29 May 2012

Chocolate Cake Ball Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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And now, on with your show...

I work out every day. I mean I stuff Almond Joy candy bars in crescent rolls for breakfast. I kind of need to exercise.

Usually I go to the gym, where I embarrass myself in a Core class or I read 50 Shades of Grey on the elliptical and try not to blush.

{Side note: have you read that book? Oh my. It's...intense. And I don't quite understand why everyone is so thrilled about a book where a girl chooses to be in an abusive relationship? If it wasn't for the good...stories...I'd probably have stopped reading. Just kidding... I'm so excited I'll be discussing this at a book club. That night should be interesting. There better be lots of cocktails.}

I've been really enjoying running, which is a lot for me to say because my running is a lot like Phoebe's. {If you have no idea what that means, well...can we even move on from there?}

I can't do it more than a couple times a week, as I have an old lady body with old lady knees and ankles and a bad lower back thanks to being pregnant with Jordan. (I swear, it's all been downhill since I had a kid. What the heck is up with that?)

{Speaking of kids ruining your body, when I'm at the gym and see the clique of 12-pack ab moms at the pool in their teeny tiny bikinis with three kids apiece, I want to cry. Or maybe go and poke them and look for their alien not-from-Earth marks. Because, seriously, how is that possible?}

I really enjoy running outdoors, although my geriatric knees don't allow it as much as on a treadmill. Nevertheless, I strap on my running shoes a few times a week and head out, jamming to I'm Sexy and I Know It.

And every single time right when I get sweaty and out of breath and I feel like I'm ready to die because I'm running a 12 minute mile, an old dude passes me.

The same old guy. Every time. He's gotta be in his 80s. All hunched over and running.

Faster than me.

It's humbling.

But then I remind myself, he's probably an alien too. And then I feel better.

Also something that makes me feel better?

Doing this:

This idea is totally copied from the awesome Love From The Oven. The second I saw her cupcake ball stuffed cupcakes, I knew that I had to make them at some point.

And when I had decided that I would make 70 cake pops for the teachers at school, made the cake, crumbled it and mixed it with frosting, only to remember that I hate making cake balls and pops because it's way too time consuming and I get bored way too easily, luckily I remembered this recipe and realized all that mashed up cake and frosting had somewhere else to go besides inside my tummy.

So I used peanut butter cake. And chocolate frosting. And a mini peanut butter cup for decoration.

You wonder why I need to exercise.

Chocolate Cake Ball Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes

by Crazy for Crust
Cupcake recipe from Redbook Magazine, October 2005. Inspired by Love From The Oven.

    For the Cake Balls
    • Cooled chocolate cake
    • Chocolate or Vanilla frosting
    For the Peanut Butter Cupcakes
    • 1 ¼ cups flour
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup whole milk
    For the Frosting
    • 3 sticks butter, softened
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • ¾ cup cocoa
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped, for garnish
    Make the Cake Balls
    1. Crumble your cake into a large bowl. Add about ¾ can of frosting for an entire 9x13” cake. You can adjust your amount accordingly. You will not need an entire cake for these cupcakes, but you can freeze cake ball mixture if you have leftover. Otherwise, if you don’t want to freeze leftover, start with about ¼ of a cake and ¼ cup of frosting.
    2. Form into 1” balls and freeze until ready to use in cupcakes.

    Make the Cupcakes
    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups with liners (about 18).
    2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. Using a stand mixer, beat together brown sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add peanut butter beating until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add milk. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until combined, do not overmix.
    4. Place about one tablespoon of batter in each muffin cup. Place a frozen cake ball on top and add another tablespoon of batter. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the cupcakes begin to brown and spring back when touched. Let cool completely before icing.

    Make the Frosting
    1. Beat butter with a hand mixer until soft. Slowly add cocoa and beat until mixed. Slowly add powdered sugar. Mix in vanilla and just enough heavy cream to get your desired consistency. Frost cupcakes and top with a mini peanut butter cup.
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    At May 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM , Blogger CookieCrazedMama said...

    Holy Yum, Batman! Can you send one to me? I'm feeling too lazy to make them myself right now. ;)

    At May 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Hayley said...

