“The King” Cupcake

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

Cake Ingredients:

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

Buttercream:

1 cup peanut butter

1 stick of butter (room temperature)

4 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extra

Candied Bacon:

4 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)

1/2 cup brown sugar

Chocolate drizzle: 

2 squares Candquik or 2 squares of milk chocolate

Directions:

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.

Assembly:

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!!

The King Cupcake Blog

Back To Reality

Just as the title says, we are back to reality after spending the holiday weekend at Walt Disney World. Didn’t I tell you all that we lurve Disney? It’s just something about parking your car and leaving your worries behind that appeals to me plus Suga Booga gets so excited about going.

We didn’t tell her what the plan was, I just snuck all of our things downstairs Friday night after she was in bed and Saturday morning I attempted to wake her up but was told “No mommy. My legs are too tired, my knees hurt, and I need to rest.” I told her, “I guess I’ll go to Disney World by myself.” Well those knees and legs were feeling much better when she kicked the comforter and sheet off then jumped up.

We told her that her daddy couldn’t come because of work and she said that work was closed plus his legs hurt so he needed to go to Disney with us. I played it up as a “Girls Only” trip so she went with it and even teased her daddy for not being a girl. Lol

After getting her showered and dressed, I received an invitation to try Be Our Guest for lunch on Sunday. That’s the equivalent of winning the lottery to Disney fans. You mean to tell me that I get to eat in what is supposed to be Beast’s Castle?! I couldn’t get to the iPad quick enough to confirm the reservation and cancel another! I was able to pre-order our meals and everything!

So once I came back down from my Be Our Guest high, we left the first time then I remembered that I forgot the batteries for her Innotab 2S so I went back then I remembered that I forgot sandals for the pool so I went back a second time, got gas then tried to take a picture of my sweet little girl and realized that my memory card was still in the computer so I went back a third time!  In a half hour I hadn’t even made it 3 miles from home!

Finally we were on the road and made it to Ellenton, FL before we hit the rain. Suga was concerned that it would be raining at Disney World and our girls trip would be ruined.  I assured her that everything would be fine and we were going to have the best “Girls Trip” ever!

We arrived and immediately dropped our bags then hopped on the bus to Magic Kingdom. I don’t know what she likes more, being at MK or riding the “school bus” there. We were able to utilize the new Fastpass+ for a few rides so it helped plan the day for me. Not that I have a Type A personality or nothing. (That pre-packed bin in our linen closet full of things for Disney trips only does not qualify as proof!!!) But it helped knowing we had set times that Suga Booga could enjoy her favorite rides without waiting in line for too long.

So after spending about 6 hours in the park, we were both worn out and went to our resort. When we got there we had dinner and went back to the room where we showered, got in our jammies and I turned on the Disney Junior channel for her then we snuggled in bed.  I know that one day she will not want to do this with me so I savor it.  There’s nothing quite like your baby wanting to curl up in your arms and go to sleep.  (No, I am not crying!)

Now keep in mind that Suga Booga didn’t know her daddy was driving up after work. He called at around 10 and told me that he was on his way but his phone was going to die. I didn’t show my panic while on the phone but I stayed up, as tired as I was, until he arrived at 1:15 in the morning. I’d never been so relieved to see him in my life. I couldn’t stop hugging him because I was so happy he was safe. Not that I worry about him or nothing but what would I do without him???

Suga Booga was super excited to see him when she woke up and saw him in the other bed.

We spent the next day at MK again and had lunch at Be Our Guest. That Guy thought the French Onion soup was just okay and Suga Booga didn’t like her macaroni pasta with marinara but That guy and I split the Carved Turkey Sandwich with Pommes Frites (because Be Our Guest is French and they don’t call their French fries, French fries…they have to get all fancy with it) then the three of us split both the strawberry cupcake and chocolate cupcake. All in all, the food was great but I don’t think I’d wait in line for an hour or more in the Florida heat and humidity for it.  Disney did provide those in line with iced lemon water and umbrellas so at least they care. The experience is what I was more excited about than the food.

That night we missed the fireworks because of That Guy’s Fantasy Football but its okay because we’ve watched all of them before, we’ll be going again next month for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (Suga Booga doesn’t know yet!), and he didn’t balk when I requested to take this trip at the last minute. He’s a good guy like that.

So after a short nap we headed back to MK around 10:30 since it closed to the general public at 1 am but stayed open until 3 am for those staying at Disney resorts. (We love this perk!)  We made it until 2 then headed in and called it a night, err, morning. Lol

On Monday we headed to Hollywood Studios for That Guy to get his required turkey leg and Suga Booga to see the Disney Junior show, meet Sophia the First, and Mr. Incredible then headed back to the resort, had lunch and hit the road home.

It was a quick trip with new experiences and contrary to popular belief, there are still things we haven’t done at all four parks.

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