Red Velvet Cake Balls

Have some in-laws you need to impress?  A girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife?  Create these delectable treats and I promise the crowd will go wild.  I don't know where I heard about these 'lil guys, but you can follow Bakerella, who makes these lovely creations with a cake-ball base.  Check her blog out, you won't be disappointed.  In fact, I'm sure you'll be addicted to her fabulous creations!

Here's what you need:

Oh, and this too:

Make your batter and bake according to package directions.

Allow it to cool completely.

Throw your cake in a bowl...

And crumble with your fingers!

Take this pretty little cream-cheesy tub of frosting...

And throw it in your bowl of crumbled cake.

Here's the fun part... I use my hands to mix!

It gets really messy, but is kinda fun and totally does a better job!

This is the point where I could eat the whole bowl.

But I'm going to roll these lil babies instead!


So after you roll, roll, roll...

Warm up some chocolate in the micro...Toss a 'lil red baby in the chocolate...Coat 'em real nice... And throw him on a sheet of wax paper!  Repeat until all cake balls are coated.  Sometimes, I even dip my fork back into the chocolate, tap off a little bit of the excess, and then tap the fork on the top of the truffle to make a pretty swirly shape on top.  (NOTE: This is where the husband left to go do guy stuff, so sorry I don't have pics of this step! If you live in AZ, and want a lesson, I'd be glad to show you this part in person... just leave me a comment and maybe we could have a cake ball party one afternoon!)

Look at these, aren't they beautiful!?

QUESTION: What's your favorite treat to make for the Holidays, and why? 

I think after your first time making these, they will be your favorite!

Here is the recipe, enjoy!!!

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Level: Easy/Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Refrigerating Time: 1-2 Hours
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Makes: Approximately 50-75 Cake Balls, depending upon the size you make

1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper

Cook cake according to package directions.  After cake is cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.

Mix in 1 tub of cream cheese frosting.  I find it easier to use my finders to mix, but be warned - it is really messy!  Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and lay on a cookie sheet. Chill for several hours (you can speed this process up by placing them in the freezer).

Melt chocolate in microwave according to the directions on the package.  Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm.  I use a fork to dip and tap off the extra.  Note: Only melt a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time, as it starts to cool and thicken.  It's much easier to work with when it's hot.  Also, if you're coating with white chocolate, wipe the bowl out every few times as little red crumbles will turn your white a slight pink. 

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