Orange Cake Truffles

Use a fresh orange to make some Orange Cake Truffles!


They’re a simple and impressive sort of dessert to make. And the recipe uses up plenty of freshly squeezed orange juice…

This recipe utilizes fresh orange juice… and zest too!

Just bake up my simple orange cake recipe. And then pulverize it into crumbs in the food processor. In true “cake ball” fashion, you then mix those crumbs with some cream cheese frosting… and even more of that orange zest!Scoop out some of the crumbs-mixed-with-frosting. I like to use my handy dandy cookie dough spring scoop. This is truly one of my favorite kitchen tools :) And it ensures that all of your cake truffles will be the same size.

Roll into a ball.

In fact, roll all of them into balls. Then pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes just to firm them up a little bit. At this point, you can decide what you’re going to dip them in (I used Wilton’s Candy Melts), and what you’re going to sprinkle on top to make them pretty.

Dip them one by one in the melted chocolate and then set them on waxed paper to dry and set.

Top each truffle with a little something before the chocolate sets. I like to top truffles with a little “hint” of what’s inside. Here I used some thinly sliced orange zest that I candied in a frying pan with a tiny bit of water and sugar.

And here are a few more… some I drizzled additional chocolate on top, and then added the decor.

They were kinda sorta a big hit around my place with both the adults and the kids. I keep them in the refrigerator so they are a nice, ice-cold treat on hot days!


Orange Cake Truffles

Yep, these are those cake balls... an orange-flavored sort... covered in chocolate!
Yield: About 36 cake ball truffles

Prep Time:60 minutes + chill time

Cook Time:35 minutes

  • CAKE
  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • MIX-INS:
  • 3/4 (16 ounce) tub cream cheese frosting
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • COATING/TOPPINGS: Wilton's candy melts (or desired melting chocolate) sprinkles or candied orange peel (see tips below...)
  1. Prepare cake: Spray 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix and pudding mix. Add orange juice, oil, eggs, orange zest and vanilla. Use an electric mixer to beat on low speed until well blended, scraping sides as needed. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, just until cake is set and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cake cool completely, then scoop chunks of the cake into a food processor; process into crumbs.
  2. Prepare the cake balls: Place cake crumbs in a large bowl. Add 3/4 of a tub of frosting + 1 Tablespoon orange zest. Stir with a sturdy spoon until ingredients are well combined. Shape frosting/crumb mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer or refrigerator just until the cake balls have had a chance to get a little bit firm.
  3. Dip the truffles: Melt about a cup of candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (about 2 minutes on high). Stir until smooth. Use a small spoon to lower a cake ball into the melted chocolate and swirl it around until completely covered with the chocolate. Scrape the spoon against the side of the bowl and carefully remove the cake ball from the chocolate and set it on waxed paper. Immediately top with decor and let sit to dry. Continue with remaining cake balls and chocolate. Assembled truffles can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • When you bake your cake, you may end up with the top of the cake as a brown layer. If you don't want that brown layer to be mixed into your crumb mixture, just use a sharp knife or a spatula to gently scrape off the brown top layer of the cake.
  • If you'd like the center of your truffles to be more "orange" than shown in the photos, add a drop or two of orange food coloring to the mix (or red/yellow).
  • To make a simple candied orange peel: remove as much of the white pith as possible from orange peel using a sharp knife. Cut the peel into thin strips. Heat a Tablespoon of water in a small pan. Add strips of orange peel and a teaspoon of granulated white sugar. Saute the peel in the sugar-water until water dissolves. Remove from heat and spread orange peel on a paper towel to dry. Use to top the truffles as decor (and it gives a little hint as to what flavor is inside!)
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  • Sasha @ The Procrastobaker wrote:

    I adore citrus and, as much as I completely lovvveee lemon, orange is much underused. Such a lovely refreshing flavour, im sure these are totally yummy little bites 🙂

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerapective wrote:

    I’m a sucker for the chocolate orange combo. This look so decedent, and fun! 🙂

  • Kennedy wrote:

    Oh, I am making! These look delicious!!

  • paula hennig wrote:

    I love the chocolate and orange combo! These truffles look fantastic!

  • Kathleen wrote:

    These look amazing! Love orange and chocolate!

  • Janeen wrote:

    These look amazing and the orange sounds so good in all of this heat! I will have to try these as soon as I make another trip to the farmers’ market for more fruit!

  • Katrina wrote:

    I love that you made cake balls into truffles! These are so yummy looking. Love this!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga wrote:

    “In true “cake ball” fashion, you then mix those crumbs with some cream cheese frosting… and even more of that orange zest!”-

    Lori. Amazing. WOW!!!

    I make nobake cake ball truffles. I dont even bother baking the cake.. I just use the dough…haha!

    And the shots of the zest, the OJ in the glass, seriously Sunkist should be loving you. Your photography makes me want to RUN out and buy oranges!

  • ducky wrote:

    Beautiful!! I can’t wait to make these!

  • Nelly Rodriguez wrote:

    Love oranges and the picture of the zest looks great! Chocolate Orange is such an awesome combination!

  • Kathryn wrote:

    I love orange chocolate so I think these sound amazing!

  • Terra wrote:

    I love this recipe! I seem to always see chocolate cake balls, but I am not a huge chocolate lover. These look so beautiful!
    Hugs, Terra

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcak wrote:

    These look fantastic and I’m so crazy about chocolate orange flavour, it wins me over every time!

  • Erin wrote:

    Somehow I don’t hardly ever use oranges. But I go through bananas like water. These sound so good though I definitely need to work on my orange stock!

  • Susie wrote:

    Awesome. They look so good. What size is the cookie scoop? I need one.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hmmm, I have several different sizes of scoops. I believe this one is a Tablespoon?

  • Fran McClain wrote:

    Must give these a try—Maybe for our local library’s “Fancy Nancy Party”—I’ve only made chocolate ones.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel wrote:

    This sounds fantastic! I’ve only had orange in breakfast rolls, never in cake.

  • elaine wrote:

    can the truffles be frozen ahead

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      They’re a little tricky to freeze as the chocolate tends to crack. They can be made a couple of days ahead and refrigerated though.

  • Maris (In Good Taste) wrote:

    Ha, I try to avoid ther green. Now I know better!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet wrote:

    Ah! Lori I love this idea. My grandma was famous for her orange cake and I never considered using it for cake balls. Fabulous idea!