Cake Batter Truffles

Do you remember when Cold Stone first came out with cake batter flavored ice cream? Did you know my husband is the one that came up with the idea?

When we walked into waffle cone smelling Cold Stone and saw that they had cake battered flavored ice cream he said, “They stole my idea!”

Back in 2005, I was nine months pregnant with our first son working full time in Provo while John was staying with my family in Arizona training for football, trying to make it to the next level. I was a little bummed with the situation. I was hormonal and lonely while my husband was celebrating holidays and having game night with all my family. But it was what we had to do at the time.

During one of their game nights, he came up with a concoction of mixing real cake batter with vanilla ice cream. Genius…but not likely to pass the health safety laws. I don’t think his shock collar for screaming kids would ever pass the safety either but it would be awfully nice for church.
So when we walked into Cold Stone that night he probably had the same feeling the Winklevoss brothers had when they found out that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Doh!  Too little, too late.
Chilled cake batter dough balls.
To say that I’ve been obsessed with cake batter flavored goodies lately is putting it mildly. I’ve been racking my husband’s, friend’s, and my own mind trying to think of cake batter flavored things I can make.
I tried making a couple versions of cake batter frosting…disastrous.
I tried using crushed vanilla Oreos and cream cheese covered in cake batter sauce modeled after my favorite Oreo Truffles to come up with a cake batter like truffle. But turns out although they were tasty, they didn’t taste anything like cake batter. Finally, after several attempts at these cake batter truffles, this version won the taste test and my cakes earned a trip to the gym.
These aren’t cake balls, these aren’t cake pops. These are cake batter dough balls dipped in cake batter almond bark and topped with sprinkles.
Enjoy!
Cake Batter Truffles

Yield: 24-30 truffles

Ingredients

    For the truffles:
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
  • Truffle Coating:
  • 16 ounces (8 squares) almond bark or vanilla flavored coating
  • 4 Tablespoons yellow cake mix
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. For the truffles: Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. Mix in sprinkles by hand.
  2. Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up or even better freeze in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  3. For the truffle coating: While dough balls are chilling, melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals. Once melted, quickly stir in cake mix until incorporated completely.
  4. Using a fork, dip truffles into almond bark and shake of excess bark by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. Place truffle back on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls until finished.
  5. Chill cake batter truffles in the refrigerator until serving. Makes around 24-30 truffles.
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  1. Oh my. I will definitely be trying these!! Yummmmmm!

  2. *Gasps!* Are you serious? Did you like really have to? ;)) JK. Well, sorta.

    Today, seriously, I put myself on a strict diet. I had my last drop of whatever just before the clock struck midnight last night. I already had a bowl of cereal (GoLean Kashi style) with cut up bananas this morning for breakfast.

    So far, I am on the right track, but, its only 8:45 am. And now after viewing THOSE, I am in trouble. But, I can create a cheat day once a week, like I tried in the past, or maybe, lll do once every two weeks instead. Doable? Yes, I think so.

    And I am not even one for cake batter anything, nor icecream, but those, THOSE look delicious and oh so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    My best friend got me into baking, before, I was never in the kitchen, I shall turn it around and start cooking wise, but that, its a whole nother story, for another time. I will def have to tell her about these!

    beautiful! and look SO tasty!

    Did I say, I am in troubke?? :0)

  3. Perfect.

    A few months ago I made cake batter fudge…, it was perfect! I planned on trying to make truffles sometime, but never brainstormed ideas! So clearly, I’ve bookmarked this!

    And the cake batter ice cream at coldstone? SO GOOD. GIMME GIMMEGIMME! In a shake, of course.

  4. That cake batter ice cream is my favorite…thing…ever! In fact, I was just recently craving it. Why do you do this to me?! haha, thanks for sharing!
    DameGoodEats

  5. @Rebel Mel,
    Cake batter fudge was totally on my list to try! Sounds so good.
    Christy

  6. Christy, you are a genius! These sound amazing! My daughters 8th birthday is coming up and I think these would be way cute to do for it! : )

  7. these sound GOOD. i will be trying these!
    i was just on a double date with my preggy friend (as am i) and she was raving about Stonecolds cake batter ice cream!

