Red Velvet cake balls “Aka cake pops” with cream cheese frosting and chocolate coating are tiny bites of heaven. They make a delicious treat and are perfect for Valentine’s day or any day of the year!
A friend of mine asked me to make red velvet cake balls this season. As soon as she mentioned cake balls I automatically jumped in. I love these little balls because they are super easy to make and are wonderful to gift. Every time I make some for someone, they love them and are always surprised that they are homemade.
The beauty of these bites is that they will taste good even if your cake doesn’t turn out too well. I used cream cheese frosting because it gives the balls a rich flavor in combination with the chocolate coating.
What You Will Need:
If this is your first time making cake balls do not be afraid. It’s a pretty easy process and I promise you won’t regret it.
This recipe only requires 6 ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. You will need:
- Red Velvet Cake Mix (Baked following directions on box)
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Powdered Sugar
- Heavy Cream
- Chocolate Chips
How to Make Red Velvet Cake Pops
To begin you will need to bake the cake. You can use any kind of cake mix you want or bake it from scratch. While the cake is baking go ahead and prepare your cream cheese frosting.
After the cake is baked, allow it to cool then crumble it into tiny pieces. YOu can do this by hand or with two forks. Next mix in the cream cheese frosting.
The mixture should be soft and moist and able to form into balls.
The best way to do make uniform cake balls is to use an ice cream scoop. A medium-size scoop (about 1 1/2 inches) makes perfect size balls but you can use any size you want or even popsicle molds or any other fun shape.
After forming the balls I refrigerated them on parchment paper. You can also place them in the freezer. This step will make them so much easier to dip into the melted chocolate and will help them hold together so they don’t fall apart while you are dipping.
The last step is to dip the cake balls into melted chocolate. This step can be tricky but with patience, it isn’t too hard.
If your chocolate has a hard time melting or clumps up, add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil to it and mix through until the chocolate is smooth. Next, dip your cake balls into the chocolate one by one. If you’d like, use cake pop sticks to make cake pops.
That’s all.. didn’t I tell you it was a pretty easy process? After making these you’re going to be so proud of yourself ( and you should be!).
So what’s next? well, you can have fun and make these with any flavor combination you want. Also, if you have leftover cake in the fridge or a cake that didn’t frost quite well you can just mix the whole cake (or cupcakes) in a bowl and make cake balls! This is what I usually do with leftover cake, but let’s leave that as our little secret 😉
Red Velvet Cake Balls
- Remove cream cheese from fridge.Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix cake mix and ingredients as directed on back. Pour cake batter onto a greased 9×13 cake pan. Bake as directed. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. please do not skip this step because the cake needs to be cool.
- In a medium bowl pour the heavy cream, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla. Mix with whisk or mixer for 2-3 minutes until the mixture begins to solidify and does not have any more lumps. Set aside.
- Crumb the cooled cake into tiny pieces either with a fork or by hand. Pour the frosting mixture on the crumb cake and mix together with a spoon or spatula until everything is well combined and begins to have a pasty texture.
- Line a cake pan with wax paper, parchment paper, or foil. With a scoop scoop the mixture into 1 inch balls. If you do not have a scoop you can form the balls by hand. After all the balls are formed place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- While the balls are in the freezer melt the chocolate in the microwave in 25 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted. Remove the balls from the freezer and dip each ball into the chocolate mixture and place on pan. After you have dipped all the balls be sure they have dried first ( if the chocolate has not dried place in freezer for 2 minutes) than drizzle the left over chocolate in on the balls with a spoon or pipping bag.
- Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.