If you’ve visited a chocolate shop you’ve likely admired how incredibly perfect the plates of gorgeous truffles behind the glass are — it’s easy to imagine a chocolatier taking hours to create those sumptuous spheres. While I will lay no claim to being an expert chocolatier, I do think these strawberry truffles are an impressive treat — and the best part is that they take exponentially less time to make!
These strawberry truffles combine cake mix and cream cheese with strawberries for a sweet fruity flavor that also has just a touch of tanginess. If you choose to add the coating, that adds all the texture to the truffle.
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a baby shower, or any other special occasion that you want to set these out for on the dessert table, these homemade truffles are a great way to celebrate.
Common Questions about Strawberry Cake Truffles
What are cake truffles?
Cake truffles are typically made with cake crumbs and frosting. However, these truffles are a little different in that we use cake mix and cream cheese.
What is the secret to dipping cake balls?
One of the most important things is for the cake balls to be the right temperature. If they’re too warm they may not stay together when dipped but if they’re too cold the coating may not adhere.
Making Strawberry Truffles Ahead of Time
Strawberry Truffles are easy to store. Pro-tip: Once they’re cooled enough to go in the refrigerator, place them in airtight containers so that if they’re still the tiniest bit warm, any condensation that forms does so on the container and not on the truffle itself.
Refrigerator: Store these truffles for up to 7 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container or ziploc bag.
Freezing: Freeze truffles for up to 3 months in a single layer in a freezer-safe container. If you need to stack them, separate the layers with wax paper.
Tips For The Best Strawberry Truffles
This delicious treat is fairly easy to make but a few tricks make it even easier.
- When mixing the cake mix into the cream cheese it can be helpful to fold it in first to avoid having the mix blow out of the bowl which not only causes a mess but reduces the cake mix to cream cheese ratio.
- To avoid a risk of bacteria in uncooked cake mix, heat treating the cake mix is recommended.
- Spraying cooking spray on the palms of your hands, or greasing your hands with a neutral oil (like coconut oil or vegetable oil), will help to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands (and make the balls smoother).
No one will suspect that a truffle this pretty and delicious only took 5 simple ingredients to make. Plus, you can easily find all of them at most grocery stores.
- Vanilla cake mix
- Cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
- Dried strawberries (roughly chopped)
- Vanilla melting wafers
- Red candy melts
- Freeze-dried strawberries (crushed; for topping)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
Make sure to have all of the supplies handy when you start — it will make it easier to transition between each step.
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or mixing bowl)
- Rubber spatula
- Large mixing bowl
- Medium bowl
- Bowl for double boiler
- Fork or chocolate dipping tools
- Small saucepan
- Microwave-safe piping bags
- Small cookie scoop
How to Make Strawberry Truffles
This easy recipe looks long but it actually comes together quickly.
Heat Treating the Cake Mix
- Pour the cake mix powder onto a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the mix out evenly and place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven.
- After removing the pan from the oven, place it on a wire rack to cool.
- While the cake mix is cooling, begin to make the truffles by beating the cream cheese on high speed in a medium-sized bowl.
- Once the cream cheese is smooth, turn the mixer off and pour the cake mix into the bowl with the cream cheese.
- Using a rubber spatula, first, fold the cake mix into the cream cheese. Once it is slightly mixed in, fully combine by mixing on medium-high speed.
- Continue to mix until the cream cheese and cake mix form a dough.
- Then, turn the mixer off.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the freeze-dried strawberries until they are completely combined.
- Use plastic wrap to cover the bowl of dough and place it in the refrigerator.
- When the dough is ready, remove it from the refrigerator.
- Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough and place it on baking sheets prepared with parchment paper.
- Roll each pile of cookie dough between the palms of your hand until smooth.
- Let the cookie dough balls rest before coating to avoid them cracking.
- Use a double boiler or microwave to melt the vanilla melting wafers.
- One at a time, dip the balls into the melted wafers using a fork or chocolate dipping tools.
- Before placing the coated balls back onto the baking sheet, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess liquid.
- Continue until all balls have been coated.
- Sprinkle the crushed freeze-dried strawberries on top of half of the truffles.
- Pour the red candy melts into the piping bags and microwave in intervals on low until melted.
- Pipe the red melted candy onto the remaining truffles.
- Place the dipped truffles in the refrigerator to set.
What to Serve With Strawberry Truffles
Serve strawberry truffles all on their own or with sides that will enhance their flavor.
