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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Red Velvet Cake Balls

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"If only it were legal to marry food."

Those were the words out of my mouth after trying one of these cake balls.

They're rich, chocolate-y, and moist. With a dash of red or pink sprinkles over the top, they're the perfect Valentine's Day treat. And, if you're single, you're in luck! Because you won't want to share these. I promise.

I served these to a few guests last night, and it was a good thing we set some aside for us before they arrived. There wasn't a single cake ball left! No one could tell they were gluten/grain-free, soy free, dairy free, peanut free, additive free, and Paleo! Now that's what I call a true Paleo dessert!

Don't get me wrong, these are by no means healthy, but who says you can't have a special treat every now and then? Sure, they're better than your average dessert, but sugar is sugar so try not to splurge too much.

The red velvet cake recipe is from TGIPaleo. And it's possibly the best cake ever! Even better than these cupcakes. Now that's saying something.

The "cream cheese" frosting is from the Eat Like A Dinosaur cookbook. You can also find the recipe on the Paleo Parents blog. This is by far the best frosting I have ever eaten Paleo or not. I highly recommend it!  It's taste real and not like the fake stuff at the store.

I'm not going to bore you any more with meaningless writing, onto the recipe!

Full credit goes to TGIPaleo for the cupcake recipe:
2 1/2 c. almond flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cocoa powder
2 eggs, separated
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. honey
1 1/2 T. vanilla
1 T. of red food dye or 2 T. beet juice (I used 1/2 T. pink food dye and 1/2 T. purple, because I didn't have any red)

Full credit goes to the Paleo Parents for the cream cheese frosting:
1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours
2 T. honey
2 T. maple syrup
1/2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 T. vanilla
1/2 T. almond extract
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
3. Separate eggs, putting whites in one bowl and yolks in the bowl with your dry ingredients.
4. Add coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and food dye to the bowl with dry ingredients. Mix together well.
5. Whip egg whites to stiff peaks. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. It is what provides the cake with its light and fluffy texture.
6. Fold egg whites into your batter.
7. Pour your batter into a greased 8x8 pan.
8. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
9. While cake is baking, blend together ingredients for cream cheese frosting. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
10. Once cake has cooled, crumble it up into a bowl and add 1/2 c. of frosting. Mix together well. Add more frosting as needed. I only used about 1/2 the recipe.
11. Roll into balls and freeze until firm, about an hour.

This next part is really up to you. You can drizzle your cake balls in chocolate, submerge them in chocolate, roll them in sprinkles, drizzle them with warmed coconut butter, frost them with the leftover frosting, etc. Really. It's up to you. I drizzled homemade chocolate (recipe below) over mine and put a few sprinkles on the top. Next time, I'll try just rolling the balls in sprinkles before putting them in the freezing to see how they turn out.

Chocolate Drizzle:
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 c. honey

1. In a saucepan, melt coconut oil. You can also melt the coconut oil in the micro wave, it's up to you.
2. Once it's melted, stir in cocoa powder and honey.
3. Drizzle over cake balls. Alternatively, you can double the recipe and dunk the cake balls into the chocolate.
4. Garnish with sprinkles or whatever you'd like.

Inquiry of the Day:

What do you plan to do for Valentine's Day?

I think my family and I will have a nice dinner, exchange cards, and play a game together or something.


  1. Those look pretty darned tasty!
    And I love how you decorated them- they are *so* pretty =D

  2. What a great idea! These look like a fun project to do with a friend.

    1. Thanks! They're fun to make with someone else, but not fun to share them when you're done! ;) Have a great day!


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