RED VELVET CAKE BALLS

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Wow special people in your life with red velvet cake balls. This Valentine’s Day dessert features cake crumbs bonded with cream cheese frosting then coated in white chocolate and decorated with festive candy sprinkles.

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Red velvet cake balls served in white paper candy cups for Valentine's Day.

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These red velvet truffles are filled with pure joy. For a bakery-style look, place the treats in white paper candy cups. For your significant other, 12 red velvet cake balls are better than a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day.

After dinner, serve this decadent dessert with espresso, coffee, tea, milk or hot chocolate. On Valentine’s Day pair red velvet cake balls with pinot noir to accent the chocolate undertones in the treats.

Spread the love! Enjoy this cake ball recipe all year round. Use any flavor of boxed cake mix and frosting. Choose candy sprinkles that fit the occasion. You can even coat the balls in dark chocolate rather than white chocolate.

Make these tasty red velvet truffles for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. These bite-size treats are also ideal for anniversaries, graduations, wedding showers and baby showers. Serve these cake bites at birthday parties instead of sliced cake.

One dozen red velvet truffles in white paper candy cups arranged on a parchment-lined metal tray.

ingredients

Make these easy cake balls with 4 basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix (prepare cake according to box instructions)
  • Store-bought container of cream cheese frosting
  • Package of vanilla candy coating (or Ghirardelli white vanilla-flavored melting wafers)
  • FOR SPRINKLING: Wilton candy sprinkles
  • FOR DRIZZLING: Pink melting wafers, or tube of pink decorating icing

OPTIONAL: Wilton Candy Cups, for serving

SHOPPING TIP: At the market, look for vanilla candy coating in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips. This product has several others names: white chocolate bark, vanilla almond bark, white vanilla melting wafers.

Ingredients for making red velvet cake balls.

RECIPE STEPS

RECIPE PREP: Prepare red velvet cake according to instructions on the box. Allow the cake to cool completely. Over a mixing bowl, crumble it into small pieces. Set the bowl of crumbs aside.

  • STEP 1: Transfer cream cheese frosting from its container to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the frosting for 15 to 20 seconds, or just until it’s thinned and pourable. Drizzle the warm frosting over the cake crumbs. Mix well to combine. We want to form a nice soft dough.
  • STEP 2: With a metal scoop, create 1-tablespoon-sized balls. Place them on the prepared metal tray. Freeze the cake balls for 30 minutes until firm. Roll the balls between your hands to make sure they’re smooth and perfectly round. Keep them refrigerated and cold.
  • STEP 3: Melt vanilla candy coating according to package directions. One at time, dip the cake balls into the melted chocolate then place them back on the parchment paper. While the white coating is still wet, decorate the cake truffles with candy sprinkles. If desired, drizzle the tops with pink icing.
  • STEP 4: Allow the red velvet cake balls to set completely before transferring them to white paper candy cups and/or an airtight container with snap-on lid. The red velvet truffles can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How to make red velvet cake balls in 4 easy steps.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly asked questions when making red velvet cake balls, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

CAN I USE HOMEMADE RED VELVET CAKE FOR CAKE BALLS?

Yes, you can. You’ll need a 9 x 13 red velvet cake to make these red velvet cake balls.

CAN I USE HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING FOR CAKE BALLS?

Yes, you can! You’ll need about 1 1/4 cups to 1 1/2 cups of homemade cream cheese frosting (depending on the consistency) to replace a store-bought container of cream cheese frosting.

CAN I USE WHITE CHOCOLATE INSTEAD OF CHOCOLATE BARK?

It’s not recommended. White chocolate bark (also called: white vanilla candy coating, vanilla almond bark, and white vanilla-flavored melting wafers) is super easy to use. It melts smoothly and hardens quickly. Although you can use a bar of white chocolate or white chocolate chips instead, you’ll need to temper these products, not just melt them. Read this helpful article by Pop Sugar on tempering white chocolate.

HOW TO USE LEFTOVER CANDY COATING?

