Chocolate cake balls are super easy to make and a fun treat for everyone! Make these with the kids and they’ll think it’s the best!
Chocolate cake balls are a great treat for when you want to enjoy something chocolate. These are a rich and soft chocolate cake ball inside of a harder chocolate shell to crunch through. They’re surprisingly filling so don’t expect to eat too many in one sitting.
Cake balls are one of the best ways to be “extra” without doing much. They look incredible at parties but they also make a great treat to enjoy when you have a sweet tooth. How many times do you see cake pops sitting there in the window case of Starbucks and think about buying one for yourself? No special reasons needed to enjoy a special treat.
Making this cake balls recipe is actually really easy. If you’ve ever seen a fancy decorated cake and thought “there’s no way I can do this,” making these chocolate cake balls is nothing like that.
It’s for those that can bake a cake and destroy it into a pile of crumbs. So picture a child at their first birthday party tearing into a cake smash and let out your inner messy child.
Using only 4 simple ingredients, you don’t need any crazy level of skills or some extensive shopping list to make these chocolate cake balls.
The most important part is to have an already prepared (and unfrosted cake) so bake up a boxed mix as directed or go the extra mile and make a chocolate cake from scratch. Either way, these cake balls turn out great.
How to Make Chocolate Cake Balls
- Prepare the boxed cake mix per the instructions for a 9×13 pan (or make a homemade cake of the same size).
- Allow the cooked cake to cool.
- Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the frosting and then mix until it’s well combined.
- Scoop out rounded tablespoons of this mixture onto a lined cookie sheet.
- In a bowl, melt the chocolate with the oil in 30-second increments in the microwave until the chocolate is almost completely melted. Stir the chocolate to melt it completely and make it smooth.
- Dip each of the cake balls into the chocolate, tapping the excess off.
- Add sprinkles, if desired.
- Allow them to set in the fridge.
How do you dip cake balls?
There are several different ways that you can dip your cake balls, each one has it’s own level of messiness, so keep in mind you will have some chocolate mess to clean up regardless of which method you choose.
You can gently hold the ball between your fingers and dip it until it is fully submerged in the chocolate, and then place on a baking sheet.
You can also use two toothpicks inserted into the sides of the cake ball and gently dip the cake ball into the chocolate. Then after placing the chocolate ball on a baking sheet, you can remove the toothpicks.
Another method is using a fork or spoon to hold a single cake ball and to dip it down in the chocolate until it’s fully submerged and covered.
How far in advance can I make cake balls?
You can make cake balls a few days in advance. If you don’t want to dip the cake balls in chocolate until closer to serving time, you can make the cake balls and then freeze them undipped for up to a few weeks in advance. You can also keep them in the fridge for up to a few days.
If you dip the cake balls while they’re still frozen or chilled you may even notice that the melted chocolate sets up even more quickly.
How long do cake balls last?
When stored at normal room temperature in an airtight container, you can expect your chocolate cake balls to last about 7 to 10 days and be fine. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy them!
Chocolate Cake Balls
- 1 box chocolate cake mix see note
- 1 cup chocolate frosting
- 1 cup milk 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.