    Oh HELL YEAH. These look totally awesome--I'm glad I'm not the only one who say LFTO's cake-ball stuffed cupcakes and decided it was vital to my future existence. Because it IS. And I think I know that old man you're talking about--the one who jogs around our neighborhood EVERYDAMNDAY and has to be pushing 80-85? He's awesome; totally my hero since I can't even run to save my life. We should make him cupcakes since even if he IS an alien, he still deserves a taste of Earth so when his people decide to kill us all and turn us into slaves, he may spare you and I for being so kind.

    At May 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Totally. We should, and it's for sure the same guy. Same time, same outfit, every day. I admire his stamina, lol.

    At May 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Lol, wish I could!

    At May 29, 2012 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates} said...

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    At May 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates} said...

    Whoops, that last comment was full of phone typos.

    This is too funny, those are my sentiments exactly on running. I've been doing it lately (I even just finished talking about it a lil in tomorrows post), but I'm so bad. My husband is getting better & I know he's going to leave me in the dust soon. It's only a matter of time. Haha. these cupcakes look insane, BTW.

    At May 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

    These are insane! I haven't seen the cake ball stuffing trick before and I absolutely love it! Totally worth another trip to the gym for :)

    At May 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Veronica @morningnoonight said...

    Maybe its something in the air because I JUST finished making chocolate peanut butter ice cream!! There is no better pairing! Would it be too much to eat these cupcakes with my ice cream? lol They look fabulous!!!

    At May 29, 2012 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

    You're killin me, lady!
    1. The Phoebe run is one of my fave and most refrences Friends moments.
    2. I am embarrased to say I haven't worked out in probably 4 years..... It's terrible.
    3. The old man has inspired me to work out. I don't want to come visit you and get run over by the guy!
    4. I strongly dislike making cake balls. Too much repetition, But I do like to eat them....
    5. I want a cupcake now. If I promise to run tomorrow will you bake me some of these awesome cupies? PLEASE

    At May 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

    Why, oh, why am I reading this at midnight? lol. :-) These look absolutely divine! Can't wait to try them! :-)

    At May 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

    I need to exercise for all the reasons you shared...well, except for being past by the old dude. Which is too funny that he is there every day in the same outfit...I totally think you should make him cupcakes for his awesome alien determination to keep running!!! And those skinny ladies at the gym...I like to pretend air punch them:-)

    At May 30, 2012 at 4:33 AM , Blogger Rebekah said...

    These are awesome!
    I'm still trying to lose a few baby pounds.....but I seriously need to exercise every day for the rest of my life because I refuse to give up sweets. It's just not an option for me. :)
    Have you ever tried the Turbo Fire workouts? I'm borrowing them from a friend. I'm not going to buy them myself....full of ladies just like you mentioned, one of whom has 7 kids, including a set of twins and a set of quadruplets (!!) and her abs make mine look like wrinkled jello. I just don't need that shot to my self-esteem every time I try to work out, thank you very much.

    I need some of your cupcakes for breakfast now. :)

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM , Anonymous sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more said...

    I so get you, I see all these hot moms and I am like, seriously? And I never work out, I so need to start again, my summer clothing is not as comfy as it was last year;p

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Karyn - Pint Sized Baker said...

    I tried running... several times... I'm just no good at running and breathing at the same time. I'm kinda glad I'm not in the best shape, if it means I'm not going to be taken over by an alien. Speaking of - have you read "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer? Really good book!
    Of the thousands of cake pops I've made, I've never baked one in a cupcake!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:44 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    I know, totally. :) And it's way easier than dipping them in chocolate!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    That's for sure, nothing better! And I think your ice cream and my cupcakes would work magic together!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL, I do that at night too. Then I'm all hungry and stuff for cupcakes first thing in the am. Not a good combo! :)

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Neither is mine, oh, neither is mine. ;)

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:50 AM , Blogger MissCandiquik said...

    Had to laugh at your gym experiences....I, like you, HAVE to go to the gym just to work off all the sugar I consume! Can't relate to having kids, but I will say that I already look at some of 'those moms' and question what the heck they are doing, they clearly don't have a baking blog. ;)
    Still haven't read that book, but saw a lady on the airplane reading it - haha, I would be paranoid!
    Those cupcakes look amazing!

    At May 30, 2012 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Trish - Sweetology101 said...

