Easter Cake Balls

These Easter Cake Balls, aka Cake Truffles, are an easy, fun to make bite-sized dessert. They start with a boxed mix of your favorite cake, combined with cream cheese frosting, then dipped into a coating of rich white chocolate. Decorated with seasonal sprinkles, they make a delectable and delicious Easter treat.

Easter Cake Balls | 2 Cookin Mamas These Easter Cake Balls, aka Cake Truffles, are an easy, fun to make bite-sized dessert. They start with a boxed mix of your favorite cake, combined with cream cheese frosting, then dipped into a coating of rich white chocolate. Decorated with seasonal sprinkles, they make a delectable and delicious Easter treat. #cakeballs #cakepops #dessert #easy #recipe #easter #whitechocolate #treat #truffles

Easter Cake Truffles

I’ve loved the Easter holiday ever since I was little. The religious significance as well as the more fun aspect of Easter baskets, egg hunts and family get-togethers. I carried most of my family’s traditions through to m own family and still, to this day, love baking up holiday favorites. Now it’s for my grandkids.

This year I made a delicious Strawberry Lemon Layer Cake as well as some Easter Lemonade Rice Krispies Treats. Which, by the way, are already gone! I’m finishing with these Easter Cake Balls which are one of my favorites.

You can make them with any flavor cake mix. I started with a lemon cake mix and actually added a strawberry cake mix too. Yep, they were that popular. They’re super easy to make, although a little time consuming, but also super fun. And the kids love to help.

closeup of Easter Cake Ball

These cake balls work well any time of year and  can be decorated for any special occasion. You can change up the color/flavor of the cake as well as the types of sprinkles. Check out these Patriotic Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker for her seasonal twist.

Want a little different flavoring? Start with a white cake mix and sub in flavored oil, Kahlua, Grand Marnier or Baileys instead of the frosting. Love chocolate? Go wild and add melted chocolate in place of frosting. 

Make these cake truffles your own and watch them get gobbled up!

Frequently Asked Questions about Cake Balls

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can bake the cake, let cool then cover for up to 2-3 days ahead. Once the cake balls are made they can be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen for up to 6 weeks.

Can I freeze cake balls?

Most definitely! Freeze them prior to dipping on a cookie sheet until solid then place them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. When you’re ready to defrost, set them on the counter for a few hours. If there is any condensation on the cake balls, dab off with a paper towel then dip.

Why does my chocolate coating crack after the cake balls cool?

There may be two reasons the coating cracked. One if that the chocolate was heated too much during the melting process. Make sure to only heat in 30 second increments in microwave until mostly but not all chocolate has melted. Then stir to melt remaining.

The second reason could be that the cake pops were too cold. Just let them chill in the refrigerator, not the freezer.

Pro-Tip: If your cake balls crack, don’t worry! Just pour some more melted chocolate over the cracks and let them cool again. Voila – gorgeous cake balls!

How do I fix cake balls that are too moist?

Make sure that the cake is cooked to a little past done so it dries out just slightly. If the cake you are using is too moist you can also let it sit on the counter for a day or two to dry out. 

Secondly, if the cake is crumbled in a food processor or blender into a mush, it will not work well with frosting. Just use your fingers and crumble to a medium texture.

When mixing in cream cheese frosting, which is the best frosting for cake balls, add a little at a time until the right consistency is reached and the balls stick together.

Easy steps to make Amazing Cake Balls

  1. Bake cake according to package directions and let cool.

Cake Balls Steps 1-4

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar. Beat on low until sugar has been incorporated then beat about 1 more minute on high speed.
  4. Frosting should be smooth and fluffy.

crumbs and cream cheese steps

  1. Place cooled cake in bowl and, using fingers, crumble into coarse crumbs.
  2. Starting with 2 tablespoons of frosting, add to cake crumbs and mix well. I like to use my hands to get it fully mixed with the crumbs. Check to see if you can roll a portion into a small ball. If the cake does not hold together, add more frosting until it holds its shape.

cake balls on cookie sheet

  1. Roll balls about the size of a ping pong ball between your hands. Place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet(s). Chill.

dipping cake ball in white chocolate

  1. When you are ready to assemble, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until almost all the chocolate is melted. It should take about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
  2. Remove the cake balls from the freezer. Using a spoon, dip one at a time into the white chocolate. (You can also opt for candy melts in any flavor.)

Pro-Tip: It’s not advisable to use chocolate chips to coat as they do not contain enough cocoa butter and will harden with a swirled appearance.

cake balls with chocolate set

  1. Place the dipped cake balls back on the lined cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with seasonal sprinkles.
  2. Let set for 1 hour then place in airtight container in refrigerator.

closeup of Easter Cake Balls in blue Easter basket

These cake balls are great for a bite-sized Easter dinner dessert or they can be little treats in the Easter basket. 

Easter Cake Balls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Chill
20 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

These Easter Cake Balls, aka Cake Truffles, are an easy, fun to make bite-sized dessert. They start with a boxed mix of your favorite cake, combined with cream cheese frosting, then dipped into a coating of rich white chocolate. Decorated with seasonal sprinkles, they make a delectable and delicious Easter treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cake balls, cake truffles, Easter truffles
Servings: 36 cake balls
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 boxed cake mix in any flavor made with ingredients listed on package, baked and cooled
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dipping Chocolate
  • 12-24 oz White Chocolate such as Ghiradelli Candy melts may also be used. Follow directions on package for melting Amount of chocolate depends on how thickly you coat the cake balls.
  • Garnish: sprinkles
Directions
  1. Bake cake according to package directions and let cool.
  2. Place cake in large bowl and crumble with fingers into medium coarse crumbs.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy. This should take about 3 minutes. Continue beating while adding vanilla extract until mixed well.
  2. Turn mixer to low and slowly add confectioner’s sugar. When it is mostly incorporated turn mixing speed higher and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
To Assemble
  1. Starting with 2 tablespoons of frosting, add to cake crumbs and mix well. I like to use my hands to get it fully mixed with crumbs. Check to see if you can roll a portion into a small ball. If the cake does not hold together, add more frosting until it holds its shape.
  2. Roll balls about the size of a ping pong ball with your hands. Place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet(s).
  3. Chill balls for about 20 minutes in freezer. You want them to chill not freeze!
  4. When you are ready to coat, melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until almost all of chocolate has melted. Remove from microwave and stir to melt remaining chocolate. Do not overheat!
  5. Remove cake balls from freezer. Using a spoon, dip into chocolate to coat then place back on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with seasonal sprinkles.
  6. Continue until all cake balls have been coated then let them sit until set, about 1 hour.
  7. They can be placed in the refrigerator once set for up to one week
Recipe Notes

Makes about 36 cake balls depending on size.

Nutrition Facts
Easter Cake Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 15g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easter Cake Balls tall | 2 Cookin Mamas These Easter Cake Balls, aka Cake Truffles, are an easy, fun to make bite-sized dessert. They start with a boxed mix of your favorite cake, combined with cream cheese frosting, then dipped into a coating of rich white chocolate. Decorated with seasonal sprinkles, they make a delectable and delicious Easter treat. #cakeballs #cakepops #dessert #easy #recipe #easter #whitechocolate #treat #truffles

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These Easter Cake Balls, aka Cake Truffles, are an easy, fun to make bite-sized dessert. They start with a boxed mix of your favorite cake, combined with cream cheese frosting, then dipped into a coating of rich white chocolate. Decorated with seasonal sprinkles, they make a delectable and delicious Easter treat. #cakeballs #cakepops #dessert #easy #recipe #easter #whitechocolate #treat #truffles

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