Red velvet cake balls for Valentine’s Day (or any day)

Last week, I showed you how to add a little Valentine’s Day flair to your home with this easy DIY table runner. It certainly put me in the holiday spirit, but I’m a firm believer in the idea that every holiday, especially Valentine’s Day, should incorporate some decadent treats and that table runner just isn’t cutting it in the sweets department. So in preparation for Friday (aka Valentine’s Day), I whipped up a little somethin’ somethin’ that’s a little chocolatey, a little red velvety, and A LOT delicious.

Yes, you guessed correctly – I tried my hand at making some red velvet cake balls for Valentine’s Day this year, and you know what? They’re not disgusting. In fact, they actually turned out quite delicious if I do say so myself.

The process is surprisingly easy, but it does take up quite a bit of time (we’re talking 4-5 hours including rest time), so prepare for that if you plan to make your own cake balls.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix + the ingredients listed on that box – I went with red velvet here to stay true to Valentine’s Day colors, but you could pick any cake flavor your little heart desires
  • 1 can Cream Cheese icing
  • 16 oz Baker’s White Chocolate or similar brand of melting chocolate  (My grocery store didn’t have Baker’s white chocolate today, so I used Godiva melting chocolate and it worked just as well)
  • 6-8 oz Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Colored sprinkles (optional)

Makes 50 cake balls

Directions:

Start by baking your cake, following the directions listed on the cake box.

red velvet cake balls

Once your cake has cooled completely, crumble it into a large bowl. I know it seems blasphemous to spend time baking a cake just to destroy it, but I promise you the end result will be well worth the craziness.

Next take about half of your can of cream cheese icing and add it to your cake crumbles. Using either your hand or a spatula, mix the icing into the cake. Add a little more of the cream cheese icing to your mixture as needed – in total, you’ll probably use about three-quarters of the can (Pro tip: have some pretzels on hand to dip into the leftover icing!).

red velvet cake balls

Be very cognizant when adding the icing to your mixture – if you add too much, the cake will become soggy and will be difficult to roll into a ball. In the end, you’ll want the cake crumbles and the icing to form a sticky looking cake mixture, like this:

red velvet cake balls

To form the actual balls, take little scoops of the mixture and use your hands to roll into 1-inch balls. You can also use a small ice cream scooper here if you’d prefer really uniform cake balls – I didn’t have one and wasn’t so concerned with uniformity, so I just used my hands (clean and washed, of course), and those puppies worked just fine. Place the cake balls on a cooking sheet lined with wax paper so that they won’t stick after firming up.

When you’ve rolled out all your cake balls and placed them on the cooking sheet, pop the tray into the fridge for 1-2 hours so the cake mixture has time to set.

red velvet cake balls

After your cake balls have set, it’s time for the fun part – making the chocolate coating. Take your Baker’s white chocolate, and melt that in the microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate is nice and smooth. Then dip the balls into the chocolate and use two forks to pick up and place back onto the tray (the forks lets some of the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl).

re velvet cake balls

Then, melt your semi-sweet chocolate using the same method. Take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate on top to dress it up a little bit. If you want to add even more of a festive touch, toss some sprinkles on the balls as well. Place back in the fridge for about an hour to set the chocolate, then you are ready to eat!

red velvet cake balls

red velvet cake balls

Hopefully you all have a little more self control than I do. I planned to gift these to friends, coworkers, and neighbors, but I kept popping the little treats in my mouth throughout the baking process and took quite a bite out of my total number (literally!). They are so, so good. And even though they may not look professionally done, these cake balls sure do taste like the ones the pros make. Which could be a really major problem for me now that I think about it…

If you’re looking for a treat that is sure to wow all of your valentines this year, I definitely recommend trying out these red velvet cake balls. They’re just the thing to make your Valentine’s Day (or heck, any day) a little bit sweeter.

 

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