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Giveaway closed – Congrats to Gianna!!

We all know that I love cookbooks.  I own way too many of them, but can never pass up a chance to get my hands on a new one.  So when I was contacted to review Wendy Paul’s latest cookbook – 101 Gourmet Cake Bites – I was super excited!!

Ok, confession time, though.  I don’t always love cake bites.  I’ve said it before, but they are usually too sweet for me, which is probably a good thing because 1 is plenty.  But this book is SO FUN.  Forget your normal cake bites that are just decorated all fancy.  This cookbook is mostly all about what is on the inside.

I had originally planned on making the Bananas Foster Cake Bites, but when I went to make them, I found out that my husband had eaten the 2 bananas that I had put aside for the recipe.  Thank goodness my mother in law brought over a bucket-full of fresh strawberries from her garden just the night before!!  I was totally drawn to the fruity section of the cookbook – maybe because it is summer and there is such an abundance of great fruit out there right now.  But I can’t believe what a difference it made to add fruit to the inside of these bites.  No more boring cake bites!!

This cookbook is full of all sorts of amazing recipes.  There are so many different flavor combinations – you can bet that I’ll be trying out more of them.  There is also a section of decorated cake bites that are perfect for holidays or special occasions.  But the different flavors are what sets this cookbook apart from others for me!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Bites
from 101 Gourmet Cake Bites

makes 26-40 cake pops

1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
3/4 cup half-and-half

1/3 cup fresh strawberries, mashed
3/4 cup Vanilla Buttercream (recipe follows)
white melting chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 13×9-inch baking pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix together the cake mix, eggs, salt and half and half. Batter will be thick. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28-32 minutes. Cool completely.

In a large bowl, crumble the cooked, cooled cake. Add in the strawberries and buttercream. Using the back of a spoon, mix together all ingredients. Form into balls and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or in the freezer for 20 minutes. Dip in melting chocolate.

Vanilla Buttercream
from 101 Gourmet Cake Bites

makes about 3 cups

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and add in the sugar. Mix on low until mostly incorporated. Add in the vanilla and 3 tablespoons of milk, and start the mixer on low and work up to medium until completely incorporated. Add 1 more tablespoon of milk if the frosting is too thick.



Want to win a copy of 101 Gourmet Cake Bites? Giveaway closed!

Here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory: Comment below and tell me your favorite flavor of cake/cupcake/cake bite.

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Note: for any of the extra entries, make sure you leave a separate comment for each.

*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*This giveaway will be open from today until Friday, August 12th at midnight MDT. The winner will be emailed on August 13th.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Cedar Fort.  No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

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191 Responses to Strawberry Shortcake Cake Bites {and a giveaway!}

  1. Natalie says:

    I love lemon cake of any king!

  2. Lauren says:

    I love vanilla cake doctored up with a french vanilla pudding and then colored tie dyed. 😀 I really hope I win this – thanks for the entry! I love your blog and subscribe via RSS! 😀

  3. Lauren says:

    I follow via twitter (@HippieDogDesign)

  4. Lauren says:

    I subsribe via RSS. 🙂

  5. Bev Weidner says:

    C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E. baby.

  6. Okay, your cake bites look amazzzzzing! I can’t imagine what other wonderful cake bites are in that book. My favorite cupcake would have to be Hummingbird Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. They’re to diiiie for!

  7. camie says:

    My favorite cupcakes is a black bottom cupcake.

  8. Mellisa W. says:

    Cold chocolate cake. The Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake and Frosting recipe is my fave. Thanks!

  9. Mellisa W. says:

    I follow on FB.

  10. Mellisa W. says:

    I get your feed on Google. Thanks!

  11. BreeAnn says:

    I love anything with strawberries, raspberries or chocolate. So those strawberry cake bites look so good right now!

  12. BreeAnn says:

    I follow on facebook!

  13. LOVE cake bites. Makes me feel like I’m eating sugar responsibly…even if I end up chowing down on a dozen.

  14. Tanya says:

    Chocolate! Pair it with peanut butter and it’s even better!

  15. Brenda says:

    I’m not entering the giveaway as I live in Canada, but I just wanted to say this is the best looking cake bite I’ve ever seen. I, too, have never been that fond of them, but I would definitely try this. I hope you make the bananas foster one sometime too. :o) It really looks so delicious. Yum!

  16. Lindsay J says:

    I would be in HEAVEN if I won a copy of your book!!
    My favorite cake is CHERRY CHIP…

  17. Jessica says:

    My neighbor once made mint chocolate chip cake bites, they were amazing! I am a mint/chocolate addict.

