This Red Velvet Truffles recipe is super easy and delicious. These bite-sized cake balls are a perfect dessert dish for Christmas or Valentine’s
If you visit my house any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day you’ll find an abundance of holiday decorations, and that includes a beautiful nativity set. But you won’t find a baby Jesus in the manger. Nope.
It’s always been a tradition in our house to not put baby Jesus in the display until Christmas day. After all, that’s the day we celebrate his birth. It might seem strange but that’s just one of the ways my family works to remind everyone about the reason for the season.
Another family tradition of ours is to do a whole day of baking! We spend the entire day baking tons of Christmas cookies and treats. One of our favorite treats to whip up are these delicious Red Velvet Cake Truffles.
Y’all these little jewels are SUPER easy! If you’re a fan of red velvet cake, then you will absolutely adore these red velvet cake truffles. These are also great to make around Valentine’s Day because of their decadent flavor and fun red color. Throw them on a stick and you’ve got yourself a cake pop! (That stick also makes them MUCH easier to dip!)
What is red velvet?
Red velvet is a popular dessert cake that is known for its distinct, deep red color and vanilla, slight chocolate, and tangy flavors. You will often find red velvet cake layered with cream cheese frosting or ermine frosting.
In this recipe, we’re using a shortcut boxed cake mix to make red velvet cake. Then we’re going to mix that crumbled red velvet cake and canned cream cheese frosting to create a dough of sorts to form the center of our red velvet truffles. Then we’ll roll it into balls or scoop it up with a cookie scoop and dip them in candy melts or melted chocolate almond bark to create red velvet cake pops, similar to chocolate truffles.
Recipe Tips & Variations
- Cool before you crumble! Wait for the cake to fully cool before you crumble up the cake. This makes the cake much easier to work with and less likely to clump together.
- Use a cookie scoop! Once you have your cake crumbles and icing mixed together, scoop your mixture up with a cookie scoop. This makes forming the cake balls a lot easier to handle and less messy.
- Chill the cake balls! Give your cake balls time to chill on the top of a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This helps prevent the balls from falling apart when you dip them in the candy coating.
- Use a fork to dip! I recommend quickly lowering the cooled cake balls into the melted almond bark. The fork will allow the coating to get mostly all around the cake ball and saves you from having some super sticky fingers.
- Create other cake balls! You can easily follow this same recipe to create all kinds of cake balls or truffles. You could substitute the red velvet cake mix for vanilla or chocolate cake mix. Then you could change out the white almond bark for white chocolate or milk chocolate. There are so many different versions of these cake balls you could create when you follow this recipe!
- Try these other recipes! If you love these Red Velvet Truffles, then I highly recommend trying my Perfect Red Velvet Cake, Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies, and Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake. Yum!
Red Velvet Cake Truffles
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box red velvet cake mix
- + ingredients to prepare the cake mix per the package instructions
- 1 (16-ounce) container prepared cream cheese frosting
- 1 (24-ounce) package white almond bark
- sprinkles or chopped nuts for decoration (optional)
- Prepare the cake per the directions on the box using the 9X13-inch pan method.
- Allow the cake to cool completely. Once cool, crumble it into a large bowl.
- Add container of icing to the cake crumbs and mix thoroughly to combine.
- Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the mixture out. Roll into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate the balls for at least 1 hour to allow them to firm up.
- Once balls are thoroughly chilled, melt the almond bark in the microwave using 30 second intervals. Be sure to stir between each interval until melted.
- Using a fork to dip and coat balls in white bark. Work quickly because as the balls warm up, they will start turning your white bark pink.
- Place on wax paper and decorate as desired. I drizzled some remaining bark over the truffles and sprinkled with decorative sugar on some and chopped nuts on the other.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.