Our friend Dave turned 30 this week. We celebrated over the weekend with beers, pizza and other fun (including owning the jukebox) at one of his favorite bars, Map Room, and are going to be heading down to Cincinnati soon for some more fun.
Since there will be a few of us making the trip to Cincinnati, I decided to bake some goodies to bring along the way. And since it’s his birthday, what better excuse to make birthday cake balls, or birthday cake truffles (which sounds way classier than balls).
If you have a birthday coming up – or just want to enjoy some cake batter balls yourself – I highly recommend you make these. They are awesome. They taste like cake batter. And have no eggs. Seriously – if you like cake batter, you must make these right now. I only hope they make it to this weekend and I don’t end up enjoying them all before then!
Birthday Cake Truffles
(slightly modified from The Girl Who Ate Everything)
Here’s what you need:
For the truffles:
- 1 ½ c flour
- 1 ¼ c yellow cake mix
- ½ c unsalted butter, softened
- ½ c white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 2-3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
For the coating:
- 2 c. white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon Crisco
- 5 tablespoons yellow cake mix
- Sprinkles for topping
Here’s what you do:
For the cake batter balls:
- Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla.
- Add cake mix and flour and combine thoroughly.
- Depending on consistency, add 4-5 tablespoons of milk. Batter should be the consistency of dough so that you can form small balls with your hands.
- Stir in sprinkles and evenly distribute with your hands or a spatula.
- Roll dough into small, one inch balls and place on a foil- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill dough balls in refrigerator for 30 minutes or freezer for 15 minutes.
For the coating:
- While dough balls are chilling, melt white chocolate chips in the microwave with Crisco. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30-45 minutes until melted.
- Once melted, add cake mix, stirring well to ensure a smooth consistency.
- Using a toothpick or fork, dip cake dough balls into the melted chocolate and shake off excess chocolate by tapping bottom of fork on the side of the bowl.
- Place completed cake dough ball on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat until all balls are done.