I have been making Red Velvet Cake Balls for the past 2 years now, since I found them on http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/. They are pretty simple to make and I always get compliments on them. Bakerella is a very talented woman. It is amazing what she can do with cake balls. Check out her site, if you haven't already.
There are not many ingredients. A cake mix, pre-made frosting, and some candy melt. Easy peasy.
So far I have found that only Duncan Hines makes a Red Velvet Cake Mix and Cream Cheese Frosting and not all stores carry them. I always find mine at Price Chopper.
I usually dip the cake balls is a mix of dark cocoa candy melt and a bar of dark chocolate like Ghiradelli for a more intense chocolate taste, but a hard candy coating. And since I usually do mine around the holidays, I buy colored candy melts to decorate.
Last year for decorating, I used my cake decorating bags and tips, but this year I decided to try squeeze bottles. The squeeze bottle has more control, but I like the smaller holes on the cake decorating tips. Either way, everyone loves them. Adults and kids. The taste is incredible and they are so moist. I get compliments every year. I had to make a double batch this year to please everyone.
Red Velvet Cake Balls
- 1 pkg red velvet cake mix
- 1 container (16 oz) cream cheese frosting
- 1 pkg (14 oz) dark cocoa candy melt
- 1 large bar dark chocolate
- 1 pkg (14 oz) red candy melt
- 1 pkg (14 oz) green candy melt
- 1 pkg (14 oz) white candy melt
- optional sprinkles
- Bake the cake mix as per instructions on the box for a 9 x 13 cake.
- Once cake is completely cooled, crumble it by hand into a large bowl.
- Then add in the cream cheese frosting and mix well. This can be done by hand or throw the crumbled cake and the frosting into a large mixer and mix on low.
- Then take a scoop at a time of the mix and roll into small balls about the size of a quarter. This will be very messy and you may have to wash your hands several times. But please refrain from licking them!
- Place the balls in a freezer friendly container lined with parchment/wax paper.
- When all balls are complete, place them in the freezer overnight or until you have time to do the rest of the recipe.
- When you are ready to dip, melt the dark cocoa candy melt and the dark chocolate together in a deep bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until all melted.
- Dip the cake balls in the chocolate mixture and place on parchment/wax paper until chocolate has hardened. ( I use a fork to dip, roll, and shake off any extra chocolate.) If you want you may add fun holiday sprinkle before the chocolate hardens.
- In separate bowls, melt the red, green, and white candy melt and place in the squeeze bottles. Then decorate with any patterns you like. Or if you want, dip some of the balls in the colored candy melt instead of the chocolate.
- Makes about 50 cake balls.
I did buy pretty boxes to place the cake balls in to give as gifts for my daughter's teachers and a few other people, but I was so busy I forgot to take pictures of the boxes all tied up with a nice ribbon and tag. But here are what the balls looked like decorated.
Last year I put them in tins to give out as gifts. Here is what they looked like. I placed the cake balls in mini cupcake liners to they don't stick together and they look pretty. There are so many ways to decorate the cake balls and many different varieties of cake mixes and frosting to use.
The best part of the recipe is that it can be done in stages. One night I bake the cake. Another night I crumble and mix with the frosting and make the balls. I freeze them until I have the time to finish. I had them in there for a week and no worries. I think I will make some again for Valentine's day.