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Red velvet truffles with only three ingredients ohsweetbasil.com Pink dessert, Valentine's dessert recipe

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge Valentines Day fan. When I was single it felt more like “Singles Awareness Day”, when I was a kid it was fun to get stuff in the mail from Grandma, have a fun dinner with the family etc, but I’d totally take the 4th of July over Valentines Day. As an adult, hmmmm I guess I’m one of those boring people that prefers to do surprises and romantic things all year round. I know, I sound like a grump. I do try to make it special for my loved ones, but more importantly I try to make sure they feel loved all year round too. Which is why these Red Velvet Truffles with only 3 INGREDIENTS!! were actually made in December.

Red velvet truffles with only three ingredients ohsweetbasil.com Pink dessert, Valentine's dessert recipe

My kids love to get messy. LOVE IT. We love the ol’ Edible Playdough (tell me you’ve made it. It’s awesome) and while this isn’t as easy to handle, it is squishy and messy. Thankfully it’s also super fast and easy to make. It’s 3 ingredients, unless you count the white chocolate for dipping, I guess it’s 4 then.

Red velvet truffles with only three ingredients ohsweetbasil.com Pink dessert, Valentine's dessert recipe

And let’s head back to the topic of Valentines just so I don’t sound like I hate the holiday. I’ve had some pretty spectacular Valentines Days, especially one that involved the sweetest poem written by Mr. Handsome. A poem is not really his thing which only made it that much better. I guess that’s one thing I do love about Valentines Day, it makes you really take the time to think about special ways to show love. These red velvet truffles are an easy peasy way to do just that.

Is Red Velvet Cake Chocolate Cake With Red Dye?

Red velvet cake is not the same as a traditional chocolate cake.

Red velvet is made with cocoa powder, vinegar and buttermilk.

The chemical reaction from these ingredients creates a red color.

Often times, red dye is added to enhance the red color in red velvet cake.


Are Truffles Candy?

Truffles can be considered candy.

A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts.

Is Neufchâtel Cream Cheese?

Neufchâtel is softer than regular cream cheese due to its approximately 33% lower fat and higher moisture content.

Neufchatel is usually sold as low-fat cream cheese.


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Red Velvet Truffles

3.2 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
refrigerate: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 18
Red Velvet Truffles with only 3 INGREDIENTS!!


  • 1 1/4 Cup Red Velvet Cake Mix Just the powder
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Oz Cream Cheese softened
  • White Chocolate for dipping


  • Place the cake mix, powdered sugar, and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and use a hand held mixer to combine until the dough forms a ball. At first it will seem crumbly, but continue to mix and it will come together.
  • Place in the fridge to rest for 1 hour.
  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 30 second increments.
  • Powder your hands with powdered sugar and roll tablespoon sized balls in your hand.
  • Immediately dip in the white chocolate and allow to drip a little.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Top with sprinkles if desired.
  • Allow to dry and enjoy!


The colder your hands are the better you will roll the balls.
store in an airtight container in a cool place
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Looked good and the poof!! Every ball grew a tail and the coating cracked

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    • Hi Sharie! It sounds like you might have over-tempered the chocolate, and what do you mean by growing a tail? I’m sorry it didn’t turn out the way you had hoped!

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  • Hi Carri! Thank you for a super easy tasty treat. Just wanted to pass on a tip… Put ice cream scooper in the freezer… Dipped in confectioners sugar then scooped Red Velvet balls without getting hands messy

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    • Ooooohhhh…I like it! I’ll have to try that next time!

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  • I just made these.  Shortly after the chocolate coatings hardened the truffles started “sprouting” tails that grew to 1 1/2 inches.  What in the world went wrong?  Brand of cake mix?

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    • Oh no!! I haven’t had that happen before. What altitude are you at and was there much humidity in the air?

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  • Wait, what? Two thousand nine hundred fifteen calories per one serving? Please let that be for the whole batch. Wanted to try these for an annual Christmas cookie exchange, not with that many calories. Please respond

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    • Hi Jackie, it’s for the whole batch. For some reason it wouldn’t let us select for individual. 🙁

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  • I have made these many times and they was a hit everytime.Thank you

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    • Oh good! Thank you!

