Cake balls are pretty much just what they sound like-- cake crumbles mixed up with frosting and molded into a little ball, with the addition of a stick if you want to make it into a pop-- and everybody loves them. Being easy to make and delicious, they are turning into big hits in kitchens & bakeries and becoming especially popular on the internet. Starbucks have even started selling them! The only problem is that no one knows who to thank for these sweet little treats. The inventor of cake balls remains anonymous. It was a woman named Angie Dudley, author of Bakerella blog and a popular recipe book for these confections, who came up with the idea of placing them on a stick for a handy, on-the-go pop but even she claims that she wasn't the inventor of the cake ball, which are "the base for any great cake pop".
So what now? Can something still be considered creative even if we don't know who the creator is or the process behind its creation? I say it can, especially if you stop looking at cake balls as the product and start looking at them as a medium for creativity. Even if we don't know where a cake ball came from, we can easily see where they're headed and it's definitely something to get excited about.
If you can dream it, you can probably make a cake ball out of it. One thing that's so great about cake balls are that because the frosting acts as a sort of glue to hold the cake crumbles together, it's really easy to mold a cake ball into any shape you want. Combine this with the all the choices of candied coating and topping options and its easy to see why bakers are going wild with their decorations; there are balls with baby shower and wedding themes, holidays-inspired ones, and ones that references to pop culture.
It doesn't stop with mere appearances either. You can play with tastes too by combining different flavors of cakes with frosting, or by adding fillings like nuts, coconut shreds, jams, or different spices. Starbucks offers a traditional birthday cake flavor, but if you're feeling adventurous they have also created Tiramisu and Rocky Road flavors. Now, some people are even starting to expand the idea behind cake balls into other baked goodies as well like cookie balls and brownie balls. Compared to an actual cake, the balls and pops are much easier and quicker to make, so they're a lot safer to experiment with and are accessible to both professional and amateur bakers. In this way, cake balls allow for the sort of "play" that leads people to start getting creative.
So even though we can't examine the who or the how behind cake balls, they're still creative in how they promote others creativity in making them and exploring the possibilities behind these delicious treats .