Welcome friends — in today’s post, we’re going to teach you how to make our amazing cake truffles yourself! These treats always bring smiles and can make a fun project for the family to create together.
Cake truffles combine cake, buttercream, and chocolate to create a fantastic dessert. Perfect for parties, special events, holidays, and gifts, these cake balls couldn’t be easier for the DIY crowd.
Without further ado…
Gather your Ingredients
To make cake truffles (or cake balls) you will need:
- Buttercream / Frosting (we’ll call it buttercream)
- Chocolate Chips, Baking Chocolate, or Chocolate Melts
- Chocolate Melter or Microwave Safe Bowl
- Cutting Board or tray (we love the plastic boards)
- Food Safe Gloves
- Optional, but awesome: Fork, Parchment Paper, Scoop
Let’s Get Started!
First thing first… take the cake and crumble like your life depended on it. 😉
This part is generally lots of fun for the kids. Our favorite way is to do this by hand.
The picture above shows chocolate cake, crumbled up and ready to get mixed with some buttercream. We’re going to be using a Tiramisu buttercream. Mmmm… chocolate tiramisu cake truffles… mmmmm…
Grab a mixing bowl:
Then add your cake crumbs:
How much should you add?
Depends. Honestly the answer depends on your taste. Our customers love a ratio of 65% cake to 35% buttercream.
Once you’ve added the cake crumbs, it’s time to start mixing. We do this by hand for several reasons.
First, we’re old school. Second, you get to truly feel the consistency. Third, it’s fast and easy.
You should use gloves for this. Let us say this again… you should use gloves.
The main reasons you would use gloves is for food safety. Although you’ve already washed your hands, there’s not going to be any additional cooking of the cake truffles. So, since you’re touching it… wear gloves. Also, it’s so much quicker to clean up when you can just take off the gloves and smile.
Mix together the buttercream and cake crumbs:
Keep mixing together:
Until you get a good consistency:
Ever heard the saying “measure twice, cut once?” The same goes with baking… taste twice… This is a great time to taste your mixture and make sure it’s the consistency you want and that the taste is to your desire.
Once you’ve made the mixture, it’s time to make some cake balls. To keep sizing equal, we use a scoop:
Scoop out some of the mixture:
Roll it into a ball:
Place the ball onto your board:
Repeat until you’ve used up all of the mixture.
Some people will tell you to freeze — not us. We do not believe in freezing cake. Instead, use the refrigerator and cool the cake balls for at least 30 minutes.
Cake Truffles Need Chocolate
Once the cake balls have been chilled they are ready for chocolate. =)
Melt chocolate in your favorite manner… some like using a double boiler, some like a chocolate tempering machine, a fondue pot… or even a microwave (google melt chocolate in microwave).
Once you have your melted chocolate, it’s time to turn these cake balls into amazing cake truffles.
Having some great chocolate tools really makes this process easier. If you don’t have one of those amazing forks, you can try using a regular fork, toothpicks, etc.
Make sure the cake ball is completely covered in chocolate:
Once covered, remove from chocolate (shaking off excess):
Place onto parchment paper or a good tray:
This is the perfect time to decorate your truffles with sprinkles, drizzle, cake crumbs, or whatever you can think.
If you’re looking for tools, decorations, or more… don’t forget to give us a call. Dream Day Cakes not only makes amazing cakes (and cake truffles), we also sell cake tools and decorations. =)