Nutella Cake Balls

Yellow cake. Nutella. Chocolate. Three things that make so much sense together, especially in cake form. Especially if the cake is in the form of round, poppable cake balls.

I’ve been wanting to make cake balls ala Bakerella for a long time now.  And when I went to Houston a couple of weeks ago, our lovely host made some delicious red velvet cake balls. I knew that I’ll have to recreate it when I get back to Boston, but using some of my favorite flavors. Yellow cake. Nutella. Chocolate.

Cake balls are very easy to make, albeit a little time consuming. They are adorable little desserts that are so simple in concept, it’s genius. You just need cake (any kind – butter, lemon, red velvet, vanilla, carrot), some sort of icing or binding ingredient (peanut butter, chocolate/vanilla/cream cheese frosting, Nutella) and some chocolate to melt and coat the cake balls.

Nutella Cake Balls
1 box yellow cake packaged mix
1 jar Nutella (I had the 13 oz jar but recommend getting the larger one because it wasn’t enough)
1 package chocolate bark/baking chocolate (I used a bag of milk chocolate chips)

Bake the cake according to the box instructions. Let the cake cool completely, then crumble into a large bowl. Mix in the Nutella thoroughly. Shape the mixture into little balls with your hand, or you can use a mini ice cream scoop. I made them about pingpong ball sized, but I think next time I will make them smaller. Chill for a few hours, preferably overnight.

Are those meat balls? No, they’re cake balls.

When the balls are done chillin’, melt the chocolate. I like using the microwave to do this, heating it up in 30 second intervals and stirring. Using a couple of spoons, dip each ball in the melted chocolate to coat completely and lay on parchment or wax paper until firm.

milk chocolate chips do not melt as smoothly as regular baking chocolate bars, and resulted in a thicker coating (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Errr they look very rustic, don’t they?

While my first batch of cake balls did not turn out to be very good-looking, they fared well in the taste department. I brought these last weekend to a party and everyone liked them! Because what’s not to like: yellow cake and nutella goodness, enveloped in sweet milk chocolate.

Nutella Cake Balls

These would be the perfect party dessert (Superbowl party, anyone?) and it’s fun to eat, and even fun to say. Cake balls.

Have you ever made cake balls before? What flavor combo would you prefer?

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