Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DIY Cake Truffles

When I talked about volunteering in this post, I mentioned that I had offered to provide Cake Truffles in an online bake sale. In case you've never tried making your own, I thought I'd show you how.

They're easy. They're delicious. They're bite sized. They're totally customizable. And they're pretty impressive looking. Let's gets started!

Start with a cake. Any flavor you like. Made from scratch or a box mix.
The top bidder of my Cake Truffles chose vanilla.

Crumble your cake into a fine crumb, and pour into a large mixing bowl.

Add your frosting into the bowl. Again, any flavor. If you're going homemade, use about 2 cups. If you're using a container from the store, use the whole thing. I used vanilla to go with the vanilla cake.

Mix the crumbs and the frosting until it has become incorporated into a "dough." I imagine you could mix with utensils, a mixer, or by hand.

After you've made your dough, refridgerate it for about half an hour. It'll make it easier to roll it into little balls.

Using your hands, roll the dough into whatever size truffles you'd like to have. Mine are about an inch. I placed the truffle balls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. (wax or parchment paper = less clean up!)
Put the baking sheet into the freezer for about 15 minutes. The colder your truffle balls are, the less likely they are to fall apart in the hot melted chocolate.

In the meantime, melt chocolate in whatever way you prefer. You can melt in the microwave, or in a double boiler on the stove. I recommend using semi-sweet chips, but go with what you prefer. My winning bidder chose milk chocolate.
You will end up using an entire bag (12 oz) of chocolate chips. Because the chocolate is one of the focal points of your truffle, I'd recommend good quality chocolate. I like to use Ghirardelli.
 Once your chocolate is melted, and you've taken the baking sheet out of the freezer, you're ready for the chocolate coating.

I drop the balls one at a time into the chocolate, swirl it around a bit to get it entirely covered, and then remove it from the chocolate with a fork. I use a fork so that the extra chocolate can run off and back into the bowl.
Put the chocolate covered truffle back onto the baking sheet so the chocolate can harden.

If you'd like to cover your truffles in sprinkles, make sure you put the sprinkles on while the chocolate is still wet.

Repeat with all the balls.

I wanted a little variety with my cake truffles, so I did two different kinds of sprinkles, and I left a few plain.

After all the truffles have been coated in chocolate, put your baking sheet in the refridgerator for another half an hour so the chocolate can harden.




How easy was that?

What's your favorite dessert?

(Now I just need someone local who will take the rest of these cake truffles off my hands! Remember, my no sweets for Lent plan?)

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25 comments:

  1. I love these! I make them with red velvet cake and cream cheese icing...so yummy!! I want to try yellow cake next with chocolate covering!

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  2. This looks SOOOO delish!! Red Velvet would probably be devine! I'm going to have to try this!

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  3. yum!! look delish! thanks for the comment girly--your blog is so cute--as is your fam!

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  4. I do these with red velvet cake/cream cheese frosting! We've always called them cake balls but cake truffles sounds way prettier, so I may switch :)

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  5. Oh.Em.Geeeeee brilliant! I'm totally making those for the next thing that I have to bring a dessert to!

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  6. Oh no!!! CRAVING!!!!!! These look so yummy!!!

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  7. Ok. So this is funny. I JUST wrote you an email and I happened to say something about not having a huge sweet-tooth...but this...THIS I could do. I've been wanting to make these for a while.

    Forget local. Send them my way. I'm picturing a late night watching Friends, popping in a few (or all) of these, and a nice hot latte.

    P.S. Who took that bite if it wasn't you? Ha!

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  8. Yummm.... I have made these sooo good!! yours are sooo pretty!!! Mine always look messy! <3

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  9. Tsk, tsk. The proper name for these is cake BALLS. That way you can take a plate of them around and ask: "Would you like to try one of my balls?" :)

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  10. I've SO been wanting to try to make these, but I've been trying to be "good". I'd want to try to find a way to cover mine in peanut butter, and I agree with Kara...BALLS (hehehe).

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  11. Ummmm I can't bake

    stop teasing me =)

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  12. Our local bakery sells these for a fortune and I always wanted to try them but couldnt bring myself to pay the expensive price. Believe it or not she always has a line out the door for these things. I'll have to make some up for teacher treats :) thanks for the recipe!

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  13. I made these for Valentine's Day. YUM!

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  14. ahhh they look so good! no fair! I too gave up sweets for Lent! 23 more days left right??!

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  15. your blog is adorable! love this recipe- cake dots are so delicious!!

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  16. Mmm...those look so yummy (and sinful too!)!!

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  17. Yum! Will surely include these in my SHF Sprinkles round-up!

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  18. I wish I had a plate of these right now, especially the one with sprinkles, thanks for sharing these yummy treats.

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  19. Yum! these look delicious! I love your blog! i am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  20. I never even thought you could make things like this! What a great idea!

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  21. You need some sweet stuff from the shop that I just won that giveaway for!!! :)~
    YUM!
    Looks great!
    Thanks for linking up ...
    ~Bec :-)

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  22. These look so yummy and nice and easy! Definitely would love to give them a go :)

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  23. Love your blog!YUMMY!!! I am definitely going to be your new follower :) I would love it if you followed me to @ for-the-luv-of-blogspot.com that would be great :) I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new recipes, crafts, and makeup.. And Giving away giveaways on mineral make-up!!

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