Buttercream Truffles


Have some extra buttercream you don’t know what to do with? Here’s your answer: Buttercream Truffles!

Here’s what happened…

I made buttercream.

I had leftover buttercream.

I decided that I needed to remove the buttercream from my house for fear I would do a swan dive into the bowl.

Whatever is a girl to do?

I considered tying a bow on the bowl and taking it over to my neighbors…I mean, it IS Christmas.

And really isn’t a big vat of frosting the gift that keeps on giving?


But just a bowl of frosting, while delicious and functional, would be re-gifting.  And while I am not above re-gifting, I try not to make it so obvious.

So, I got a little creative.

I dressed my buttercream up.

NO, I am not talking about cute packaging.

I am literally talking about putting an outfit on my frosting.

A chocolate outfit.

Buttercream Truffles.

You dig?

I had about 2 cups of leftover frosting that I trufflized (that’s SO a word).

Here’s the recipe for Buttercream.

I refrigerated the extra frosting overnight, but I imagine a few hours would be plenty.  Just long enough that the frosting gets hard…

When the frosting is completely chilled, roll into teaspoon sized balls.  You don’t want to make them too much bigger than teaspoon sized because there’s a lot of sweetness going on here.

Once they’re rolled, place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

They need to be very cold because you don’t want the frosting to melt when you dip them in the chocolate.

Next melt 10 oz of chocolate.  I used chocolate candy disks.  I added about 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening to the disks to thin the chocolate a bit.  You don’t have to, but it helps get a smooth finish.

Dip the frosting balls into the melted chocolate quickly, and tap off the excess chocolate.  I use a fork and I tap, tap and then tap some more.

Just know that since the frosting is frozen the chocolate coating will set rather quickly.  If you want to decorate the truffles with sprinkles, you need to add them now, so the chocolate doesn’t set.

That’s it.  Little bites of dressed up frosting.

Really, is there anything better?

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December 20, 2011 12:50 pm

I am so doing this the next time I have leftover frosting (if that ever happens)!

December 20, 2011 12:51 pm

Um yeah. You tooootally just legitimized my tendency to stick a spoon straight into my bowl of frosting. Except for now I can wrap it up all pretty and pretend like I don’t just wanna eat the stuff straight-up. Genius!

December 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Oh. My. Gawd. I wish you could see me, doing a little happy dance, because I am making your Lofthouse bar cookies tonight (for my son’s Christmas party tomorrow)–and realize I can save some of the buttercream to make these. Buttercream just might be my favorite food in all the land.

December 20, 2011 12:55 pm

Um yeah… you’re talking to a girl who has no shame in eating spoonfuls of left-over buttercream… or any frosting, for that matter.

The chance I’ll try this the next time I have some buttercream on hand…… pretty good. Heck, I may even forgo icing the cake all -together!

December 20, 2011 1:00 pm

OMGosh, what have you done? You’ve made me wanna have to mix a batch of Buttercream up just for this hahahaha….I’m gonna try white chocolate though as my family aren’t chocolate, chocolate eaters. Thanks for another awesome goodie!! Hugs

Melissa Adams
December 20, 2011 1:00 pm

AWESOME!!!! I’ve been wondering what to do with the container of left over Strawberry buttercream I have. NOW I know :)

December 20, 2011 1:02 pm

Talk about fancy leftovers. Sweet! You are brilliant! :)

December 20, 2011 1:04 pm

…And that’s why you’re my idol.

December 20, 2011 1:07 pm

Love buttercream truffles! Yummy!

December 20, 2011 1:17 pm

I always have leftover buttercream and am trying to figure out how to use it (which usually results in me making cookies to sandwich it between). Next time I’m doing this! Brilliant!

December 20, 2011 1:19 pm

Oh so yummy sounding! MMMmmmm… I am wiping away the drool from my chin as I type this…

December 20, 2011 1:41 pm

See I toss out at least a few cups every time I make it, so saving it for this next time!

December 20, 2011 1:52 pm

I’ll happily take any leftovers off your hands :)

December 20, 2011 1:56 pm


in ball form..

I can live with (a dozen or two) of these!

December 20, 2011 1:56 pm

GREAT photos and a great post! :)

December 20, 2011 2:02 pm

OMG you’ve made it OK to eat frosting by the spoonful. If I get caught doing that my husband gives me the stink eye, but with these, I could totally get away with it.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…you are AWESOOOOOOO-OME!

