Here’s another Disney favorite. This is The King Cupcake from Disney World’s Pop Century Resort. The original is a chocolate cupcake filled with banana custard topped with whipped peanut butter icing, sprinkled with candied bacon and drizzled with chocolate. When I first heard about it, I didn’t think I would like it. Wrong! The only thing I would have changed would be to add more banana custard. My version is a Devil’s Food chocolate cupcake filled with banana pudding, topped with peanut butter buttercream, sprinkled with candied turkey bacon and drizzled with chocolate.
I have never made Devil’s Food cake. Ever. I’ve read recipes for it but would instead opt for just chocolate. Since I wanted this cupcake to be close to the Disney version as possible, I went here for a Devil’s Food cake recipe and I do not regret it one bit.
Taken from www.foodnetwork.com
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup nonalkalized cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed–I used Nestle’s)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup milk
Banana Pudding Ingredients:
1 package of Jell-O banana cream pudding
1 cup of milk
2 medium bananas
1 cup peanut butter
1 stick of butter (room temperature)
4 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extra
4 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 squares Candquik or 2 squares of milk chocolate
Start by mashing your bananas until they are liquefied then add your pudding and milk. Whisk until all ingredients are well combined. Because you are not using the full two cups of milk and the additional of the bananas, your pudding won’t set like normal which you want in this case. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line your cupcake tins or butter and flour them. I only made 12 cupcakes and used the rest of the batter to make a Creme De Menthe Devil’s Food Cake.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until light and smooth, about 4 minutes. Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat at medium speed for 1 minute more. (Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl again, if needed.) With the mixer running at medium-low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Combine the water and milk in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat.
With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture, about a 1/4 cup at a time. Carefully pour the hot liquid into the batter. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a large rubber spatula, finish combining the batter until smooth.
Bake for 20 minutes or until done in the middle. Set aside.
While your oven is still at 350, line a baking dish with foil then soak your bacon in water while you spread the brown sugar on a plate. Take each slice of bacon and press it into the brown sugar, on both sides and place it in the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes and set aside to cool.
Go and sit for awhile because that was tough and assembly is going to take a little more out of you because you decided to do this after work on a Friday with a 3 and a half year old watching Strawberry Shortcake on Netflix with a cough and runny nose who keeps asking for honey, water, Popsicles, and orange juice but no dinner because her throat is “burny” and it might hurt. Some people are just gluttons for punishment.
Now that everything has cooled, start your buttercream. Place the stick of butter into your mixing bowl, along with your vanilla extract and mix until the butter is whipped. Scrape the sides and add one cup of the powdered sugar then mix to combine. Add your peanut butter and whip to combine then add your powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing for at least 30 seconds in between cups. You want it to be thick enough to hold it’s shape when your frost the cupcakes but not too thick that you can’t work with it.
Start by taking your first cupcake and cut a hole in the middle using a tool or knife. Reserve the cake. Using a piping bag or a Ziploc that you’ve cut the corner from, pipe the banana cream into the hole you created until filled. Take your reserved cake and press it back into the hole. Repeat for the rest of your cupcakes and set aside.
Fill another piping bag or Ziploc like you did with the banana cream and pipe the icing onto your cupcakes or use a spatula, butterknife, whatever you have to put the icing on the cupcakes. Repeat and set them aside.
Break your bacon into pieces and arrange them on top of your cupcakes.
Melt your chocolate–in a microwave safe bowl–using 30 second increments until melted. Careful not to burn it. Drizzle your cupcakes with the chocolate using whichever method you choose. Spoon, squeeze bottle, knife…again, whatever you have. It’s yours and you can do with it what you want! 😉
When you have assembled your treats, enjoy!!