An official (snowy) Happy 2014 from the Sometimes Healthy Living Blog!
(My gorgeous view this AM)
What better way to welcome the new year than with booze, sweets and, of course, a workout. The workout is adapted from my most popular Pinterest workout to-date, and I think those of you with fitness resolutions for 2014 will really enjoy the freedom of creating your own bootcamp workout.
As for the recipe, well, I debated kicking the year off with a healthier recipe, but as you may recall, on New Year’s Eve, I promised a recipe for champagne cake truffles.
And, I always keep my word.
Well, sort of.
While purchasing some wine and champagne for the festivities on Tuesday night, I came across this delicious-looking strawberry moscato, and I just couldn’t resist purchasing a couple bottles to ring in the New Year. While it doesn’t have quite the carbonation of champagne, the sweet strawberry flavor made me forget about the lack of bubbles.
After I tasted it, I ditched the idea of Champagne Cake Truffles in favor of Strawberry Wine Cake Truffles. This semi-homemade recipe is as easy as they come and only requires FOUR ingredients. While I planned to make them for New Years Eve, they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, a birthday party…or simply because you want to indulge in a little wine and sweets all at the same time!
- 1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix (or white cake mix of your choice)
- 2 cups strawberry-flavored wine or sparkling wine
- 3/4 cup vanilla frosting (I used pink)
- 1 16 ounce bag of candy melts
- Sprinkles, nonpareils, etc. for decorating
- Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
- Pour 1 1/2 cups of the wine into large bowl containing cake mix, and beat with spoon, whisk or electric mixer until well-combined.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake as directed on packaging.
- Set on cooling rack or in fridge and allow to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, crumble the cake and add frosting. Use mixer or hands to incorporate the frosting until well combined.
- Roll mixture into 1 tbsp sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. You may need to use some extra flour to ensure that the cake balls do not stick to your hands or the paper.
- Place in freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
- Remove from freezer and pinch each ball with a fork. Gently dip the balls into remaining wine to help incorporate the flavor and place back in freezer for 15 minutes.
- While cake balls are cooling, melt chocolate according to package instructions, using microwave or melting pot.
- Using a spoon, take one chilled cake ball at a time and carefully place in the melted chocolate. Spoon chocolate over the cake ball to coat and place back on wax paper. Cover with desired decorations. Chill in refrigerator until serving.
Don’t they just look scrumptious? Almost too cute to eat! The wine flavor is very subtle, but it’s definitely there. If you want to pop in a bit more booze, I would suggest using a food syringe and injecting the cake balls after removing from the freezer the first time.
For another little kick, might I suggest serving these up with a bit of vino or bubbly? The beauty of baking with this booze is that you’ll still have about half the bottle remaining once you’re done.
You might also consider serving them in cute little wine glasses like this!
If you’re resolving to have a “sweet New Year” then I’d say that this is the perfect recipe for you!
Here’s a bit of the kitchen magic for ya – feel free to Pin away!
To make up for the fact that I’ve now shared two indulgent truffle recipes with you, I’ll be posting something a bit more healthy next week…something that will be perfect for this chilly weather!
Now, for the workout. For those of you that are snowed in right now, if you have a set of dumbbells, good news: you can still get in a solid workout! As I mentioned, this “Create your Own Bootcamp Workout” is slightly adapted from my Halloween Choose your Own Adventure Workout that has now been pinned more than 250 times on Pinterest. I’ve added a few new exercises and changed the format a bit.
Follow the instructions to create your very own bootcamp workout!
Hope you enjoy the workout. Drive safe in this snow and please, stay warm!
I’ll be posting those New Year’s resolutions for you eventually, but, per usual, somehow, I find myself ALREADY behind in 2014. Sigh.
I leave you with this hilarious video from Jimmy Fallon on SNL a few weeks ago. It’s a play on the popular song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and watching the mini-blizzard outside my window last night made me think of it. Hope it gives you a laugh on this wintery Friday!
What is one of your New Year’s resolutions? I need some ideas!!