  8. Love these! Aww your poor husband! I would be super bummed if I came up with the awesome idea for cake batter ice cream and then saw it somewhere else. At least he knew what would make the world happy :)

  9. My taste buds are going nuts…

  10. These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!! Wonderful as always! I just made your sausage and tortelini soup last night and it was a huge hit!

  11. Mmmm I Like cake batter things, but some companies (like Cold Stone) make it too sickly sweet in my opinion. But these cake batter truffle balls book delicious! Nice job.

  12. oh wow!!! These sound amazing! I can’t decide if I should make them or not, they could be really dangerous!!!

  13. P.S. I know EVERYONE LOVES cake balls, but really I can’t stand them, they taste like regurgitated cake to me! Too soggy, BLEH! I think these sound SO much better!

  14. These are so cute!!!

  15. Mmmm! Oh my gosh, I’m a HUGE fan of truffles AND cake batter so I’ll have to make these soon!

  16. Out of ALL the pics on Foodgawker today, this one totally grabbed my attention. Kudos to you!!

  17. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!!

  18. Genius! Best idea since Alex Trebek grew a mustache.

  19. love the kid shock collar idea…my hubby and I both like to think up our own inventions…but never go through with it to find out months-to years later that someone did invent it. Saved us time and effort…sure woulda loved the money for it though!

  20. These look amazing!! I just found your blog, and I LOVE it! I’m on a juice cleanse right now, so looking at all your wonderful recipes is torture! ha :)

  21. Sorry, but I do have to say Cold Stone’s cake batter ice cream is my absolute favorite flavor ever!! I have been wanting to try the cake batter rice krispie treats that have been floating around on various blogs!!!

  22. Oh, my goodness, Christy! I totally remember that night when John came up with “cake batter ice cream”. I would not eat it. The idea of raw cake batter freaked me out. But John and Scott went to town on it! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  23. oh AWESOME. i’ve been all about cake batter goodies too and recently ran out of cake batter. looks like i need some more bc i MUST make these!

  24. So I just tried making these and they are sitting in my refrigerator waiting to be gobbled up. I definitely need to find someone to share this with… maybe my new neighbors?!
    Couple questions, my dough balls kept falling apart, did I need more milk? (I’m new to this whole making truffles!)
    Also, what do you do with all the left over melted chocolate… besides dip your fingers in it and eat all really quickly?!

  25. @Brittany,
    Yes, just add more milk until it comes into dough form. You probably will always have leftover dipping sauce because you need enough to get a full coat. Not a bad problem to have!
    Christy

  26. They look awesome!

  27. I have to tell you I tried these out for my daughters party and they were a hit. I tried to save me up some so I could eat them later and sadly they all went. the one and only one I ate was so good and wasn’t enough! Guess I will be making myself another batch! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  28. Love these! used them in my cake batter ice cream, YUM!!!

  29. These were pure Goodness!! I’ve made these twice since seeing your post and oh they are good. Morphed just slightly, mine donning a stick to make them into cakepops. I blogged about them at thechefsbride.blogspot.com And I found YOUR recipe to be so much better than the cakepops that are made with frosting and crumbled cake. The last round I made them with chocolate cake mix and added a packet of Starbucks VIA for a coffee taste. Either way, family and friends gobble them up quickly come looking for more. :) Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  30. Hey these look amazing but when I tried to print it in the “printer Friendly” version it omitted some of the ingredients. Might have just been me but I thought i would mention it. Off to try to complete version!

  31. @Kim,
    You are completely right! “Print Friendly” is a third party application I use so I have no idea why it is omitting them. IF you choose to not include the pictures it prints them correctly but I don’t know what the problem is. Thanks for the heads up!