  18. I love cookies and cream… but these look amazing!

  19. I am a fan of Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  20. Leanne Brewer says:


  21. Sarah W says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! I’m addicted to cake bites! My favorites cake flavor has to be by far your recipe for the “Cookies and Cream Cupcakes.” They are so addicting!

    P.S – I love looking at your blog for recipes for dinner!! My mouth always waters just reading the ingredients!

  22. Andi T. says:

    I looove red velvet cupcake bites.

  23. Andi T. says:

    I follow you on Facebook (Andi Bauer Trautman)

  24. Andi T. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS Feed

  25. Chocolate is my favorite cake.

  26. I am following you on Twitter.

  27. I subscribe to your RSS feed. I love these cake bites. I am going to have to make these!!!

  28. My favorite a nice moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut.

  29. Jenn says:

    I love “Wacky” cake (chocolate flavored)!

  30. Jenn says:

    And I follow you on Facebook!

  31. Lizette says:

    Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

  32. I kid you not – but I am currently eating a cup of so-so strawberry shortcake and now I’m wishing that I have one of these bites instead! I love mini cake bites, and my favorite are Nutella Cake Balls! http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/chocolate/nutella-cake-balls

  33. Red Velvet Cake! I follow on Twitter @SimplySoBaking

  34. Denise O says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Facebook

  35. Denise O says:

    My favorite cake bite is one I recently made – Key lime with white chocolate chips….Yum!!

  36. Denise O says:

    I subscribe to your email updates…and Love Them!!

  37. Cindy says:

    Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting, dipped in dark chocolate! Just made a batch last night. SIGH!

  38. Cindy says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Facebook

  39. Cindy says:

    I also follow via RSS feed

  40. Heather Spooner says:

    I love Red Velvet Cake Bites covered in white chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Ronda says:

    Any chocolate and peanut butter cake!

  42. Ronda says:

    I follow via facebook

  43. Sara M says:

    I have so many favorites! Lemon, cookies and cream and vanilla to name a few!

  44. Sara M says:

    I like Taste and Tell on Facebook!

  45. Theresa Sea says:

    I agree, they’re usually too rich for me to eat as well. I’ll take a bite, but then either share with the hubs or choke down the second half. But then again, I’d rather make cake than eat it. I’m much more of a pie girl. 🙂

  46. Suri Adelist says:

    Like most ppl I love anything chocolate

  47. Theresa Sea says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  48. Theresa Sea says:

    I like you on fb. 🙂

  49. Suri Adelist says:

    I’m a facebook fan

  50. Theresa Sea says:

    I follow T&T on RSS feed (and blogger feed)

  51. angies says:

    My most favorite flavor of cake is lemon!

  52. cristal says:

    You can never go wrong with chocolate!

  53. Emily says:

    A while back I made brown butter/salted caramel buttercream cake bites dipped in dark chocolate, so good!

  54. Emily says:

    I follow via RSS feed.

  55. Maria says:

    Oh man, I SO want a cake bite right now.

  56. Natalia says:

    I’ve only ever made chocolate ones. But by the time I go through all the trouble to make them, they just don’t seem appetizing to me so I don’t ever end up eating them. The bananas foster ones sound delicious though.

  57. Jenny says:

    It might be easier to tell you my least favorite…. nope – there isn’t one! Reading through this list, I am salivating….

  58. I have not had many cake bites in my day. Just this summer on vacation I had a peanut butter and chocolate cake bite. It tasted just like a peanut butter cup – delicious!

  59. You can’t beat a dark chocolate cake with raspberry preserves filling…

  60. ahh what a fun book–I love the strawberry shortcake variation and the bananas foster has me curious! My favorite cake is probably my mom’s famous Italian cream cake..wonder how that’d be in a cake ball 🙂

  61. amanda k says:

    My favorite flavor of cake is chocolate!!

  62. Don’t get me wrong I love a good chocolate anything especially German chocolate cake but with it being summer a light lemon cake sounds even more desirable.

  63. Ruth says:

    Chocolate right now.

  64. Dee W. says:

    Red velvet is my absolute favorite flavor! Love it.

  65. Dee W. says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  66. Dee W. says:

    I follow you on Twitter already.

  67. Dee W. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS.

  68. Kara M. says:

    I love oreo cupcakes!

  69. Kara M. says:

    I follow you on facebook

  70. Kara M. says:

    I follow you on twitter

  71. Kara M. says:

    I subscribe!

  72. M says:

    red velvet cake bites!

  73. Mandy L. says:

    I love strawberry cake! And blueberry cake too!!!!! And I totally subscribe to your newsletter! Love it!

  74. Keegan says:

    I love spice cakes, anything with a little tang and zip!

