Friday, September 28, 2012

"The King" (Elvis) Cupcake Recipe from Disney's Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort has some of the most amazing desserts
you'll find on Disney property like their Twinkie Tiramisu and Tie-Dye Cheesecake 
but this dessert really takes the (cup)cake.
This unusually delicious treat was created as a tribute to Elvis Presley
and includes some of the legend's favorite indulgences
like peanut butter, bananas and bacon.
And now you too can make these cupcakes
that are truly fit for a "King".

"The King" Cupcakes
*makes 18 standard size cupcakes

Candied Bacon Ingredients:

6 slices bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Candied Bacon Directions:

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Dredge the bacon slices in the brown sugar mixture, coating both sides. Shake excess. Place on foil-lined baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool 2-3 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely on plate before crumbling or cutting into small pieces for garnish.

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 dark chocolate or chocolate fudge cake mix
3 eggs (for cake mix)
oil (for cake mix)
water (for cake mix)

Cupcake Directions:

Mix and bake cupcakes according to directions on package. Let cupcakes cool at least 4 hours. 

Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-inch deep circle 1/2 inch away from the edge of the cupcake. Remove the piece and set aside for later. Do not discard. (Watch the video at the bottom of this post to see how this step is done.)

Filling Ingredients:

1 (3.4 ounce) package instant banana pudding
1 3/4 cups milk (whole or 2%, not skim)

Filling Directions:

Stir pudding mix and milk in a bowl for 2 minutes. Place in fridge to chill. 

Spoon chilled pudding into a gallon-size freezer bag. Snip 1-inch off one of the bottom corners to create a cake icing bag. Squeeze the pudding into each cupcake hole until just below the surface. Take the piece you removed and place it on top of the filled hole with the flat side down, so the peak faces upward. Do this for all cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup peanut butter (smooth, not chunky)
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 lbs powdered sugar
6-8 tablespoons milk

Peanut Butter Frosting Directions:

In an electric mixer, combine butter, peanut butter and vegetable shortening. Add vanilla and mix until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, mixing well after adding. When the frosting gets thick, add in the milk and blend on high until light and fluffy. 

Place frosting into a cake icing bag fitted with a large star-shaped tip (I used Wilton 1M) or you can use a freezer bag like in the filling step above. Squeeze frosting in a circular motion starting at the cupcake base and building up, making sure to cover the peak of the cupcake piece sitting on top. 

Garnish with the candied bacon pieces.

Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients:

1/2 cup chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Chocolate Drizzle Directions:

Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until completely melted, stirring occasionally. Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate on top of the frosted cupcake by moving your hand in a quick back and forth motion.

That's it!! You're done!! Put on your blue suede shoes and enjoy!!

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Metric List of Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon
90 g brown sugar
2.5 mL ground cinnamon
1 dark chocolate cake mix
3 eggs (for cake mix)
oil (for cake mix)
water (for cake mix)
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix (or 2 pouches of Angel Delight)
410 mL milk
120 g butter
190 g peanut butter
190 g vegetable shortening
5 mL vanilla extract
750 g powdered sugar
90 - 120 mL milk
75 g chocolate morsels
5 g vegetable shortening

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