red velvet cake truffles

September 21, 2012

in Bars & Bites

I was smitten from the moment I spotted these red velvet cake balls from Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet. Each cake ball reminded me of a work of art; chocolate truffles also came to mind. When a friend requested red velvet cake bites for a birthday treat, I knew just where to turn!

Each “truffle” is richly satisfying – the cocoa kissed cake is fused with a whisper of cream cheese frosting and coated in chocolate for an indulgent bite. Although these are a bit labor intensive, the result is too fun (and too cute!). Bake the red velvet cake a day ahead to save time on the day of assembly. For the coating, I divided the chocolate into two batches and melted 8 ounces at a time – this helps maintain the consistency of the melted chocolate.

Red Velvet Cake Truffles
Adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Red Velvet Cake
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
3 Tbsp plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp red gel food coloring
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar

16 oz (1 pound) semisweet chocolate, chopped and divided
Sprinkles or decorations (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add vanilla and food coloring; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture). Beat just until smooth; pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth with an offset spatula.

Bake for about 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached and cake begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Wrap well and store overnight, or continue with assembly.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Crumble the cake and add to the mixer bowl; mix on medium speed until combined. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll cake mixture into 1 1/4″ balls; place on baking sheets and refrigerate 1 hour.

For the coating, place 8 ounces semisweet chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Dip two balls at a time in the chocolate mixture, using a small spatula to roll the balls until completely coated. Use a fork to lift balls out of chocolate, tapping gently to shake off excess chocolate. Place on prepared baking sheets and decorate with sprinkles.

Continue with remaining cake balls and chocolate. Refrigerate balls on baking sheets for about 15 minutes, until chocolate sets. Trim bottoms with a paring knife and place each truffle in a mini baking cup. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 45 cake truffles (serving size: 1 truffle)
Calories – 125
Carbs – 14

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1 Cassie September 21, 2012

These are gorgeous! What a fun way to enjoy red velvet!!


2 Valerie September 21, 2012

So cute! I want to curl up with several (dozen) and a good book!


3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts September 21, 2012

YUM!!! I loved them when Lisa made them too – yours look gorgeous! Now I just wish that it was my birthday you made them for :)


4 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) September 21, 2012

Laura – so glad that I could provide inspiration! Aren’t these such tasty little red bites of yummy-ness? I am sure they were a hit with your friends. Lovely photos!!!


5 brighteyedbaker September 21, 2012

They look delicious! And so cute too :)


6 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 21, 2012

Gorgeous, Laura! Pinning these!

Love that rich, deep velvety red cake and then the choc and I know it’s not easy rolling all these balls and dipping them (BTDT!) and you did an amazing job!


7 Carol | a cup of mascarpone September 21, 2012

I’d love a few of these pretty little gems right now, sitting on my desk. They would remain on my desk for all of 30 seconds!!! Happy Friday, Laura!


8 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme September 21, 2012

Simply beautiful! I love little desserts like these. They are just perfect. I can see why you were smitten with them!


9 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) September 21, 2012

I could go for these truffles right now–they are so pretty, Laura, and knowing you coupled with inspiration from Lisa, I bet these are so, so good!


10 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 21, 2012

As a red velvet AND truffle fan, I so wish it was MY birthday… ;) That’s a great thing about being a baker – giving away very nice homemade treats to friends you love. I love that thought. I can rarely pack my regular food to give away. =P Now these would be a nice Friday/weekend treat. Have a great one Laura!


11 Deb September 21, 2012

Red Velvet and cream cheese are a perfect pair, add chocolate and the level of irresistablity is dazzling! What a stellar birthday treat!


12 Muna Kenny September 21, 2012

Ok! These cake truffles look gorgeous, but the last photo killed me so I pinned it. You have no idea how bad I want to taste the truffle which you’ve cut in half ;)


13 Jenn September 21, 2012

Oh YUM!! I could eat that whole batch right now!!


14 Patty September 21, 2012

Wow, just lovely and they look like so much fun to make;-)


15 Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures September 21, 2012

Cake balls/pops are so time consuming to make, but so yummy! These look so cute with all the sprinkles.


16 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) September 21, 2012

Those are a lot of fun and like little surprises when you bite in and see that vibrant red!


