Homemade Vanilla Cake Balls: A Bite-Sized Delight!











Discover the joy of making these delicious vanilla cake balls, coated in velvety candy melts. They're the perfect treat for any occasion, bursting with flavor in every bite!


Step 1: Bake the Cake

Start by baking a classic vanilla cake. Follow the instructions on your cake mix box or your favorite homemade recipe. You can add food coloring to your batter if you're going for a colorful surprise inside! Once baked, allow the cake to cool completely. Nothing brings the family together like the aroma of baking a cake, so enjoy the moments as your kitchen fills with the sweet scent.
Pro Tip: Bake the cake a day ahead to save time on the day of making cake balls.

Step 2: Prepare the Buttercream

In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, confectioners' sugar, and milk on low speed until well combined. If you'd like colored frosting, now's the time to add a few drops of food coloring to the mix. This homemade buttercream will act as the glue that holds our cake balls together, making them deliciously moist and rich in flavor.
Pro Tip: For an extra creamy texture, use room temperature butter.

Step 3: Crumble and Mix

After your cake has cooled, crumble it into a large bowl. The key here is to have fine crumbs so your cake balls are smooth. Add the buttercream frosting to the crumbled cake and mix well. This is the fun part, getting your hands (clean, of course) into the bowl and mixing everything together until it's just right. The mixture should be moist enough to stick together but not too wet.
Pro Tip: Don't be afraid to use your hands for the best mixture consistency.

Step 4: Shape the Cake Balls

Once your cake mixture is ready, start rolling them into 2-inch balls. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. This recipe should make about 24 cake balls, perfect for a get-together, a weekend treat, or just because! Getting uniform size cake balls is a bit of an art, but it's okay if they aren't perfect—they'll taste great no matter what.
Pro Tip: A cookie scoop can help create uniform cake balls.

Step 5: Chill the Cake Balls

Place the shaped cake balls in the refrigerator for a minimum of 45 minutes. This chilling period helps the balls firm up and makes them easier to dip in the candy melts later. It's a good break time for you too—grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax for a bit. You're halfway through creating a delectable treat that will surely bring smiles.
Pro Tip: For quicker chilling, you could place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Step 6: Melt the Candy Coats

It's time for the finishing touch! Melt your candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl, using 30-second increments on half power to avoid scorching. Stir between each burst of heat until the melts are smooth and perfectly dippable. You can color coordinate these melts or mix colors to match a theme or just for fun. Melting candy melts smoothly is the secret to gorgeous cake balls.
Pro Tip: Adding a drop of vegetable oil can help make the candy melts smoother.

Step 7: Dip and Decorate

Take the chilled cake balls and one by one, dip them into the candy melts, ensuring they're fully coated. Let the excess drip off before placing them back on the cookie sheet. This can be a bit tricky, but it's also where you can let your creativity shine! Decorate with sprinkles, drizzles of different colored candy melts, or anything else you fancy. After dipping, allow them to set for at least 30 minutes.
Pro Tip: Use a fork for dipping cake balls to allow excess candy to drip off easily.