How to Make Red Velvet Chocolate Bonbons
Have you ever created a recipe that your family loved and all because of an accident? If you have, then welcome to my world! Over the holiday season, I created a red velvet chocolate bonbon by accident, when trying to make red velvet cake pops. Despite the recipe not turning out correctly, I refused to give up and kept tinkering with the concept. Eventually, I created a decadent little bonbon with a rich, chocolaty shell and a core of red velvet that no one can resist.
Making the Red Velvet Cake
For the red velvet cake, I chose a store-bought cake mix. If you want to make a traditional red velvet cake, then by all means do so. Follow the directions on the box or the recipe and remove from the oven once the cake is baked through. Set the cake in a cool location and let sit for several hours. I found that by cutting the cake into two layers, it cooled faster.
Once the red velvet cake cools, break the cake into large chunks. Go over those chunks multiple times, until you have a fine powder. You can also run a fork through the cooled cake and break the cake into smaller pieces.
Making the Bonbons
Add one canister of vanilla or cream cheese frosting to the red velvet and mix. When you make cake pops, you add just enough frosting to moisten the mixture. With the bonbons, you want to add enough that the cake mixture is slightly sticky to the touch and a deep shade of pink or rose. Since the mixture is so sticky, place in the freezer for at least 60 minutes until the cake hardens.
Remove the cake mixture from the freezer. Pull off a small piece of the mixture and roll it between your hands until it forms a small ball. Roll the mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. If the red velvet mixture starts feeling sticky, place back in the freezer. After rolling the balls, place back in the freezer for another 60 minutes.
Dipping the Red Velvet Bonbons
Melt milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler. The easier method is to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Drop one red velvet cake ball into the melted chocolate and roll around with a fork. Carefully lift the bonbon from the chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper. Dip each bonbon into the chocolate.
Decorating the Bonbons
Melt white and dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Dip a fork into each chocolate and lightly shake back and forth over the red velvet bonbons. Decorate the top of each bonbon with a combination of white and dark chocolate. If you want a more colorful look, then shake edible sprinkles or glitter over the top of the red velvet bonbons.
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