These St Patrick’s Day Cake Truffles are the perfect way to add a bit of extra colour to any Paddy’s Day celebrations. Super-easy to make with just a few ingredients, these cake truffles offer maximum visual appeal with only minimum effort – and who wouldn’t love that?
Before we get started on these St Patrick’s Day Cake Truffles, can we talk about something weird so I can see if you relate to me?
The other day, I got changed into new clean clothes because we were going to the cinema. Not that I don’t wear clean clothes when I’m at home – I do. These were just nicer I’m-going-out clean clothes. So anyway, I put on clean clothes and by the time I’d managed to put my stuff in my handbag, I had a huge melted chocolate stain on the leg of my jeans.
I had no idea where it came from – I wasn’t scoffing chocolate when packing my bag – and didn’t have time to think about it, so threw off my dirty jeans, put a new pair on and went upstairs to turn off my laptop. I took a quick glance at myself in the mirror before I rushed out of the door, only to see another great big melted chocolate stain on the leg of my jeans in the exact same place the other one was.
I checked my hands, the outside of my handbag, the underside of my desk – everything that I came into contact with that could possibly have rubbed chocolate on me and found absolutely nothing. Fortunately, I managed to throw on a third pair of jeans and run out of the door before I got chocolate all over me and successfully arrive at the cinema chocolate stain-free.
So anyway – my question is: have you ever repeatedly got covered in some sort of food that you have no idea where it came from? If I’d been snacking on a bar of chocolate or baking at the time, I totally would have understood – I’m messy and eat like a pig. But since I was nowhere near any chocolate, I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
And now I’ve got that out of my system, back to these St Patrick’s Day Cake Truffles! Like this Lucky Leprechaun Bark, this green treat was also made using the green layers of this Rainbow Microwave Mug Cake. (Don’t worry, I’ve thrown the rest of the cakes out, so you won’t see any more recipes using leftover cake any time soon!)
Just like any cake truffles, these are made by crumbling up sponge cake and mixing it with yoghurt. (Yes, most cake truffles are made by mixing sponge cake with frosting, but if you’ve been following Pink Recipe Box for any length of time now, you’ll know that I hate frosting).
Most of the cake truffles were dipped in white chocolate, but because I cannot resist chocolate in any way, shape or form, I didn’t have enough white chocolate that I hadn’t eaten to coat all the truffles. So I came up with the idea of rolling the remaining cake truffles in Oreo crumbs! Best. Idea. Ever.
So if you’re not overly keen on white chocolate – I love it, but I guess I understand if everyone in internet land isn’t exactly like me – you can cover the truffles in Oreo crumbs. Or melted milk chocolate. Or any other cookie crumbs. Or sprinkles! Chocolate or multicoloured – your choice.
Ooh! One more thing before you run off and do more important stuff than read my blog. I added peppermint extract to the sponge cake because, well, I love peppermint and the cake is green, so it had to be lime or mint, right? If you don’t like peppermint, feel free to leave out the extract completely and enjoy your strangely-coloured vanilla cake truffles.
- 6 cupcake's worth of green sponge cake completely cool
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract optional
- 1/4 cup yoghurt or frosting
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- vegetable oil
- 2 crushed Oreo cookies
Crumble your cupcakes in a bowl until you have breadcrumb-sized pieces.
Pour in the peppermint extract (if using) and 1/4 cup of yoghurt or frosting. Stir until you've got a moist mixture that comes together easily. Add more yoghurt or frosting if necessary.
When you have a consistency that you can work with, divide the batter into 12 evenly-sized portions and roll each one into as smooth a ball as possible.
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave and stir. If the melted chocolate is very thick, add a teaspoon of room-temperature vegetable oil and stir. Continue adding more vegetable oil until you've got a smooth, thin consistency with which you can cover the cake truffles.
Dip each cake truffle in turn into the white chocolate and place on a flat surface.
Sprinkle the Oreo crumbs on top of the chocolate whilst still wet and gently press in to make sure they stick.
Pop the truffles into the fridge until the chocolate has set then store at room temperature in an air-tight container.
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