Gluten Free Red Velvet Truffles

by - February 13, 2018

Sometimes it can be hard to come up with some fun desserts for the many holidays that we have during the year and I really wanted to come up with a fun but delicious dessert for Valentine's Day. I wanted to do something different that just a cake or brownies. I think these red velvet truffles really hit the mark for the perfect Valentine's treat.  These are fun to do by yourself but they are really great to do with kids.  My kids love getting their hands dirty and mixing up that cake and forming balls for the truffles.

This recipe is especially great because it uses a gluten free cake mix which can cut down on the ingredients that you have to get. Unfortunately they haven't come out with a gluten free red velvet cake mix so we just have to add a few ingredients to make it red velvet.  The cake turned out so good. It's moist and has such a great flavor. You can always decide to leave out the red food coloring but I thought that they just looked so cute when you bit into them and they had that great red color. If you do use food coloring make sure to read your labels so that you get gluten free food coloring. There's a link below on where you can buy gluten free food coloring.
For the cream cheese frosting, you can always use store bought frosting but I just think homemade tastes so much better and it really doesn't take very long to whip some of your own.  Again, if buying store bought, make sure to read your labels. This goes along with the chocolate candy coating.  There are lots of different kinds of the candy coating. Wilton is the most famous brand but unfortunately they are not trust worthy so I don't recommend using that brand. ChocoMaker Dark Chocolate Flavored Fountain Formula Dipping Candy, 32 Oz (2 lbs Bag)  has on the package that they are gluten free and they are what I used to make these truffles. They have lots of different colors and I was able to find them at Walmart. You can also find them on Amazon.
For the decorations I just melted some white chocolate and used a fun heart sprinkle on top but you can have fun with these and decorate them however you want.  For the melted chocolate, I just put it into a squeeze bottle but if you don't have one of those then you can just just a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off of it to drizzle over the top.  You can have lots of fun with this and get the kids involved to help you decorate because they will have a blast as well.
I just made these for a Valentine's Day party that my husband and I went to and they were very well received.  People were shocked that they were gluten free and there were definitely no leftovers! Make sure to check out the video down below to see exactly how I made them and click on my YouTube channel for more great recipes and product reviews!

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Red Velvet Truffles

Decadent and luscious truffles that are perfect for Valentine's Day
prep time: 40 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 70 mins

ingredients:

Red Velvet Cake
  • 1 (15 oz) gluten free cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 oz) package chocolate flavored instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Candy Coating
  • 1 lb gluten free chocolate candy coating, white chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate
  • melted chocolate for decorating

instructions

Red Velvet Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, butter, sour cream, eggs, milk, and food coloring together in mixer. Beat for about two minutes at medium speed until fully combined.
  2. Once combined, pour cake batter into greased 9x13 pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until top springs back when touched. Let cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Place cream cheese and butter in mixing bowl and beat on low speed until combined. Stop machine and add sifted powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1 1/2 minutes until fluffy.
  2. After cake has cooled, crumble cake into a large bowl. Add cream cheese frosting and using fingers, mix until well combined.
Assemble Truffles
  1. Using a small cookie scoop, portion small balls of cake and roll between your hands until nicely rounded.  Place cake balls on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate candy coating until melted, stirring often to prevent overheating.
  3. To coat, drop cake ball in chocolate coating and roll around until fully coated. Remove cake ball with fork and tap handle of fork on the edge of the bowl to allow excess coating to drip off.
  4. Place dipped truffle on a foil lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining cake balls. Decorate truffles with melted chocolate or sprinkles. Refrigerate to set coating and chocolate, about 20 minutes.
  5. Store in resealable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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