December 20, 2011 2:07 pm

What a fabulous idea! I always have leftover buttercream and I am definitely going to make these next time that happens :)

December 20, 2011 2:07 pm

Looks delicious!!

December 20, 2011 2:14 pm

OMG, I have a HUGE bowl of green leftover buttercream in my fridge RIGHT NOW. I think I’m going to dip them in red candy melts….so festive!

December 20, 2011 2:17 pm

This is a GREAT idea!! I actually just made some peppermint icing for a failed peppermint roll so I just put the icing in the refrigerator not really sure what to do with it. I’m definitely going to make these truffles tonight!

December 20, 2011 2:24 pm

oh dear lord! These are just what has been dancing around in my head…well ok not really but now they are. I think we were lovers in a past life. 😉

December 20, 2011 2:31 pm

I think you may have just started a new trend, Shelly! Super rich and super delicious:) Great photos!

December 20, 2011 3:03 pm


December 20, 2011 3:37 pm

Looks wonderful!

December 20, 2011 3:38 pm

LOVE these!! My FIL is obsessed with frosting, I might have to make him for these before he gets here on Friday!
I made your Santa snack mix from awhile ago and posted about it today :)

December 20, 2011 3:43 pm

Oh, my! I can’t even imagine how good (and addicting) those are.

December 20, 2011 3:49 pm

so wrong and yet I’m so on board! awesome

December 20, 2011 3:59 pm

I had a piece of see’s candy last week that I feel in love with. As I was eating it I thought, “is this buttercream just coated in chocolate? I need about 400 of these little things.” And here you are, just reading my mind… I will be intentionally making buttercream, just to make these!

December 20, 2011 4:07 pm

Oh NO you didn’t!! Seriously?!?!? My daughter is going to LOVE these. She loves just the frosting, never the cake. She ‘ll lick all the frosting off a cupcake and she always asks for a corner piece of cake – just for the extra frosting!

December 20, 2011 4:17 pm

Will you marry me?

December 20, 2011 4:35 pm

I know I say this after every one of your posts, but you are a GENIUS! Finally, someone that understands my frosting addiction! 😉

May 24, 2012 10:21 pm

I just made these tonight. They are super silpme to make. I didn’t get exactly 24 out of them and at first I thought I did something wrong b/c the batter was thick, but they turned out delicious. I top them with powdered sugar. Yummy! Thanks.

December 20, 2011 4:49 pm

You are EVIL!!

December 20, 2011 4:50 pm

Too much awesomeness right here!

December 20, 2011 5:02 pm

Best invention evah!! Love these.

December 20, 2011 5:59 pm

Awesome idea! Thanks for making it ok to eat that leftover frosting.

Rachel J
December 20, 2011 6:09 pm

AMAZING idea! you are a visionary! i can’t wait to make these. why make cake balls when the frosting is what i love most about cake?!

December 20, 2011 7:00 pm

This idea is insane. But, in a good, sugar covered, candy coated kind of way. I can’t wait to try it!

December 20, 2011 7:05 pm

you are kidding right? buttercream dipped in chocolate. The possibilities are endless and what a great way to use up left over buttercream. love. love. love.

December 20, 2011 7:08 pm

Oh my heck!!! Chocolate covered frosting??? I’m so in! Sounds amazing!!!

December 20, 2011 7:12 pm

That is absolute GENIUS! BTW, where do you live?? I think I wanna be your neighbor!

December 20, 2011 8:41 pm

I think you and I must be kindred spirits. In my baking frenzy today I came to a screeching halt with the thought of Buttercream Truffles. Yes, I think I’ll just have to add these to my last-minute to-make list. :)

December 20, 2011 8:47 pm

I’m always trying to freeze my frosting and then always end up eating it out of the freezer. (It’s SO GOOD.)

This is a genius move. I love regifting when it involves covering butter and sugar in chocolate.

December 20, 2011 9:22 pm

You’re bad! These truffles look incredible! What a great idea.

December 20, 2011 9:58 pm

NO YOU DIDN’T! I’m so glad you did.

December 20, 2011 11:59 pm


December 21, 2011 7:38 am

Oh my! These are beyond delicious!

December 21, 2011 7:49 am

How perfect. This would’ve been AMAZING with the caramel buttercream I had left over a couple weeks ago. So creative.

December 21, 2011 8:45 am

Great idea! I never would have thought of this. Thanks!

December 21, 2011 9:08 am

NICE! Looks like something we can all make after rounds of xmas baking.

December 21, 2011 9:32 am

These are so cute and pretty! Love them!