- Coffee – The bold flavor of coffee pairs so well with these sweet and tangy treats.
- Ice cream – Use truffles as a garnish for ice cream (or gelato).
- Hot chocolate – A delicious cup of hot cocoa pairs well with any dessert.
- Cakes – If you have an otherwise plain cake, try garnishing it with the truffles.
- Fresh strawberries – Slice some fresh strawberries to complement the candies.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
We can’t think of a reason not to make this recipe!
- Easy – From novices in the kitchen to experienced bakers, anyone can execute this recipe and wind up with an impressive plate of truffles.
- Affordable – While they may look fancy, these truffles are inexpensive to make.
- Versatile – You can make these to snack on at home or take them to a dinner party — they work well anywhere.
Variations and Add-ins
You can get as creative as you want with these easy truffles.
- Cake mix – Use any flavor cake mix that you enjoy.
- Lollipop sticks – Insert these sticks to make the truffles into cake pops.
- Caramel – Drizzle them with a caramel sauce.
- Chips – Fold in miniature white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips.
- Chocolate – Instead of candy melts, use chocolate and dip the truffles into the melted chocolate.
- Sprinkles – Use colored sprinkles or heart sprinkles to decorate.
- Decorator’s sugar – Sprinkle the coated truffles with decorator’s sugar (or sanding sugar) for sparkle and color.
- Powder – Instead of freeze-dried strawberries, sprinkle the coated truffles with strawberry powder. You can also use cocoa powder.
- Extracts – Add extracts to the dough for extra flavor. You can add strawberry extract to enhance the fruity flavor as well as almond vanilla extract.
What other truffle recipes do you suggest?
- Oreo Balls/ Oreo Truffles
- Rainbow Truffles Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles
- Pumpkin Spice Truffles
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio Truffles
- 4th of July Truffles
- Easy Chocolate Truffles
- Rainbow Mint Oreo Truffles
- Halloween Oreo Balls
- Chocolate Truffles with Holiday Sprinkles
- Holiday Nutella Bites
- Peppermint Oreo Balls
- Grinch Truffles
- Christmas Truffles
- Red Velvet Truffles
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- 15.25 ounce vanilla cake mix I used Betty Crocker
- 8 ounce cream cheese softened to room temperature
- ½ cup freeze dried strawberries roughly chopped
- 20 ounces vanilla melting wafers 2-10 oz bags – Ghirardelli
- ½ cup red candy melts Wilton
freeze-dried strawberries- crushed – for topping
Heat Treating the Cake Mix
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you are concerned about using uncooked cake mix, you will need to heat treat the cake mix to get rid of any bacteria before starting.
- Once the oven is heated, spread the cake mix powder onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.
- As the cake mix cools, beat the softened cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Add the cake mix and fold it into the cream cheese with a rubber spatula. Then mix with the mixer on medium-high speed until fully combined and you get a dough consistency. I like to fold with a spatula first to help avoid a flour mess. But you can also use the stir setting on your mixer. Some are a little faster than others – so just be aware that it could be too quick and cause a mess if you aren’t careful.
- Fold in the freeze-dried strawberries until fully combined.
- Cover the – dough with plastic wrap and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Once chilled, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough and place it onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Roll each of them into smooth and even with your hands.
- Set aside and allow them to expand, about 15 minutes, otherwise you are more likely to experience cracking of the coating.
Coating – optional
- Prepare a double boiler to melt the vanilla melting wafers on the stovetop over low heat or you can alternatively use a microwave safe bowl and microwave on a low setting for 30 seconds increments, stirring between each time, until fully melted. I prefer the double boiler method as it helps to keep the melted wafers at the right temperature.
- Place one dough ball on a fork and dip it fully into the melted vanilla wafers. You can also use chocolate dipping tools, which make the chocolate drizzle off perfectly.
- Lift it out and tap the fork gently on the edge of the bowl or pot to help remove any excess coating from the dough ball, then place the coated balls onto the lined baking sheet.
- Repeat for the rest of the truffles and space each one 2 inches apart.
- Before the chocolate dries, sprinkle the crushed freeze-dried strawberries on top of half of the prepared truffles.
- Place the red candy melts separately in small microwave safe piping bags and microwave on a low setting until fully melted.
- Cut a small piece of the tip of the piping bags and then drizzle onto the remaining already coated cake truffles.
- Allow to set completely before serving. Enjoy!
- Medium mixing bowl
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Baking tray
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