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Turkey Cake Balls

A fun holiday treat, these Turkey Cake Balls are easy, tasty and the perfect centerpiece for your dessert table! Kids and adults love them!

A FUN TURKEY DESIGNED DESSERT

These Turkey Can Balls are a simple but fun way to bring a sweet little turkey to your holiday table! Kids love to help make these and love to eat them! I love cake balls in general, but when it comes to designing them for holidays, they become even more fun. This one turned out so cute and the best part is you can make them ahead of time! If you are looking for a new and decorative dessert for the holidays, you have to make this Turkey Cake Ball recipe!

Turkey Cake Balls on white cake stand decorated.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I make my own homemade cake and frosting?

Yes you can make your own homemade cake and frosting but that honestly makes these so much more involved to make and it’s not worth it in my opinion. Especially since you only need 3 Tablespoons of frosting for this.

What type of Oreo cookies are best?

You definitely want to get the thin Oreos are what work best for this recipe. They are lighter and will help these hold up better than regular Oreos. If you use the regular Oreo cookies, then they put too much weight on the back of the turkey.

Can I use another chocolate coating?

I used chocolate almond bark here but you could use chocolate candy melt wafers. I don’t recommend just melting chocolate chips as that chocolate can sometimes seize up easily if you aren’t super careful.

I can’t find some of the decorating ingredients, what can I use instead?

It’s ok if you can’t find these exact decorations – just be creative! Some other options might be: red hot candies can be substituted for the heart sprinkles. For the nose you can just cut off the tip of candy corn and use that instead.

What is the best way to apply the decorations?

I found tweezers made this much easier to add them on and a little less messy.

How long does it take these to set?

The total time that these will take to set (from chilling the cake balls after rolled then chilling before serving) will take 2 hours.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 1 week. They can also be frozen, to freeze place in a freezer container where they will keep for 1-2 months.

Pinterest image of Turkey Cake Balls some on cake stand and one beneath with candy corn around it.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • chocolate cake mix 
  • prepared chocolate frosting
  • chocolate almond bark
  • thin Oreo cookies
  • candy corn candies
  • candy eyeballs
  • yellow candy balls
  • heart sprinkles
Ingredients needed: chocolate cake mix, prepared chocolate frosting,  chocolate almond bark, thin Oreo cookies, candy corn candies, candy eyeballs, yellow candy balls and heart sprinkles.

HOW TO MAKE TURKEY CAKE BALLS:

After you’ve prepared the cake according to package directions for a 9×13-inch cake pan, allow cake to cool. Crumble entire cake (using a fork or your clean hands) and put it all into a large bowl. Stir frosting into the cake crumbs until it forms a thick paste. You may find this easiest to do with clean hands. 

Cake crumbled in bowl with frosting.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop up some of the cake mixture and place on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roll dough with your hands to make them more round. Place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for one hour (for the cake balls to harden up so they stay together while dipping in the chocolate.)

Cake ball rolled in hand.

Melt chocolate bark in a microwave-safe cup that cake balls can be dipped in. I find this easier to do in batches so the chocolate doesn’t harden before I’ve had a chance to dip all the cake balls.

Melted chocolate in glass with cake ball being dipped into it.

Using two forks, roll each cake ball into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place dipped cake balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then immediately place on thin Oreo cookie on the backside before the chocolate hardens. It helps to have a second pair of hands here so you can keep dipping as they add on all the cookies and candies.

Fork holding up one of the chocolate covered cake balls out of cup.

Carefully place on the candy eyes, nose (yellow candies), and mouth (candy hearts placed upside down) in place. I find this easiest to do with tweezers. If the chocolate hardens too quickly, you can add a bit of melted chocolate on the back sides of the eyes, noses, and mouths to act as glue. Finally, dip the tips of each candy corn in melted chocolate and place three of them on the front side of the Oreo cookie (just behind the cake balls) to create the feathers. You may have to hold them for a bit until the chocolate hardens. Chill before serving then enjoy!

Hand holding up one of the Turkey Cake Balls showing off the design.

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Turkey Cake Balls

A fun holiday treat, these Turkey Cake Balls are easy, tasty and the perfect centerpiece for your dessert table! Kids and adults love them!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill Time:: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 28

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix prepared according to box directions
  • 3 Tablespoons prepared chocolate frosting I just used store bought
  • 16 ounces chocolate almond bark
  • 28 thin Oreo cookies for the back end of the turkeys
  • 84 candy corn candies for the feathers
  • 56 candy eyeballs for the eyes
  • 28 yellow candy balls for noses
  • 28 heart sprinkles for mouths

Instructions

  • After you’ve prepared the cake according to package directions for a 9×13-inch cake pan, allow cake to cool.
  • Crumble entire cake (using a fork or your clean hands) and put it all into a large bowl.
  • Stir frosting into the cake crumbs until it forms a thick paste. You may find this easiest to do with clean hands.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop up some of the cake mixture and place on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roll dough with your hands to make them more round.
  • Place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for one hour (for the cake balls to harden up so they stay together while dipping in the chocolate.)
  • Melt chocolate bark in a microwave-safe cup that cake balls can be dipped in. I find this easier to do in batches so the chocolate doesn’t harden before I’ve had a chance to dip all the cake balls.
  • Using two forks, roll each cake ball into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place dipped cake balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then immediately place on thin Oreo cookie on the backside before the chocolate hardens. It helps to have a second pair of hands here so you can keep dipping as they add on all the cookies and candies.
  • Carefully place on the candy eyes, nose (yellow candies), and mouth (candy hearts placed upside down) in place. I find this easiest to do with tweezers. If the chocolate hardens too quickly, you can add a bit of melted chocolate on the back sides of the eyes, noses, and mouths to act as glue.
  • Finally, dip the tips of each candy corn in melted chocolate and place three of them on the front side of the Oreo cookie (just behind the cake balls) to create the feathers. You may have to hold them for a bit until the chocolate hardens.
  • Chill before serving then enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use any of your favorite chocolate cake mix.
  • Homemade chocolate cake can be used.
  • You can make your own chocolate frosting but you only need 3 Tablespoons for this recipe.
  • These can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • This is best made with 2 people.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g

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