  75. Caitlin says:

    I’m a plain old chocolate girl, myself!

  76. Laurie says:

    I am a lemon girl!

  77. melissa says:

    I love oreo/cookies and cream cupcakes!~

  78. melissa says:

    fan on Facebook!

  79. melissa says:

    added your rss feed to my netvibes~

  80. melissa says:

    follow you on twitter (@koskim)

  81. Danielle says:

    I love chocolate!

  82. Danielle says:

    I follow you on Google Reader!

  83. Danielle says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  84. Rhonda Darbro says:

    my favorites are either something chocolate or strawberry or a combination of the two.

  85. Rhonda Darbro says:

    I am a fan on facebook.

  86. Rhonda Darbro says:

    I also subscribe to your emails.

  87. Melissa G says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, and MORE chocolate!

  88. tartepink says:

    These look gorgeous! I love combination of chocolate and orange!

  89. Deborah, you seriously want me to choose just one cake? That’s like choosing a favorite child.
    Wow, I woukd have to say lemon cake with raspberry frosting. It’s kinda weird because I’m such a chocolate girl but I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake.

    Call me weird!

    I love your cakes and so want this book won or purchased I’m a sucker for portions sizes and little things. 🙂

  90. Shay says:

    German Chocolate is my favorite!

  91. Shay says:

    I “like” you on facebook too.

  92. Jane says:

    I love spice cake!

  93. These would probably be my favorite even though I haven’t tried them yet! They look so good! I have a baby shower cake order for a little girl and these just might be included…thanks for sharing!

  94. Lily G says:

    I love dark chocolate and also lemon!

  95. Julie says:

    I love red velvet!

    Your cake bites mad me drool. =/

  96. Ella says:

    I love earl grey cupcakes covered in a lavender white chocolate

  97. Amanda N says:

    My favorite is cheesecake. Makes for delicious bites!

  98. Tari Lawson says:

    I like a good chocolate cake.

  99. Telynn says:

    my favorite flavor of cake is Apple Spiced Chocolate

  100. Kelsea says:

    cinnamon maple bacon cupcakes! strange and amazing 😉

  101. Celeste says:

    My favorite cake is dark chocolate cake with buttercream chocolate icing and dark chocolate chips!!!

  102. natalie says:

    double chocolate – yum!

  103. Tarah says:

    The Strawberry Shortcake Cake Bites look amazing!

  104. Lezlie says:

    Red Velvet with marshmallow buttercream

  105. Samantha says:

    Any cake that combines blueberries and lemon is my favorite!

  106. Monica says:

    A small local bakery where I live makes cake balls and I really like her lemon ones. I’m not usually a fan of lemon things… but man they are good!

    Thanks. And good luck to me. 🙂 (big, hopeful smile)

  107. Theresa D says:

    I love German Chocolate Cake.

  108. Theresa D says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  109. Theresa D says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on twitter.

  110. Theresa D says:

    I subscribe to your email updates.

  111. Melissa B. says:

    My favorite cupcake is chocolate with chocolate frosting.

  112. Janice says:

    I love strawberry cake with strawberry icing!

  113. Carla Sullivan says:

    I love Strawberyy Shortcake and cheesecake! yummy!

  114. angie says:

    My favorite is coconut.

  115. Favorite cake is a rich dark chocolate cake with french mousseline mocha buttercream! YUM!!

  116. troy says:

    strawberry is my favorite

  117. Lucy says:

    When someone asks me what my favorite dessert is, the only appropriate answer to me, seems to be- “Whatever is on my plate!” lol. But I do love Chocolate cake and carrot with cream cheese frosting and…..
    Your Strawberry Cake Balls look soo scrumptious! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  118. Angie says:

    My favorite would be anything with chocolate! 🙂

  119. Denise B. says:

    My favorite is yellow cake with vanilla buttercream.

  120. Julia says:

    I love peanut butter cake bites. Just peanut butter, grahams, and maybe a little extra sugar and butter in there, for good measure 😉

  121. Desmond says:

    red velvet

  122. Alison says:

    I love the red velvet, it’s my good old standby.

  123. Heather says:

    German Chocolate Cake Bites & Red Velvet Cake Bites! Yummy

  124. Heather B says:

    I love any and every thing Peanut Butter!

  125. Jen Harriman says:

    All I can say is CHOCOLATE.. however those strawberry shortcake look mmmm

  126. Jen Harriman says:

    I like Taste & tell on facebook Jennifer Harriman

  127. Jen Harriman says:

    I follow on twitter as well @jenharriman123

  128. Jen Harriman says:

    & I am an email subscriber 🙂

  129. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the Cupcake Red Velvet!

