Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Cake Truffles

Holiday Cake Truffles
Dorcas Annette Walker

This year for my birthday I decided to make Holiday Cake Truffles instead of a birthday cake. I’ve been reading about these intriguing cake truffles that seem to be all the rage. It turned out that I didn’t get my Holiday Cake Truffles made for my birthday on Monday like planned as I ended up back in the hospital with my husband instead. I was out in the living room in my recliner relaxing Sunday evening when I heard my husband go into the bathroom. A minute later there was a loud noise and I realized that Dana had fallen. I raced to the bathroom in time to help my husband get up and sit on a nearby chair. I told Dana to sit still thinking that maybe he had taken a dizzy spell and ran to get my son. By the time I got back my husband he was standing, took a step, and started to fall. I tried to hold onto him, but it was like trying to stop a falling tree as Dana is taller and weighs twice as much as me. To my horror my husband hit the floor again. By then Dwight had arrived so he helped me get his dad up off the floor and with us both holding onto Dana we tried to walk him to his recliner. Dana had barely taken three steps when he passed out again. We lowered my husband to the floor, put a couple of pillows under his head, and patting his cheek while calling his name I got Dana to respond. His pulse was thready and rapid so telling Dwight not to let his dad get up, I ran to call 911. With the assurance that an ambulance was on the way, I ran around getting dressed- as I didn’t want to make a grand entrance at the hospital in my PJ’s- while keeping an eye on Dana trying to convince him to lie quiet as he was all confused. My husband was admitted and finally taken to his hospital room around midnight. Around 1 o’clock in the morning back home I collapsed into bed feeling my age and thinking, what a way to start a birthday.

These Holiday Cake Truffles are a scrumptious temptation with their soft inner cake core coated by a shell of hardened chocolate that can be made into zillions of ways. You can use any flavor of cake mix (I used lemon) and frosting then coat with melted candy, white or dark chocolate and even put these balls on sticks for holiday lollipops. The Holiday Cake Truffles can be garnished with crushed nuts, peppermint, sprinkles, mini holiday candies, and rolled in powdered sugar or cocoa. Whether plain or fancy these Holiday Cake Truffles will be an elegant addition to your holiday celebration. Preparation time (not counting freezing time) is around thirty minutes and this recipe makes twenty-eight cake truffles.

Holiday Cake Truffles

lemon cake mix
1 c vanilla frosting
1 lb chocolate almond bark
candy sprinkles & powdered sugar

Bake cake mix according to the directions, cool, and then remove from the pan and crumble. Add frosting and mix with a beater on low speed until combined. Roll into 1½ inch balls and place on a wax papered cookie sheet. Freeze for one hour to set. Melt chocolate in the microwave until runny and completely cover the cake balls. Garnish with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens or roll in the powdered sugar after the chocolate sets!

Weekly tip: Another way to cover candy or a cake truffle with melted chocolate instead of dipping is by using a teaspoon and pouring it over the top, swirl around, let harden, and then ice the bottom!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:


Anonymous said...

Have you ever made oreo truffles? One regular package of oreos blended to crumbs, mix with one softened package of cream cheese: roll into balls and freeze on wax paper 30 minutes to an hour. Dip in white or dark chocolate coating!

Dorcas Annette Walker said...

No, I haven't, but what a nifty idea! You could even take it a bit futher by using any kind of cookie with the cream cheese. Talk about yummy. I shall have to try this out. Thanks for posting!