I used the Perfect Pound Cake recipe from Glutenfreeeasily.com with some modifications as the base for the cake part of the KandyKakes.
Gluten and Dairy free KandyKake cake recipe:
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
½ cup Peanut Butter (or more!)
1 ½ bags Enjoy Life Mini Chips
1 tsp Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening
Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix together Olive oil, sugar, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each. Add milk and mix for 2 minutes, then gradually add dry ingredients. Pour batter into 12”x9” jelly roll pan (or any pan you can bake the cake in a thin layer). I actually had enough batter for the jelly roll pan and a mini-pound cake.
Bake at 350º for 35 minutes, testing with a toothpick.
While cake is still hot from the oven, carefully remove from pan onto parchment paper, and spread peanut butter over entire cake. The heat from the cake will make the peanut butter soft and very easy to spread. Once the peanut butter is spread evenly, freeze until the peanut butter is hard.
***This is where the magic happens. You have two options; make bar cookies, or make Kandy Kakes. I prefer to make the real thing, so I pulled out a small glass 2” diameter to use as a cutter to make the Kandy Kake shape. ***
Cut the circle shapes out and lay them out on a parchment covered cookie sheet. (just be sure you have space in your refrigerator or freezer for the pan!).
What you have when you are done is a pretty good copy of the real thing, a Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake. If you ask me, it is definitely worth the effort to make the round shape. It is time consuming, but half of replicating the true Kandy Kake experience, is biting into it and seeing the layers covered in chocolate…which you just don’t get if you layer everything in a pan.
Were these a success? Definitely! My boys were raving over these! I have never seen them so excited and express so much appreciation for anything I have made before. That makes it worth every minute, and a success in my book. :)
* Using the EnjoyLife chocolate chips give it a dark chocolate flavor. Look for a DF milk chocolate for the milk chocolate taste.
* To get a more authentic peanut butter taste, I would use a more processed peanut butter product instead of natural peanut butter. Natural may be healthier, but really, are we going for healthy here? Honestly?
* You will have extra cake/peanut butter pieces after cutting out the circles. One idea to use this extra cake material to make cakepops! Crumble it all up, mix in vanilla icing, form balls, freeze and dip in chocolate. Sounds like a sugar headache waiting to happen. :)