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Go Home Cupid, You’re Drunk – Fun with Rum Balls

January 18, 2016

The day after Christmas holiday decorations come down and the red, white, and pink colors of Valentine’s Day go up. As a chronically single lady, I’m just recovering from the Christmas and New Year’s Eve movies, television shows, and commercials that say: “If you are single, then you are loser.”

You know they broke up January 2nd.
My coping mechanism of course is pastries and booze. At the Punk Rock Flea Market the Drunk Slut Cherries sold out so I asked my Facebook friends what other dessert can I liquor up.

Rum balls was one suggestion. Although it’s a treat that already full of alcohol why segregate it to Christmas? So I took a simple rum ball recipe and placed the power of The Pastry Prophet.

Rum Balls Recipe: Food Network
2 cups finely ground cake crumbs from a leftover cake
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted, plus extra for rolling
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 to 4 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup dark rumWith non-latex gloves I crushed one layer of leftover vanilla cake into a bowl. Then added the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, walnuts, honey and rum. With a rubber spatula, blend until the entire mixture is moist.

In a quarter sheet pan, spread out the mixture in a 1/4″ layer wrapped in plastic wrap and set in the freezer for 2 hours until firm. Take the unused scraps and form them into 1/2″ balls. (Easily decorate them by rolling them in a mixture of 2 tablespoons powder sugar (sifted) and Dutch cocoa powder.)

rum balls

Rum balls. Most with a hint of rum. Not the dry pellets that you are used to.

When ready, I cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter*and placed it back in the freezer. While setting again, it time to melt the chocolate.

In this case I used dark chocolate, but feel free to use the chocolate that you prefer.

Working quickly, dipped the hearts into the chocolate and shake gently to remove excess chocolate. To decorate I planned to use Valentine jimmies, but decided to strip the hearts with pink Wilton candy melts.Eat, get drunk, and enjoy.

rum cake hearts

When you want cake and get a nip of rum too.

Story and photos by The Pastry Prophet

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