Patriotic Cake Truffles

Celebrate the holidays in style with these easy and delicious patriotic cake truffles! The fluffy cake balls are coated in icing and chocolate and then topped with colorful sprinkles for a scrumptiously sweet treat.

Patriotic Cake Truffles

Cake truffles (also known as cake balls or cake pops) are all the rage with the younger crowd right now. Those of us in the older crowd are catching on quickly to how convenient little bites of cake with icing inside and chocolate coating really are.

Today I’m bringing you a great cake truffle recipe to whip up for your summer holiday celebration. These can be made a couple of days ahead of time (I’d keep them in the fridge) and they travel really well. They’re also awfully pretty!

So, how do you make cake truffles? The first step is to use a cake mix to make the cake balls. Then we all lots of sweet layers, because one is definitely not enough. Our light and fluffy cake truffles are mixed with vanilla icing, covered with melted chocolate, and topped with colorful sprinkles. They’re so sweet and scrumptious, just try and stop at just one cake truffle!

If you’re looking for more patriotic treats, check out these blog posts: punch bowl cakepatriotic jello jarspatriotic cereal treats, and patriotic fortune cookies.

Patriotic Cake Truffles ingredients.

Don’t let this photo fool ya, the ingredients are simple as can be and I’m showing you what you’d want if you decide to do a big variety. To keep it simple you can simply use white candy coating to dip them in and one type of patriotic sprinkle.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cake mix (We are using blue raspberry cake mix, but any flavor will do. Red velvet cake mix would also be great).
  • White vanilla icing
  • Colored candy melts
  • Patriotic sprinkles
  • Ingredients to make the cake (see the cake box). 

How to Make Patriotic Cake Truffles

Bake cake and then crumble cooled cake into a large mixing bowl.

Prepare your cake mix according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 baking dish until done.

Allow to cool and then crumble the cake up into a large bowl.

Add 1 cup of vanilla frosting and about 1/4 cup of patriotic sprinkles. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll cake into balls and place on lined baking sheet.

Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch cake balls and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

Dip each ball into melted candy.

Place candy melts in a bowl and microwave at 45-second intervals, stirring after each, until fully melted and smooth.

Dip each cake ball in one at a time and use a spoon to help cover it in the coating. Immediately sprinkle with patriotic sprinkles.

Patriotic Cake Truffles covered in sprinkles.

You can also drizzle them with a contrasting candy melt color if you like.

Patriotic Cake Truffles

Allow them to harden completely before serving and store in the fridge for longer periods of time. Enjoy!

Storage

Guess what? You can store leftover cake truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I don’t recommend freezing, but luckily they last so long! This is why they also make great party gifts.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any kind of cake mix, like chocolate cake mix, yellow cake mix, funfetti cake mix, or red velvet cake mix. You can even make a homemade cake if you like (here’s my easy pound cake recipe).
  • Another option is to use a different flavor of frosting, like chocolate cake and chocolate frosting.
  • Instead of sprinkles, you can decorate your cake truffles with rainbow jimmies, melted dark chocolate, coconut flakes, cookie crumbs (like crushed Oreos), or chopped nuts of your choice.
  • Add a teaspoon of flavoring to the melted chocolate, like almond extract, peppermint extract, or vanilla extract.
  • You can totally double this recipe by baking two cakes and then having extra decorations on hand.
  • To make them into cake pops, dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then poke it into the cake truffle, and then dip the whole cake truffle into the melted candy.
  • Instead of rolling into cake balls, use different shaped cookie cutters to make different shaped cake truffles!
  • For dipping, you can use melted chocolate like semi-sweet milk chocolate chips, white almond bark, or candy melts as I did.

Check out these other fun bite-sized treats:

Patriotic Oreo Cookie Balls

Fuss-Free Oreo Fudge

Oreo Cookie Balls (3 Ingredients Only)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (No Baking Necessary)

Homemade Christmas Candies

Coconut Macaroons Recipe (3 Ingredients Only)

 

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135 Comments

  1. Nice thing for the 4th. of July….I bet lots of people will be making these….I just might make them too 🙂
    Thanks for this cute idea and recipe…..

  2. These are cute! I’ve never had the raspberry flavor cake. Is it yummy? Tart? Does it taste like raspberry? It’s a great color to use.

  3. So glad to hear they can be made with a white chocolate coating because I’m not a bark fan. These really look amazing and are on my menu for the holiday!! Thanks so much!!

  4. My daughter used to do cake balls hundreds at a time for a coffee shop, and I can tell you the red velvet made with cream cheese frosting are just amazing! She dips them in white chocolate and does coloured icing squiggles on them. If they’re refrigerated for very long the coating will melt; they also do not keep well. We’ve had them get moldy between the cake and the white chocolate layer. Best to use these in a day or two at most.

    1. I’ve made these (at Christmas time, red velvet and cream cheese like you said!) a week ahead of time and kept them in the fridge and had no problems at all. Maybe it’s an environmental factor? Either way, just wanted to chime in should anyone wonder! Have a great day Mama Jane, always a joy to see you!

  5. Very cute! Any thoughts or experience as to how these would stand up to being served at an outdoor event in hot weather? They’re so festive, I’d love to try them, but I don’t want them to melt!

  6. How adorable! Thanks, as always, for the great idea. I would imagine that this could be a messy but fun project to do with kids/grandkids who are over a “certain” age.

    1. Hey Melissa!! I don’t think I’ve seen you in a while, but forgive me if my memory is playing tricks with me 🙂 Either way, great to see you! This isn’t messy at all when I do them but I admit it gets a little more so when I have “help” 😉

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