Miranda's StoryIf you are a peanut butter lover....you will adore these delicious little treats. Every time I make these folks are asking for more! These are time consuming to make, but you make almost 2 dozen at a time and people love to get these as gifts. The more you practice making them, the faster you will become at it. Good Luck!
cake mix, devils food or yellow cake mix
cream cheese frosting
reese's peanut butter, creamy
regular sized reese's peanut butter cups (melted)
dark chocolate melts-you can also use peanut butter melts
cake pop sticks (michael's sells these in the aisle with the cupcake liners)
6" pieces of decorative ribbon to tie bottom of bags
ground up butterfingers bars or various decorative sprinkles
large styrofoam block or a large box flipped over on its top with 24 holes punched into it (use a screw driver to do this)
1You can either make your own vanilla or devil's food cake from scratch or if time is short you can make a store bought mix. Follow box directions and add 1/2-3/4 of a cup of creamy peanut butter. You can add more or less depending on how strong you like it. Allow to cool completely.
2Once cooled, crumble the cake with a fork into small pieces. Melt 3 regular size or 6 small Reese's peanut butter cups in the microwave in 30 second increments. Do not substitute any other type of peanut butter cup. The flavor will not be the same!
3Add the slightly cooled peanut butter cups to 3/4 of a cup of your own home made cream cheese frosting and gently incorporate into the cake crumbs. Mix with a spoon until frosting is completely combined with cake. You can use 3/4 of a cup of store bought cream cheese frosting. Either will work.
4Roll mixture into half dollar size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 20-24).
5Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up (at least a few hours). Ideally you will want to plan ahead and leave them in the freezer overnight. They are so much easier to deal with then.
6Before you take the cake pops out of the freezer, melt chocolate (you will need 2 packages for this many cake pops) in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between). I like to use the dark chocolate, but you can also use the peanut butter flavored melts. Merckens makes the best, but Wilton's will work too. You can buy them online at:streichs.com/...Candy-Melts-1lb.html
7Once you are ready to begin,remove cake pops from freezer. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert about half way.)
8Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and (using a spoon) pour the melted chocolate over the cake pop until covered. Coat them twice and make sure to make a complete seal around the entire cake pop. Especially the base when the stick was inserted. Once covered, rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off as well!
9When the chocolate is almost set, sprinkle the top half of the cake pop with ground up butter finger candy bars, finely chopped peanut butter cups, or orange and brown decorative sprinkles.
10Using a styrofoam block set in a box or flip a large size box over and punch holes in it with a screw driver, set them in the block or box to dry. Do not place them in the block until they are almost set, otherwise you will get a big chocolate mess!
Sue H Soos - Aug 4, 2011
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Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 4, 2011
Kristin Miller Kk723 - Aug 4, 2011
Very Cute! How long should you wait before you put them in the styrophoam block?
Miranda Gellert mgellert - Aug 4, 2011
After you do your second coating of chocolate they will begin to harden and get shiny after a minute or so. Once you make your first one you will get a feel for how long to wait. Wait for about 45 second before you put on any type of sprinkle coating on top, otherwise it will just run all over the place. You will need to slowly turn them while they dry so that the chocolate is smooth and evenly coats the cake pop. Hope that helps :-)
Kristin Miller Kk723 - Aug 5, 2011
Thanks for the info. Miranda. I don't know when I will get around to making these, but I think my kids would love them for some type of occasion!