Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Pink Velvet Cake Truffles.
Told you that I love pink!
And I’ve had dyed fingers all week to prove it. Contrary to what Mr. How Sweet believes, I do shower. Sometimes.
This is a two-for-one recipe, as I made two different batches of cake balls but threw them together for Valentines’ Day sake.
My favorite are the strawberry cake balls covered in milk chocolate, but I also made some vanilla cake balls with a tiny bit of pink food coloring for Mr. How Sweet.
I know this question is coming, so I do not recommend straying from the boxed cake mix unless you are a seasoned baker. By using a boxed mix, I know that every single time I make the cake balls, they will turn out. And I know that every single time, I will only need 1 1/2 cups of my own frosting, or 1 can of prepared frosting. While this is super easy, it is a lot of “busy” work – prepare the cake, bake the cake, crumble the cake, refrigerate, roll the balls, refrigerate again, dip in chocolate, decorate, refrigerate…
I don’t have the time nor the desire to screw up proportions and have to start again. I have more important things to do, like watch Dawson’s Creek reruns and fry bacon to replenish my jar of grease in the fridge. Plus, who doesn’t love cake balls?
Technically the pink velvet ones aren’t really pink velvet. But along with vanilla extract, I added a drop of chocolate extract for a bit of cocoa flavor. I’ve been making Mr. How Sweet red velvet cake balls for years, as they are one of his favorite treats. Right up there with chocolate chip cookies and Diet Coke.
You can also find many fun ways to decorate them.
I used a pink sugar sparkle glaze, some sprinkles, and extra drizzled chocolate.
Thank goodness I have a spouse, because if I was left to my own devices I’d probably buy hot pink carpeting and hot pink paint. It would be putrid.
I’m sure you can guess which ones I hoarded for myself due to my obsession with sprinkles.
Almost as good as a real chocolate covered strawberry, which just happen to be one of my favorite treats. I’d buy stock in Godiva chocolate strawberries if I could. They can’t be beat.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls
makes about 40 1-inch balls
1 box Duncan Hines strawberry cake mix, prepared and baked
1 1/2 cups cream cheese frosting (homemade or 1 can of prepared)
6 ounces high quality white, dark or milk chocolate (I often use Ghiradelli or Lindt)
additional pink food coloring if desire (I used a drop for a more pink look)
sprinkles, decorations, etc
Prepare cake batter and bake as directed. I often use a 9 x 13 cake pan as I find this is easiest.
Once cake has cooled, scoop it out of the cake pan and into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add frosting and mix on low to medium speed until a pink dough forms. This can also be done by hand, but may not be mixed as well and will take longer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
Roll in 1-inch balls and place on parchment paper laying on a sheet pan. Freeze the balls for at least 1 hour. Right before removing, melt chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave (if in the microwave, melt in 30 second increments until melted completely). Using a fork, dip balls in chocolate and gently flip it around, just until coated. Lift it out with the fork, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off. Decorate as desired, refrigerating immediately after for at least a few minutes.
We like these best chilled, but they can also be kept at room temperature.
Pink Velvet Cake Truffles
makes about 40 1-inch balls
1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines again), prepared and baked
1 teaspoon vanilla or chocolate extract (or both) to add to cake batter
1 1/2 cups buttercream or cream cheese frosting (homemade or 1 can of prepared)
6 ounces white, dark or milk chocolate
a few drops of pink food coloring
sprinkles, decorations, etc
Follow exact instructions as chocolate covered strawberry cake truffles, adding pink food coloring to cake batter while mixing.
In other news, you don’t even want to know what I had for lunch yesterday. You’re going to find out tomorrow, but it’s totally not what you think.
220 Comments on “Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Pink Velvet Cake Truffles.”
I am making cake pops this weekend for my sons class. Never made them before – really hope they turn out. I have been to multiple stores and cannot find strawberry cake mix ANYWHERE so I guess its white cake with pink dye. Glad my husband is too busy to notice what I have been up! I love hot pink! I have some newly dyed pink hair and have slowly been painting things pink in my house (the front door is next on the list).
