On Sunday Miguel, Amelia, Lidia, Katy and I spent the afternoon in the kitchen. I have always loved to bake, and I am thoroughly convinced that there is no better bonding experience than enjoying delicious food together. Therefore the decision to make cake balls with these kids was an easy one to make. Cake balls have become a fairly popular phenomenon in the United States, but no one here had ever heard of them before. The best translation I could find for these tasty little treats was “pelotitas de pastel.” I showed the kids a picture of the finished project to convince them that it was a good idea. Luckily it did not take too much convincing.
Mixing together the oil, eggs, water and cake mix went smoothly. Except for having to translate the directions on the back of the box to English, I might as well have been in my own kitchen at home. However, our baking skills were truly put to the test when we had to cook the cakes in an oven that only has one temperature – hot. Amazingly enough we managed to pull the cakes out before the smell of burnt cake filled the whole house, and we only had to pick off a few black edges. It was a miracle!
Once the cakes were done I told the kids to break apart the cake into a bowl. I truly wish I had a picture of their faces at this moment. Every one of them (as well as Blanca the cook) was looking at me like I was crazy. They could not understand why we would break apart a perfectly good-looking cake. In my broken Spanish, I tried to assure them that the finished product would be worth it.
We had a great time breaking, mixing, rolling and dipping the pelotitas de pastel. The hardest part for the kids was all of the waiting that was required as we let the mixture firm up in the freezer. Thankfully, though, we had enough leftover icing and chocolate chips to get us through that long break. There were plenty of cake balls to go around, so we shared with everyone at dinner on Sunday night. We had a lot of fun and, as always, I loved getting to spend a bit of quality time with the older kids!