No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

If you like:

cake batter


no-bake recipes

5-ingredient recipes

…Then this one’s for you. 

And if you don’t like those things, you’re reading the wrong blog.


The Process:

Stir all ingredients together except for chocolate chips.  This is what my dough looked like, and then I put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Remove Dough from freezer & Roll into balls

I recommend rolling these balls much smaller than you think they should be because once you dip them in chocolate, they almost double in size.  The end result should be a truffle and bite-sized.  You don’t necessarily want to be biting into a golf ball sized truffle.  So start with small balls.

Dip balls into melted chocolate and allow to set up in freezer.

Try not to eat them all at once.

They satisfy the craving for cake batter and chocolate, all in one.

No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

Nothing is “too rich” for me.

These are not too rich but they are definitely rich.  Sugar and fat has that effect, and boy, it’s wonderful.

Impress your friends with these.  No wait, just impress yourself by making them.

You’ll be happy you did.

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No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

These easy-to-make, no-bake truffles with just 5 ingredients have a vanilla cake batter filling and are coated in rich semi-sweet chocolate. They're always a hit at any party or event. They'll keep for months in the fridge or freezer and can be made well in advance. Try other kinds of cake mix flavors to change up the filling. I like yellow butter cake or strawberry.

Yield: 20 to 30 truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: about 90 minutes, to allow for cooling & set-up


1 cup vanilla cake mix

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp agave, optional and you can just use all sweetened condensed milk if you don't have agave

1 1/2 to 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips, and stir to combine.

This mixture should be quite solid and not runny, but not so dry that you can't mold it into balls.  If you find that your mixture is a little too runny, add a touch more cake mix.  If it's a little too dry, add more sweetened condensed milk/agave.  I ended up using about 1 1/4 cups cake mix to get the perfect consistency.

After you've made the dough, refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes and then remove and roll into balls.

After the balls have been made, refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes minutes or until well-chilled, ensuring the melted chocolate will adhere and set up properly.

Melt the chocolate chips, and dip the chilled cake batter balls into melted chocolate.  Using parchment paper is a tip I'd recommend when working with melted chocolate.  Place truffles in freezer or fridge to set up. Truffles will keep airtight in the refrigerator or freezer for many months.

Use GF cake mix to make this recipe Gluten Free.

For those avoiding traditional sweetened condensed milk, use homemade nut/seed milk such as cashew or hemp that you make very thick and sweeten with agave.  Full fat coconut milk, sweetened with agave, may also work  There are also recipes for vegan sweetened condensed milk floating around.  Make sure that the "milk" you use is thick enough so the cake batter sticks/holds together and is sweet enough to replicate traditional sweetened condensed milk.

The truffles are a similar concept to Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls, and you won’t be sorry to make those, either.


What’s your favorite kind of truffle?


218 Responses to “No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles”

  1. VeggieGirl — April 3, 2011 at 4:11 am (#

    Oooh, make more of those truffles! :D

  2. Lisa — April 3, 2011 at 4:22 am (#

    These look great—I love cake batter. When I was a kid, I found an open box of cake mix in my sister’s desk drawer with a spoon stuck in it. I totally started eating it after that too—I thought she was a genius. I prefer it in the batter form vs. powder though, so your recipe looks totally my style!

  3. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — April 3, 2011 at 4:33 am (#

    HAhahah, I love the “…you’re reading the wrong blog.” No worries, I’m in the right place. ;)

    Another awesome homemade recipe Averie. When I saw the first picture I was wondering how you got the batter IN the truffles LOL. My family didn’t keep much candy/chocolate around the house and instead my mom did more baking than anything, so I actually don’t know that I’ve ever tried truffles! These look so good though, and so simple!

  4. Kate @ the pseudovegan — April 3, 2011 at 4:46 am (#

    Are there any vegan/non-dairy options for sweetened condensed milk?? I am allergic to dairy. I made these the bake way, and it was SO TIME CONSUMING! This recipe is awesome!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 3, 2011 at 5:01 am (#

      you could probably make a thick hemp-based or cashew-milk and sweeten it with agave. You need the milk to be thick AND sweet in order to get it to hold the cake batter together.

    • Kate @ the pseudovegan — April 3, 2011 at 7:30 am (#

      oh great! I just got my Vitamix yesterday, so I am sure I can whip something up!! Thanks Averie!

    • Stephanie — December 22, 2012 at 10:26 am (#

      I just made these using cream of coconut (NOT coconut cream – You want the stuff you use for pina coladas). They turned out delicious! The cream of coconut is a bit runnier than the sweetened condensed milk, so I blended mine first and added it slowly until it was the right consistency. Hope this helps!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm (#

      Glad to know you had great success with cream of coconut (not coconut cream) — yes small change of word ordering can make a big difference! A pina colada-ish tasting truffle sounds heavenly, actually!

