Peanut Butter Kings

For several months, I’ve had this idea for peanut butter cake pops lurking in my brain, just waiting for the opportunity to be tested.  Well, this opportunity presented itself when I made some peanut butter icing for my chocolate peanut butter chip cupcakes…and I jumped all over it.  Imagine a peanut butter cake pop with peanut butter chips, covered in dark chocolate, topped with more melted peanut butter chips and then a mini peanut butter cup on top…  Peanut butter lovers, your search is over!

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First, make a standard yellow cake.  After the cake has cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.  Spoon peanut butter icing into bowl.

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Next, using an electric mixer, beat at medium speed until mixture is completely combined and all cake crumbs have been mixed in.  Pour your peanut butter chips in bowl, and stir together well.

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Using a cookie scoop, drop the cake balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.  Set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

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Roll cake balls in your hands to smooth out any rough edges, place back in fridge.

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Melt chocolate in 15-20 second intervals, stirring after each time, until completely melted.  Take a long lollipop stick, dip the tip in chocolate.  Then, inset into cake ball, dip in melted chocolate.  Twist pop around in your hand, letting the excess chocolate fall off.  Place in a block of styrofoam or a cake pop stand to let chocolate harden.  Melt the peanut butter chips in 15 second intervals, stirring in between each time.  Spoon a small amount of melted peanut butter chips on top of cake pop, then press a mini peanut butter cup on top.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is peanut butter paradise…and here is your king.

For The Cake Pops, You’ll Need:

1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

16 oz. peanut butter icing

2 bags dark chocolate melting wafers

1 bag peanut butter chips

1 bag mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

Bake cake according to box directions, cool completely.  Crumble into large bowl, add 2 cups peanut butter icing, beat at medium speed with electric mixer until mixture is completely combined and all cake crumbs have been mixed in.  Stir in 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips.  Using a cookie scoop, drop the cake balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.  Set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Roll cake balls in your hands to smooth out any rough edges, place back in fridge until ready to dip into chocolate.

*To maintain firmness of cake balls during the dipping process, I keep them in the fridge, pull one out at a time.*

Peanut Butter Icing:

1/2 stick butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1 lb. powdered sugar

Beat butter, shortening, and peanut butter for 2-3 minutes at medium speed.  Add remaining ingredients, continue mixing for another 3-4 minutes.  Store in airtight container.

Mocha Cake Pops/Balls

Dark chocolate cake mix made with strong coffee, mixed with coffee icing and covered with dark chocolate.  These should help you perk up in the morning!  These were delicious, but I wondered if maybe there was a little too much icing.  I used 1 1/2 cups, and will probably try them with just 1 cup of icing next time, and add a little more icing if needed.

What I learned:  I originally was going to do an entire batch of cake pops, but got a little frustrated with the pops stand.  The first time I made pops, I used a styrofoam board…and will be using that from now on.  The pops stand may look better, but when you have chocolate dripping down from trying to push the lollipop stick down into the slots, it gets messy.  It also takes extra time, because I had to push through each hole before I put the pop in it to dry.  The styrofoam board works really well with using pops, I highly recommend it!

Of course, Cake Pops is a book that was written by the lady running the website www.bakerella.com that has some super awesome stuff on there.  I actually bought the Cake Pops recipe book from www.amazon.com

Recipe:

1 box Duncan Hines cake mix, prepare using box directions:  substitute the water for strong brewed coffee

After baking and crumbling the cake, mix with coffee icing:

2 lbs powdered sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup strong coffee  (I brewed strong coffee, then added another teaspoon of instant coffee)

Cover with dark chocolate (I used the melting wafers, and melted in glass bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time)