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Birthday Cake Balls

gluten free cake balls

Cake balls. I resisted for so long. No idea why.

If you bake with any frequency, you probably have extra cake scraps stashed in your freezer. Cake balls are an easy way to recycle odds and ends into something new and festive. Perfect for a holiday gift. Fair warning.

No cake scraps and in a hurry? These gluten free chocolate coconut cupcakes work well in the microwave. You’ll end up with a cup and a half of crumbs. Or double this vegan 2-minute banana muffin recipe. Mix with a simple ganache, coat, and it’s time to celebrate.

Speaking of happy birthdays, what a surprise to see the Mesquite Spice Boys on foodgawker.  Those cookies would taste great crumbled into cake balls. Please note: No cookies were harmed in the making of this recipe.

Happy Birthday Cake Balls

10 minutes

8 small cake balls

It doesn't get any easier. These cake balls are fun to make and really great for an impromptu birthday treat.


  • 1.5 cups cake crumbs
  • Ganache Filling
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • Coating
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • Decorative topping
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut chips
  • Popped quinoa (method in this recipe)


In a medium bowl, crumble cake thoroughly.

Ganache - Heat coconut milk until bubbly. Add chocolate chips. Let sit for a minute before stirring. That's the easiest way to make ganache. Add to bowl of cake crumbs and stir to combine all.

Place a small piece of parchment paper on dinner plate. Use a #40 disher to scoop 8 cake balls onto parchment. Let chill in fridge while you prepare coating.

Coating - In a microwave safe cup, heat coconut oil and 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons chocolate chips until chocolate is melted. It takes 50 seconds on high in a 1500 watt oven. Time will vary depending on how powerful your microwave is.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips to bowl and stir until melted and glossy. This is the easiest way to fake-temper chocolate for coatings.

Dip cake balls into chocolate, using a fork to retrieve ball when coated. Place cake ball back onto parchment paper.

Sprinkle toppings on quickly before chocolate sets. If needed, place cake balls in refrigerator for about 10 minutes, just long enough to set the chocolate (not longer or the coating won't hold up at room temperature). Enjoy!


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  1. Your recipes are SO not going to be good for my butt!! LOL I am going to have to make these soon… 1st I have to make a chocolate cake now… & will actually have to tell the kiddies to leave crumbs behind?! LOL