Cake Balls

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + freezing


about 5 dozen

Updated: Jul. 09, 2023


  • 1 package funfetti cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15.6 ounces) funfetti vanilla frosting
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • Rainbow jimmies or nonpareils


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting with candy bits and mix well. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place on baking sheets. Freeze for at least 2 hours or refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until cake balls are firm.
  3. In a microwave, melt candy coating. Dip each cake ball in coating; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with jimmies or nonpareils. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Cake Balls Tips

How do you dip cake balls?

To make easy work of dipping the cake balls, insert a wooden skewer into each one and gently dip in the melted candy coating. Allow the access to drip off before setting each ball on waxed paper to dry. If you're adding sprinkles or other edible accents, sprinkle them on immediately and then allow the cake balls to rest until the coating has set. You can use a microwave to melt the candy coating or get fancy with a candy melting pot. Leave the skewers in to turn cake balls into cake pops.

How can you make cake balls your own?

There are lots of easy ways to get creative with cake balls. Experiment with different cake mixes and frosting flavors, such as:

  • Vanilla cake with vanilla frosting
  • Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Strawberry cake with strawberry frosting
  • Lemon cake with lemon frosting
  • Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

  • Candy wafers are available in a variety of colors, so select one that matches your cake or theme. After dipping and allowing the candy coating to thoroughly dry, add a white or dark drizzle around each cake ball for extra flair.

    Can you make cake balls ahead of time?

    Definitely! Store dipped cake balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Store undipped cake balls in a sealed container or storage bag for up to 3 days. You can also store undipped cake balls in the freezer for up to six months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator before eating.

    Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

    Nutrition Facts

    1 truffle: 113 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.