Quick + Thoughtful Valentine's "Truffles"

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So here’s the thing...

It’s nearly impossible to make a traditional truffle in 20 minutes. And so this week I had to let go of my rigid view of “what makes a truffle” and attack this challenge from the approach of “what makes a truffle so delightful?”

And here’s what I came up with:

Truffles are bite-sized, sweet, smooth, and chocolatey...

About that “chocolatey” thing, though—I come from a long line of women who prefer vanilla/caramel to chocolate.

I know…Gasp!

Plus I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day treat for those of you who don’t love a box of chocolates, so I decided to do vanilla and chocolate. Either flavor follows the same recipe and starts with store-bought cake.

I really wanted this recipe to be as easy as possible and QUICK.

I used store-bought sauces, but feel free to make your own caramel or fudge sauce for an even more special treat.

Using a stand mixer will transform the cake and sauce into a cake truffle filling in a matter of minutes!

I added a few sprinkles to the vanilla version to create a Funfetti vibe…

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Then I just scooped away!

I used a 1-tablespoon portion scoop, but you could also just use a spoon.

Each recipe makes 40 to 45 truffles!

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I rolled the filling in my hand to create a smooth exterior…

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And then rolled the outsides in a combination of powdered sugar and cocoa powder (just straight cocoa was a little too intense and drying).

Voila!

You have a delicious treat that looks like a true truffle, but has the center of a cake pop!

These can be enjoyed immediately, however, they are arguably better after being chilled.

Darrick, My #1 Taste Tester, loved them!

Darrick, My #1 Taste Tester, loved them!

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Soooooo, in 20 short minutes, you can make Valentine’s “truffles” for the special people in your life with little to no hassle, but all the thoughtfulness.

I didn’t think it could be done, but I’m so glad I tried! This week’s challenge proved that you really can whip up something special in no time!

 

20-Minute Valentine's "Truffles"

makes: 40 to 45 "truffles"

Ingredients:

  • 14-ounce store bought cake (any flavor you want!)
  • ¼ cup caramel, hot fudge, or jam
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons nonpareils or cocoa nibs (optional)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Tear the cake into small pieces and add the pieces to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add caramel, hot fudge, or jam sauce and mix until a tender, but stiff, dough is formed—about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the nonpareils or cocoa nibs (if desired), and mix again to combine.
  3. Using a one-tablespoon scoop, portion the dough, rolling each portion into a ball in your hands to make its outside smooth.
  4. In a medium bowl. combine the powdered sugar and cocoa. Roll each truffle in the mixture to coat its outside. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a week.
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