Embracing Him’s Cake Mix Creations series is entering week four. Over the past several weeks, I’ve shared recipes that use an ordinary box of cake mix in an extraordinary way. We’ve already enjoyed Peach Dump Cake, Cake Mix Doughnuts, and Cake Mix Cookies. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for Cake Mix Truffles.
Cake Mix truffles are pretty and delicious. I love how they can be dressed up or dressed down. They look wonderful when decorated with fancy toppings and arranged on a festive platter. They’re just as cute when bathed in a simple candy coating and piled in a plastic container to be distributed among friends at a playdate.
Here are a few tips you can use when making Cake Mix Truffles:
- The homemade frosting is the thing that makes this recipe a grand slam. Do not cut corners by using canned frosting!
- Use a high quality cocoa powder in the frosting. My favorites are Hershey’s and Ghiradelli.
- Keep frosting smooth by sifting the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. You’ll have lump free frosting if you sift.
- Experiment with other cake mix flavors and frostings. Lemon cake with a raspberry buttercream frosting sounds divine. Red velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting would make me swoon!
- If you’re like me and prefer not to fuss with the double boiler method, melt the candy melts in the microwave. Go slowly and stir constantly.
- Add sugar a half cup at a time and taste. You will probably NOT need the full amount the recipe calls for.
- Get creative with garnishes. Don’t the coconut coated truffles in the picture look great? Try adding colored sugars or mini chocolate/peanut butter/butterscotch chips.
- This is a GREAT recipe for kids. Let them sift the sugar and cocoa powder. Let them crumble the cake and mix the frosting. Let them have fun rolling the balls.
Cake Mix Truffles
1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients (water, oil, eggs, etc)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup cocoa powder
2¾ cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (16 oz) packages of Wilton candy melts or Almond Bark
sprinkles, etc for garnish
Prepare cake according to package directions using a 13×9 inch pan. Bake the cake and allow it to cool for one hour. Cut cake into pieces and transfer the pieces to a large bowl. Crumble the cake using your hands.
While the cake cools, prepare the frosting. Add the butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to a medium size bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat the frosting into a creamy spreadable consistency. If frosting is too thick, add more milk one teaspoon at a time and beat again. Continuing adding milk until the desired consistency is reached.
Add the frosting to the crumbled cake and mix well to combine.
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Scoop a tablespoon or so of the cake mixture and roll it into a ball. Place the ball on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cake mixture and refrigerate or freeze until firm.
Once the cake mix truffles have firmed, melt the candy melts/bark according to the package directions. Dip the the truffles in the melted candy and place them on a baking sheet. Immediately add garnishes and then place the cake mix truffles in the refrigerator so the candy shell hardens.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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