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Chocolate Cake Balls

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Delicious, elegant chocolate cake balls recipe, coated in chocolate with a smooth, fudge interior, just perfect for holidays. Makes a wonderful gift idea.
Servings 65 balls
Prep Time 1 d 40 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 ½ cup (190g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) cinnamon
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) oil
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 7 oz (200g) cream cheese
  • 1 stick (110g) butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar


  • 2 tsp (10g) rum extract


  • 13 oz chocolate (360g) chocolate (white, milk and dark)


  • Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Butter the sides and bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients. Add water, vinegar, vanilla extract and oil and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely.
  • Prepare the cream cheese frosting: Combine the cream cheese with butter and sugar. Mix well until creamy.
  • Crumble the chocolate cake into a large bowl. Add the cream cheese frosting and rum essence and mix well to combine.
  • Take teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls. Lay the balls into a baking sheet and refrigerate for several hours to chill or put them in the freezer for no more than 1 hour like I did. 
  • Melt few pieces of chocolate  over bain-marie and roll balls in chocolate. For tempering the chocolate before using for coating read here. Lay on wax paper until firm. I used a fork to dip and roll the balls into chocolate. I used 3 types of chocolate (90 g white chocolate, 90 g milk chocolate and 180 g dark chocolate) and melt 90 g at a time. I also rolled the white ones into coconut flakes but that is optional.  
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. They are absolutely divine.


Serving: 1gCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 9.8gProtein: 1gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 8mgSugar: 6.9g
Calories: 86kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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