  130. shawna says:

    Red Velvet is my fav!

  131. monte says:

    love German chocolate cake

  132. valancia says:

    A Lady Baltimore cake with sea foam icing!

  133. jacqueline says:

    red velvet is my favorite! yum!

  134. jacqueline says:

    i follow u on twitter jmmccarr

  135. Rebecca says:

    I love the red velvet!!!!!

  136. Rebecca says:

    I am following on Facebook also!!!!!

  137. lisa says:

    red velvet!

  138. Tania S. says:

    I love a good vanilla cake with homemade chocolate icing.

  139. lisa says:

    Follow Taste and Tell on Facebook Lisa W.

  140. lisa says:

    Follow Taste and Tell on Twitter MONKEYMOM8105

  141. Tania S. says:

    I’m following Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  142. Tania S. says:

    I’m following Taste and Tell on Twitter.

  143. It’s so funny – we made “cake balls” as we call them 5 years ago as favors at my wedding – before all the rage. I’m thinking I should have written this cookbook!

    My favorite flavor is anything chocolate, and ALL chocolate.

  144. Athena says:

    I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate.

  145. Athena says:

    I subscribe via Rss feed.

  146. Athena says:

    I’m a new Twitter follower @GoddessFoodie.

  147. Sandy says:

    The Raspberry Lemonade cake bites sound good to me!

  148. Aly Jay says:

    My ultimate FAVORITVE flavor is red velvet 🙂

  149. Aly Jay says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  150. Aly Jay says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  151. Liz Nordquist says:

    I love red velvet cake!


  152. Liz Nordquist says:

    Also following you on Facebook.


  153. OTA Mom says:

    chocolate mint or chocolate raspberry

  154. Vicki D. says:

    My favorite cake is rum cake. I am asked to make this cake, and bring it to all kinds of functions. It’s so moist and so delicious, you get hooked on it after one bite!

  155. Jenny says:

    I love just about any cake, but chocolate cake is nearly impossible to pass up.

  156. Jenny says:

    I subscribe via RSS feed

  157. Jennifer says:

    My favorite cake bite flavor is chocolate but if I had to choose a flavor outside of cake…..OREO!!!! Yummy!

  158. MelodyJ says:

    I like Chocolate Vanilla Layer.


  159. susan smoaks says:

    red velvet is my favorite

  160. Sand says:

    I love spice cake with cream cheese icing.

  161. Gianna says:

    I love vanilla cupcakes.

  162. James Coyne says:

    i like vanilla cake

  163. James Coyne says:

    i like you on facebook

  164. Gianna says:

    I subscribed by email.

  165. James Coyne says:

    i follow you on twitter


  166. Michelle H. says:

    I love chocolate truffle flavored.

  167. James Coyne says:

    i’m a feed subscriber

  168. James Coyne says:

    i’m an email subscriber

  169. Michelle H. says:

    Email subscriber.

  170. Donna K says:

    I love chocolate.

  171. Donna K says:

    I follow you on twitter.(donnak4)

  172. Veronica Garrett says:

    Cherry is my favorite.

  173. Marie says:

    Any chocolate batter is sure to do the trick for me!

  174. Tabitha Ellede says:

    I like carrot cake with butter cream 🙂

  175. Lauren says:

    I really like a brownie type of cake. I had cake pops like those before…sooo good.

  176. Anne says:

    I like anything with sugar…with more sugar. Any flavor will do! =]

  177. Kaye M. says:

    Can this be done with a from-scratch white cake as well?

  178. Martha says:

    I know this is an old post, but I somehow missed it the first time around. Saw the mention on your Bananas Foster post and wanted to ask about the fresh berries … and the interesting cake recipe. I guess by adding the berries, you have to be really careful that the cake isn’t too moist already.

    How did you like these? Any idea how long they would last with the berries inside?

    Thanks so much. I am planning on trying all three – coconut, bananas foster and these in the near future. I was a die hard cake ball hater until I agreed to make some for a birthday party. Nothing fancy like yours, but I discovered that they aren’t so bad! 🙂

    • Deborah says:

      @Martha, I’m not sure how long they would last. I only made a half batch, and they were gone within a day and a half!! The way the recipe is written, the cake batter is a bit more dense, so I didn’t notice that the berries made it too moist. If you try them out, make sure and let me know how you liked them!

  179. Laura says:

    How did you get the oh so cute red stripes on top??? Colored frosting???

  180. Laura says:

    I tried making your strawberry shortcake bites, but the balls are very wet an dense.. What did I do wrong?
    They taste great though!!!

  181. Cindy says:

    I simply can’t resist chocolate!!!!!!

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