Cherry Cordial Cake Balls

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + standing


6 dozen

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
Brandy and coffee add mild flavor to these scrumptious cherry cake balls. —Susan Westerfield, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cherry Cordial Cake Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package fudge marble cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries without stems, well drained
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 1 cup canned chocolate frosting
  • 4 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1-1/4 cups coffee, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Place cherries in a food processor; cover and process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in the brandy, preserves and remaining coffee.
  4. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and cherry mixture; beat well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  5. In a microwave, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container overnight before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cake ball: 200 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.