Dulce De Leche Cake Balls and A Cookbook Giveaway!

There’s no denying that I love desserts and sweets. I love making them, eating them and sharing them with friends and family. All of this love for making sweet and treats was recently noticed by Meghan from The Harvard Common Press. She contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I would like to feature Dede Wilson’s newest book Cake Balls on my blog. As soon as I saw that the cookbook was completely dedicated to Cake Balls, I was hooked! I was so excited for the cookbook to arrive that I would rush home everyday hoping that it would be at my door. When it arrived I sat down and drooled over all of the amazing recipes. This book is packed with over 60 incredibly easy, delicious and drool worthy recipes. From nine cake recipes, ten frostings, ganaches, and glazes to amazing photos, this book has everything you need to create incredibly easy, delicious, show-stopping cakeballs. The made-from-scratch cake ball recipes include kid-friendly ideas, such as Jam-Filled Cake Balls, S’mores, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls; seasonal ideas, such as Red, White, and Blue Cake Balls; classics like Red Velvet; and sophisticated treats like Crème Brûlée Cake Balls and Cocoa-Dusted Truffle Cake Balls.

It was so hard to choose exactly which recipe I wanted to share with you today. I finally decided on the Dulce De Leche Cake Ball, a delicious combination of caramel and buttermilk cake dipped in rich chocolate and swirled with ribbons of golden caramel. If you like caramel and burnt sugar flavors, this recipe’s for you! These cake balls call for dulce de leche. You can easily make your own or purchase a can from the Spanish foods section of your local supermarket.

Everything you love about cake is right in this little bite, plus it is covered in chocolate and drizzled with caramel-you can’t go wrong! Making these cake balls couldn’t be easier either. Just crumble the made-from-scratch cake into a large bowl, mix with dulce de leche and dip in chocolate. That’s it! I promise they will become a favorite among kids and adults alike.

So here’s your chance to win a copy of this amazing cook book before it’s even available in stores! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What’s the last cake ball flavor you ate?”

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Deadline: Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:59pm CST  Giveaway Closed! 

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using Random.org. All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

The winner of the Cake Balls Giveaway was Suzanne! I hope you enjoy the cookbook! Here’s what she said:

Dulce De Leche Cake Balls

Yield: 56 golf ball–size balls


For the Cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk

To Assemble the Cake Balls:
1 (13.4-ounce) can dulce de leche
1 3/4 pounds milk chocolate, such Callebaut or Valrhona Jivara, finely chopped
5 ounces caramel, such as Nestlé
56 miniature fluted paper cups (optional)


Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat the inside of a 9 x 13-inch rectangular pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to aerate and combine; set aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar gradually and beat until very light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl once or twice. Beat in the vanilla.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down after each addition and allowing each egg to be absorbed before continuing. Add the flour mixture in four additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Begin and end with the flour mixture and beat briefly until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center shows a few moist crumbs when removed. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. The cake is ready to use. Alternatively, double-wrap the pan in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 1 day before proceeding.

Crumble the cake into a large bowl and mix in 3/4 cup of the dulce de leche. Test by compressing and tasting and add more dulce de leche only if needed for flavor and moisture. Roll into golf ball–size cake balls. Refrigerate until firm. This can be done 1 day ahead; store in an airtight container once they are firm.

Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler. Dip the balls one at a time in the chocolate, encouraging any excess chocolate to drip back into the container. Place, evenly spaced, on the prepared pans. Refrigerate briefly until the chocolate is set.

Melt the caramel in the microwave until fluid, watching carefully so that it doesn’t boil. Use a fork to drizzle caramel zigzags on top of each ball. Refrigerate again until the caramel is set. Trim the bottoms, if needed. Place each cake ball in a paper cup, if desired. Place in a single layer in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Source: Cake Balls

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379 Responses to “Dulce De Leche Cake Balls and A Cookbook Giveaway!”

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    Jennifer — August 27, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    My last flavor was Key Lime and boy o boy was it fabulous!

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    Kevin Murray — August 27, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    It was delicious!!!!!! Just can’t for the life of me remember what it was……… I will have to say that the very worst cake ball I ever had…..was good!!!!!!

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    debbie k — August 27, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    the last cake ball I ate was red velvet :)

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    Brandy Macak — August 27, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I have to find this cookbook. My daughters love to make cake balls. The last one’s we made were german chocolate cake with the pecan/coconut frosting. My favorite! Of course who can go wrong with any kind of CAKE!!

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    deann jarrett — August 27, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I have never tried a cake ball,but I want one of those!

