Why not use up every scrap of your delicious Christmas cake by making it into these fabulously festive chocolate truffles. With a wee dash of whisky inside they are the perfect grownup treat!
I hate waste and a Christmas cake, no matter how good never seems to get finished in this house. I decided to get creative so have turned my extra Christmas cake into these deliciously indulgent grownup chocolate truffles.
Why you’ll love this
- These chocolate truffles are a great way of using up leftover Christmas cake
- They are super quick and easy to make
- Nobody can ever resist a really good chocolate truffle!
- They make a great wee foodie gift for visiting friends at New Year
If you have made your own Christmas cake this year then you really will want to use up every last crumb of all your gorgeous hard work.
I’ve made these cute Christmas cake truffles out of both my Last Minute Christmas Cake and my Easy Christmas Cake. The latter already has chilli chocolate in the recipe so making it into these truffles was even more of a chocoholic dream.
You can make these chocolate truffles out of any Christmas cake. But you want one with marzipan so you can pop little balls of sweet almondy marzipan inside.
Don’t have marzipan then you can just make these delicious truffles cake only.
There are only 5 ingredients in these truffles. And it’s a real case of using up all those little Christmas leftovers from the nuts to chocolate and of course the cake itself.
Christmas cake (or any fruit cake)
Marzipan from the top of the cake
Chocolate – I used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate here as I didn’t have a whole lot of either one.
Nuts – any nuts that you have and we always seem to have loads of nuts at Christmas time.
Whisky – yup, you’ve just got to have some hooch in there. You could go for rum or brandy instead. But a bit of booze never goes amiss in a good truffle.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make Christmas cake chocolate truffles
This is a bit of fun time in the kitchen and it really couldn’t be easier to make these Christmas cake truffles.
First, you want to take the Christmas cake apart, slice off the icing and discard and take off the marzipan layer. And roll the marzipan into little balls about the size of a hazelnut.
Mash up the cake with the whisky till everything is gloriously combined. Put this in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Resist the temptation to just eat the lot and sod the idea of truffles entirely.
Make balls of the truffle mixture and squish a marzipan ball inside.
Now crush the nuts and have them in a bowl ready for action and then melt the chocolate (if you haven’t eaten that already) and dip the truffles into the chocolate and then roll in the crushed nuts.
Pop your Christmas cake truffles into the fridge to firm up for at least half an hour before you lose control completely and eat the lot.
In the unlikely event of you not eating all of these at once here’s the info; Your Christmas cake chocolate truffles will keep in a sealed container for up to a week. You can freeze them too in a freezer-proof bag for up to 3 months.
This recipe makes a great foodie gift, so why not check out my post on how to make Christmas hampers.
Looking for more deliciously indulgent truffles to make? Then check these out before you go.
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Christmas Cake Chocolate Truffles
- 300 g Christmas cake/fruitcake
- 2 tbsp whisky
- 50 g marzipan from top of cake
- 100 g chocolate
- 30 g mixed nuts crushed
- Remove marzipan from cake and roll into balls the size of a hazelnut. Discard icing.
- Mash cake with whisky then set aside in fridge to firm up 1 hour
- make balls of truffle and squish a marzipan ball into each one
- melt chocolate either in bain marie (bowl over simmering water) or in microwave
- dip the truffle balls in the melted chocolate and then roll in the crushed nuts
- set aside in the fridge for at least half and hour to firm up