  5. Anne — April 3, 2011 at 4:48 am (#

    Those look…SO good :-). Loved your intro as well, haha…

  6. Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty — April 3, 2011 at 5:11 am (#

    These look absolutely amazing. If I had these in my house and my freezer, they would be my breakfast on a Sunday morning. How do you think of these things? :-)

  7. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 3, 2011 at 5:18 am (#

    Those look incredible! I love cake batter anything – my favorite is ice cream!

  8. Gina — April 3, 2011 at 5:26 am (#

    Those look to die for! So simple to make too :)
    Just curious, why didn’t you use a GF cake mix?

  9. Shannon — April 3, 2011 at 6:09 am (#

    Oh wow… these look so decadent! I could eat my weight in cake batter, it is SO.GOOD. I’ll be making these soon ;)

  10. Erica — April 3, 2011 at 6:19 am (#

    Averie! These look delicious!! I think they’d make an awesome gift of a finger dessert at a party. I’m still standing by my answers from yesterday as well :)

  11. lynn @ the actor's diet — April 3, 2011 at 6:33 am (#

    yum. i may just be eating that cake batter alone!

  12. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — April 3, 2011 at 6:34 am (#

    Averie, not only does that recipe look amazing but your photography is awesome! I really need to learn what my camera can do outside of “auto”! :P

  13. Denise — April 3, 2011 at 6:55 am (#

    I just made these……..3 words…..D…..lish…….US
    WOW, they are reallllllllly good!

  14. April — April 3, 2011 at 7:23 am (#

    I LOVE truffles! My address is 5593 Pine**** LOL!

    I made a homemade pizza last night YUM!

    Hmmmm….haven’t you made everything?

  15. Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 3, 2011 at 7:31 am (#

    Ok I love cake batter and raw cookie dough and all that stuff. And I bet these taste so good because of the sweetened condensed milk! That stuff is pure sugar in a can :)

    The one time I made cake balls I made them waaaay too big, so good tip on making them smaller since they do double in size. Plus, then you can eat more of them!

    Best thing I ate — we went out for drinks last night and had an amazing Lobster Pizza appetizer — it was delicious!

  16. Sabina — April 3, 2011 at 7:35 am (#

    hey averie!

    i’m sending positive thoughts your way for a healthy recovery. (sports) injuries just plan suck!

    best thing about this weekend (it’s a tie!)

    – spring is FINALLY here: it’s been blue skies, sunny and +10C yesterday and also today.
    – we are DOG SITTING an adorable scottie-westie mix name Henry and he is such a joy to have around

    the beautiful weather means that we’re outside a heck of a lot and Henry’s getting lots and lots of walking!

    i’m not much of a sweets person, but do enjoy them. truffles are super decadent for me!

    i would love to see some vegan, gf cupcakes from you. cupcakes are generally the opposite of easy, quick and no-bake, so I won’t be upset if you pass on making them. *wink*

    have a great sunday!


  17. Christine (The Raw Project) — April 3, 2011 at 7:36 am (#

    Yum, the recipe looks great and so simple. Again, wonderful pics too! :-)

    1. Probably saw a movie with hubby, Source Code – totally worth seeing in theaters.
    2. Yes, but lately I’m only been sticking to raw vegan desserts because they’re simple to make with whole ingredients and minimal time. But this one looks great and makes me want to try a new raw ball recipe.
    3. Something with raw caramel, yum!

  18. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty — April 3, 2011 at 7:38 am (#

    what a great idea!! I think that coconut milk would work for the condensed milk too!??!

  19. Stephanie — April 3, 2011 at 7:48 am (#

    Your photos are wonderful! I love the splash of color.

    I cover to chocolate-cover things, and I’ve recently wanted to try a recipe using graham crackers. Any ideas???

  20. Alicia — April 3, 2011 at 8:00 am (#

    These LOOK pretty too! I will be trying these with gf cake mix, yummmyyy! The best thing I ate was shrimp tacos, the only kind of seafood I like and they sure were good. Have a fab Sunday!

  21. McKella — April 3, 2011 at 8:05 am (#

    I love cake batter anything.
    I’d love to see more mango recipes!

