I made these for my mom's surprise birthday party last weekend and these were the four left after the party was over. I was inspired by Bakerella, but I did it my way.
Any part of this can either be made from a box or from scratch. You'll need melting chocolate, red velvet cake, and 1.25 cups of frosting. I've posted my red velvet recipe before. Bakerella says to use cream cheese frosting, but I went another way:
Basic White Frosting
1 Cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla
4.5 cups sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
Beat shortening and vanilla in an electric mixer. Slowly beat in half the powdered sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in the rest of the powdered sugar and milk until the frosting is spreading consistency. (In the future I would make the frosting red as well to prevent any discoloration.)
Red Velvet Cake Balls
1. Bake a red velvet cake. I made it in two 9" rounds.
3. Allow the cake to cool, then crumble into a large bowl. Make the pieces as small as possible.
3. Mix in the frosting until the mixture is pliable. This is easy to do with your hands, but you will have red food coloring residue in any nook or cranny. Have a good hand scrub nearby!
4. Form bite sized balls and place them on a cookie sheet. I made about 5 dozen.
5. Chill for several hours. Either the fridge or the freezer will work. Make sure to pull them out before they get dry if you don't have them fully covered.
6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Only melt a small amount at a time to keep the right viscosity, but try to keep the chocolate about 1/4" deep at all times so the balls will roll smoothly. The water underneath should only be simmering; you should be able to put your hand in the water without hurting yourself.
7. Dip and roll the balls in the chocolate one at a time. Set on wax paper to firm.