Red Velvet and Green Velvet Cake Truffles

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Super moist red velvet and green velvet cake crumbs are mixed with a cream cheese frosting to make cake truffles! They’re dipped in creamy white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles and edible glitter! They make a wonderful homemade gift!

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Christmas is 10 days away and I haven’t made all that much headway on my gift shopping… still. Yeah, it’s really getting dire now. Please tell me I’m not alone? I don’t typically procrastinate, but maybe in this experience I will learn that I actually thrive under pressure?? That’d be nice! Either way, I’ve decided I’m going homemade again. Baking is going to save me. These Red Velvet and Green Velvet Cake Truffles are going to save me. I’m officially checking ‘gifts’ off my To Do list.

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Part of the reason that gift ideas this year were harder than most is because I do typically like to give homemade items. In the past, I’ve done crafty things like make wreaths or mosaic mirrors, stuff like that. However, I’m just not getting around to those projects this year. Fortunately, I can still go the homemade route. Instead, I’m gifting these elegant and delicious truffles! Who doesn’t like the gift of baked goods, made from the heart? Plus, these have edible glitter on top. Yay!

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I know how I feel about receiving homemade gifts, and I know that my friends and family always cherish them too. They truly prefer it to anything I could buy for them. Not only will these nuggets of deliciousness save me time stressing over what to get for people, but making these truffles will save money too. It’s not about the money you spend anyway. Homemade gifts are more thoughtful and personal, and I only needed to purchase a few ingredients, and a fun way to present them.

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I hoard a serious collection of baking items, but because I do so much of it, I run out of stuff. I headed to Walmart and picked up Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Baker’s White Chocolate for making these truffles. The baking aisle is like the mothership calling me home. I love that it’s even more packed with amazing goodies during the holidays!

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I wanted to incorporate a fun way of packaging the truffles. In my family, we are tin people. Candy and cookies go in tins. My Gma even has an entire cupboard dedicated to an array of tins in all different sizes. Since she usually has lots of sweets on hand, you always see a few tins on display in the kitchen. They’re decorative and they keep baked goods fresh!

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To make these beautiful and festive truffles, I whipped up my favorite milk chocolate cake batter. I divided it in half, and colored one half red, and one half green. Like magic, we have red velvet and green velvet! 😉

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While the cakes are cooling, I threw together a quick cream cheese frosting!

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I crumbled up the cake into a big bowl, and mixed in enough frosting that it was a consistency where I could roll it into balls. If I took a little of each, it made a really pretty swirled effect with the red and green colors!

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I dunked them into melted white chocolate, and decorated them with sprinkles and edible glitter!

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I popped them into these lovely gold foil cups and stacked them in a pretty tin! Done!

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Red Velvet and Green Velvet Cake Truffles
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Super moist red velvet and green velvet cake crumbs are mixed with a cream cheese frosting to make cake truffles!
Recipe type: Dessert - cake
Serves: 50-60 cake truffles
For cake:
  • 1½ c. milk
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1¼ c. butter, softened
  • 2¼ c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3¾ c. flour
  • ⅓ c. cocoa
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • green and red food coloring or gel paste
For frosting:
  • 1 - 8 oz. package Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c. butter, softened
  • 4 c. powdered sugar (approximately)
For coating:
  • 3 - 4 oz. boxes Baker's white chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. shortening
For cake:
  1. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, and beat until well-combined. Mix in vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda.
  5. Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl alternately with the sour milk (milk + vinegar mixture). Beat until just combined.
  6. Divide cake batter evenly between 2 bowls. Color one portion with red food coloring, and one portion with green food coloring. For me, this required about 1 tsp. of gel paste for each color.
  7. Pour each batter individually into a greased 8-inch round cake pan (red goes into one pan, green into a second pan).
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare frosting.
For frosting:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar until frosting is desired consistency. For me, this was about 4 cups.
To assemble cake truffles:
  1. Crumble the cooled red velvet cake into a large bowl. Add about 1 c. frosting to the cake crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. Gradually add more frosting, as needed, until dough easily forms into balls, but not so much that it's sticky. About 1 c. worked perfectly!
  2. Repeat process with the green velvet cake.
  3. Using a spoon or small scoop, roll the cake into 1-inch balls (approximately).
  4. Set cake balls onto a foil-lined baking sheet. You can choose to roll red velvet separately, green velvet separately, or you can mix a little of both colors together, as you form each ball.
  5. Refrigerate cake balls for at least 1 hour.
For coating:
  1. In a large saucepan on low heat, melt white chocolate and shortening together. Whisk gently until smooth.
  2. To dip the cake balls, insert a toothpick in the top of a ball. Dunk the cake ball into the white chocolate, or use a spoon to ladle white chocolate over the cake ball as you hold it by the toothpick. Tap it on the edge of the pan to remove excess chocolate.
  3. Carefully set it back on the foil-lined baking sheet, and twist the toothpick out of the top.
  4. Repeat until all cake truffles are dipped, and decorate with sprinkles or edible glitter. Allow to chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    These are just about the most festive truffles that I ever seen, Sarah! I love the pretty red and green combination. Cake truffles are one of my favorite desserts, so delicious and eye-appealing! These would definitely make a great home-made gift. And I have to check out that edible glitter, too! So fun!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Gayle! You’re so sweet! I also thought the red and green together looked really pretty, and I KNOW they taste yummy! Haha! I think my family and friends will love receiving these! Homemade is always appreciated! Hope you had a lovely weekend! :)

