Grinch Cake Balls are easy to make using a boxed cake mix and so festive. It is such a cute Christmas dessert and it’s topped with a candy heart.

Grinch Cake Balls on a plate.
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Whether you are looking for a holiday treat for movie night or a party, Grinch Cake Ball recipe is the cutest treat. I also love to make Grinch Pretzels and it’s easy enough to make several Grinch Desserts during the holiday season.

Gather the family and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and enjoy these Grinch treats.

Why you will love this recipe:

  • It uses a cake mix. This is such an easy recipe using a box mix.
  • Fun and Festive. Each treat is adorned in festive Christmas colors for a holiday dessert.
  • Rich and Delicious. Not only do they look cute, but they are so delicious.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Grinch Cake Balls - cake mix, frosting, red heart sprinkles, food coloinrg.
  • Red velvet cake mix and ingredients called for on box
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • White almond bark
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Red Heart Sprinkles

Variations to try

  • Green Candy Melts. Swap the almond bark for green candy coating.
  • Grinch Cake Pop. Insert a lolliop stick before dipping to make cake pops.
  • Cake Flavor. Swap the red velvet for other flavors if desired. However, we love red velvet because it is the perfect Christmas cake.
  • White Chocolate. Substitute white chocolate for almond bark if you prefer.
  • Homemade frosting. Swap the store bought for homemade cream cheese frosting.
  • Red Candy Hearts. If you can’t find the sprinkles, you can use small red candy hearts.

Step by Step Instructions

Mixing bowl with crumbled cake.

Step 1. Bake the cake and allow to cool. Then crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.

Mixing bowl with cake and frosting combined.

Step 2. Combine the cream cheese frosting and crumbled cake mix. Make sure it is mixed together really good.

Cake Balls on a cookie sheet.

Step 3. From the mixture into balls. I used a cookie scoop to make them all uniform. Freeze for about 15 minutes before coating.

Cake Balls dipped in melted candy.

Step 4. Melt the almond bark using a microwave-safe bowl and add food coloring. Insert a toothpick into each cake pop and dip them into the melted chocolate and place on the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heart sprinkle added to cake ball.

Step 5. Top each ball with a heart sprinkle. Make sure to do this before they set or it will not stick.

More cake balls being dipped.

Step 6. Continue until all of the balls are dipped and decorated. Then allow to set at room temperature to harden for at least 30 minutes.

Tips and Tricks

  • Gel food coloring is suggested. Make sure to use gel food coloring as liquid food coloring will cause the almond bark to seize.  
  • Lined Baking Sheet. Cleanup is easier if you use a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Cookie Scoop. Use a cookie scoop to make all of the same sized balls. It also makes it so fast and easy.
  • Top with the candy heart right away. You need to add this before the coating dries.
Grinch Cake Balls on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Why did the coating crack?

This can often happen if the cake balls are too cold. It is important to only leave them in the freezer for the allotted amount of time. Any longer and they will be too cold and result in a cracked coating.

Why does my coating harden while dipping?

The mixture will seize if you use regular food coloring instead of gel. It will also harden if the mixture is overcooked. Do not burn it or over cook it.

It should be melted in 30 second intervals to prevent it from scorching. Make sure to stir in between each interval.

More Easy Grinch Recipes to try:

I can’t wait for you to make these. Once you do, please come back and leave a comment!

Grinch Cake Balls

5 from 4 votes
Grinch Cake Balls are easy to make using a boxed cake mix and so festive. It is such a cute Christmas dessert and it's topped with a candy heart.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 50
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 128

Ingredients

  • 1 box Red velvet cake mix and ingredients called for on box
  • 1 cup cream cheese frosting
  • 1 pound white almond bark
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
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Instructions

  • Make cake and bake according to box instructions.
  • Crumble up your cake into a large bowl.
  • Add your cream cheese frosting to your crumbled cake and stir everything together till blended.
  • Shape mixture into about 50 cake balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
  • Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the almond bark by microwaving for 1 minute.  Stir well.  Then continue to heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the almond bark is completely melted.
  • Add in the gel green food coloring and stir until you have your preferred color.
  • Stick a toothpick into each cake pop and dip them into the melted almond bark covering completely. Shake off excess and return to the baking sheet.
  • Place a heart sprinkle on each cake ball before the almond bark sets.
  • Let the cake balls sit at room temperature until the almond bark hardens.  Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to use gel food coloring as liquid food coloring will cause the almond bark to seize.  
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 128kcal, Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 1g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.005g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 88mg, Potassium 32mg, Fiber 0.2g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 5IU, Calcium 14mg, Iron 0.4mg

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