Red Velvet Cake Balls with cream cheese frosting, dunked in sweet white chocolate. Easy to decorate for any holiday, these red velvet treats taste as good as they look!
If you love Red Velvet desserts, these cake balls are a must try. The gorgeous red color looks even better against the white chocolate coating of these cake balls.
What are Cake Balls
Cake balls are baked cake mixed with frosting to form balls. Then they’re coated in melted chocolate, fondant or more frosting!
You can pop them right into your mouth with your hands or serve them on sticks as cake pops.
For these Red Velvet Cake Balls, I used a red velvet cake mix and canned cream cheese frosting.
Cake Balls can be made with any flavor of cake, mixed with frosting.
You can customize the flavor any way you like. Not a fan of Red Velvet Cake? Substitute a spice cake with the cream cheese frosting! Or choose chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
The possibilities are almost endless.
Cake mix. You’ll need a 16.5 oz box and ingredients needed to make a 13 x 9 inch cake.
Cream cheese frosting. Try this recipe for The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting in your cake balls. Canned frosting is fine too.
White chocolate melting wafers. I use Ghirardelli brand which melt smooth, harden quickly without melting on your fingers, and taste delicious.
Sprinkles. I originally created these Red Velvet Cake Balls as a fall treat, with red and orange sprinkles. Use red and pink for Valentine’s Day, green and red for Christmas etc.
STEP 1. Bake the cake
Bake your cake in a 13×9 baking dish according to your package directions. Let it cool slightly.
STEP 2. Mix with frosting
Dump your cake into a large bowl. Crumble it up while it’s still warm (not hot). Add 1 cup of frosting to the bowl. Mix with your hands to combine the cake with the frosting.
Use your hands to form the mixture into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
STEP 2. Freeze
Place all your red velvet cake balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer for at least an hour.
STEP 3. Dip in white chocolate
Melt the white chocolate wafers according to package directions. I use the toothpick method for dipping my cake balls (you can see it in this video).
Drop dipper cake balls onto parchment paper. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate and immediately add sprinkles, if desired.
Tips and Tricks
- Substitutions for cake mix: If you prefer, you can use a homemade red velvet cake instead.
- Red velvet substitute: Swap the red velvet mix for spice mix, vanilla or chocolate cake if preferred.
- Frosting substitutes: Vanilla frosting can be used in this recipe if desired. I find that chocolate frosting overwhelms the subtle cocoa flavor of the red velvet cake, so if you want to use chocolate frosting, use chocolate or white cake mix!
- Make ahead option: Prepare the cake ball spheres in advance, then store in the freezer until you’re ready to dip in chocolate (up to a week). Once solid, transfer to a freezer safe container to keep them fresh.
- Measure the frosting: An entire can of frosting is too much. Be sure to use only a cup–just enough to moisten the cake so the balls stay together.
- Variation: Try this twist on the recipe for Spooky Eyeball Cake Balls for a fun Halloween treat.
Yes, you can use homemade frosting instead of canned! Just make the frosting a little thinner than normal.
No, I do not recommend using white chocolate chips in this recipe. They have other additives that keep them from hardening with a smooth finish.
Cake balls stay good for about 3 days if kept stored in the fridge. Or you can freeze them for several weeks.
Yes, your favorite homemade red velvet cake recipe will work wonderfully for cake balls! Bake up your favorite recipe and let it cool slightly before combining with the frosting.
Easy Dessert Recipes
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
- Red Velvet Biscotti
- Pudding Cookies
- Red Velvet Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Balls with cream cheese frosting, dunked in sweet white chocolate are the perfect treat for any event. Or just because!