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Red Velvet Ice Cream Balls Dessert Recipe

Summer time and ice cream sandwiches go hand in hand, but on a hot day, it can be hard to keep the ice cream from melting all over you. And no one wants that mess—not you or your guests! So consider making ice cream cake balls, which are a bit less sloppy, instead.

While not the easiest recipe to master, you will be rolling like a pro once you get a few winning balls under your belt. My recommendation would be to give it a test run, and try making these balls at least one time before the party so that you have plenty of time to get the process down.

While you can make these the night before, I often make them the morning of the party to keep the cake nice and fresh. If you are using homemade Red Velvet cake, allow it to cool in the fridge before rolling your balls, but avoid the temptation to freeze it. You want your cake to be chilled, not ice cold, to ensure that you can mold the cake balls. And before starting, you will want to make sure that you have a frozen pint of vanilla ice cream to hand. You want to opt for the best ice cream you can afford—often times, less expensive brands will not freeze completely or will melt too quickly!


Powdered sugar for dusting

1 sheet cake of red velvet cake

1 pint of vanilla ice cream


To start, cut the cake into squares, and then use a melon ball tool to scoop out miniature ice cream balls.

Place the ice cream ball in the center of the square and mold the cake around the ball of ice cream until it is a perfectly round ball. Don’t worry if cracks appear. This is normal.

Once the balls are formed, place them in the freezer in an air-tight container. Roll in icing sugar and garnish with a cake stick before serving.

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