One of my family's favorite sweet treats during the holidays is cake balls. We make these cute, little desserts together every year and give them to friends and family for Christmas. Thanks so much to my mom’s friend, Mrs. Jessica, for teaching us about them! We have tried several different varieties, but I tend to make red velvet cake balls the most because they are so festive and of course delicious!
I am getting this post up later than usual. However, I wanted to get it up before Christmas, so you could have the recipe if you want to make them for loved ones or for yourself. :) I am positively no chef, but these are actually very easy! A little time consuming (and NOT healthy), but easy and loved by all!
What you need:
- 1 box of red velvet cake mix (+ the ingredients you need to make the cake)
- 1 tub of cream cheese icing
- 1-2 packs of Vanilla Candy Quick or Almond Bark
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Goody bags or Christmas plates/chargers for gifting purposes
What to do:
Step 1- Follow the instructions on the cake box to bake a regular red velvet cake
Step 2- Once the cake cooks and cools, crumble up the cake into a large mixing bowl
Step 3- Mix about 3/4 of the icing tub in with the crumbled up cake You can kinda play this step by ear. My sister uses the entire tub of icing. I use as much as it takes to make the cake moist and easy to roll into cake balls, which is usually 3/4 of a tub for me.
Step 4- Use your hands to roll the cake/icing mixture into balls (I lay them on a piece of wax paper, which I put on top of a baking sheet)
Step 5- Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes
Step 6- Melt your Candy Quick and use 2 forks to thoroughly rolls your cake balls around in the vanilla coating Tip- Reheat your Candy Quick when it starts thickening, so it does not get clumpy.
Step 7- Sprinkle quickly after taking cake balls out of Candy Quick (before they dry)
Step 8- Package as desired! I used goody bags for this batch because Parker brought these to his colleagues at work. I typically put them on chargers or Christmassy plates when I bring them to Parker's family or events!
We got our goody bags at Kroger this year, and Rudolph was the only type they had. When packaging our cake balls, we learned that Rudolph was not the best option because of where we needed to tie the bag. Rudolph's head got cut off. Whoops! Walmart and Target always have better options FYI.
Christmas plates or chargers and a gold bow are always a safe choice! :)
I'd love to hear if you try these! We enjoy them every Christmas. Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!