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    Alison — August 27, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I’ve never eaten a cake ball but I sure would love too! Plus September 3rd is my birthday! :)

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    Dianna F — August 27, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    The last cake ball was chocolate peanut butter. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Misha Hunter — August 27, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I have never made cake balls or even had one! The closest to a cake ball would be the oreo cream cheese balls I made and oh so good and very rich. I would love to win this book to try making cake balls! Would love to make an assorted tray of them for the varsity volleyball team my daughter is in for one of the next special meals we parents put on for them.

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    Dianna F — August 27, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I subscribe by RSS.

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    Linda Slayton — August 27, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    The last flavor cake balls I had was at a wedding where I had both chocolate and white cake balls – great!!

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    Angela — August 27, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    The last cake ball I had was strawberry cheesecake!

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    Lydia Woodall — August 27, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    My favorite, most recent cake ball was cookies and cream. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Stronglikemycoffee — August 27, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    60 different cake pops?! Didn’t even know that many flavors existed!
    The last cake pop I ate (and made) was a funfetti cake with cream cheese frosting, covered in a white chocolate shell that was food-colored pink :)

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    Stronglikemycoffee — August 27, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I already subscribe to Sweet Peas Kitchen by email, does that count? :)

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    Stronglikemycoffee — August 27, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Now a Facebook follower as well! (So now I will be drooling over dessert pictures on wordpress AND facebook! haha)

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    Lorenda Earley — August 27, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Chocolate fudge cake balls are awesome! I don’t make enough when I do make them I usually only get one. With five kids and a husband that love homemade goodies you have to be fast in my house.

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    Stronglikemycoffee — August 27, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Aaaaand finally I have pinned your giveaway as well. :) Great recipe by the way!

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    deliciousdishings — August 27, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    My fiance would love these. He’s obsessed with dulce de leche cake.

    I already subscribe!

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    Diane — August 27, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    The last flavor of cake ball that I had was a basic box recipe of chocolate cake with vanilla icing.
    I find that the package cake recipes for cake balls are basically too sweet for my taste so I am looking forward to this new cookbook coming out where you can use made from scratch cakes.
    Love your food blog and best of luck to you with your first pregnanacy!

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    Tammy — August 27, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I don’t know the flavor but it was one of the ones you can get at Starbucks, oh man it was delicious !!

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    deliciousdishings — August 27, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Karen Wolff — August 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I honestly have never had one :( They look so good but I guess I’m afraid they are hard to make.

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    deliciousdishings — August 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am


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    Karen Wolff — August 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I already “like” you on FB :)

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    Alison — August 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I subscribed to you the other day and I just started to follow you on facebook!

    • Alison replied: — August 27th, 2012 @ 9:52 am

      Oh and it’s pinned!

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    Karen Wolff — August 27, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I currently subscribe via email as well-thank you!!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    OH MY GOSH that looks so good! The last cake ball I had was a red velvet!

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed

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    Nicole G — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    The last cake ball I ate was probably a red velvet one around Christmas time! I need more cake balls in my life haha.

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    Denise M — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I have actually never had a cake ball before all, would love to try my hand at making them though

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I like you on Facebook

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    Cassidy Bradshaw — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Lemon and Chocolate :)

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Everyone loves a Midwest girl — August 27, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    The last cake ball I had was Oreo! Yum.

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I follow you on Google+

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    Nicole G — August 27, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    The last cake ball flavor I had was probably red velvet around Christmas time. These look fantastic!

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    Cassidy Bradshaw — August 27, 2012 @ 9:54 am


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    gladys — August 27, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Sounds yummy. I have also not had a cake ball, but I will surely have some of these.

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    spiffycookie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this post

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    Everyone loves a Midwest girl — August 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I already subscribe via email — I just followed you on fb, twitter, tweeted the contest & pinned on pinterest!

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    Cassidy Bradshaw — August 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    like you on FB

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    Kim — August 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    i had red velvet cake pops a few weeks at a wedding!

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    Everyone loves a Midwest girl — August 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    And the last cakeball I had was oreo! yum

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    Kim — August 27, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    i receive your emails!

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    Kim — August 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    i follow you on twitter!

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    Cassidy Bradshaw — August 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I follow you on Pinterest and I pinned this post.

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    Danielle Summers — August 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    The last cak ball I ate was a vanilla one. I love making cakeballs and would loe more ideas!

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    Kim — August 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    i follow you on pinterest!

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    nikkithekiddo — August 27, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Sorry about the double comment. Could you count that one as following on Twitter? I do already (nikkithekid). I also just followed on Google+

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