  22. Jen (The Best Kitchen) — April 3, 2011 at 8:30 am (#

    Oh my gosh, look at that. Looks sooo delicious!! I want to eat my screen :D

  23. Peggy — April 3, 2011 at 8:40 am (#

    I planned on making a chocolate cake today, looks like I’ll have to reserve some of it for these amazing truffles! =)

  24. Amber K — April 3, 2011 at 8:43 am (#

    Oh. My. Yum!!!! These look delicious. Although I’m not a huge fan of truffles – only because they disappear too quickly!! :)

    I have been drooling over all of your caramel recipes lately. I actually made your raw vegan caramels yesterday and I keep having to check to make sure my husband hasn’t eaten them all!

  25. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) — April 3, 2011 at 8:53 am (#

    What a fun dessert! I love cake batter, chocolate & truffles. Imagine that ;) They look SO yummy. Will def make them for my next dinner party. For me, a dessert recipe needs to be easy and this one sounds like something I could do!

    It’s been dreary and grey here too :l I was SO EXCITED about our 80 degree weather…. Boo.

    Ps I’m sipping on my new favorite coffee bc of your reccomendation. TJ’s Bay Blend is SO YUMMY. I love the subtle sweetness that it has… I don’t even need to add sweetener. I also tried Sumatra, but my heart stays with the Bay Blend.

  26. Pam — April 3, 2011 at 9:09 am (#

    So sorry to hear of your fall! Hope you heal quick, I bet you will. (I love that you blog 2x per day btw, you are my go-to blog when I’m chillin. I read it every morning and evening)!

    Best I’ve eaten this weekend is TJ’s sun dried tomato pesto, and played Monopoly w/ my kids and mom.

    I love all things sweet, but have an ongoing sinus mystery (chronic debilitating sinusitis, eeek) and seems that avoiding sugar completely (even fruit) is the only thing that stops it. UGH. Anyone know of a foodie blog that includes tons of no sugar items & creative ways to use stuff like stevia?

    • Kelly Michelle — April 3, 2011 at 11:30 am (#

      Pam- Averies recipes are amazing but sugar free they are not. You can check out the Pure2raw twins or Diet Dessert and Dogs for lots of sugar free recipes as they are both doing candida cleanses of no sugar, just do a quick google search for the blog titles and they should come up.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#

      I also have a section of stevia based recipes here

      many of the raw blogs or raw/GF blogs are worth a try b/c of stevia based desserts.

    • Pam — April 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm (#

      Thanks guys, I will check out all your suggestions!

  27. Bria @ West of Persia — April 3, 2011 at 9:18 am (#

    These look awesome, Averie. For those who are curious . . .

    Here’s a recipe for vegan sweetened, condensed milk. It looks easy and fast:

    I’m sure you could sub any non-dairy milk for the soy. I’m partial to coconut milk or almond milk myself.

  28. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine — April 3, 2011 at 9:22 am (#

    you are so amazing!! Those balls look soooo good and I’m definitely making them ASAP. Your oreo balls went over so well with my friends that they are still talking about them after I made them in January… And I’ve made them twice since then, too!
    I can’t wait to make these for my friends as well.

    As for a recipe I’d like to see you make… how about a vegan tiramisu!? I looooove tiramisu :) I make a “cheaters” version that involves twinkies, coffee ice cream, and kahlua…but I want something a little “healthier” haha

  29. Mimi (Gingersnaps) — April 3, 2011 at 9:30 am (#

    Gah, I wish I was in the States! My sister’s birthday is coming up and she’d LOVE these.

    Best think I ate all weekend was a slice of Peanut Butter Cup Cake from my favorite vegan restaurant in London, Inspiral Lounge. NOM. Second best thing was some Indian curried salmon I made

    Oooh, potential new Averie projects. Can I be super selfish for a minute? I have a lot of coconut flakes on hand that I want to get rid of. Normally I’d just make your snowballs…but I’m out of cocoa powder and don’t fancy buying any more. And non-choccie ideas that feature coconut?

  30. Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover — April 3, 2011 at 9:32 am (#

    These look amazing!
    I wish I liked truffles…
    Hahaha ;)

  31. Jackie Smith — April 3, 2011 at 9:36 am (#

    Love the new dishes & linens!

  32. Katie — April 3, 2011 at 9:38 am (#

    How can you go wrong with these? LOVE the recipe. LOVE.

  33. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 3, 2011 at 10:23 am (#

    Haha…nothing is too rich for me either :-) These look great!!

