Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Mock Tastycake Peanut Butter KandyKakes!!!

Yep, you know them. Those lovely peanut butter over yellow cake, chocolate covered goodies, packaged in twos, like little delicious hockey pucks.  If you are on a gluten and dairy free diet, these lovable little treats have been off limits.  No more!  The process is (can be) involved if you are looking for a replicate of the real deal. But, the result is amazing, if I do say so myself. These aren’t like “homemade gluten free” food. You all know what I mean. These are good! :)  and, they are gluten and dairy free.  They could even be peanut free if you used Sunbutter. 

To summarize the directions...make cake, bake cake, melt peanut butter over hot cake, freeze peanut butter covered cake, cut out circle shapes and freeze, dip bottoms in chocolate and cool, cover entire cake in chocolate and chill again. Then, admire the copy! :)
I used the Perfect Pound Cake recipe from with some modifications as the base for the cake part of the KandyKakes.

Gluten and Dairy free KandyKake cake recipe:
2 ¼ cup My GF Rice Free Flour mix (if you use another GF flour mix, be sure it has xanthan gum added.  Add 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum to the recipe if your flour mix does not contain xanthan gum)
1 ¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup olive oil
1 ½ cups sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
3 large eggs
¾ cup SoDelicious Coconut Milk
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 350ยบ 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!).

Use a double boiler or microwave to melt the chocolate chips and shortening until smooth. When the cake cutouts are cool and the chocolate is melted and smooth, bring the cake cutouts back out to put the first layer of chocolate on. Spread a thin layer of melted chocolate on the bottom of each cake layer (not the peanut butter side!). You can go ahead and put it peanut butter side down. When all the cutouts have their bottom side covered in chocolate, return the sheet to the refrigerator or freezer to cool the chocolate. The chocolate will change from shiny to matte when it is completely cool. When the chocolate cake cutouts are cool, bring them back out to do the final chocolate covering. There are several ways to do this. What I found worked best was to use the corner of a wire cooling rack. One at a time I set a cake cutout peanut butter side up and poured a little chocolate on top. Then, I shook the rack to completely cover the cutout. This will smooth out the chocolate and make it look real! When it is covered, place it back onto a parchment covered cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for the final cooling of the chocolate.
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. :)
Extra Thoughts:
* 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. :)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, they look fabulous! How awesome that you adapted my Perfect Pound Cake recipe for the base! :-)