17 the wicked noodle September 21, 2012

Laura, how do you make everything look so darn perfect?!! These should be sold in an upscale bakery. I so wish I had one right now to taste test!


18 Liz September 21, 2012

SO beautifully presented, Laura! And I’m glad these are made from scratch…my daughter would love them!


19 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 21, 2012

Oooh, these are so gorgeous! Love it! Little balls of red velvet deliciousness – YUM! Have a wonderful weekend, Laura!


20 Lora @cakeduchess September 21, 2012

So nice that Lisa inspired you to bake these precious birthday bites. I need to remember to do this for a friend for a surprise treat. They look delicious, Laura;)


21 Minnie(@thelady8home) September 21, 2012

OMG They look great!!!! Too good. Feel like having one right now. :-D

BTW I am back with the dinner extravaganza :)

Please post your amazing recipes and help make it a super success. Don’t forget to check out the Menu for this week. It’s fabulous!!!


22 Susan September 21, 2012

Just stunning! I think I could eat these until my stomach hurt! (I know, that’s a bizarre compliment!) They just look amazing!


23 Jen @ Savory Simple September 22, 2012

Very pretty!


24 Mercedes September 22, 2012

These are beautiful! I have seen those sprinkles before and love them!


25 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 22, 2012

Such pretty little treats!


26 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 22, 2012

i loved Lisa’s cake truffles and yours are very tempting as well. Now I wish I lived close to you tow so I can do some taste-testing.


27 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 22, 2012

These look absolutely heavenly and dangerous – I wouldn’t be able to stop at just 1, or 10 actually :)


28 Jennie @themessybakerblog September 22, 2012

These look like little chocolate jewels. I’m definitely going to need these in my life.


29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 23, 2012

What divine little rubied morsels coated in chocolate! :D


30 Baker Street September 23, 2012

What an incredible way to enjoy red velvet! These would make for great individual treats, Laura! Amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing.


31 The Café Sucré Farine September 23, 2012

Now you’ve got me smitten! You’re right, they are delightfully delicious looking!


32 Tanya @ playful and hungry September 23, 2012

Yummy! They look delicious – and I bet they are!


33 El September 23, 2012



34 Jenn and Seth September 23, 2012

YUM! these look so gorgeous and sound AMAZING! awesome job!


35 Anne@FromMySweetHeart September 23, 2012

Laura…I was never a huge fan of red velvet anything until I tried these cakeballs! Talk about luscious! Yours look so moist and pretty! : )


36 Quay Po Cooks September 24, 2012

Oh my goodness, these cake balls look so pretty. Fortunately they are not in front of me now, if not, it will be all gone in a New York minute.


37 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 24, 2012

Am I admitting too much to say I’ve never actually MADE a cake for cake balls? I make them if I think a cake I’ve already made is crap. :)

Your red velvet truffles look so good!


38 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 24, 2012

These are totally gorgeous!


39 Lan | angry asian September 24, 2012

these are adorable!


40 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 24, 2012

Oh holy heaven! I NEED those!


41 claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 24, 2012

These are SO AMAZING!! perfect for a homemade holiday gift!


42 Terra September 24, 2012

Oh seriously I would have been smitten too, your truffles are simply beautiful!!! What a fun treat to make for a holiday party! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


43 Liren September 24, 2012

I met Lisa for lunch the same week she made her red velvet bites – oh my! I’ve been thinking of it ever since. The last time I made cake balls was several years ago, and I thank you for giving me inspiration (and also a better name – truffle makes so much more sense!). These look perfectly perfect, Laura, dipped in chocolate!


44 Asmita September 24, 2012

Hi Laura,
I am so making this. I love the idea. Looks adorable! My daughter is crazy about red velvet and I can imagine her excitement when she sees these. Thanks a lot.


45 Rosa September 24, 2012

Wonderful and so irresistible! A terrific treat.




46 Kiran @ September 25, 2012

Oh my! That’s a pretty cute treat :)


47 Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats September 26, 2012

Love love love Red Velvet and have always dreamed of making some Red Velvet truffles. Just never got round to making it though. What I love about you post is that you took the time to bake the cake from scratch and, a lot of love is put into this truffle. Wish I could grab some from you. Have a great week! Cheers, Jo


48 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 3, 2012

I know what you mean when you had to make your own truffles after seeing Lisa’s post. I wanted to make them too. They’re gorgeous!



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