While its deep red coloring contrasted against bright, white icing make red velvet cake a natural go-to dessert for Valentine’s Day, I love it any time of year. That’s why I decided to make these red velvet truffles which are an easy, handheld version of the classic cake.
These red velvet cake balls bring together the flavors and textures of rich and moist red velvet cake with the sweet tang of a cream cheese frosting. It’s so simple — all you need is a box of red velvet cake mix and a few other easy-to-find ingredients.
If you’re looking for an easy truffle recipe that’s easily customizable (and is always a show-stopper!) you’ll love these red velvet truffles.
Common Questions about Red Velvet Truffles
What makes red velvet special?
Outside of how pretty it is, red velvet is known for having a rich flavor thanks to the use of cocoa powder.
What are cake truffles?
Cake truffles often combine cake and frosting to create a small ball-shaped confection. These red velvet cake truffles skip the frosting by instead just combining cream cheese and powdered sugar with the cake mix in one step.
Can I leave red velvet truffles out overnight?
Since these truffles are made with cream cheese they do require refrigeration when they’re not being served.
Making Red Velvet Truffles Ahead of Time
These are so easy that you don’t need to do any of the steps ahead of time. But you can make them well in advance of when you need them since you can store them for a while.
These little truffles are easy to store whether it’s in the refrigerator or freezer. Remember to place them in a single layer or separate them with parchment paper or wax paper so that they do not stick together.
Refrigerator: Keep these truffles in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 10 days.
Freezing: Store truffles in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Tips For The Best Red Velvet Truffles
These truffles are super simple but there are a few tips to get the best results.
- Grease your hands. Before rolling the truffle balls, spray your hands lightly with cooking spray or use a neutral oil to keep the dough from sticking to your hands and to form smooth balls.
- When adding cream, do so in intervals so that the dough doesn’t become too liquefied.
- Be sure to mix on low speed so that the cake mix and the powdered sugar stay in the bowl.
These simple ingredients come together for the most mouth-watering red velvet truffles.
- Red velvet cake box mix (do not use the package directions)
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Cream cheese (full fat; softened)
- Heavy cream
- Granulated sugar for rolling (optional)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
Just a few standard supplies are needed to whip up these tasty truffles.
- Stand mixer (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer)
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or Silpat mat
How to Make Red Velvet Truffles
With just a few quick steps, these truffles are ready in a matter of minutes.
- Add the cake mix powder, confectioner’s sugar, and softened cream cheese to a large bowl of a stand mixer.
- On low speed, mix the ingredients until they begin to combine.
- If the dough is dry, add heavy cream in increments until it comes together. It should have a doughy consistency.
- Make sure to scrape the side of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Form individual balls by first scooping the mixture.
- Then, roll the mixture between your palms until smooth.
- Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet (or roll in garnishes before placing on the cookie sheet).
- Store in the refrigerator but allow them to come to room temperature when serving.
What to Serve With Red Velvet Truffles
You can serve these truffles with nearly anything you’d serve for dessert.
- Cake – Use these to garnish a cake or tart (like a chocolate ganache tart).
- Frozen sweets – Serve these alongside your favorite flavor ice cream or gelato.
- Coffee – Sip on a cup of coffee to really bring out the flavors of the truffles.
- Cocktails – Serve an espresso martini or pour some Kahlua or Bailey’s into coffee.
- Milk – A simple glass of milk or a milk alternative will pair well with red velvet.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
These sweet treats are such a pretty dessert but there are lots of other reasons to make them.
- Affordable – With just a handful of simple ingredients, this is a cost-effective way to make a decadent dessert.
- Easy – It only takes a few steps to quickly make these delicious truffles.
- Convenient – All of the ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store — and you may already have some of them in your kitchen.
- Versatile – These truffles make a great gift for a special occasion but they’re also perfect for serving at parties. They’re also absolutely the most perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
Variations and Add-ins
There are lots of ways to dress up these homemade red velvet cake truffles!
- Sugar – Roll the balls in powdered sugar, granulated sugar, or decorator’s sugar for a pretty coating.
- Nuts – Chopped or crushed nuts add texture when you roll the balls in them.
- Mini chocolate chips – Use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate chips. Gently fold them into the dough before rolling.
- Coating – Dip the balls into a little bit of melted chocolate for a chocolatey coating. Be sure to tap off excess chocolate.
- Lollipop sticks – Pierce these with lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks to make red velvet cake pops.
- Vanilla extract – To bring out the sweetness of the ingredients and tang of the cream cheese, add just a few drops of vanilla extract.
- Sprinkles – Roll the balls in pink or red sprinkles. Alternatively, rolling the balls in shaped sprinkles, like hearts, is a fun way to decorate them.
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Red Velvet Truffles
- 15.25 ounces red velvet cake mix
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese – full fat
- 3 tbsp heavy cream you can use 1 tbsp to 1/4 cup depending on need
granulated sugar for rolling *opt
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix powder, confectioner’s sugar, and cream cheese.
- Mix on low until the ingredients start to pull together. If the mixture is dry, add the heavy cream 1tbsp at a time until the mixture pulls together into a dough-like consistency.
- Scoop the misture into tablespoon-sized portions and roll between your hands to smooth into rounds,
- You can either place them on a lined baking sheet or roll them in confectioner’s sugar, granulated sugar, chopped nuts or any other additional coating you like. If you decide to coat them in chocolate, be sure to chill them in the refrigerator or freezer before dipping so that they hold their shape.
- Store these in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Please double-check with your own dietary calculator for the best accuracy. We at Taste of the Frontier cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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