This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

There is something incredibly sweet about cake balls! They are perfect for sharing with friends and they are the ideal size for having a snack on the go! The small size of cake balls also makes them just the right size for sharing with the kids, in a classroom setting! This Valentine’s Day, I have a recipe for Love Bug CakeBalls that I think is going to cause people to go a little buggy, over their cute appearance and delicious flavor! This recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 1 container prepared white frosting (not cream cheese)
  • 1 bag of shredded coconut
  • 1 container gel red food coloring
  • 1 container gel pink food coloring
  • 1 container of small candy eyes
  • 1 package white chocolate
  • 1 package of milk chocolate
  • 1 container of small red and pink hearts
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Wax paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pastry bags
  • Small pastry tips
  • Pencil or marker

Make the Fuzzy Love Bugs: 

  1. Bake the strawberry cake following the directions on the box.
  2. Allow the baked cake to cool completely.
  3. Remove from the cake pan and put into a large bowl.
  4. Using your hands crumble the cake.
  5. Add ½ of the container of the prepared frosting.
  6. Now begin to blend the frosting with the crumbled cake by working the two together with your fingers.
  7. Test to make sure that you have used enough frosting by making a ball out of some of the cake/frosting mixture.
  8. Add more frosting if the cake is not holding its shape.
  9. Make your small cake balls.
  10. Place the cake balls into your freezer for about 15 minutes.
  11. While your cake balls are in the freezer begin to prep the coconut.
  12. Place your coconut into a zip lock bag.
  13. Pour the pink coloring into the coconut bag.
  14. Seal the gel food coloring and coconut.
  15. With your hands work the color throughout the coconut.
  16. When the color is even on all of the coconut, place in a bowl

Dipping the love bug in chocolate: 

  1. Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  2. Follow the directions on the package.
  3. Reserve some of the melted white chocolate for the feet and antennas.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Using two forks dip the cake balls into the melted candy.
  6. Ensure that all of the cake balls is covered with the melted white chocolate.
  7. Dip each chocolate coated cake ball into one of the bowls of colored coconut.
  8. Roll to ensure all of the cake balls are evenly coated.
  9. Set the coated cake balls onto the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  10. Use a drop of melted white chocolate to “glue” the candy eyes onto the cake ball.

Chocolate feet and antennas: 

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a pencil or marker draw feet for your love bugs. Set to the sidePut the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  • Follow the directions on the package.
  • Once melted, spoon the melted chocolate not your pastry bag
  • Twist the top to secure the chocolate in the bag.
  • Trace your outline of your feet with the chocolate
  • Now fill the feet with your chocolate so it is solid

Antennas: 

  • Take your white or regular chocolate and pipe thick lines on wax paper
  • You can have fun here be creative straight or curvy…
  • Now add your heart candy on the end.
  • Remove your chocolate feet and place on another cookie sheet
  • Take one set of feet and then add a drop of melted chocolate to the middle of the feet and place a cake ball right on top.
  • Now take a knife and create to slits on top of the cake ball for the antennas.
  • Carefully insert your antennas into the cake ball.
  • Repeat process with all love bugs.
  • Let your love bugs sit for 1 hours before serving.

I hope you enjoy these Love Bugs as much as I did creating them.

This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

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