  32. Would it work out if i used white chocolate chips for the coating? i need to make these for tonight but really don’t want to go to the store for the bakers chocolate!! i can work with not perfect as long as it won’t completely ruin anything. I have the ghiradelli white choc chips now.

  33. Any thoughts on making these in advance of an event and freezing them? I do this with my cookie dough truffles and would love to do it with these as well…as long as I thaw them before serving I should be ok, yes?

  34. @Kelly,
    I definitely think you could freeze them. Although I haven’t done it for a long time, I froze some for a day or two…
    Good Luck,
    Christy

  35. This is quite interesting.. This is the first time to know about dough balls.

  36. oh em gahh! found this from pinterest. definitely making these tomorrow. SO.GOOD. i’m pregnant now, and yes. eating everything cakey.

  37. I can’t get over how gooey it looks! Ill have to try this!

  38. These were seriously amazing! And I already had all of the ingredients! Absolutely perfect recipe!

  39. namnamnammmm…just popped these babies into the fridge…cannot WAIT to get dippin & indulge later tonight!

  40. Would these work with just a store bought cake mix?

    Dee

  41. @Dee,
    I use store bought cake mix to flavor the truffles. If you are thinking more about cake balls, then that’s probably a totally different recipe than posted here. What did you mean by that?

  42. Hi, Christy – those look SERIOUSLY decadent! Great tutorial!

  43. I wanted to let you know that I posted one of this recipe but gave you the credit on my new blog. I hope that was okay. If not please let me know and I will remove it. You can find me at http://www.cooknincoalcountry.blogspot.com

  44. This week, I’m sharing this great recipe on my blog and sharing it with my friends at our annual Christmas open house! Thank you :)

  45. @Debbie,
    Of course it was okay! Share, share, share…that’s what recipe’s are all about!

  46. Do you need to Bake them first? Thanks

  47. @azianchemistry,
    No baking required here!

  48. Amazing! They look great and so yummy! This was one of my favorite truffle recipes I have found so far so I featured it on my site of favorite finds! =)
    http://thelatestfind.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweets-eats-contdchocolate-craze.html
    You’re so talented!! Keep up the good work. ;)

  49. I made these yesterday and they were a hit with the ladies! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

    http://theroyalcook.blogspot.com/2012/01/cake-batter-truffles.html

  50. thanks so much for the tasty recipe! Shared it on my blog with a link to your site, i hope you don’t mind. :-)

    http://livinthemommylife.blogspot.com

  51. i just made a half batch of these, because i wasnt sure how much i would like these.
    but they are SO GOOD.
    so easy, SO delicious, and soooo cute!!!
    i wish i made more :c
    warning: they are prettty sweet, which some people may not like, but I personally love its unhealthyness <3

  52. Pinned these bad boys on pinterest. I can’t wait to try and make them! I originally found this post from your zucchini “fries”. :-)

  53. I just made two batches of these, one to give to the physical therapists who helped me out with my hip in the fall (all better, yay!) and one for my husband, who adores cake batter things. I just ate three myself, you know, to make sure they’re gift-worthy. Because tasting one wasn’t sufficient. Oh my goodness, so good! A little tricky getting them back onto the wax paper after they’re dipped without messing them up too much. After the first 4-5 I figured out that using a second fork to maneuver them off the first fork and onto the paper is the best way to go.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  54. I think my favorite thing about this blog is that you don’t care at all about calories or fat content. You find something that looks good or you create something for the same reason and you eat it. I applaud you and am so happy to know there are other girls out there that are the same as me! Keep em coming!

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  56. OMG! These truffles will be PERFECT for my birthday this Friday. They are just too cute!

    I featured your recipe on my blog, stop by and say hello!

    http://allyjeanhellyer.blogspot.com/2012/03/food-crush-its-my-birthday.html#more

  57. Oh wow these are delicious! I had to use almond milk and you can’t even tell.

  58. I just made these and they are delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  59. Would it work with a Chocolate Cake Mix? It was yummy with white cake mix! Or what about brownie mix??

