Delicious simple treats perfect for after dinner or over a cuppa during the festive season!

For those of you who like to make everything from scratch – I am going to tell you all how to make a simple and yummy red velvet cake mix! However, it is Christmas so if you need to use the Packet Cake Mix to make life a little easier, we won’t tell on you ;)


Red Velvet Mix:
560g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cocoa
340 g granulated sugar
2 eggs
340 ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 (25 ml) bottle red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla
225 ml buttermilk

1 tablespoon brandy
500g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, melted


Packet Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 tablespoon brandy
500g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, melted


  • Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa together. Beat the sugar and eggs together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the oil, vinegar, food colouring and vanilla and then add to the bowl of eggs and sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture in batches to the sugar/egg mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Always start with the flour and end with the flour.
  • Pour the batter into prepared tin. Tap them on the table to level out the batter and release air bubbles. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake or you will end up with a dry cake.
  • Let the cake cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of the tin.


  • Prepare the cake following packet directions. Cool completely.
  • Break the cake into fine crumbs in a large bowl.
  • Add frosting and brandy to cake crumbs. Use your hands to bring together.
  • Roll tablespoonfuls into balls. Place on a lined tray. Cover. Chill for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • Use a fork to dip the truffles, one at a time, in melted chocolate to coat. Tap the fork or on the edge of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
  • Place on a lined tray. Set aside to set. Drizzle truffles with the remaining chocolate. Set aside for 5 minutes to set.

And that’s it – you’ve got yourself a little chocolate ball of red velvety festive goodness – Happy Baking!

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