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Back in the day, when I was about this tall, my parents had this deep freezer they kept in the back room, and my sister and I were not allowed to touch it. They said something about getting electrocuted. Or falling inside and getting stuck. I know they were just trying to keep us away from all the goodies that were in there.

My mom would make cakes, cookies, ice creams, and all other types of desserts, but she would quickly store them away in the deep freezer. In turn, my sister and I would wait until  our parents left the house so we could go in there and see what we could pick at without our mom noticing that something was missing. We would usually take things like truffles, or cookies, because taking a cake would mean either eating all of it and hoping that they don’t notice, or eat a slice or two and take the punishment.

Then my sister and I would sit down on the couch, nibble on the cookies, and flip through our mom’s cookbooks. I remember this one cookbook in particular; it was orange, about 6 inches thick, and on the front it read “Кувар”, that is, Cookbook. Flipping through those pages, eating cake, and talking about recipes was one of our favorite pass times. I was about 9 years old and she was 6. While every other girl that age talked about dolls or playing house, my sister and I talked about growing up and making cakes.

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I recently went through a lot of those old recipes and found pages after pages of just round cake bites. Not Cake Pops. Cake Bites. 1980’s lingo? My mom has over a hundred of these recipes. I remember she used to make a lot of them with ground tea biscuits, some nuts, maybe some honey, bit of orange juice, and she would just roll them in some powdered sugar or cocoa powder, and that was it.

As I was going through all her recipes, I found one that resembled German Chocolate Cake in bite-size form; coconut flakes, cream, chocolate, nuts… I took  note of it and quickly started to work on it. I could not wait to assemble these bites and eat them.

But assembling them would take some time. The mixture has to cool completely, then, after shaping the mixture into balls, you have to wait for them to set in the fridge. At that point I thought why didn’t I read through the directions before starting! I saw the ingredients, loved them, and well, didn’t even care to see the rest of the instructions.  Oh, and then you have to wait for the chocolate to set.

BUT, once you bite into these, you will be so glad you made them. My husband sure was. He ate half the batch before they were completely ready. As soon as I dipped them in the chocolate, he took them from my hands, and to his belly they went.

I have to admit that I kind of had a bit of a challenge with the dipping. You can tell in the photos. You see, chocolate is a bit of a diva. Because the cake mixture is buttery and sticky, the chocolate wants to slide around the cake. In order for me to get the chocolate to behave I poured in a bit of cream to thin out the chocolate, whisked it, and it worked. I didn’t mean to make a ganache, but I had to in order to get the chocolate to stay put. It did. And it was even better than just melted chocolate morsels. So, you’re going to dip these in ganache. Hope you don’t mind.  You shouldn’t. Ganache is way better.

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German Chocolate Cake Bites
 
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Serves: Makes 20 to 26 Cake Bites
Ingredients
For the Cake Bites
  • 1 small bag (6 ounces) sweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups ground graham crackers
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter
For the Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the coconut flakes, powdered sugar, ground graham crackers, and chopped pecans. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Pour the heavy whipping cream and the butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium-low heat until butter melts, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and pour the coconut mixture into the cream mixture.
  4. Mix well and set aside to completely cool.
  5. Shape the coconut mixture into small, round bites and set on wax paper.
  6. When finished shaping, put the cake bites into the fridge to set. About 1 hour.
  7. Prepare the chocolate ganache.
  8. Place the chopped chocolate morsels into a medium bowl.
  9. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil.
  10. When the cream has come to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
  11. Allow the ganache to cool slightly.
  12. Take out the cake bites and begin dipping them into the chocolate ganache.
  13. Set on wax paper to set. About 1 to 2 hours.
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  1. karen April 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    My sister has made these for 20+ years for Christmas only and we call them Gopher Balls…love us some gopher balls

  2. Dona S February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    these are exactly what I have been searching for. I know my palate will be very pleased when I’m done with this recipe, thanks 1,000,000,000!!!!7

  3. Patty McMahon October 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    I about pee’d when I read “I was a bit high”. THAT was great! I really didn’t expect it it and it was very refreshing with all the I’m so sweet and perfect women out there. i want to push them in the mud. It reminded me of the the high school days. Thank you for that.
    I am a newbie to you- the recipe pulled me in, your refreshing wit makes me stay!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    I love these cake bites, what a delicious idea! I can see why your husband devoured them so quickly!

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM - Reply

    I hate dipping chocolate – mine never turns out pretty! Love the story of you and your sister, great memories!

  6. Catalina @ Cake with Love October 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM - Reply

    I love german chocolate, so many flavors and textures together! And it bite size it is even better :)

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes October 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM - Reply

    These chocolate bites look so adorable and delectable.

  8. Terra October 11, 2012 at 7:40 AM - Reply

    I love that BOTH you and your sister enjoyed reading the lovely recipe books. It is funny that they stored so many sweet treats away from you both, but bonus to being sneaky……I was always sneaky growing up too:-) Your bites do seriously sound fantastic, I am not a huge fan of cake pops, so love this idea soooooo much better! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  9. Leonie October 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM - Reply

    These bites look adoable. As I am from germany I do not really understand why they’re called German chocolate cake bites but nevertheless: They look amazing and the recipe sounds formidable! :-)

  10. Rachel @ Bakerita October 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM - Reply

    These look and sound so delicious! Ganache dipped german chocolate cake…there is nothing wrong with that.

  11. mjskit October 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    I remember little cake bites and I definitely know about German Chocolate Cake! I love German Chocolate and these little cake bites look wonderful! How fun to have found the recipe in your collection.

  12. baker street October 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM - Reply

    i remember cake bites too! expect my mom never baked anything for us! I can imagine raiding the freezer would have been so much fun! your pictures are amazing and I bet these were super delicious with that chocolate glaze on.

  13. cakewhiz October 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    since i love german cake, i am bound to fall in love with this mini version!
    beautiful pictures too :)

  14. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM - Reply

    I love your little chocolate cake bites! Would definitely try this recipe.

  15. Erica October 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    WOW! Those look delicious! Whenever I make a cake that turns out either ugly or just “meh”, I smash it with the frosting and roll it into “cake balls.” I keep a bunch of the little truffles in my freezer to whip out whenever company comes over!

  16. Ashley October 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Sounds good! I couldn’t eat just one ;)

  17. Chris October 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    Those look delicious. I can’t understand, thoug, why never have tried a German chocolate cake, although I am living there already a long long time.

  18. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    I love cake bites in general! Now these look scrumptious!

  19. Lora @cakeduchess October 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    I remember cake bites very well. beautiful photos and these look so good, Kate!xx

  20. PolaM October 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    Those morsels look amazing! They’d be perfect to nibble on! I would totally steal them from the fridge!

  21. I think the chocolate looks amazing the way it’s swirled around the bites. This is a treat that Hubby would devour as well. He loves German chocolate cake. As always, it’s gorgeous.

  22. Ramona October 10, 2012 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    Mmmm… I was really intrigued by the name and now I love the idea of this recipe because of the ingredients. I can do this one. :) Looks great.

  23. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 10, 2012 at 6:05 AM - Reply

    I think I lost my previous comment. It happens a lot lately
    Anyhow, I was saying I can imagine you and your sister sneaking after your Mom trying to get some treats from the deep freezer :)
    I love German chocolate cake and these delicious balls would disappear very quickly around me

  24. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 10, 2012 at 6:01 AM - Reply

    I can see you and your sister sneaking after your Mom to get some cookies out of the deep freezer :)
    German chocolate cake is one of my favorite cakes and I know these balls would have no chance of lasting too long around me. MMM

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