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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    nikkithekiddo — August 27, 2012 @ 9:59 am

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    Kelly — August 27, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Spice cake/cream cheese

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    Lisa — August 27, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    I’ve never had a cake ball but they look really cool and they’re something I’m considering for wedding favors. I plan to make them a few times to try it out.

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    Lisa — August 27, 2012 @ 10:04 am

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    Deborah — August 27, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I’m a facebook fan!! love your sight!! never have made cake balls but would love to try them!! deborahmorrow20@yahoo.com

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    Lisa — August 27, 2012 @ 10:06 am

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    Joan — August 27, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Red Velvet cake balls and they were so good!

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    Heidi — August 27, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Buckeye cake balls!

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    Charlette — August 27, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    My last cake ball flavor I ate was a raspberry chocolate chip, covered in dark chocolate that I just so happen to have made myself for a event in work. I used a white cake with raspberry preserves (instead of frosting} and mini chocolate chips in them. YUM

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    Charlette — August 27, 2012 @ 10:13 am

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    JD — August 27, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    The last cake ball I had was your cookie dough ball! They were a hit in my house and with all of my friends!
    I follow SPK on facebook and twitter.

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    ktgo — August 27, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    last and only (homemade) cake ball I’ve tried was a chocolate gluten free one with blue drizzles someone made for a baby shower … I would love to actually make some … and yep, I follow you on FB, email subscription too !

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    debby — August 27, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    The one and only cake ball I have ever eaten was chocolate and it was some kind of good. I have avoided them since, because they ARE so good. I follow by email but don’t do Facebook, Twitter or any of the other things.

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    Kim Kissack — August 27, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    the last cakeball i ate was a tiramisu flavored..yummy. i just love these little bites of cake!!!

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    Darla — August 27, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    The last cake ball I had was red velvet with a decadent cream cheese icing, dipped in white chocolate adorned w/ sparkling red sugar crystals!

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    Phyllis Hibberd — August 27, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Chocolate chocolate cake ball o so gooey

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    gwynnem — August 27, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    The last time I had a cake ball was during a wedding expo in Denver. It was fudge cake on the inside with a strawberry-infused buttercream style frosting. So sweet. Fortunately, cake balls are small, so I can actually have my cake and eat it, too. :)

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    Terri — August 27, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    I have never eaten a cake ball. I think I need to try this recipe!

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    Terri — August 27, 2012 @ 10:48 am

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    Sally — August 27, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Christina, these cake balls look killer! Dulve de leche is one flavor I’ve never sene in a cake ball before!

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    Sally — August 27, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    the last cake ball I ever had was dvil’s food cake!

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    Lori Duo — August 27, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    This calls to my Latin heart, but, is what you call “Dulce de Leche” a separate product that I am not aware of? To me Dulce de Leche is a candy that my Mom used to make from soured milk and a can of condensed milk. I know that today it is also a Flavor, if you will, but I really didn’t know that it was sold in a can, marked”Dulce de Leche”…I also just thought that it was Condensed milk?
    I really don’t bake a lot of cakes and desserts any more…So, I appreciate your help here. :o)
    Thank you!

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    Cindy B. — August 27, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    The last cake ball I had was Chocolate Rum Balls.

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    cre8ivelyme — August 27, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    The last cakeball I had was strawberry cake with vanilla and pink sugar sprinkles on top :)

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    mccarronequine — August 27, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Chocolate dipped in dark chocolate with chocolate sprinkles. I’m a chocolate fan. These cake balls look absolutely delicious!

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    Deb Burroughs — August 27, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    The last cake ball I ate was red velvet and it was awesome!

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    Deb Burroughs — August 27, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I am following you on Pinterest and I have pinned this post! :)

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    Debbie Mortensen — August 27, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    The last cake ball I had was a butter brickle…yum! Love these little treats!

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    Amanda Oaks (@I_Write_Things) — August 27, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Last flavor of cake balls I ate were red velvet dipped in white chocolate, covered in sprinkles.

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