Easy Cake Bites
If you need an easy and delicious dessert for any occasion, this Easy Cake Bites recipe will be your new go-to! They are so delicious and everyone will love them. The flavor possibilities are endless, which makes this easy recipe work for any celebration.
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I first started making Cake Bites, sometimes called Cake Balls, over 10 years ago right when Cake Pops became a thing. Honestly, I thought Cake Pops were kind of boring, I mean who wants just one little bite of cake? However, I did want to find out how to make them, and back when Pinterest was a baby, I found a recipe similar to this instead. It’s so easy to remember you only have to make it once to know how to put these together. Anytime I make these, they disappear. Seriously. I still get requests to bring these whenever I get an invitation. They are that good.
What are Easy Cake Bites?
These Easy Cake Bites are exactly what they sound like, only better! They are almost like a truffle because they are dense and moist and with the sprinkles, they remind me a little of a frosted animal cookie. Instead of just cake in the middle like a cake pop, these cake bites have frosting inside and a candy coating outside.
Ingredients Needed to Make These Bite Size Treats
- boxed cake mix
- vegetable oil
- frosting in a can
- candy coating
- colored sprinkles
Tools Needed to Make Cake Balls
Here are the tools you will need to make these cake bites. I love my Anolon baking sheet because it is heavy duty and has nice rubber handles. I’ve had mine for many years and still use it to this day. Wax paper is a staple every household needs and these aren’t the exact iced tea spoons I have but they are close and I use them all the time. If you don’t have an iced tea spoon, you can use a regular spoon.
How to Make Easy Cake Bites
- Make a boxed cake as directed on the box and allow it to cool completely
- Once the cake has cooled, break it into pieces in a large mixing bowl and crumble with your hands.
- Take the container of frosting and mix it into the crumble mixture with a rubber spatula or large spoon.
- Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper. With clean hands, scoop out about 1 tablespoon of batter and roll into a ball between your hands, and place it on the wax paper. Repeat with the rest of the cake mixture.
- Melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir and continue to melt at 20-second intervals until fully melted.
- Dip each ball into the melted coating and make sure the ball is completely covered. Place the coated ball back on the wax paper and top with sprinkles immediately so they stick before the coating sets.
- Allow the balls to set completely before enjoying.
Tips to Make the Best Cake Ball Ever!
- If you don’t want to use your hands to break up the cake, you can also place pieces in a food processor or blender and blend it to a crumble.
- When rolling the balls with your hands, lightly spray each hand with non-stick cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking.
- Gently tap the spoon on the side of the bowl after dipping each ball in the candy coating to get off the excess. Otherwise you will have a puddle of coating at the bottom of your ball.
- Be careful not to get any water in your melted candy coating or it will seize and you will have to start over. Trust me, I’ve been there and it is not fun.
- You can speed up the cake cooling time by placing it in the refrigerator, just be careful of the hot pan.
- You can coat about 5 or 6 balls at a time before topping with sprinkles before the coating stats to set too much.
Different Flavor Combinations to Try
Here are some ideas of different flavor combinations to try when making Cake Bites. Most of these I have tried and they turned out perfect every time. I’m telling you, you can’t mess up this recipe.
- Spiced Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
- Strawberry Cake and Strawberry Frosting
- Funfetti Cake and Funfetti Frosting
- Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Frosting
- Chocolate Cake and Coconut Pecan Frosting
- Gingerbread Cake and Vanilla Frosting
- Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
The possibilities are endless and you can try them all for different occasions or just because!
More Easy and Delicious Dessert Recipes
- Twix Cookies
- Homemade Snickers Bars
- Super Soft Sugar Cookies
- Easy Macaron Recipe for Beginners
- Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze
Easy Cake Bites
- medium mixing bowl
- hand mixer
- 9×13 sheet cake pan (or any pan to make a cake)
- baking sheets
- wax paper
- large mixing bowl
- microwave-safe bowl
- rubber spatula
- long-handled spoon (or regular spoon)
- 1 box cake mix (I used white)
- vegetable oil (to make cake)
- eggs (to make cake)
- 1 package candy coating
- 1 can frosting (I used cream cheese)
- colored sprinkles of your choice
- Make a boxed cake as directed and allow the cake to cool completely.
- Once the cake has cooled, cut into small pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl. Break up the pieces by hand or with a hard spoon to get small crumbles.
- Take the container of frosting and mix it into the crumble mixture. This takes a little elbow grease to get it all mixed in. The mixture will be between a batter and a dough.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of cake mixture and roll it into a ball between your hands. Place each ball on the wax paper and continue to make balls with the rest of the mixture.
- Melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir the coating and continue to melt at 20-second intervals until fully melted. You can also use a double boiler on the stove.
- Dip each ball into the melted coating and coat it completely. Tap off the excess coating and place the ball back on the wax paper. Immediately top the ball with sprinkles so they stick before bark sets.
- Allow the balls to set completely before enjoying. You can speed up the process in the fridge, or if it's a really warm day, you should put them in the fridge so they set.
- Cake bites will last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container and can also be frozen for several weeks.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
I’ve done different variations of these using spiced cake mix, vanilla, yellow, gingerbread, chocolate, etc. You can also use your choice of frosting or add a little extra flavor to the cake mix or frosting. I have also made these using homemade cake and frosting. Truthfully, I like the store-bought version better.
Did you Make These Easy Cake Bites?
I hope you get a chance to make these Easy Cake Bites soon, you will not regret it! If you snap a photo, tag me on Instagram or Facebook and show me your bites! You can also follow me on Pinterest and sign up for my mailing list so you never miss a recipe!