Monday, January 19, 2015

Strawberry Cake Truffles for Valentine's Day

Remember that large cupcake I made last week for Cody and Red's birthday? Well, a cupcake of that size calls for two cake mixes. After you fill the pan, you are left with some extra batter. I looked at it for a little, debating what to do, and an idea struck me. Instead of just making a couple extra normal size cupcakes, what if I baked it up in a pan (I used an 8x8), mixed it with some of the leftover frosting, and make cake balls?

And so I did!

Most truffles use cream cheese as its binder (think Oreo balls) so I wasn't sure if the frosting would hold up, but it surprisingly did! I liked the frosting and cake combo - it's like having a mini bite sized piece of cake!

Now, maybe you're thinking "no duh, Sara, everyone knows that." Well, if that is true, my apologies for acting like I reinvented the wheel.

Is frosting and cake covered in white chocolate already a thing?

Below I list what you need if you were doing this with a full cake mix, in case you wish to try it yourself. I personally liked the strawberry cake for these since Valentine's Day is right around the corner but try it out with vanilla, chocolate, or whatever flavor tickles your fancy! I bet Funfetti would be super yummy, too!

Strawberry Cake Truffles

         1 box strawberry deluxe cake mix (or any cake mix you like!) + ingredients needed to make mix
         1 can vanilla frosting
         2 bags white chocolate chips (or milk chocolate if you prefer!)

1. Bake cake as directed on the box, using an 8x8 or 9x13 pan.

2. Once baked, let cake cool completely then remove from pan.

3. In a large bowl (or food processor/mixer), crumble the cake. Once cake is broken up, add the frosting gradually. Start with half the jar. If the mixture is still crumbly and won't roll easily, add more frosting. You want the mixture to be wet enough that you can make balls out of it.

4. Line cake balls onto plate or cookie sheet and refrigerate for 2-4 hours (I let mine refrigerate for an afternoon while I visited my parents to ensure they were solid but if you're in a time crunch, try popping them in the freezer for a bit instead!).

5. Once cake balls have firmed up, melt your chocolate chips either in a double boiler or in the microwave.

6. Using a fork, dip each ball into the melted chocolate. Place covered truffle onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and apply any decor you'd like.

7. Place back into fridge for an hour or so until the chocolate has hardened.