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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Pumpkin Madeline Cake Balls

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pumpkin Madeline Cake Balls



First let me start by saying I love you guys!  All the well wishes for my sick little boy mean so much.  Well he is on the mend!  This new antibiotic seemed to do the trick.  After 24 hours he was like a new kid.  Now I just think this full day has him tired.  But I will take tired and crabby over sick and not moving any day! 

Now to these delicious treats!  I have never tried a Madeline before.  I know, sometimes it is like I live under a rock. I blame my Dad!  If it wasn't chocolate, we didn't have it.  And growing up in the midwest Madelines weren't the norm.  So when the lovely people at Donsuemor contacted me to design a dessert for them, I was thrilled.  Thanks to Lizzy over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake for recommending me for the job!  A few days later, my lovely box of Madelines and French Almond Cakes arrived. I immediately set to work.  First I had to taste them, since they were new to me.  They were soft, tender, and delicious. 

School is back in session, so that means is it fall right?  Don't pay attention to the fact that it was 95 degrees in Iowa today.  I am in the mood for some fall cooking, and pumpkin is the first thing that comes to mind.  So I turned these delicious Madelines into Pumpkin Cake Balls!  They were so good!  I used the French Almond Cakes too, so there was some crunch from the almonds....so good! 

Pumpkin Madeline Cake Balls
Printable Recipe

6 Traditional Madelines
6 French Almond Cakes
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 oz butter, softened
1 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 pound white chocolate

Start by making a Cream Cheese frosting.  Blend together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until nice and creamy. 

Using your hands crumble the cakes into a bowl. Add the pumpkin, frosting, and all of the seasonings.  Stir until well blended. 

From into 1 inch balls.  Place on a lined cookie sheet, and refrigerate until hardened, approx 30 minutes. 

Melt the white chocolate in a large bowl.  One at a time dip the cake balls into the chocolate.  Put sprinkles on when the chocolate is wet, if desired.  Place on a lined tray, and refrigerate until hard.  Store in the fridge. 

Enjoy!



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55 Comments:

At August 24, 2011 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Pegasuslegend said...

this is a keeper love it!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Lolly said...

I'm really looking to pumpkin season! What a great way to kick it off.
Glad your little one is feeling better :)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

Glad to hear your son is feeling better! And let the fall flavors begin! Awesome cake balls!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Apron Appeal said...

not yet, not yet. I love fall I do, but I'm not ready for winter so I'm boycotting fall until I absolutely have to.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Oh, I just can't wait for fall because I love pumpkin everything! Do you think these would taste good with chocolate frosting? I can't do white chocolate.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Mandie said...

I can't wait to make these. I am so ready for fall and nothing says Fall like Pumpkin!!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Erin said...

@Stephanie - The center tastes very much like pumpkin pie. So I think chocolate would be good, or you could come up with a cream cheese frosting type coating as well to dip them in.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Glad he is feeling better. These pumpkin cake balls would be a hit in my house.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

This is the perfect fall treat! Mmm pumpkin:-)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Allison said...

I love pumpkin anything and bite size is my favorite way to enjoy a treat. I will be trying these.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

This is awesome! I need to keep this on the back burner for when Thanksgiving comes around because I DO NOT like pumpkin pie, but I love the taste of pumpkin :-)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 12:52 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Ohh, I love the cream cheese idea better than regular chocolate! MMMMM!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM , Anonymous Karis' Kitchen said...

Very happy to hear that your son is feeling better! Can't wait to start making pumpkin recipes, bring on fall!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 1:24 PM , OpenID sports-glutton.com said...

They look fun a delicious to me. :-)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

So cool that you made it with Madelines! I looove pumpkin treats, so cute!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM , OpenID sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

Oh yes....pumpkin season has arrived!! These look incredible! :)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Alida said...

Bring on pumpkin season! What a perfect little fall treat...cute too!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

I had never had a Madeline until today! I always thought they would be macaroon-like and since I don't like macaroons... but yay they are soft and wonderful! Want to try these.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM , Anonymous Rita D K Simmons said...

Those look great and sound delicious. thanks for the share.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 2:58 PM , Anonymous Kristy said...

I must be under a rock too (or just from the Midwest), but I have never heard of a madeline either. Pumpkin cake is one of my favorites...yummmmmmmmm!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

I love pumpkin. NOMMM.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Sylvia@peachesanddonuts said...

great to hear that your son's feeling better!!
these cupcakes look so dainty and pretty! wonder if i'll be able to stop at one! haha

 
At August 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Linda said...

