Do you plan on getting super cheesy on Valentine’s Day (no judgement here, I do)? If you do and are looking for a gift for your sweetheart, nothing says I love you more than dessert. And, nothing says I’ll love you until we’re old and gray like red velvet cake bites. That’s a fact, people. My husband knew he was mine forever after I made him a dozen bites in college.
Because I’ve been making these for years, the recipe gets easier and easier every time, which made me really enjoy making them yesterday. While I normally form the bites into balls, I decided to spruce them up a bit for the big Hallmark holiday and shaped them into hearts. Just call me the queen of cheesy!! In case you missed it, I posted a video on my Facebook and Instagram accounts showing how I make them.
My favorite part about this recipe is that it uses boxed cake, so it’s pretty much fool-proof unless you screw up melting the chocolate (you’ve got this!). Also, they look super complicated, but only take six ingredients to make (box cake mix, eggs, oil, water, cream cheese and white chocolate).
When your significant other is beaming with joy after eating these, I’ll allow you to take all the credit (butttttttttt… if you post pictures, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats).
Heart-shaped Red Velvet Cake Bites
Makes about 30 large cake bites
- Ingredients listed on red velvet box cake (most likely eggs, vegetable oil and water)
- 16 oz of cream cheese, softened
- 24 oz of white chocolate chips
Bake red velvet cake according to instructions on the box. Take the cake out of the oven and set aside to cool.
Crumble the middle of the cake apart (do not crumble the edges becaue they are normally too hard and will mess with the consistency of the bites) and place in a bowl. Mix the cake crumbles with the softened cream cheese and stir until combined. I’d highly recommend using a hand mixer for this step (on low speed).
In heaping tablespoon portions, roll mixture into balls, flatten and then form them into hearts. Keeping them in a ball form is perfectly fine too! Place the bites in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
After about ten minutes, begin melting the white chocolate using a double boiler. In a medium saucepan, bring about 2-3 cups of water to a boil. Place white chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and place it on top of the pan of boiling water. Continuously stir chocolate with a wooden spoon until melted.
Let the chocolate cool for a minute or two. Take the bites out of the fridge and begin dipping them into the chocolate, one by one. Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to harden. Wait for them to completely harden before serving/eating. If you’d like to speed up the process, place them in the fridge.