Ah good luck! :)
You can never go wrong with a box mix – one of my favorites is to take a Vanilla cake mix and mix it with a can of ginger ale – mix and bake – so delicious! My other favorite is chocolate cake mix with a can of rootbeer – really the possibilities are endless!
Looks delicious as usual – and not a vegetable in sight – love it!
I must try this cake with soda thing that everyone is talking about! No eggs or anything else?
These are PRECIOUS! They would be great for a baby shower too!
for some reason i have yet to make cake balls, it’s like they fell off my radar or something. now that my parents are coming to town tomorrow i have an “excuse” to try them out, thanks for the reminder jessica:D
OH dear, those look amazing! And how fun?! Great idea Jessica. Very Valentine’s Day-ee.
Pink Food always taste better =] Especially when you add sprinkles! Those look amazing!
Thanks for the step-by-step. I soooo want to make these!
Wow, you just admitted on the world wide web that you are Dawson’s fan? haha, just teasing. I have seen every episode myself, at least three or four times! They did show reruns a few years ago, but I can’t remember what channel they were on. I used to record them. I know, it’s sad.
Anyways….your cake balls look delish (that totally sounded inappropriate)!
I am! No shame. They used to be on TBS for 2 hours every morning.
Am I pathetic or what?
I’m not even all about pink, but I am ALL ABOUT these!
Maybe that is what I did wrong when I made them – no boxed cake mix. Good to know. Happy early V-day to you and Mr. Sweet.
Oh my gosh, awesome!
I made cake balls last week and everyone was just raving. These are the clear next step! :)
love these! So pretty!
Please be my valentine. Please.
Great…now I hope my keyboard doesn’t short out due to my drool.
You know what color combination I adore? Pink and brown. And when I say brown, I obviously mean a bacon garnish. Or maybe truffles with a slice of bacon wrapped around, held together with a toothpick (though we know I’ll eat them so fast that the toothpick will only get in the way…).
I love cake balls!!! These look divine and oh so fun! Love that they’re pink:) I’m new to your blog and loving your posts!
Thanks so much Beth!
I love how cute and pink your balls are! I love all things pink (my blog used to be hot pink HAHA) and would love to receive a large box of these … maybe I should forward this recipe to B… Wonder if he’d make them for me :D
Will you be my Valentine ?!
These look incredible! I am featuring them on a cute V-day post today. Thanks for the awesome recipe to share. :)
What a great Valentine’s Day recipe!!! Yum!
That batter is my FAVORITE color pink! YUM! Your decorations look so pretty! I sometimes try to be good at decorating…it usually ends up looking like a 1st grader did it…and then dropped it on the floor…you get the picture…
Trust me, mine looks like that a lot too!
I LOVE cake balls and yours are just almost too pretty too eat! I’m going to have to try them with strawberry cake, that sounds soooo good! :)
OH Dawson’s Creek! I completely forgot about that show!
These look delicious! These are SO pretty! I’ve made cake balls with strawberry cake and strawberry frosting and dipped them in dark chocolate. It was awesome!
It sounds so good!
This is just…perfect.
What type of chocolate do you use for the dipping? Last time I tried to make cake balls I tried to melt chocolate chips and dip them in it and oh my goodness, it was a disaster! delicious, but disasterous lol
I usually use lindt or ghiradelli!
Just a regular chocolate bar, and then melt it in the microwave? Sorry, this question prolly seems so silly
Not silly at all! Yes, just the bars. I usually melt mine in a double boiler (on the stove over a pot of water), but melting in the microwave works too. If you do that, I would melt in 30 second increments and mix with a spatula in between until melted.
I always like making my box cakes with a can of soda, I prefer the texture (And I never keep many eggs in the house…), can you make cake balls with soda-cake? I wonder if the cake would be too crumb-y.
I’ve never tried but I don’t see why not! If the cake is too crumbly just add more frosting to bring it together!
My boyfriend and I regularly like to ‘get down’ on a Dr. Pepper/Strawberry cake with Cream Cheese frosting and red dazzle sugar…. Guess what he’s getting for Valentine’s Day!
