Red velvet chocolate truffles for St Valentine

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Inspired from Add to Taste’s red velvet cupcake recipe (which you can find on her blog), I used her same recipe to create the cake inside the truffles. Much to my disappointment, I found most red velvet truffle recipes online were made with box mixture – box mix is not a recipe… sies. My friend, Blair, and I took the lovely Sunday before the day and made red velvet chocolate truffles for the hell of it. I’m not the most loyal supporter of Valentine’s Day, but I enjoy treating my friends with the food I make. On the 14th of February, I rocked up to work in my pink David and Goliath T-shirt and handed out little truffles to the Purple Cow team (the company I used to work at) to spread the love.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp red food colouring
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar


  • Cream sugar and butter
  • Add wet ingredients
  • Sift all dry stuff in slowly while mixing
  • Bake for 30 min at 180 degrees Celsius
  • Cool then crumb


  • 200g cream cheese or mascarpone
  • 100g butter
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 tbsp milk

I’m not fond of cream cheese being mixed with chocolate, so I substituted it with mascarpone for a similar effect, but different taste.

  • Beat together
  • Add to crumbed cake
  • Freeze cake when made into balls on wax paper

Chocolate truffling it up:

  • 75g chocolate
  • 1 dollop of butter
  • 2 tbsp milk

Melt together and pour/spoon over frozen red velvet balls

If you have more cake than chocolate, freeze the cake and cheese mush in the ball shape. Owing to the amount of fat in the mascarpone, you can freeze it for up to 2 months without the cake drying out or losing flavour. Chill to cool chocolate and there you have it, little bites of decadent romance.

9 Responses

  1. Hila
    | Reply

    Thank you for the mention 🙂 the look devine

  2. Tandy
    | Reply

    what a great idea!

  3. polkadotcupcake
    | Reply

    aren’t cake truffles both easy and delicious? i made some choc ones for a friends wedding, and was astonished by how easy and delish they were.. Well done you, and for posting while you’re sick – hope you feel better soonest!

  4. Sam
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    These look sinfully delicious 😛
    Your recipes are great – can readers request a specific recipe from you?

    • Ming-Cheau
      | Reply

      Why of course 🙂 I can’t necessarily say I’m an expert, but I do love to experiment!

  5. Ishay
    | Reply

    Hi Ming
    Love these truffles, you’re so clever!

  6. heeeeeeeeeey, I use box mix sometimes. It saves my talent for the icing part 🙂

  7. Marisa
    | Reply

    Aaaaah – you need to freeze the cake balls before you dip in chocolate! Well that’s why my attempt from a while ago failed miserably… Thanks for clearing that up.

    • Ming-Cheau
      | Reply

      Fosho 🙂 Freezing it helps because then they’re easier to manage. Don’t worry I made the same mistake too first time around.

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