It just so happens that today is my birthday. Being born so close to Valentine’s Day, I often ended up with strawberry flavored birthday cakes. Not that I mind. You might be anti-cake mix. Most of the time, I prefer from scratch cakes, myself. But there’s something about strawberry cake from a box that I simply can’t walk away from.
Wanting a sweet little treat for my Brit this year, who happens to love strawberry cake as much as I do, I decided to experiment with a box of Pillsbury pudding-in-the-mix strawberry cake mix, some cream cheese, and enough Valentine’s Day sprinkles to make even Elle Woods jealous of the pink.
I mean, you made candy. At least, that’s how it looks to little kids and husbands. That’s good enough for me, you know? Not to mention biting through that candy-shell provided by Candiquik is completely addicting. As for sprinkles? Everything is better with sprinkles, amiright? I put sprinkles in the filling and on top of each truffle. Because: sprinkles.
I have yet to find an organic strawberry cake mix, but if they exist, let me know! You could also try this with an organic vanilla cake mix and a box of strawberry jell-o. Or just make vanilla cake mix truffles. The sprinkles will do the heavy Valentine’s Day lifting anyway.
- 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
- 1 box of Strawberry Cake Mix
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- Valentine's Day Sprinkles
- 2 trays of Candiquik Vanilla
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Pour entire bag of cake mix into the mixer and beat on medium speed until the cake mix and cream cheese are well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl often.
Add powdered sugar and sprinkles and mix on low speed until completely combined, scraping the sides often.
Using a small cookie dough scoop, scoop dough onto a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Freeze the truffles for at least 20 minutes.
When truffles are frozen (they'll be slightly soft, even when frozen), heat one candiquik tray in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
Working quickly, dip truffles into the candiquik while it sits on a fork. Lift the fork out of the candiquik, allowing the coating to drip off. Place each truffle back on the parchment paper.
Wait for the first layer of candiquik to harden, then repeat this process. Heat the second tray of candiquik when you run out of the first. In the second coating, work with only two truffles at a time, stopping to sprinkle valentine's day sprinkles over the top of the wet candy coating. If you wait too long, the sprinkles will not stick.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat, for up to 5 days.