This easy cake balls recipe is delicious for any occasion and the perfect balance of cake + frosting in every bite!
Cake balls are an incredibly delicious cake truffle made from cake crumbs and frosting, dipped in a melted chocolate coating. It’s an incredible experience in every tasty bite!
They’re so sweet and filling that you won’t need much to feel satisfied, which means that after making this cake ball recipe, you’ll have plenty to share with your friends and family!
Birthday cake balls are even better. Everyone loves confetti cake mix and the colorful sprinkles in their baked cakes, so can you imagine the pretty colors and fun experience of eating cake balls with sprinkles baked on the inside?
It’s like a party in every bite! Kids and adults will all love it!
Don’t let the name fool you, you can eat birthday cake balls when it’s your unbirthday too! They make a great treat when you want something sweet, but they also look impressive on the dessert table when you’re at a potluck style gathering.
Serve a batch up at your next party, holiday gathering, or BBQ and watch them all quickly disappear off of the plate as everyone loads up and continues to come back for more.
What’s even better than the way these cake balls look or taste is that they are such as easy recipe to make!
You can have a full batch whipped up in no time and even enlist the help of the kids to get them made and decorated! This is also a great way to keep your own hands clean. 😉
How to Make Birthday Cake Balls
- Prepare the boxed cake mix per the instructions for a 9×13 pan.
- Allow the cake to cool completely.
- Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the frosting and then mix until well combined.
- Scoop out rounded tablespoons and place them onto a lined cookie sheet.
- Melt the chocolate with the oil in 30-second increments in the microwave until the chocolate is almost all melted. Stir to completely melt.
- Dip each cake ball into the chocolate, tapping the excess off.
- Add sprinkles, if desired.
- Allow the cake balls to set in the fridge.
Can you freeze cake balls?
Undipped or dipped, your cake balls can be frozen for up to 6 weeks, just make sure to let them thaw on the counter or in the fridge before eating.
Note that the chocolate coating may appear to sweat as it thaws, this is normal and harmless, but can be messy or cause colored sprinkles to have their colors run.
How big should cake balls be?
Cake balls weren’t meant to be too large. Think about the size of a standard chocolate or cake truffle, and you’re in the right ballpark. You want your cake balls to be big enough that they can be eaten within 1 or 2 bites.
For this reason, 1-2 tablespoons of mix formed into a cake ball are more than plenty. Don’t forget that the filling inside a cake ball is very sweet and rich so less is definitely more.
Do cake balls have to be refrigerated?
Believe it or not, they don’t actually need to be kept in the fridge. Due to the high sugar content, they can survive at room temperature.
Store your finished cake balls in a cool, dry place, and inside of an airtight container and you can expect them to last for up to 2 weeks!
If you do wish to keep them in the fridge, you can get another week out of their shelf life, but note that it may cause condensation on your cake pop’s coating causing them to become sticky.
Cake Balls Recipe
- 1 box funfetti cake mix see note
- 1 cup white buttercream frosting
- 1 cup white chocolate chips melted
- 3 tablespoons oil coconut or vegetable or canola
- Prepare the boxed cake mix per the instructions for a 9x13 pan.
- Allow the cake to cool.
- Crumble cake into a large bowl.
- Add the frosting and mix until well combined.
- Scoop rounded tablespoons onto a lined cookie sheet.
- Melt chocolate with oil in 30-second increments in the microwave until the chocolate is almost all melted. Stir to completely melt.
- Dip each cake ball in the chocolate, tapping the excess off.
- Sprinkle, if desired.
- Allow to set in the fridge.