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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    Jill — August 28, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    My last cake ball was chocolate in Amsterdam.

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    valerie — August 28, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    just started following you on pinterest

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    valerie — August 28, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    i have been a happy follower on email

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    valerie — August 28, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    i pinned this recipe to my “sweets for the sweet” board

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    Colleen — August 28, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    The last cake ball I ate was vanilla cake dipped in vanilla. I love vanilla, but these dulce de leche look a hundred times more tasty!

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    Colleen — August 28, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Following you on twitter as sunnymum.

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    Angela Regan — August 28, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I had chocolate cake balls that were given to me for my birthday

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    Jane — August 28, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    The last cake ball I had was brownie and it was delish!

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    Jane — August 28, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I’ve tweeted!

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    Jane — August 28, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I’ve followed on Google+!

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    Jane — August 28, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    And I’ve posted on Pinterest (and I know follow your pins).

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    ReadingTeacher — August 28, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    My last cake ball was white cake dipped in white chocolate. So good…

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    ReadingTeacher — August 28, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Also a Facebook fan.

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    sherry — August 28, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    can’t wait to try these!!

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    my recent favorite books — August 28, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    The last cake ball flavor that I made was Oreo Cookie, =) This cookbook looks fabulous!

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    my recent favorite books — August 28, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Im a email subscriber! and I enjoy all of your recipes! =)

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    my recent favorite books — August 28, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

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    my recent favorite books — August 28, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
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    Shannon — August 28, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    Unfortunately, I have never eaten cake balls. But, I would love to make some for a tea party with friends . . . Long Island Iced Tea, that is. 😉

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    Monet — August 28, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Hard to believe…but I’ve never had one! I know. I know. Way behind the trend!

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    Kim Boynton — August 28, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I follow your blog on email.

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    Kim Boynton — August 28, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I just “Liked” Sweet Pea’s on FB.

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    Kim Boynton — August 28, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I have only had one cake ball in my life and it was so not-memorable that I don’t remember what flavor it was. If I won this cookbook, I would definitely give them a second try…although it might be a third try since I might have to try these dulce de leche cake balls (who doesn’t love dulce de leche anything?).

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    Monica Lavoie — August 28, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I have never had a cake ball! They look yummy.


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    Carolyn Friesz — August 28, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    It was a chocolate espresso one; I’ve been wanting to make some, but never have!

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    Mckenzie-Rose — August 28, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    I followed you on Google+ and subscribed by email!

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    Patricia — August 28, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    I’m sad to say I’ve never had cake balls. But they sound divine!

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    Patricia — August 28, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    I follow you by RSS feed

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    Patricia — August 28, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Patricia — August 28, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    I now follow you on Pinterest

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    sugaredpecan — August 28, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    These look incredible!

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    sugaredpecan — August 28, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Pink Velvet cake pops from http://www.krissys-creations.com.

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    Meg Robins (@SweetTwist_Meg) — August 28, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Oh these sound so good. Wish I lived in the US so I could enter. Just keep baking more from it. :-)

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    Steph J — August 28, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    I have never had a cake ball- GASP! It’s true. However, I’ve found something I imagine is similar that I love more than words can say- Oreo Truffles! Oreos and cream cheese mixed together and dipped in white chocolate? Yes please! I think cake balls are right up my alley.

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    Kris — August 28, 2012 @ 10:16 pm


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    Kris — August 28, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    Following you on Pinterest :)

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    Katie — August 29, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    The last cake ball flavor I had was STRAWBERRY LEMONADE! I simply feel in love!!

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    Amy J — August 29, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    These look amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe! The last cake balls (pops) I ate were chocolate with mostly chocolate frosting. They were decorated as Sock Monkeys for my nephew’s 3rd birthday party – my mom made them and they were super cute! :-)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 29, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    Hi Christina! These cake balls look gorgeous! I’m not much of a baker yet these delicious balls are really tempting me to make! Great giveaway, but I think I should give more chances to wonderful bakers. :)

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    Kandi — August 29, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    I subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen by Email. :)

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    Kandi — August 29, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    The last cakeball I had was key lime with vanilla chocolate.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 29, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Aww, I’m not a US resident. But these cake balls look AMAZING! I love dulce de leche. I’ve never actually had a cake ball but after looking at the ingredients… yum!

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    christina — August 29, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Hm. The last cake ball I had was a party favor: chocolate and blue-tinted white chocolate. I love them, but my husband dislikes them on the ground that they’re simply like “pre-chewed cake.” Lol.

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    christina — August 29, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I follow you on Blogger.

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    Courtenay — August 29, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I made your red velvet cake balls – the whole family loved them!!!

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    Katrina Gilley — August 29, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Last cake ball was chocolate!

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    Katrina Gilley — August 29, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    I am already subscribed to receive your emails!

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