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This cake balls recipe is easy to make with cake mix, frosting and chocolate melting wafers. The perfect bite-sized dessert for parties and special occasions yet simple enough for everyday!

When I need a quick and easy dessert, this cake balls recipe, cake pops or chocolate covered Oreos are my go-to treats!

Cake balls with sprinkles stacked on top of a plate.
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Easy Cake Balls Recipe

Cake balls are so simple to make, yet guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face! Just like Oreo balls and sugar cookie truffles they are great for birthday parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and all kinds of special occasions.

This recipe for cake balls can be made with any flavor combination. I often use my homemade vanilla cake mix and recipe for cream cheese frosting but if you like your cake bites on a stick, check out my Oreo cake pops or chocolate cake pops!

Why You Will Love a Cake Ball

Cake balls are a fun bite-sized way to enjoy cake and frosting all rolled into one! Dipped into candy melts they can then be decorated however you like to match your party theme.

They are simple to make with by mixing together crumbled baked cake and frosting until a soft dough forms. Then roll into balls, coat with delicious chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. It’s a simple formula that can be adapted to lots of fun flavor combinations!

Recipe Ingredients

Cake ball ingredients on marble counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Box cake mix: Use your preferred mix here. Alternatively, you can bake your favorite from-scratch recipe.
  • Frosting: You can use 1/2 of a 16-ounce can or make half a batch of your own. I love this homemade buttercream frosting and chocolate buttercream frosting (if using a chocolate cake mix). 
  • Chocolate melting wafers: I prefer Ghiradelli, but you can use your favorite candy melts. Find them in the baking aisle of many grocery stores, bulk stores, or order online.
  • Optional: Sprinkles or other decorations.

Cake Ball Flavor Ideas

With so many different flavors combos of mixes and frostings available, you can make all kinds of cake ball creations! Make all of it from scratch or use a mix of homemade and store-bought.

  • Vanilla with vanilla frosting.
  • Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting or peanut butter frosting.
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
  • Funfetti cake and vanilla frosting.
  • Yellow cake with vanilla frosting.
  • Lemon cake and lemon frosting.
  • Red Velvet cake mix and cream cheese frosting.
  • Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting.
  • Strawberries and Cream: Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.

You can also use different candy melts like milk chocolate, white chocolate, or pink chocolate to give your pops varying looks. 

Sprinkles are also a great way to customize the look of your cake balls.

How to Make Cake Balls

These little truffle bites are simple to make and they’re perfect for getting the kids to help out in the kitchen! They’ll love rolling the balls and decorating them with their favorite sprinkles.

Showing how to make cake balls in a 6 step collage.
  1. Bake the cake. Use a 9 x 13-inch pan and bake according to the package directions. Leave it to cool. Discard any brown edges.
  2. Make the dough. Crumble the cooled cake in a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of frosting. Combine everything using a spoon or your hands. Gradually add more frosting until the dough mixture sticks together when you squeeze it.
  3. Roll into balls. Use a medium cookie scoop to portion the dough onto a cookie sheet and then roll each portion into a ball using your hands.
  4. Chill them. Pop the balls into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up slightly. Don’t go overboard. If they’re too cold, it’ll help set the melted candy coating a little too fast!
  5. Dip in the coating. Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave and then dip the cool cake balls one at a time into the chocolate and swirl them around to cover them completely.
  6. Decorate & serve. Place the coated balls back onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and decorate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. If you want to drizzle on more chocolate, wait for the first coat to dry. Store cake balls in the refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Your dough should be soft, but not sticky. If it feels a little dry, add a touch more frosting until you have the right consistency for rolling.
  • Is your chocolate coating too thick for dipping? Stir in a teaspoon of vegetable oil, coconut oil, or canola oil to loosen it up and microwave 15 more seconds.
  • Dip 5 cake balls at a time and leave the rest in the freezer. They need to be cold when you’re dipping them, so they hold together.
  • This recipe is easily doubled if you’re making these sweet treats for a crowd.
  • Tap the cake ball with a fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and then use a toothpick to outline the bottom of the ball when set down.
  • Cake balls make a fun party favor for a birthday party, bridal shower to baby shower! Package in a cute box or cellophane bag and gift a few to some neighbors or friends to brighten their day.
Cake balls with sprinkles stacked on top of a plate.

Recipe FAQs

What is the easiest way to coat cake balls?

I use a fork to gently lower the cake balls into the coating. A fork works well for letting extra coating run off the ball when you lift it back out of the bowl. I also use a toothpick to help move it off the fork onto the baking sheet.

How can I turn these into cake pops?

It’s so easy to do! All you have to do is dip the end of a lollipop stick into some melted chocolate and stick that end through the truffle ball while the coating is still wet and then let the pops freeze for 20 minutes in the freezer. There you go, instant pops!

Can you make this cake ball recipe ahead of time?

You can mix the cake and frosting to make the dough and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Once you’re ready to finish the recipe, take the dough out of the fridge and scoop and dip it as you normally would.

Can you freeze cake balls?

Yes, cake balls can be stored in the freezer. It’s a great way to keep them fresh plus they taste great when cold. Store in a freezer safe bag up to two months and then thaw before serving.

Cake balls with Valentine sprinkles on plate.


Keep your cake balls in an airtight container in a cool place for 3 – 4 days. 

If you want to store them for longer, they’ll freeze well in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Cake balls with a bite taken.

Looking for more sweet treats? Try funfetti cake mix cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels or rocky road candy and you have yourself a real party!

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Cake Balls

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This cake balls recipe is easy to make with cake mix, frosting and chocolate melting wafers. The perfect bite-sized dessert for parties and special occasions yet simple enough for everyday!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Freeze: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24



  • 1 (15-ounce) box cake mix , use flavor of choice and add ingredients on box
  • 1 cup frosting , plus more if needed
  • 16 ounces chocolate melting wafers , I prefer Ghiradelli

Optional: Sprinkles or other desired decorations


    • Mix and bake the cake batter according to package directions in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Discard any brown edges of the cake. 
    • In a large bowl, crumble the prepared cake into fine crumbs (make sure it has cooled completely before crumbling). Add 2 spoonfuls frosting and combine with your hands or a spoon. Gradually add more frosting until the cake holds together when squeezed. You don't want it too crumbly or it won't hold together.
    • Using a medium cookie scoop, portion the dough onto the baking sheet. Roll into balls with your hands. Freeze 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly firm. You don't want them frozen.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between each, until smooth.
    • Use a fork to dip the balls into the chocolate. Tap on the edge of the bowl to get the smooth finish. You can also spin or twirl the cake pop to remove the excess. Use a toothpick to help slide the ball back onto the baking sheet.
    • Before the chocolate starts to harden, add sprinkles or other decorations. If decorating with more chocolate, let the chocolate harden on the cake ball before drizzling with the additional melted chocolate. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


    Frosting: You can use 1/2 of a 16-ounce can or make half a batch of your own. I love this homemade buttercream frosting and chocolate buttercream frosting (if using a chocolate cake mix). 
    Tip: Make sure that you’re only working with about five cake balls at a time. Leave the rest in the freezer so that they don’t soften too much while you work on the others. You want them to be really cold when working with them. 
    Storage: Store 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in a cool place. Freeze up to 3 months. 


    Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American

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