  60. @Chezchani,
    I think chocolate cake mix would taste great too but I haven’t tried it. Not sure about the brownie mix, but why not?

  61. I just made these, they are delicious! I spruced it up a bit and covered them in melted Reeses and also made a batch covered in Birthday Cake Oreos. I would definitely recommend these!

  62. YUM! These were even better than I hoped..I ate a lot of the batter in the process =) Thanks for sharing. Lucky to have seen this so many times on Pintrest – it’s a popular one!

  63. Made these for a lingerie shower just bc I could and ohhhmyyyygahhhhh I can’t wait to take them! I hope they don’t get eaten on the way to the shower! Thank you for your incredible invention!

  64. can i leave them in the fridge for 2-3 days until being eaten or should i freeze for that amount of time?

  65. I was just reading through these wondering this myself…girls’ birthday party on the weekend, just wondering how long they last in the fridge

  66. @Anonymous,
    I’ve left them in the fridge for 2 days and they were fine. I think you could stretch it to 3 days. But honestly they freeze great! Just make sure they’re in an airtight container so they don’t get that fridge taste.

  67. I just made the dough for these and have kept them to chill in the fridge. However, before doing so I tasted the dough and it didn’t taste extremely sweet the way others had described though I noticed a bitter aftertaste. I am not sure what it is from, but I suspect the flour and I don’t know if this is normal and if it will go away once I coat them with almond bark. Could you please advise me on maybe what to add to these to fix them? I’m not planning on coating them till tomorrow night. Also, I don’t know if this helps but I omitted the sprinkles. I felt they were optional and since we don’t use sprinkles at home I didn’t want to buy a whole container of them.

  68. @Anonymous,
    They should not be bitter. Not sure why they are. The almond coating does add a lot of sweetness so I think thats what people are talking about.

  69. Hi Christy! I made these for my birthday celebration and they were AWESOME! I have one friend in particular who asked me to make these for HIS birthday!
    Have a wonderful day and thank you!

  70. i made these yesterday and i am OBSESSED! i’ve been searching sooo hard for something cake batter-flavored and everything let me down – except for this!! sooo delicious! i coated some of them in chocolate and they tasted like cookie dough, haha.

  71. These are delicious! I made them as favors for my sisters bridal shower and they were a hit! I used silver sprinkles and pink colored white chocolate to match her wedding colors…soooo cute and so delicious!

  72. Hi! I was directed over here by http://www.dailyoccasions.com. Love that blog and I now love yours too! This dessert looks delicious!!
    Lisa

  73. OhEmGee I’m soooo making these!Thank you for the recipe…I love sprinkles in everything!

  74. Did you get this recipe from the paperyandcakery.com site? :)

    • Haha. Theirs does look strangely familiar to mine. But since I posted mine a year before them I think we know that I made the original…

  75. I thought this would yurn out great..but I guess nothing looks like the original picture. Maybe its photoshopped but this one looks more yellow, mines looks a little off yellow. 2nd the almond bark would not melt enough for anything.I tried the microwave & stove. It was always too thick, not thin enough to coat the cake ball . I also had no add some flavor, cinnamon, corn syrup, more vanilla. Thus recipe alone didnt taste like cake batter. It was kinda plain. Next time ill just make the yellow cake batter as stated on the box, just reduce th liquids, add flour, add a egg, but temper it to kill the bacteria

    • @babemalo,
      Sorry you didn’t like them. I think it depends on your cake mix whether it’s this yellow or not. I did not photoshop it to look that way. I’m sorry about the almond bark. It’s usually pretty thin for me. If not you can melt some shortening while melting and that thins it out. I’m not sure how yours didn’t taste like cake batter. These ooze cake batter flavor. What cake mix did you use?

