These cake truffles are made with cake crumbs, frosting and candy melts, then decorated with sprinkles. You can customize cake truffles to make them whatever flavor you like and decorate them for any holiday!

Cake truffles are a fun and festive treat, and they’re actually quite easy to make. This is a basic formula for cake truffles that can be easily adapted to fit your special occasion. For more delicious and decadent treats, be sure to check out my cheesecake brownies and Oreo brownies recipes!

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Cake truffles in a tin with a bite taken out of one.

Cake truffles are pretty much the perfect dessert in my opinion. You’ve got cake, you’ve got frosting, you’ve got chocolate with a whole bunch of sprinkles to top it off. They’re bite sized, come in tons of different flavor combinations, and both kids and adults adore them!

What is a cake truffle?

A cake truffle is a ball that’s made of cake crumbs and frosting that is dipped in chocolate or candy melts. Cake truffles are often topped with sprinkles or other fun toppings such as coconut or chocolate chips.

How do you make cake truffles?

The first step to making cake truffles is to bake your cake. I always use a cake mix because there are so many flavor options, they always come out moist and delicious, and it’s just so convenient. The cake gets crumbled up before it’s mixed with the frosting, then shaped into balls.

A pan of crumbled yellow cake.

How do you make cake pops?

Looking to turn your cake truffles into cake pops? It’s easy! Simply place your formed cake balls onto lollipop sticks, then chill and dip into chocolate.

A bowl of cake crumbs and vanilla frosting.

How do you dip cake truffles?

I find the easiest way to dip cake truffles is to place each ball on a fork, then spoon chocolate over the top. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. You only want a thin coating of chocolate, otherwise the excess chocolate will pool at the bottom of your cake truffle as it hardens. Gently transfer each dipped cake truffle to a sheet of parchment paper to let it harden.

Cake balls on a sheet pan.

Tips for cake truffles

  • Traditionally cake truffles are dipped in candy melts. I highly recommend using Ghirardelli Melting Wafers which are available in most grocery stores and come in both white and dark chocolate. They taste like real chocolate and are so easy to work with because they melt smooth and thin. If you use another brand of candy melts, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of shortening when you melt them to thin them out.
  • When you mix your cake crumbs with the frosting, you’re looking for a soft dough to form, but the dough should not be sticky. If you feel like your dough is a little dry, feel free to add a bit more frosting until you get to your desired consistency.
  • You can create shaped cake truffles by flattening your cake mixture into a slab and using a small cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  • Be sure to fully chill your cake truffles before you dip them, if they’re soft they will be much harder to work with.

Cake truffle flavors

I used a classic yellow cake with vanilla frosting here, but there are so many ways to flavor your cake truffles such as

  • Chocolate cake mix + chocolate frosting
  • Strawberry cake + strawberry frosting
  • Red velvet cake + cream cheese frosting
  • Lemon cake + lemon frosting
  • Spice cake + cream cheese frosting
  • Funfetti cake + vanilla frosting

Cake truffles in a gift tin coated in dark chocolate and sprinkles.

How long do cake truffles last?

Cake truffles will last for 5-7 days when stored in an airtight container. If you need to store them for longer than that, you can transfer them to the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 10 days.

These cake truffles are perfect for Christmas, but they’re also good for any other festive occasion. Simply switch up the candy melt color and sprinkles to fit your event. I guarantee you’ll get rave reviews!

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Cake Truffles Recipe

AuthorSara Welch
Cake truffles in a tin with a bite taken out of one.
These cake truffles are made with cake crumbs, frosting and candy melts, then decorated with sprinkles. You can customize cake truffles to make them whatever flavor you like and decorate them for any holiday!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 36


  • 1 box cake mix any flavor
  • eggs, oil and water as called for on cake mix box
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons canned frosting
  • 1 pound candy melts I recommend Ghirardelli Melting Wafers
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  • Prepare cake mix with the amount of oil, water and eggs directed on the box. Bake in a 9”x13” pan according to package directions.
  • Let cake cool completely, then break apart and crumble until fine crumbs form.
  • Stir in the frosting until a dough forms. If the dough seems dry, you can add additional frosting, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Roll the cake mixture into tablespoon sized balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill for at least one hour.
  • Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave, heating for 30 second increments, then stirring until completely smooth.
  • Place each cake truffle on a fork and use a spoon to pour the candy melts over the cake truffle. Tap against the side of the bowl to remove excess candy melts.
  • Place each truffle on a parchment lined sheet pan. Top with sprinkles.
  • Repeat the process with  the remaining cake truffles and candy melts. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Can be made up to 3 days in advance.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I pinned this because I need an Xmas recipe for my coworkers. I always make deserts for work during the Xmas and got my inspiration. Thanks!

  2. Truffles are just cakepops without the stick. I used to make cakepops a lot but I might just make cake truffles they can be just as fun.

  3. My kids would love making these! That’s neat how you use cake crumbs as part of the mix. These sound delicious and it would be fun to decorate them too.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this! I am SUCH a fan of cake in any form, and especially in ball form. And this recipe is SO easy to customize. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    These look so good right now! I am seriously a sucker for cake and frosting, so I know these would be a win for me. The only problem would be eating to many, LOL!

  6. These look amazing and festive and I will be adding them to my recipe list immediately! I love those little gold star sprinkles too! SO cute!

  7. 5 stars
    Reading this recipe just made me so hungry! This looks so yummy! Definitely saving this pin to try very soon!

  8. I absolutely love these delicious desserts! Your recipe sounds perfect and super yummy! I love your idea of using the wafers!!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe to do with kids. I’ll definitely try this with my niece and nephew for a Christmas treat!

  10. 5 stars
    Thanks to introducing this new item with us. Look very nice. I eat it outside-very tasty but very soon I will try in my home.