I think I love you!
Oh shiz. These look unbelievable and I must make them!!
How do you get them so smoothly covered in chocolate? I tried to make chocolate covered lemon cake balls for superbowl and although they tasted fantastic, the coating was a mess!
Tell me all your secrets! hehe
I freeze the balls up until the moment I use them. And I make sure to roll them as smoothly as possible. I use high quality chcolate for dipping and dip with forks!
Did you make the pink sugar sparkle glaze? How can I do this?!
No I bought it, I got it at target last year but I think they still have them. It comes in a squeeze tube!
Awesome, I’m going to go look for some, do you happen to know the brand?
It’s Wilton! Here is it: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=pg_sparklegel
These are gorgeous! Such fun Valentine’s Day treat! By the way, I made your cashew chicken last night and it was so good, thanks for the recipe!
So glad you liked it!
i love pink too! those are so cute!
Those are so darn pretty! I love that first shot.
the color on that is amazing! what a wonderful recipe for this month
I can’t believe how pink and pretty they are! Cuuute!
I prefer pink for my starburst and various other things…LOVE this.
SO pretty- I lurveee them. Great job!!
Those are (and I don’t use this word lightly) adorable. I may (may!) make them for my next work potluck. Because I want people to like me.
Who wouldn’t like you already? ;)
These are fantastically creative! I thank God for the job I have but I totally do not get enough time in the kitchen to do something like this. Maybe this weekend.MAYBE.
Sooo I had this whole idea of cookies I was going to prepare for VDay…but I think I may have to throw that out the window in favor of these! They look so cute and delicious!
HOLY YUM! You are so creative :) I have no idea how you come up with these things, but I just love ’em!
These look like heaven on a plate. My sister makes an Oreo truffle that is very similar and everyone just salivates over them. Love it!
Love those too!
These look yumtown but may I just say, Pacey = love. It should be called Pacey’s Creek!
Oh these are so pretty! I was thinking of making red velvet cake balls for Valentine’s Day, but now I’m leaning toward these!
I just bought mix to make red velvet cake balls. I wish I had waited one more day to read this post and I so would have bought strawberry. And are there really Dawson’s creek reruns showing??? I’m currently unemployed and the last time I was unemployed (7 years ago) I watched the whole season more than once!
No, the reruns aren’t on anymore that I know of. I have DVDs. I live a sad life.
The pink cake and icing looks so cute!! Love the pink theme. I just made chocolate covered strabwerries last night! http://www.bakeaholic.ca/holidays/valentines-day/chocolate-dipped-strawberries/
Hope you have a sweet Valentine’s! I’m off to Mexico =)
Jealous! Have so much fun.
My, my, these look fabulous! I adore cake balls!
I love pink too!! I wish I had a huge plate of these in front of me right now. :-)
O.M.G.!! I must make these this month. I don’t even care if it’s after Valentine’s Day. I am making these!! Yummy and so pretty!
Can you explain the exact chocolate coating process. ie
How you melt, how long it sets, and what to store the cake balls in while they are drying, and whether to put them in fridge again or freezer.
I just added some more detail in to the recipe! However – I either melt in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave. If I melt it in the microwave, I only do it in 30 second increments, mixing with a spatula after each to melt and prevent burning. I remove the cake balls from the freezer just as I’m going to dip them. Using a fork, I dip the ball in the chocolate and gently flip it once or twice until all of the cake is covered. I lift it out with the fork and let any excess chocolate roll off, then gently lay it down on wax or parchment paper. I repeat and then refrigerate. I also find it is sometimes easier to work in batches, that way you aren’t rushed. I hope this helps!
ooOOo! There’s this cupcakery called Patty’s cakes near where I live and they have Cake balls and I believe it’s just like this but with their own signature twist!! I wanted to actually try them yest. but had no money. Hahaha, but these look soooooooo cuuuuuuute I wanna pinch it. :P Genius
You need to try one now!
These are way cute!! I really want to make the red velvet version for valentine’s day!!
Cannot wait to see what you had for lunch!! You never fail to entertain me with your eats! :)