and orchards are all bustling with families gathering their bushels of apples and waiting patiently in line for their bags of cider donuts. There is simply nothing like a fresh, cider donut rolled in cinnamon sugar while it’s still hot from the fryer.
The days are clear and brisk and the air is so cold and crisp at night, you can’t wait to bundle up in that favorite cozy sweater you tucked away for the summer and zip up those knee high leather boots. This time of year, you’ve got to dress in layers. New England weather can be a bit wonky. There’s a saying here, “If you don’t like the weather…Wait a minute”.
I am one of those New Englanders that immediately switch into Fall gear as soon as Labor Day passes. Especially when it comes to cooking. It’s time for crockpots, roasts, soups and stews, freshly baked breads and of course, seasonal spiced baked goods.
Autumn spice is everywhere! Lattes, muffins, cookies, pies, donuts and stews, pasta dishes and even household items like candles and soaps.
And for good reason. It’s delicious!
It is a warm blend of spices, typically cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves and it is existentially Fall.
I tend to bake a lot more this time of year. It must be something in the air. I think it just makes the house feel more welcoming and cozy. There also seem to be a lot of get-togethers and parties with the start of the new school year. It’s also when extracurricular activities
hockey start, so things get pretty busy.
These bite-size desserts are great to bring to a party and they just taste like Fall. If Fall could have a taste that is.
They are sweet and spicy and decadent with a texture similar to a rich, velvety chocolate truffle. They are also super easy and don’t take nearly as much time as they look like they should.
I don’t usually use packaged mixes, but a boxed cake mix and a can of frosting work perfectly for this recipe, making this recipe even easier. Feel free to use your favorite cake recipe if you want, but you need to use canned frosting. This is one recipe where homemade just won’t do. Trust me on this one.
This recipe can be made with any cake/frosting combination, and this happens to be one of my favorites. It’s like a delectable piece of spice cake smothered in sweet, cream cheese frosting all wrapped up in one
yeah right bitesize, creamy morsel.
If you haven’t tried making these, you must. Whether it is with spice cake or another cake flavor, these are always a huge hit.
- 1 box Spice Cake mix, prepared in a 9x13 baking dish (any brand or favorite scratch recipe)
- 1 can Cream Cheese frosting (creamy, not whipped)
- ½ c. quick cooking oats
- 1 bag white chocolate morsels (or CandyQwik or candy melts), divided
- 1 Tablespoon shortening, divided (optional)
- Sprinkles or toppings (nuts, cookie crumbles, dragees, etc)
- Prepare cake mix as directed and let cool completely
- Once cooled, crumble cake with your hands into a large bowl snf mix with the oats
- Add the entire container of frosting and combine until it looks like paste
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (make sure yo can fit the sheet in your freezer)
- With a medium size ice cream scoop (about a Tablespoon) scoop cake mixture into balls and roll (like a meatball)
- Place in the freezer for at least an hour or until ready to dip
- In a clean, heatproof bowl, heat chocolate and shortening for 1 minute. Remove and stir and continue heating at 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy.
- Place a ball on top of a fork and using a spoon, cover with chocolate and transfer to the baking sheet and top with sprinkles.
- Let cool and enjoy!