Happy December Kenarry readers! I’m Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen and I’m back for a festive holiday edition of Ideas for the Kitchen, a blog series where Carrie and I swap recipes once a month.
For December we wanted to give you some easy ideas for holiday parties and get-togethers. December is such a busy month and I like to keep some easy recipes in my back pocket for holiday events. If you’re looking for something fun to bring to your next Christmas party, these Chocolate Cake Balls are it!
If you’re looking for Carrie, you can find her over on my blog today where she’s sharing her recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. She’ll be sharing it here on Kenarry in a couple of weeks. But if you want to go ahead and take a peek, you can visit Belle of the Kitchen to check it out!
I can’t believe Christmas is already right around the corner. This year has flown by and I’m just hoping that this upcoming year will follow suit. We’ve been away from family for the past three years out here in Hawaii. But next year we will finally be back on the mainland and I can’t wait! Christmas just ain’t Christmas without the ones ya love (or so the song goes). And I’m ready to finally spend it with our loved ones again!
Even with family all the way back home, we still have holiday get-togethers to go to. I always like having something simple to make. These chocolate cake pops do require a bit of time. But they are so easy to prepare that even the kids can help with the process. I like to make these year-round, changing up the sprinkles or decor to go with season or occasion.
Making Chocolate Cake Balls
First, make your cake, let it cool, then crumble it. Add in your frosting (but not too much or your cake balls will be mushy) refrigerate for a bit, then roll into balls. Freeze the balls for an hour, then dip in melted chocolate.
I like to use short skewers to help dip my cake balls, then I let them set inside of a mug or glass. You have to make sure that your cake balls are frozen enough, or they will fall off of the skewers.
I take the cake balls out of the freezer a few at a time so that they don’t thaw out too much while I’m coating them. Add sprinkles while the coating is still wet. When you’re done, you have a super easy and yummy holiday treat!
This easy cake ball recipe is also the perfect way to use up leftover cake scraps from leveling or carving a cake or even slightly stale cupcakes. If there is such a thing as cupcakes that can sit around long enough to get stale. You may also want to check out our Easy Cake Pop Squares recipe if you want some delicious cake pops in a jiffy.
Do you have a favorite treat that you enjoy making for the holidays? Share your idea with us below! Carrie and I would love to hear about your holiday traditions!
Chocolate Cake Balls Recipe
- 1 18.25 oz package chocolate cake mix + ingredients to prepare cake
- 1 16 oz can prepared chocolate frosting
- 1 container microwave dipping chocolate or almond bark
- sprinkles for topping
- Prepare cake and bake according to package directions in a 9x13 inch pan. Allow to cool completely.
- After cake has cooled, use your hands to crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl. A fork can also be used to crumble large chunks. Make sure cake is completely broken into fine crumbs.
- Add 1/2-3/4 of the container of frosting, mixing with a spoon until the cake crumbs are coated. I don't add the entire container because then the cake balls come out a little too mushy. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and roll the mixture into small balls. Place balls on a plate or cookie sheet topped with wax paper and freeze for 1 hour.
- Melt dipping chocolate or almond bark according to package directions. Place a wooden skewer on the bottom of a cake ball and dip into the chocolate, swirling and then tapping off the excess. Place the skewer in a mug or glass (I used short skewers for this recipe) and immediately add sprinkles if using. Allow to dry completely. Repeat with remaining cake balls.
Looking for more holiday recipes? You might like these other recipes from Belle of the Kitchen:
And, be sure to check out these other delicious dessert ideas on Kenarry:
- The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe from a Box
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels
- Chocolate Dipped S’mores on a Stick
Ashlyn is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer at Belle of the Kitchen. She’s the mama of two precious babies, an army wife, and southern girl at heart. She and her family are currently stationed in Hawaii, so when she’s not making a mess of the kitchen, she and her little ones are outside soaking up the sunshine. She loves to share a balance of healthy recipes, family friendly meals, and plenty of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.