  34. Katelyn (new kid on the vegan block) — April 3, 2011 at 10:27 am (#

    These look amazing! I immediately thought to ask if full fat coconut milk could replace the condensed milk, but it seems like it can :) I really want to make them!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm (#

      just make sure it’s THICK enough and sweet enough so the cake batter 1. holds/sticks together and 2. is sweet enough. :)

  35. The GSB — April 3, 2011 at 10:33 am (#

    This looks amazing – I can’t wait to try this one! I loved your Oreo truffle recipe too! :)

  36. Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) — April 3, 2011 at 11:13 am (#

    Averie these look so good, I wish I could make them! I was on vacation for the past week and totally missed reading your blogs every day! Im excited to catch up :)

  37. Beth — April 3, 2011 at 11:19 am (#

    Best thing I did this weekend: Pack up some free supplies for the paintball field. Woo-hoo!

    Amazingly, I’m not a big fan of truffles or cake batter.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  38. Kelly Michelle — April 3, 2011 at 11:33 am (#

    omg, yum, I wonder how these would be with brownie mix?

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm (#

      oh i bet wonderful!

    • Cody — July 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#

      Pretty good with brownie mix. Felt a smidge gritty perhaps. I needed to add a smidge more Of the milk and then a little powder again because too much milk came out. Only used a little over a 1/4 cup of the milk.

      Husband approved for making them again :-) just need to figure out how to dip them prettier. Maybe I should turn them into pops?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm (#

      I think brownie mix is grittier than cake mix, i.e. cocoa powder vs. cake flour – but sounds like a winner!

  39. Cameo — April 3, 2011 at 11:34 am (#

    Those look ridiculously good. Like, scary, good. I am gluten/dairy sensitive, so sadly I will not be able to enjoy them…though I could probably figure out a modification…
    I love your blog – I was subscribed to it when I had my blog on blogger, but then I moved over to wordpress and lost touch for awhile!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm (#

      you could use GF cake mix

      and use homemade nut milk that you make very thick, i.e. cashew or hemp seed, OR use coconut milk perhaps, as long as you sweeten it all w/ agave

  40. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — April 3, 2011 at 11:56 am (#

    Ouch! I missed your post on your fall. I can’t believe that woman with the alcohol.. I think I would have been totally phased too.
    Best thing I did this weekend: I pushed myself to get to the gym for my Saturday SBR (swim, bike, run) even though I had a billion things to catch up on – client files, emails, blog pictures, recipes, and posts… I dropped it all and gave myself 3 hours at the gym. I’m so happy I did it.
    I read this post in bed this morning and my eyes widened… brilliant! I love cake batter!
    Hmmm… next dessert you should do… something with vegan ice cream… and cookies? oh oh crushed up cookies with ice cream “icing”!

  41. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — April 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm (#

    oh gawd, those sound so good! Even though I don’t have any taste buds at the moment, I’d still eat a dozen of those. :lol:

  42. Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) — April 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm (#

    oh man! Those truffles look sooo amazing!!!

  43. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day — April 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm (#

    I love your food porn! They looks so vibrant I can almost taste them

  44. Emma (Namaste Everyday) — April 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm (#

    those look DELICIOUS!!!

  45. Jen — April 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm (#

    I love truffles, but I’m definitely more of a cookie dough fan than a cake batter fan. I think your next dessert should be something with carrots to ring in Spring! Maybe some form of carrot cake bites? Hmmm…

  46. Mimi (Gingersnaps) — April 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm (#

    -salutes- I will inform you of the outcome.

  47. Sunshine Mama — April 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm (#

    That looks like a little ball of heaven! Too bad I’m allergic to dairy, I wouldn’t know what to replace the condensed milk with. But I can sure drool over your pictures, lol.

  48. CAROLINE — April 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm (#

    Those truffles look to die! YUM! Can’t wait to try those :) May do Funfetti cake mix and white choc chips! (Not the cleanest combo but maybe after my June wedding I’ll indulge a little bit more!)

    PS – I’m totally on your same page … nothing is too rich for me! The richer, the better :)

  49. Barbara — April 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm (#

    Avery, you are brilliant as you are beautiful! I haven’t commented in a long time, mainly due to being so busy with clients and school, but this recipe is ‘calendar’ worthy! I thought about you the other day as I was having a “low” moment after talking to my mom (never a great idea), and I remembered your attitude, and the kind words you sent to me. It definitely helped me get through the rest of the day with a brighter outlook! Thank you! I hope that everything is going well with you, and your daughter is GORGEOUS and so happy and healthy looking! A true testament to you as a mother and as an exceptional lady!

  50. Katie — April 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm (#

    These look amazing as ever! Averie, your pics are kicking a@*!!!!!!!!!!!! Your photography skills of these, make me want to lick the screen!! lol! U are rocking it!!!

    What extra lens did you get again, I forget! My birthday is coming up, I might ask for one!

    Love you!!!

    Thanks for your comment on my pic, you are the sweetest! We are both hotties : )

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