“Life s too short to say no to cake”
Cake come out too dry?
Cake not cooked in middle?
Cake cracked when you shifted it from pan to rack?
No problems! Because you can make cake pops or cake truffles or cake bites or cake balls. Whatever name you choose to call them.
Lets be all fancy and call them truffles ok. I love making cake truffles. I never make cake pops because I never have those sticks that you need. I love how easy they are to make – crumble up the poor unwanted cake, mix in some buttercream, dip in chocolate and you got yummy bite sized treats. Mix in more buttercream if cake is too dry. Less buttercream if cake is too moist or fudgy. Use dark chocolate for covering if cake is too sweet. Cover in white chocolate if the cake isn’t sweet enough. Don’t want to make buttercream? Just mix in little milk or cream. You can even make them with store bought or bakery cakes. See…? Perfect leftover cake solution.
I have made cake truffles intentionally as well. And by that I mean, I bake a perfectly fine cake ( usually 1/2 a recipe) and then crumble it all up to make truffles. No , I am not crazy like that. Its just that if you are making them for more than 10-12 people, I just find it easier to make and transport these individually sized treats . And serve them. Lay them on a platter or use mini cupcake liners. And of course, they are fun dessert options for kids parties!
- Some red velvet cake/ cupcakes (or any other cake)
- Some buttercream
- 150 grams white chocolate
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Makes: 30-35 truffles of 1.5 inch diameter
Time: 15 minutes + chilling time
Lets get started:
Crumble up your cake.
Add buttercream , 2 tablespoons at a time and mix together. Stop adding the frosting when the crumbs come together . You can use any frosting , depending on the flavor of your cake . You can also use ganache if you are using chocolate cake or vanilla cake. I used cream cheese frosting here as that is what I had on hand. If you don’t have any buttercream, add cream/ milk little by little and mix until the crumbs come together.
The crumbs will be almost like a wet soft cookie dough consistency. Roll into balls . You can make small or big balls. But keep in mind that bigger truffles might be more difficult to coat with chocolate.I keep mine between 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size.
Chill in the refrigerator for half hour.
Chop up and melt your chocolate with the oil in a double boiler or microwave. I needed 150 grams (with little left over) for these many truffles. If you are making more, it s easier to melt and use the chocolate in batches as if it hardens, you ll have to remelt. Again, use dark or milk chocolate . Dark chocolate is the easiest to use and white the trickiest!
Dip your truffles into the chocolate using a fork, tap the fork against the side of the bowl to let excess chocolate drip.
Set the covered truffle on a plate or sheet lined with parchment paper or butter paper. It will dry in a couple of minutes. You can chill in the fridge until you want to use. Do not freeze once coated as the chocolate may crack or sweat.
Now, this might get messy. Especially the dipping and coating part. Using a fork is the best way that works for me. But you ll still have some imperfections or dents or uncovered spots , particularly the bottom when you place them against the parchment. You don’t need to worry, usually the person who notices these things most is the person who makes them!
But there are ways you can make your truffles prettier : 1) Melt some chocolate , put in a piping bag , and pipe swirls or lines on the truffles , 2) Sprinkle some cake crumbs on the surface. 3) Roll the coated truffles in cocoa powder, icing sugar or chopped nuts (go with whichever suits your cake the best) 4) Use mini cupcake liners
I ve tried many many cake truffles and most combinations work well. But red velvet cake truffles are a class apart ! As the cake itself aint too sweet, the cream cheese and white chocolate complements and contrasts it in the most wonderful way.. both in taste and color! So next time life gives you crumbly or dry cake.. make cake truffles!