  2. Jeff says

    Those look incredible. I could eat the frosting by the spoonful. Just curious, when you blend the cake crumbles with the frosting, do you just dive in and do it by hand? Is it tough to find the balance between crumbly/sticky?

    This one looks really great, thanks for sharing it.

    • says

      Yay! I’m so glad you like them! Aren’t they festive and pretty? Those are great questions. It’s not hard to find the balance with sticky and crumbly – just add frosting gradually. It will start to form a large ball on its own, and then you’ll know you’ve added the right amount of frosting. I added about a 1/2 cup initially, and then added a few tablespoons at a time. If it gets sticky, throwing it in the fridge will help firm it up for rolling, and you could even add a little powdered sugar to the mixture, if needed. I used a rubber spatula to mix, but by hand would definitely work, and would be the down-and-dirty way! Thanks for your questions and comment! :)

    • says

      Lol! Yay – good for you! I usually don’t procrastinate, but gifts definitely got away from me this year! These truffles will hit home with recipients though! Thanks, Paula! :)

    • says

      Yay – I’m so glad you think so! Hopefully my recipients will like them too! I have a good feeling about it! They look pretty and taste delish. Win-win, right? Thanks, Lisa! :)

    • says

      Thanks for the kind comment, Kelly! I’m with you on that… the red and green together look so Christmas-y and seasonal! Packed together in a tin, they make a perfect holiday gift! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

  3. says

    YUM! What a great gift idea! I love how festive they are – so cute! White chocolate is my favorite, so these truffles are calling to me (they may not make it to the neighbor’s house)! Thanks for sharing #client

    • says

      Lol! I was worried about the same thing! That they’d be gone before I have the chance to give them away! Haha. :) I am with you on white chocolate – it’s definitely one of my weaknesses! I’m so glad you like the truffles! Thanks for your kind comment!

  4. says

    These are so cute and festive Sarah! I love them. I’ve never made cake truffles, but now I’m going to have to after seeing these! :) I understand the not finding time for homemade projects this year – I decided to do the usual and make something homemade as a little extra for my kids, aaanndd, I’ve barely started and am almost out of time! Yikes. Hope I manage to finish it. Too busy this year!

    • says

      I know – homemade crafty gifts totally got away from me all year long, but I hope to step it up next year! I do think homemade gifts are always better! I always love them more than something store bought, and my family always seems excited to receive them! Now I’m curious what you are making for the kids! You’ll have to fill me in after Christmas. I hope you get time to finish them!!! :)

  5. Sarah S says

    LOVE the steps you showed! I need constant reinforcement along the way to assure myself that I’m doing the right thing, so thanks for showing every step of the way! How did people cook/bake before step-by-step blogs? :)

    • says

      Lol! That’s really good to know! I’m never sure if people want to see steps in a process, or just like to see a finished product! I’m glad the steps were helpful, and that’s a good point about having reinforcement that everything is moving along properly! Haha. :) Thanks so much for your comment! :)

  6. Lindsay says

    I think these are such a festive dessert. Perfect for those smaller cookie exchanges — you know what I mean — those exchanges where the big players come out and DON’T just bring chocolate chippers!!! Perfect descriptions and the recipe instructions actually worked perfectly. Thanks for posting! Wondering if you could use other colors with vanilla or white cake for other holidays? Easter? 4th of July?

    • says

      LOL! You must get to go to some fancy cookie exchanges. I need to get an invite to whatever circle you run in!! 😉 YAY – so glad you like the truffles! I was thinking that too… you could absolutely change up the colors. The green would work for St. Patty’s, and you could do pastels for Easter… etc. I like the gel paste food colorings the best. They’re so vibrant and accurate in color!

  7. says

    These look delicious!! What kind of lighting do you use for your food photography? I can only ever get similar light from my windows and well, with the shorter days and icky weather, it’s hit or miss!

    • says

      Hey Tami! Oh I knooooow… I’ve been having the hardest time with lighting! There’s a really short window of time where it’s half-decent, and it’s been super gloomy here too!! I’ve just been getting by with windows and sunny days so far, but I’m looking into a Lowel Ego on Amazon because I can’t rely on the whims of Mother Nature!!! :) I hear good things about it and it’s pretty inexpensive!


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