Go Back
+ servings
5 from 3 votes
Champagne Cake Balls
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Chilling Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 40 mins
 

If you're attending a New Year's Eve gathering, or if you're celebrating any other exciting occasion, these Champagne Cake Balls are a MUST on your party menu! Thanks to help from a cake mix, it's an easy dessert recipe that you can prepare in advance.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake ball recipe, cake balls, New Years Eve dessert
Servings: 44 cake balls
Calories: 140 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cups Champagne or can substitute with an equal amount of water for a kid-friendly option
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 (16 ounce) container prepared vanilla cake frosting
  • 2 bags (48 tablespoons) white chocolate chips* or an equal amount of white chocolate confectioners coating disks or white chocolate baking bars
  • Rainbow sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, Champagne, canola oil, and egg whites at medium speed with a mixer until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 30 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
  5. Using your hands, crumble the cake into a large bowl.
  6. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine the can of frosting with the cake crumbs until well combined.  You should have a mixture that resembles cookie dough.
  7. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight, so that it can chill and firm up a bit (this will make it easier to scoop).
  8. Once the cake dough is cool, line a baking tray with wax paper. Form small round balls with your cake mixture by rolling between your palms or by using a melon baller.** If you're using your hands and they start to get sticky, just keep them slightly damp with water and the cake dough will not stick to them.
  9. Place the cake balls on the wax paper. Once you have used all of the cake mixture, place the baking tray in the freezer for about 1 hour.
  10. Melt the white chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring every 20-30 seconds until smooth.
  11. Remove the balls from the freezer. Using one toothpick, pick up the balls one at a time and dip in the melted chocolate. Use a second toothpick to slide the ball off the first toothpick onto the wax paper lined baking tray. Tip: If using the toothpicks feels tedious, I often just hold the cake ball in my fingers and dip the top of it into the chocolate, covering as much of the cake ball as possible. It's messy, but it works!

  12. Add sprinkles to the top of the cake balls before the chocolate has time to set.
  13. Place cake balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve. They keep well in the refrigerator for at least a couple of weeks!

Recipe Notes

*You will probably only need about 1 (16 ounce) bag of white chocolate chips; however, I like to melt TWO bags of the white chocolate because it's easier to dip the cake balls when there is plenty of chocolate in the bowl and you're not scraping the bottom.

**I like to use THIS cookie dough scoop so that I don't have to do any rolling. It's smaller than an ice cream scoop, and it yields a perfectly-sized cake ball!

Can Cake Balls be made ahead of time?

Yes! This is another reason that they're perfect for a party -- you can prep them in advance and avoid any last-minute stress!

Can Cake Balls be refrigerated?

Yes! I like to store my cake balls in the refrigerator in order to keep them firm. They also last longer this way!

Can Cake Balls be frozen?

Yes! The dipped cake balls can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight.

How long can you keep Cake Balls?

When refrigerated, cake balls will last and stay fresh for at least 2 weeks -- and maybe even longer!

How many Cake Balls per person?

If you're planning a party, it's safe to estimate about 2 cake balls per person. But hey, leftovers keep well -- so extra never hurts!

COOK'S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:

  • If you prefer to make a kid-friendly batch instead, you can certainly just omit the champagne entirely and use water in its place. But then they won't be Champagne Cake Balls!
  • Once you have dipped the cake balls in chocolate, be sure to add the sprinkles right away -- before the chocolate starts to harden.
  • Try different flavors! These are basically vanilla cake balls, but you can use chocolate cake mix instead of the white cake mix, chocolate frosting instead of the vanilla frosting, or milk chocolate or dark chocolate for dipping (instead of white chocolate).
  • Make Strawberry Cake Balls with the champagne and a box of strawberry cake mix!
  • Serve Red Velvet Cake Balls by using a box of red velvet cake mix and a can of cream cheese frosting!
Nutrition Facts
Champagne Cake Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 cake ball)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.9g9%
Saturated Fat 2.5g16%
Sodium 112.3mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 14.6g16%
Protein 0.6g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.