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
- 1 box red velvet cake mix or any other flavor will do just fine but it wont be red velvet
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks Or whilte chocolate
- 1 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 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.
This recipe is phenomenonal!!!!! I was making red velvet cupcakes that kept crumbling and this recipe saved the cake and the icing that I had made. This recipe is also zero waste because you can use up all of the icing and cake that you have even if your cake or cupcakes crumble.
I’m happy you were able to save the cake! I love making cake pops with leftover cake or anything that fails.
The recipe look so good! Have you thought about doing them with a white chocolate drizzle on top for a bit of contrast? Yum! ????
what is the best way to dip these in the chocolate?
Do these freeze well?
DONNA AYALA says
Would that be milk chocolate or semi-sweet?
You can use either or but I prefer the semi-sweet because they have a richer taste! Let me know if that helps! 🙂
Renee @Two in the Kitchen says
These look delicious! I am a big fan of anything Red Velvet! 🙂
There’s nothing better than red velvet, especially on Valentines Day!
What a fun idea! The balls look delicious! 🙂 ela
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
How perfect will these be for Valentine’s Day? Red velvet is my favorite kind of cake. Can’t wait to give your cake balls a whirl : )
Yeah these will be perfect on Valentines day! I’m sure you and your loved one will enjoy them very much Natalie 🙂
Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness says
Everything is more fun to eat in little bit sized pieces. I am all over these red velvet cake balls! yum!
I love tiny bites! I packed a few for the hubby and he couldn’t stop talking about them.
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
These look good! Great job, Layla! You’ve inspired me to give truffles a try again!
Thank you Julie!
Love red velvet! These cake balls turned out so pretty and love how adorable they are Layla 🙂
Thank you so much Kelly!
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says
So so adorable. Love red velvet and these cake balls are perfect!
I’m glad you liked them Zainab 🙂
These look so delicious 🙂
Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen says
Oh yes! One of my favorite Valentines Day treats! Those things are so addicting and I always end up eating way too many! 🙂
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
Wow these are so cute and fun! I would not be able to stop myself from popping about a dozen of these in five minutes!
I hate to admit it but I had my share of these! I ate about a dozen 😀