Oh my, these sound amazing and look terrific too! Love the pumpkin cake. One of my favorite fall flavors. Hope your son feels better fast!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, you did a fabulous job transforming your madeleines into a decadent dessert! I don't think I'll ever make madeleines as good as Donsuemor's...I was amazed how great they were. Love the fall twist you gave these cake balls...yummy!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This is totally brilliant, Erin! love that there's not a ton of fat in them but I'm sure they taste so good!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Emily said...

These look great. I still need to get on making my first set of cake balls. I have sampled and they are delicious. Great idea with the Madelines!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

Thank you for reminding us that autumn is just around the corner -- and also what a TREAT it is to bake treats like this for our families, no matter what season -- YUM!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Sheri said...

I love fall flavors and this is gorgeous! What a fun treat!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Kate from Scratch said...

These look so delicious. I can't wait for pumpkin season, we're sooo excited!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Oh yum!! These look great Erin. And I'm glad your son is feeling better :-)

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:07 PM , OpenID adashofdomestic said...

These look amazing!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Erin - these are awesome! I'm SO glad your son is better! How cool that you got to design a dessert? You (and Lizzy) totally ROCK!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

Yum! These looks wonderful. I'm just getting into this process of making cake/cookie balls. I love the idea. My kids would love this one.

I'm glad you son is on the mend. Hope he's 110% soon. : )

PS.. I wanted to answer your question about curry leaves. There really is no other substitute. If you have an Indian Grocery store near you, they should carry them. You can always just omit it. They do add some special flavor, but the dish will be very good without them too. : )

 
At August 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Anna said...

Yummm, that is so festive. Loooooooved the spices combination.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

I'm so annoyed that school has started back and it's still not fall weather. Maybe these cake balls will encourage it to hurry up? :) They look delicious!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM , Blogger Betty Martha said...

yum! thanks for sharing Erin!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Claire said...

I'm so ready for it to be fall! The best time of year to eat tons and tons of pumpkin :) These sounds great!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:12 AM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Erin, sorry I missed out that your son was sick (I thought he was getting better? Got worse again? I need to see your previous post!). Glad to hear he's getting better now but take it easy and you also need some rest too. :-) I love your pumkin madeline cake balls - so cute! And thank you for using pumpkin first!! I love them in desserts!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 3:34 AM , Blogger The Food Mentalist said...

These are absolutely gorgeous little morsels!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 3:41 AM , Anonymous Eva said...

Cake pops ate all the rage in Toronto too. This looks like a fresh approach.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 6:27 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

I love, love, love what you did with the products. These look delish!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

This sounds amazing! I love the flavors of fall - maybe if we keep cooking/baking fall flavors, the weather will catch up too? =)

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM , Anonymous Evan @swEEts said...

All these flavors are just screaming fall! Sounds like a wonderful dish created with all the goodies you got :)

 
At August 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Those are perfect for fall....or for when we want fall to come and save us from the 90+ degree weather of the end of summer :-)

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

Awww your son is sick? I am sorry to hear that, but glad that he is getting at least bit better..Sending him hugs for speedy recovery!

Now I would love these..fantastic idea Erin and they look adorable!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 3:27 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

These are awesome Erin! I love madelines! And I love pumpkin. These are making me look forward to fall! : )

 
At August 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM , Anonymous kita said...

I'll be honest, I never dug Madelines either. I always found them dry. I liked moist, chewy cookies. Though, what you've done with them certainly look great! Love them idea of them as little cake balls with pumpkin flavor. Just in time for autumn!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 7:12 PM , OpenID thefatkidinside.com said...

these look like such fun to do!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:24 PM , Blogger Alex said...

these look great! pumpkin and cream cheese frosting?! I'm IN!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:51 PM , Blogger Lauren's Latest said...

I'm ready for fall to get here so we can enjoy lots of pumpkin treats! These sound yummy!

 
At August 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Tiffanee said...

Pumpkin treats are my favorite. Add some white chocolate and I am in heaven. These look so delicious!! YUM!!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Butrcreamblondi said...

Nice job on this one Erin! Part of me can't wait for fall with all the pumpkin recipes & the other part of me wants to hold on to as many pool days as I can!!!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM , Anonymous Deborah said...

I'm holding onto summer as long as I can, but as soon as the temperature drops, it's going to be all about the pumpkin! These sound wonderful!

 
At August 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

I'm glad he's doing better. :)

What cute little cake balls. Nothing like a little taste of fall.

 
At August 30, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Anonymous Therapist San Francisco said...

What a great recipe to make for the fall season coming up!! I love pumpkin! I might just use orange and black sprinkles to make them a little more festive :)

 

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