Saturday, April 16, 2011

Chocolate Cake Truffles

I’ve seen endless amount of cake truffles on other food blogs but I’ve never made them myself until now.

I don’t know why I didn’t think to make them sooner. They are cute, bite sized, you can mix and match flavors, decorations, etc. They are a little too sweet for my personal tastes, but then I don’t really like frosting and these cake truffles use frosting to bind the cake together.

For my first attempt, I made chocolate cake balls dipped in white chocolate and then drizzled with some bittersweet chocolate. I have a few more ideas for designs next time which hopefully I’ll be sharing soon.

The cake is a cake mix cake. I didn’t see the point in making a nice cake from scratch because you end up pulverizing the cake and then mixing with frosting.

For the melted chocolate, the best source I found was Wilton’s online shop. They sell candy melts in several different colors and the candy melts are easy to use.

The only problem with these is that they can get a little messy. The chocolate melts easily, especially with the warmer weather hitting San Diego. Every time I touched one of these, the chocolate would star to melt on my hands.

I think these would be great to take to a party or to pack up in little bags and giveaway as gifts.

Recipe: Chocolate Cake Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake)
  • 1 can of premade chocolate frosting
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Bittersweet chocolate, chopped up

Instructions

  1. Make the chocolate cake mix according to the instructions on the box.
  2. Let the cake cool for several hours. Once it is cooled, break the cake into smaller pieces and then put it in a food processor to turn the cake into crumbs.
  3. Pour out the cake crumbs into a large mixing bowl. Add frosting and begin mixing. Add enough frosting until the mixture is sticky and can bind together (I used about 3/4 of the can)
  4. Shape the cakes into balls.
  5. Melt the white candy melt in a double boiler. Or if you don’t have a double boiler, put a glass bowl on top of a pot with boiling water. Place the chocolate in the glass bowl and stir while the water boils below until the candy melts completely melt and you have a smooth liquid chocolate mixture.
  6. Dip chocolate balls into the white chocolate and place on parchment paper to let dry.
  7. While the cake balls are drying, melt some bittersweet chocolate using the same method as above.
  8. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag (or you can use a ziploc bag and cut a tiny hole at one end).
  9. Pipe a drizzle on top of each chocolate ball after the white chocolate has completely dried.
  10. Serve immediately or store cake balls in an airtight container.

 

4 Responses to “Chocolate Cake Truffles”

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    Connie — April 16, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I don’t see the appeal either, but you’re right, they are all over the blogs. They did come out cute. I probably won’t make them because I have a problem with handling food for an extended period of time. (Strange, I know.) I’ve seen the Wilton Candy Melts at the local Michaels stores and some Walmarts, definitely not difficult to find. I think these would be nice for edible holiday treats, maybe for Christmas since this Southern California weather doesn’t treat chocolate too well.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 17th, 2011 @ 12:53 am

      Considering how few ingredients these are, I found it pretty time consuming. I think I will make a few more only because now I have all these candy melts I need to use up. But I did find these to be a messy project, so I probably won’t do this often. Plus they are really sweet.

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    Carol — April 18, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I remember when cake lollipops were the big thing and now cake truffles. I never got into them since they were too sweet for me so I can just imagine these being even way sweeter. They are very cute though!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 18th, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

      I just saw some cake lollipops at starbucks, it’s there “new” thing, though not very new. I’ve always liked how they look but not so much the taste.

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