As long as the melted candy coating is free from cake crumbs, you can use it for drizzling over the top of the cake balls. Transfer it to a small zip-top bag. With scissors, snip off one corner to create a piping bag. Pipe the melted coating onto the cake truffles in a zig-zag design.

HOW TO MAKE CAKE POPS?

Before dipping cake balls into white melted coating, coat the lollipop sticks one at a time. Dip the tip of each lollipop stick 1/2 inch into the melted candy coating, then insert the stick halfway into the cake ball (not all the way through). Place cake pops on a parchment paper-lined tray and refrigerate 10 minutes. Dip cold cake balls into melted candy coating. Press end of sticks into a foam block to keep cake pops upright. Immediately decorate with candy sprinkles. Allow the coating to set.

MORE CAKE TRUFFLE VARIATIONS?

It’s fun to mix things up! Use any flavor cake mix with store-bought frosting. Delicious combos include lemon cake with lemon frosting, strawberry cake with strawberry frosting, funfetti cake with vanilla frosting, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. For the coating, use either white vanilla melting wafers or dark chocolate melting wafers.

CAN RED VELVET CAKE BALLS BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

The uncoated cake balls can be formed up to a week in advance and frozen. Line an airtight container with 2 layers of parchment paper. Arrange balls in a single layer with some space between each. Freeze. When you’re ready to serve this dessert, dip the cake balls in melted white candy coating and decorate as desired. Allow the coating to set.

A bite taken out of a red velvet cake ball covered in white candy coating.

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Red velvet cake balls served in white paper candy cups for Valentine's Day.

RED VELVET CAKE BALLS


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  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 55 Minutes
  • Yield: 36 Cake Balls 1x
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Description

Red velvet cake balls are decadent treats that are simple to make. They’re ideal for Valentine’s Day and special occasions all year round. With lollipop sticks you can turn these truffles into cake pops!


Ingredients

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  • 1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared according to box instructions
  • 1 16ounce container cream cheese frosting
  • 1 16ounce package vanilla candy coating (or Ghirardelli white vanilla-flavored melting wafers)

FOR SPRINKLING: Wilton candy sprinkles

FOR DRIZZLING: Pink melting wafers, or tube of pink decorating icing

FOR SERVING: Paper candy cups


Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Allow red velvet cake to cool completely. Crumble it into small pieces over a large mixing bowl. Put the bowl aside. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Transfer cream cheese frosting from its container to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the frosting for 15 to 20 seconds, or just until it’s thinned and pourable. Drizzle the warm frosting over the cake crumbs. Mix well to combine. We want a nice soft dough.
  2. With a metal scoop, create 1-tablespoon-sized balls. Place them on the prepared metal tray. Freeze the cake balls for 30 minutes until firm. Roll the balls between your hands to make sure they’re smooth and perfectly round. Keep them refrigerated and cold.
  3. Melt vanilla candy coating according to package directions. One at time, dip cake balls into melted chocolate then place them back on the lined tray. While the white coating is still wet, decorate the cake truffles with candy sprinkles. If desired, drizzle the tops with pink icing. 
  4. Allow the red velvet cake balls to set completely before transferring them to white paper candy cups and/or an airtight container with snap-on lid. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Notes

WHERE TO FIND CANDY COATING: At the market, look for vanilla candy coating in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips. This product has several others names: white chocolate bark, vanilla almond bark, white vanilla melting wafers. 

CAN I USE WHITE CHOCOLATE INSTEAD OF CANDY COATING? It’s not recommended. White vanilla candy coating (also called: white chocolate bark, vanilla almond bark, and white vanilla-flavored melting wafers) is super easy to use. It melts smoothly and hardens quickly. Although you can use a bar of white chocolate or white chocolate chips instead, you’ll need to temper these products, not just melt them. 

HOW TO USE LEFTOVER CANDY COATING: As long as the melted candy coating is free from cake crumbs, you can use it for drizzling over the top of the cake balls. Transfer it to a small zip-top bag. With scissors, snip off one corner to create a piping bag. Pipe the melted coating onto the cake truffles in a zig-zag design.

  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Chill Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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