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chocolate cake balls stacked on top of each other, one has a bite taken out of it

Cake Balls

Dense, moist, sweet, and utterly addictive, this is the ultimate tutorial on all things Cake Balls! Perfect for Holidays, events, or just because!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Freezing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 balls
Calories 182 kcal


  • 15.25 oz Devil’s food cake mix (1 box) I used Betty Crocker
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup buttercream frosting store-bought or homemade
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature (1 package)
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder

For Decoration


  • Make cake mix according to package directions. Depending on which brand of cake mix you use, you may need to change the measurements for eggs, oil, and water.
  • While the cake is baking, make the frosting. Allow baked cake to cool completely.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, crumble cooled cake. Mix in cream cheese, frosting, and cocoa powder. The mixture should be moist and stick together easily. If the dough is too dry, add in more frosting a tablespoon at a time.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and using a cookie scoop, scoop cake balls onto the baking sheet. Roll each ball with your hands. If the dough sticks to your hands, you’ll need to wash them occasionally.
  • Freeze cake balls for at least half an hour. Pull them out about 15 minutes before you’re ready to dip them.
  • Microwave milk chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe bowl. Start out with 30 seconds, stir, and then melt at 20-second increments until melted. Be careful not to overcook the chocolate or it’ll seize up!
    Tip: Work in small batches! Pour ⅓ of the bag of chocolate in the bowl and then once it’s used up, make another ⅓ of the bag.
  • If the chocolate is too thick, you can add a tiny amount of coconut oil to thin it out, just be careful not to add too much because the chocolate won’t set! You can also use Crisco shortening.
  • Once the chocolate is melted and the cake balls are frozen, you're ready to dip. Place a cake ball onto a fork and dip. You can use a spoon to scoop up chocolate and pour it over the cake ball if needed. When the cake ball is covered, gently tap the fork to let any extra chocolate drop off.
  • Place them back on the parchment paper on the baking sheet and cool completely, which doesn’t take long!
  • Melt the white chocolate wafers the same way you melted the other chocolate. Place in a plastic Ziploc bag (careful, it can be hot!) and move the chocolate to one corner of the bag. Snip a tiny section of the opposite corner off and drizzle the top of the cake balls! Cool completely then enjoy!


If you are making a variation of this recipe (using a different flavor of cake mix) leave out the cream cheese and cocoa powder. You may need to add more frosting to get the right consistency.


Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake balls, cake pops
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