    IMO the good LORD only gave us humans a fixed amount of heart beats and I won't be wasting mine on exercise! HA! However, these cupcakes sure made my heart go pitter patter!!!!! And, well 50 shades...it is sad that I have read it 2 times #getalifetrisha

    At May 30, 2012 at 7:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Like I always said...Why would anyone run unless they were being chased?!?!?!? And speaking of being in shape...round is a shape! Hey, I resemble that remark! But seriously, you can make these cupcakes for me anytime. YUM!!!
    Love, Mom :}

    At May 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

    Youza! If I was still going to the gym, one of these would have been consumed for a "super workout" day. For realz. :)

    At May 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM , Blogger bellsbakery said...

    These look so yum! what a great idea!

    Shirley x

    At May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Angi said...

    I am surrounded by alien moms! It is so not fair! I wanna know why aliens haven't chosen ME and transformed my body into a perfect hour-glass size 2 yet?

    Guess I will bake me up a batch of these and contemplate that thought while I eat one (or two) AFTER I run on the treadmill!

    Hey, you gotta re-fuel after a hard work out right??

    At May 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    yummy yum yum and wow! Btw, loved your guest post over. Great trick, so simple.

    At May 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Christine said...

    I must have some... PLEASE??? PRETTY PLEASE??? I'm drooling! It looks awesome!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

    At May 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM , Blogger Barb Chase said...

    I'm salivating like Pavlov's dog! These look amazing!!!

    At May 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Sabrina Poehl said...

    Holy bigger backside! I am in love! I need these in my belly. My diet can wait, and so can the gym. I'd rather sit at home and drown in these.

    I love your blog! Definitely subscribing, can't wait to see what you come up with next! I recently started a food a baking blog, would love for you to subscribe! Always happy to make new bloggie friends! :)


    At May 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Me too. Why live, if it's without sugar? I love workout videos, but the lure of my pantry gets me every time, ha!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL!!!! On both comments.

    (And? I could see reading it twice. Ha!)

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL! I'll make you a version. Gotta think of a new flavor... :)

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Well, duh, the peanut butter gives us sustenance to keep lifting and running. Totally a workout food.

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...


    At May 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

    Your a baking genius! Can I hire you to come cook for me?!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thank you!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL, thank you!

    At May 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    I love that line, "holy bigger backside!" I may have to use it. :)

    And thanks for your sweet comment!

    At May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

    This post makes me feel both better and worse about myself at the same time. Better because I know I'm not the only one coming up with new ways to get junk food into my body. Worse because I'm 26 and I figure once I have kids it's all downhill from there. I'm holding out hope, though! Keep running! Have you ever tried different kinds of cardio classes?

    At May 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM , Anonymous Dawn @ DJ's SUgar Shack said...

    I hear ya about hating making cake pops. i really wanted to love making them; they are so cute, but the couple of times I tried I nearly had a fit. So many of them fell of the stick into the bowl & I think it took me 2 hours to finish with maybe 12. No thanks. This is a much better idea for cake balls.
    Thanks so much for coming over and linking up at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday today!

    At May 31, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger Nicola said...

    You've got to be kidding me. These look and sound incredible! And you're not alone - I run like Phoebe, too!

    At May 31, 2012 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL, thanks Nicola!

    At May 31, 2012 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Oh, it makes me happy to know I'm not the only cake ball challenged person out there. :) Thanks Dawn!

    At May 31, 2012 at 8:16 PM , Anonymous Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

    These look incredible! What a genius idea!

    At June 1, 2012 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous sally @ sallys baking addiction said...

    Dorothy - I LOVE running like Phoebe! And when I think I'm running normally, I probably still run like Phoebe. ;)

    I LOVE this recipe. Two recipes in one! Chocolate + Peanut Butter! ahhh! You really took pb cupcakes to a whole other level. :)

    At June 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM , Blogger keri @ shaken together said...

    Cake balls ... inside a cupcake?!?! You just rocked my world, Dorothy my dear! Thanks for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party} this week! And adding a few miles to my weekly walks ;)

    At June 9, 2012 at 5:36 AM , Blogger The Cooking Actress said...

    Perfection-oh sweet deliciousness!! You're brilliant. Genius. Cake ball inside cupcake-oh yesss

    At June 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thank you!

    At June 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thanks Sally! Phoebe running is cool.

    At June 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Lol, thanks Keri!

    At June 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thanks so much!

    At July 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM , Anonymous Christi @ Love From The Oven said...

    Holy amazingness, I love that you did pb cake with chocolate inside. Seriously those might be the best things ever!!! :)

    At July 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Wow, thanks Christi! Coming from you that means a lot. :)


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