Hey again, I’m here to (surprise, surprise) tell you about something chocolate!
Okay, I know I should be sharing something a little bit more balanced to help inspire you to start your week off right, but……. well chocolate. Did you catch that part? Oh, and there’s peanut butter too!
Since the very first months of blogging until now I’ve always wanted to be super organized and planned with my recipes but with the craziness of life things don’t always pan out as I plan.
So anyway, I found myself trying to brainstorm some last-minute recipes recently and of course I had Easter on my mind since it’s getting very close. Less than a week you guys!I wanted to make something fairly simple but also delicious.
When I was little I used to look forward to Easter every year. Okay, not nearly on the same excitement level as something like Christmas for example, but I still enjoyed it. On a scale of tooth fairy visits to Christmas Eve, Easter probably fell in the middle somewhere.
I remember when my mom only had two kids, just me and my older sister, she’d make us these fun Easter baskets full of different things. She’d add all kinds of unique toys, classic Easter candies, and usually some more practical things too, like a toothbrush or something. Ah, those were the days. Now I’m reaching that point in life where you have to pretend that you like adulting when the truth is you really wish you could still get coins under your pillow for lost teeth and dig for chocolate bunnies buried in a useless pile of colored artificial grass. Is this hitting home with you?
But luckily we don’t have to completely grow up, and I actually don’t think anyone ever does. Come on, you know you still have childhood memories and favorite treats that can make you happy in a moment. For me one of those candies would probably be sour gunny worms, omg, I used to love them, but for most of my family it’s something chocolate. In the chocolate category I used to love Reese’s peanut butter eggs and they are definitely at the top of favorites in my house.
It seems like I make them almost every year around this time and I almost always use the same recipe. This year, however, I was thinking maybe I’d try a different version and I just happened to have a bunch of cake crumbs that I wanted to find a use for. That was it, cake truffles just made sense and they were a big hit. I used a simple cake recipe that I actually just shared last week. Honestly these are so easy and I just loved the texture difference when using cake.
So I hope you decide to try them and that you’re having a great month so far. Also, don’t hesitate to let me know what you think of them. Getting feedback about my recipes when you try them always makes my whole day.
A slightly different approach to a classic Spring/Easter favorite Reese's Peanut Butter Egg candies, using cake as the main ingredient. These are super easy and fun to make with kids!
- 1 recipe for vanilla or yellow cake mix (see note*) ([I used the cake in this recipe minus the almond and I baked it in a 13x9 instead of cupcakes )
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons butter or shortening
- 14 oz (about 400g) semi-sweet dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- Bake your cake according to recipe instructions (or package instructions if using mix) and cool completely. Once cooled, crumble the cake into fine pieces, you can do by hand or in processor.
- Combine butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add in the cake crumbs and gently fold into the other ingredients until it all starts to form a dough-like mixture.
- Divide the dough into balls (about 1 1/2 tablespoon each) and shape into eggs then place on parchment covered baking sheet or plate. Refridgerate for 1 hour or freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- After cooling the eggs, melt chocolate and butter or shortening in a small saucepan or double boiler over low heat. Dip each egg into chocolate and turn to coat all sides before placing it back on the tray. Repeat with all eggs. Allow Chocolate to cool completely then use a thin spatula to loosen from pan. Store in an airtight container. (P.S. these are so good chilled!)
*If you'd like to keep this simpler feel free to use a boxed yellow or vanilla cake mix and cook according to package directions.