It’s official, 2019 is coming to an end. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, or just staying home to watch the ball drop on TV, these recipes will help you get into the spirit of celebration. Grab a bottle of champagne and a sparkler and let’s count down to the New Year!
Strawberry Champagne Cake Balls
1 box strawberry cake mix
(Additional ingredients followed by cake mix box)
1 1/4 cup champagne
White cake frosting
12 oz. white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Optional: gold sprinkles
» Follow the instructions of the box cake mix, and add the champagne in with your wet ingredients as you mix.
» Once your cake is baked according to the box’s instructions, let it cool completely.
» Crumble the entire cake into a large bowl. To make things easier, use a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add frosting and mix until combined. Start with a quarter of the jar of frosting and see if that’s enough to hold the mixture together (keep adding 1 tablespoon until the mixture is no longer crumbly).
» Line a baking tray with wax paper. Form small balls of the cake mixture by rolling a rounded tablespoons worth between your palms and place them on the wax paper. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
» Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl by microwaving in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth.
» Remove the balls from the refrigerator, and dip each into the melted chocolate, using a fork to scoop them out. Transfer them back to the wax paper, then use a spoon to drizzle a little more chocolate on top to hide imperfections. Before chocolate covering hardens completely, top with gold sprinkles.
» Chill in the fridge until the chocolate is completely hardened before serving.
Champagne Cranberry cocktail
1 bottle champagne
1 container cranberry juice
Fresh Pomegranate seeds
Optional: fresh cranberries, sugar for rims
» If you prefer sugar on the rim, wet the rims of your champagne flutes and dip each one into sugar.
» Fill each champagne flute with 1/4 cup of cranberry juice, then top them off with champagne.
» Garnish the drinks pomegranate seeds. You can also add cranberries, rosemary or thyme.