Surprise Your Loved Ones With These Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls This Valentine’s Day

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These red velvet cake mix balls are so easy to make! And aren’t they just so pretty??

You just mix together cake mix and cream cheese, and decorate with melting wafers and sprinkles. They’re no-bake (except to treat the cake mix), so it’s beyond easy to make these red velvet truffles. And they look fancy, but they’re super easy to decorate them, too.

You know I’m a fan of recipes that are low maintenance. I love cooking and baking, but when I can make a treat for everyone in just a few minutes without turning on my oven, that’s a win!

These red velvet cake mix balls are rich treats that melt in your mouth. They’re easy to take with you on the go, but delicious enough to serve at a holiday or family get-together.

white chocolate covered cake mix balls red velvet flavored

What are Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls?

Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls, also called Red Velvet Truffles, are 2-bite, no-bake balls made from cake mix and cream cheese. They’re decorated with melting chocolate and sprinkles for a true coffee house look.

Why Are this Cake Mix Balls Called Red Velvet?

Red velvet cake is named after its color; it has a distinctive deep red hue. It also has a soft, velvety texture. The cake gets its red color from both cocoa powder and red food coloring which are added to the cake batter.

3 red velvet cake mix balls on a white ceramic plate

Can I Use A Different Cake Mix for This Recipe?

Absolutely! There are all kinds of cake mix balls out there. You can use almost every flavor of cake mix you’d like. Try any of these:

  • Chocolate
  • Devil’s Food
  • Vanilla
  • FunFetti
  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Pumpkin
  • Yellow cake mix
  • Orange

You can also use different candy melts to make different colors or drizzle for your cake mix balls. Try red, white, and green for Christmas, pink and yellow for Easter, or Red, White, and Blue for the 4th of July.

a bite taken out of a red velvet cake mix balls on a white ceramic plate on a pink background

How Do I Keep My Red Velvet Cake Balls from Falling Apart?

Because these are made from cream cheese and unbaked cake batter (not crumbled-up cake), they tend to stay together very well. The cream cheese acts like glue, holding the balls together.

Then, because these are dipped in candy melts, that solidifies them as well! So as long as you measure well, your cake balls should stay together well.

Tips and Recipe Notes

  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you begin. Just take it out of the fridge about an hour before you start making these.
  • Use a fork to swirl and coat the balls in the melting chocolate.
  • I think full-fat cream cheese tastes best with these.
  • Use a high-quality cake mix for the best flavor.
  • Use good quality candy melts. It makes a big difference in how they coat your balls, and how they taste!

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cake Mix – choose any cake mix you’d like!
  • Cream Cheese – You can use frosting instead of cream cheese. They’ll taste much richer!
  • Sprinkles – You can top these with anything you’d like. Granola, chopped nuts, chopped candy or chocolate, your favorite cereal – just make sure you sprinkle it on before the melted candy hardens.

Can I Dip These in Chocolate?

Yes! You can dip these in melted chocolate. I recommend melting chocolate chips in the microwave in 5-15 second burst. Add a small scoop of shortening to help it shine and harden nicely. Stir between each burst. When only a few chocolate chips are left unmelted, finish melting them by stirring until the mixture is totally smooth.

How Do I Store These Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls?

Cake mix truffles need to be stored in the fridge. That’s because they contain cream cheese which needs to be refrigerated. Place them in a container with a tight fitting lid and they’ll stay fresh for up to a week.

Can I Freeze Recipe?

Yes, you can freeze cake mix balls. Just place them in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. They’re delicious frozen, but be careful you don’t hurt your teeth. Thaw in the fridge for a few hours if you prefer.

Yield: 20

Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls

Mix together cake mix and cream cheese to make these Red Velvet Cake Mix Balls! They’re no-bake, so it’s beyond easy to make these red velvet truffles. And they look fancy, but they’re super easy to decorate them, too.

Prep Time
1 hour
Additional Time
2 hours
Total Time
3 hours

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce red velvet cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 – 10 oz bag Ghirardelli vanilla melting wafers
  • Assorted sprinkles for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You will need to heat treat the cake mix to get rid of any bacteria before starting.
  2. Once the oven is heated, spread the cake mix onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. As the cake mix cools, place the softened cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the cooled cake mix into the bowl and fold it in with the cream cheese a few times with a rubber spatula. Then finish mixing with your hand mixer on medium-high speed until fully combined and you get a dough consistency. I like to fold with a spatula first to help avoid a flour mess.
  5. Cover the cake mix dough with plastic wrap and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Once chilled, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough and place onto the baking sheets. Roll each of them into smooth and even balls with your hands. Set aside and allow them to expand, about 15 minutes, otherwise you are more likely to experience cracking of the coating.
  7. Prepare a double boiler to melt the vanilla melting wafers on the stovetop over low heat or you can alternatively use a microwave safe bowl and microwave on a low setting for 30 seconds increments, stirring between each time, until fully melted. I prefer the double boiler method as it helps to keep the melted wafers at the right temperature.
  8. Place one dough ball on a fork and dip it fully into the melted wafers. Lift it out and tap the fork gently on the edge of the bowl or pot to help remove any excess coating from the dough ball, then place the coated balls onto the lined baking sheet. Before the coating dries, add some sprinkles on top.
  9. Repeat for the rest of the dough balls and space each one 2 inches apart.
  10. Allow to set completely before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Chilling the dough helps to make it easier to roll into balls. When you remove them from the refrigerator and roll them, the balls will continue to expand a little bit. If you dip them into the melted wafers before they have had a chance to expand, you are more likely to experience cracking. Let it sit for about 15 minutes after rolling into balls.

You can use any flavor cake mix and any kind of melted wafers you like. I prefer to use high quality melting wafers like Ghirardelli vanilla or dark chocolate to coat the balls.

If you do not want to heat treat the cake mix in the oven, you can also heat treat it using the microwave. Microwave it in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes, stirring the cake mix every 30 seconds to ensure it is evenly heated and to avoid any hot spots.

This article originally appeared on FoodNService and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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