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  • I made these last night for my kids valentine’s party. I had no problem with the first batch coming into a ball, the second batch I did. I think it has to do with the temperature of the cream cheese. After I added another scoop of warm cream cheese it came together. Also the second batch really expand after the chocolate, they were the batch i left in the freezer for longer to chill before dipping. Kids were half and half. Two loved them two thought they tastes like uncooked batter!

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  • I can’t help but think that the raw cake mix will make these truffles taste sandy – like eating dirt? Does the cake mix soften and mellow?

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    • It completely melts into it. 🙂

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  • I figured out how to make the mixing a lot simpler and complete. I treat it like I am kneading bread. It forms up right away. I recommend gloves, as the red dye sets in fast.

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    • So true. That red dye will cover your hands.

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  • Maybe I’m missing this info…but how many truffles does this recipe make?

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    • It depends on the size, we’ve gotten up to 24 and as few as 8.

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  • I just made these and I was also having difficulty having the dough come together when mixing. I looked again at the recipe( it calls for 4 oz – a half block of cream cheese) and decided to add the REST of the block of cream cheese (8 oz total). A couple of minutes with the mixer and it mixed beautifully! I also found that a liberal amount of powdered sugar on your hands when rolling these into ball really helped. Thanks for the recipe- these are DIVINE!

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    • Oh wow! I tried it with a whole block and couldn’t get it to come together! Lol, I wonder if the fact that it was the neufchatel made a difference. I will have to test out both kinds and see if that’s the issue. Can’t wait to eat them again!

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  • This did not work for me AT ALL. when I mixed the cake mix powdered sugar and cream cheese, it didn’t come together to form dough one bit.

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    • Bentha, I’m sorry you experienced a hard time. It takes a moment in mixing, but we haven’t ever had trouble getting them to come together although if the resting in the fridge didn’t happen it wouldn’t have time to harden up.

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  • I don’t know what I did wrong this recipe is not working for me 🙁

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    • I made the recipe quite a few times, and although most worked, there was one time where the “dough” just kept melting and would not roll into a ball. I was so frustrated. I finally realized that I had measured the pw sugar too light handed, so I added more, chilled the dough and then continuously ran my hands through cold water and then powdered sugar in order to keep the dough from melting. My house was really warm, as was I that day. I hope you can make it work! Sorry. 🙁

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  • Yum!!! I adore these!

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  • I hate rolling out cake pops and truffles…can’t believe I’ve never thought to put the kids to work at it! My daughter would probably love it!

    These are so pretty! Love your photographs!

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  • these are so so sweet looking…i would hope mine would turn out as smooth looking…i usually start to lose patience and my chocolate gets clumpy…but still taste good!

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    • Trust me, that totally happened I just didn’t include them in the photos. 😉

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  • These are so pretty, and look so yummy. I definitely have to make a batch of these for a Valentine’s Day treat!

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  • What a great idea to use the cake mix with cream cheese! I love how fast and easy these are to make!!!

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  • Yay for red velvet!! I love that there aren’t many ingredients!

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  • They are so pretty Carrian! I don’t think I’ve see another recipe using cake mix raw, but now that I think about it, it’s just like cookie dough

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  • These are gorgeous! I never thought to use the “raw” mix. Can’t wait to try it!

  • LOVE how easy you made these!! And they turned out so pretty too!!

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  • YUM! And so much fun!

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  • Just found your blog! Love the way you and your husband met. All of your recipes look amazing!

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  • What a fun easy treat to make with your little ones!

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  • Oooh. I love how you used the powder and cream cheese instead of the baked cake! So pretty!

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    • Thanks Dorothy! These are definitely easier than baking a cake first.

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  • lol @ “Singles Awareness Day” …In the spirit of Valentines day .. I LOOOOOVVEE these truffles and I need some asap!

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    • it’s so true!!

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  • Red Velvet truffles! How perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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  • These look so delightful! And I love that they were made in December! So fun all year long 😀

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    • Thanks, Carla

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