Recipe: $10 Red Velvet Cake Truffles

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These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

Almost a decade ago, during a therapy session I revealed a lot about not having enough money and feeling insecure that I couldn’t give people presents that they deserved during Christmas time. My therapist asked, “why don’t you make them something?” I had an incessant fear of cooking and baking because the last guy I’d dated told me that I was an awful cook. My therapist thought it would be a good self-esteem exercise to learn one recipe and gift it away. At the same time, it was a good way for me to learn how to be around food and remain in control.

I set out to make something out of the pantry. I had red velvet cake mix, icing, and … bars of chocolate. And so my tradition of truffles began. Every year, I package and gift these truffles for gifting holidays and birthday presents.

I hope you can use this recipe to give some truffles to your loved ones! They’re easy to make, look impressive when packaged, and cost less than $10.

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Ingredients (all found at Walmart):

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

Recipe yields about 40 truffles.

Important Notes

  • To make the cake mix: you’ll need vegetable oil, water, and about 3 eggs. I didn’t list these since most people may already have these ingredients. It doesn’t really matter what brand or flavor you pick, as this is just the foundation for the truffles.
  • Melting Chocolate: I’ve tried using regular chocolate bars like Symphony and Hershey’s, but I still choose candy melts like Wilton or Almond Bark instead. Chocolate melts too easily and burns too easily when heating up, since it requires tempering. To make things easier, I get candy melts. I prefer them in flavor and texture compared to real chocolate because chocolate can be way too sweet for this recipe.
  • For the slivered almond topping: Make sure to get slivered and not sliced almonds. Sliced almonds will have the almond skin intact, and slivered will not. You will need to place this into a food processor and crush it so it breaks into small pieces. Don’t over-pulse it, or it will look like sand!

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Other Flavor Combinations

  • Red Velvet: Red velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting, chocolate candy melts, slivered almonds
  • Funfetti: White cake mix, cream cheese frosting, white chocolate candy melts, rainbow sprinkles – Here is my recipe for Funfetti Truffles!
  • Cookies & Cream: Vanilla cake mix, white chocolate candy melts or Hershey’s Cookies & Creme bars, Oreo cookies. With this variation, you would dip the cake balls into the white chocolate and top with roughly-crushed Oreo cookies.

For this recipe, I’ll be making red velvet truffles!

Directions

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

1. Make the cake as directed on the box. I usually just bake it in a 13×9-inch pan. No frills – you’ll be crumbling the cake up anyway!

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

2. Let cake cool. After it is cooled, use a fork and crumble the cake up until the crumbs are fine, fluffing it to ensure the edges are crumbled. If the edges are too crisp, cut those pieces out. You’ll be rolling the cake crumbs into a dough, so any crispy pieces will definitely be discovered when someone eats your truffles!

I personally prefer to crumble the cake up a few minutes after it’s out of the oven. As long as the middle is finished cooking, you can crumble it up fast and use most of the edges of the cake before it gets too crisp.

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

3. Mix in a big dollop of icing. Keep adding more until the mixture begins to hold together. You want it to be sticky enough to roll into a ball that can hold its shape. Don’t mix in too much icing, or the balls will be too heavy and crack.

4. Line a baking rack or plate with wax paper or parchment paper. You will set the truffles on here to set.

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

5. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. To keep the balls from breaking, I flatten and fold them until the mixture turns into a dough – that’s when I know the mixture is firm enough to hold.

6. Refrigerate the balls for at least one hour, or until the balls are cold and hard. Refrigerating them helps prevent cracking and breaking when you dip them into chocolate. I’ve omitted the refrigeration step a few times and have always had them break apart during the dipping process!

7. In the meantime, prepare the slivered almond topping. Chop the slivered almonds in a food processor using the pulse setting – you don’t want to over-process it to where it becomes fine crumbs. We just want crushed almonds!

If you don’t have a food processor, you can place them in a plastic bag and use a meat tenderizer to crush them.

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

8. When the balls are ready, break off about 3 squares of the chocolate and heat them in a microwaveable bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring between each.

9. Using a spoon, dip and roll the balls gently in the chocolate, in circular, swooping rotations. This ensures an even swirling design around the ball and prevents the truffle from looking like a wad of poop. Add more chocolate and melt in intervals as you continue on – this also helps the chocolate from cooling down and hardening.

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

10. Set the balls on the parchment paper, and sprinkle with topping of choice.

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

11. Refrigerate again until candy melts are set. Package and gift away!

 

Gift Packaging:

You don’t need to box up these truffles. I’ve put them in treat bags from the Dollar Tree when I made them for my whole staff at work for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It’s up to you how you package them, although I recommend putting them in mini cupcake liners in case the cake mixture starts sweating through the chocolate (this is normal during refrigeration).

My local Walmart has an extensive baking section featuring Wilton-brand baking supplies and packaging, so I have a huge variety of ways to package my sweets. Here are my staples for packaging:

These quick and delicious red velvet Truffles cost less than $10 to make and are perfect for holiday feasts and Christmas presents!

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