Making Rum Balls yourself in two Variations, Recipe with many Tips for Truffles and Punch Balls

Rum Balls Recipe Picture
Rum balls coated with cocoa or chocolate.

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Here I show you how to make Rum Balls yourself. The praline balls are a recipe for smart, so you have landed on this page! 🙂 With just a few ingredients, this guide will help you to create a popular chocolate classic with rum.
The rum pralines are also called truffles, but the sweet balls have nothing to do with the expensive luxury mushroom.
The term punch balls describes a preparation from cake leftovers. So that our knowledge is complete, I have supplemented the cake balls here in the article. The oven remains cold today, the preparation takes only 20 minutes, the delicious chocolate pralines taste young and old. Everything perfect, isn’t it? Then let’s go to the kitchen!
coconut balls
Coconut balls recipe picture
Coconut Balls with white chocolate reminiscent of Raffaelo, I’ll show you elsewhere! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

1. Prepare Rum Balls, this is to be noted…

The simple chocolates are easy to make, please pay attention to the following points: So far we have everything on the table! Let’s now make a detour to the punch ball…
Rum balls turned in cocoa
You can roll around in cocoa or …
You can roll rum balls in cocoa, I always add some vanilla sugar. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2. Punch Balls from Cake Leftovers

A recommendation in advance for you… If you should ever come to Vienna, then please visit the coffee house Gerstner in the extension of the Kärnterstraße opposite the Vienna Opera in the first Viennese district. Gerstner has the best Punschkrapferl (punch taler) in town and you shouldn’t miss them! Before you come to Vienna, you can try out the following punch balls recipe…
Marble cake crumbs
Marble cake is a good base for punch balls.
Marble cake is a good base for punch balls. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2.1 Punch Balls Recipe

Finely crumble 250 g marble cake remains, add 4 tablespoons rum or 1 vial rum aroma and 200 g finely grated dark chocolate, add 1 tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoons icing sugar and knead with your hands.
Instead of marble cake you can also use other cake remains or sponge cake. For Christmas baking you can use crumbed specula or gingerbread.
I portion the mass in the desired size and then roll it evenly round. Then I roll the balls in cocoa or finely grated chocolate or chocolate sprinkles.
Shape the cake mixture into balls
Shape the punch balls out of the cake mixture
Form punch balls from the cake mixture. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer Of course, you can cover the cake balls with chocolate or even put the balls on wooden skewers, then you would have prepared wonderful cake pops.
cake pops
Cake pops are another method of preparation.
Cake Pops are another variant of the preparation. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

3. Prepare Rum Balls for Christmas

The Christmas variety of these pralines will surely find fans, here are some additional ingredients tips for the following recipe: I like to let my chocolate mass mature in the fridge for one night. This works wonders and the aromas develop harmoniously.
Rum balls in chocolate chips
You can roll the rum balls in chocolate chips or chocolate golden crumble as a variant. Finely grated Christmas chocolate is a good idea for an excellent variant!
You can roll the rum balls as a variant in chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles. Finely grated Christmas chocolate is a good idea for an excellent variety! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

4. Rum Ball Recipe

Now quickly into the kitchen for baking without baking 🙂 I wish you good luck!

Rum Balls

Make delicious, dark, chocolaty truffles yourself Discover punch balls made from cake leftovers and the variety of Christmas rum ball chocolates.

Servings 40 Pieces
Calories 518
Total Time 38 Min.
Coconut balls recipe to make yourself. In the variants vegan, with chocolate and without chocolate I show you the preparation with all tips!

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Rum Balls Recipe Picture
Rum balls coated with cocoa or chocolate.

Preparation Time

30 Min.

Cook Time

8 Min.


Coconut Mass with Chocolate

2-3 tbs brown rum (For the children version I use rum aroma!)
200-250 g powdered sugar/ iced sugar (I like to use a little less sugar.)
1 sachet vanilla sugar
1 pc Lemon (I use the abrasion and the juice.)
1 pinch Salt
3 tbs starch
200 g soft coconut fat
50 g walnuts (I use optionally for binding!)
50 g cacao


1-2 EL cacao (to roll around with!)
1 Pck. vanilla sugar
1-2 EL chocolate flakes


Mix the rum, icing sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon grater, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Dissolve the ingredients, at Christmas time you can add gingerbread spice or cinnamon.

Stir in the cornflour, soft coconut fat, grated walnuts and cocoa and chill for 30 minutes.

Portion the mixture and form balls, then roll in a mixture of cocoa and vanilla sugar or in chocolate shavings.

You can store the praline mass in the refrigerator for several days and shape it into balls as needed.

I always place the finished pralines in praline cuffs so that they are easier to serve.

5. Calories and Nutritional Values

6. Further Recommendations

Oat Biscuits
Vanilla Crescents
Coconut Macaroon
Angels Eyes
Shell Splinters
Coconut Balls
Christmas Cookies

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