  76. you know you could make is easy to down load your recipe and print them , because you have all these comments on your recipe. when only some people just wont to copy the recipe to put in there recipe box. so they can keep them and used them later, so they don`t have to get into the compete. because i`m not on here like other people are, i come home and dig out what i wont to make for that day. so, if you don`t mine just put a easy to print up the recipe , don`t need all the rest of the input what other say in there recipe. thank you loretta

    • Loretta,
      You can use the printfriendly button at the bottom of each post to just print the recipe without comments. I’ve also added a print button to the actual recipe to make it even easier. Good luck!

  77. These look absolutely yummy. I hate to burst your (and more especially your husband’s) bubble, but as far as I have been able to ascertain, I was the first one to actually come up with the idea of cake batter ice cream. In 1994, while serving as a full-time LDS missionary in Albany, NY, I sent Ben & Jerry’s a letter suggesting that they come out with a new flavor: rainbow chip cake batter. There was a Ben & Jerry’s store right around the corner from the apartment where the 4 of us lived which we frequented often; often enough that we were able to construct a pyramid composed of 94 empty pint cups. They responded back saying, “Rainbow Chip Cake Batter, eh? Do you think the world is ready for it?” But the rep said she would forward my idea along to the people who develop their flavors and in 2008, 14 years later for their 30th anniversary, it finally materialized, sans the rainbow chip part. Anyway, just thought you might be interested to know. I have not been credited anywhere for this idea because it’s not something I have ever made public. It’s kind of a running joke in our family as I have teenagers who like to make fun of their dad who “invented cake batter ice cream,” kinda like the way Al Gore invented the internet. When my 15 year old son got his Googles on and started reading how grateful people were for whoever it was that came up with the idea of cake batter ice cream, he said something like, “Dad, you should come out of the shadows and claim your prize.” So, at the very least, I am commenting on your blog to take your husband down a notch or two (he needed it, anyway, didn’t he?) Thanks for improving upon a good idea!

  78. I was really excited to try these, as I am a huge fan of Cold Stone cake batter ice cream. These are cute and appealing but taste mildly like cake batter. Sorry to say but disappointing. My search continues.

  79. Tried these today, one word……Devine!

  80. I want to make these for my twin daughter’s baptismal. Can I make them a week in advance and freeze them??

    thanks

  81. Oh my goodness!! I made these today for a gift for a birthday and holy cow they are good! i can’t belive i have lived without them! Thanks for the recipe!

  82. I know this is an old recipe, but I’m having a bit of a hard time. I can’t get the covering to be thin enough, and my balls fall apart when I dip them. Any tips? These are so cute, I’m dying to make them!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You can freeze the balls before dipping to make sure they stay in tact. Also, to thin out the coating you can add a teaspoon or two of shortening while melting. Every almond bark is different and some are thicker than others.

  83. Hi! These were fantastic! My only problem was that I wanted to use a vegan coating, so I made a poured fondant that is VERY sweet. Can I just add less sugar to these to make them less sweet to balance it out?

  84. These look wonderful! I am about to make them and have a question: White sugar…is that granulated or powdered? Thank you!!

  85. Could you use chocolate chips and melt to make the coating instead of almond bark? These look like fun to make for my daughter’s bake sale but we have to use allergy friendly chocolate. Thanks!

  86. Could you use chocolate chips and melt to make the coating instead of almond bark? These look like fun to make for my daughter’s bake sale but we have to use allergy friendly chocolate. Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You could use chocolate chips instead to use as a coating. I’ve heard that almond bark actually doesn’t have almonds in it. I don’t know if it’s true, but something worth finding out.

  87. Wondering…could these be made as cake pops??

  88. Can these be frozen after made to eat at a later date?

  89. Hi! I made these and they were delicious. The only problem is about 24 hours after making them, they started “exploding” – the coating cracked and the filling started puffing out. Almost like the cake batter was cooking and expanding?? I let the batter come to room temp before dipping so I know it wasn’t from them being too cold. Please help!!

  90. These are great! I made mine with almond milk, and just as a note for those who are making this with it: you will DEFINITELY have to use at least four tablespoons of almond milk.