Serving 1/2 Pumpkin Loaf yields 15 centers
Refrigerator 7 days (take out an hour before serving) (keep refrigerated, contains cream cheese)
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Cake Puck Ingredients
1/2 costco pumpkin loaf with frosting
Cream Cheese Center Ingredients
1/2 c. butter (room temperature)
2 oz cream cheese (this amount can be doubled but a heavy frosting is preferred)
1 Tbsp real vanilla extract
2 cup powdered sugar
Cake Puck Instructions
1. Blend loaf in mixer until frosting and pumpkin loaf are loosely incorporated (you'll still see small frosting chunks).
2. Use medium cookie scoop to place into the small cake puck mold. Use fingers or bottom of a measuring cup to gently pat cake puck centers down so they are level with the mold. Scrape off any excess pumpkin loaf mix.
3. If making the cream cheese frosting center go to instructions below. If forgoing the cream cheese frosting center, stack molds, placing wax paper in between each mold. Place in freezer (45 mins) or refrigerator (1 1/2-3 hr) and move on to dipping instructions.
Cream Cheese Center Instructions
1. Blend the butter and cream cheese
2. Add vanilla, dash of salt, half powdered sugar (1 c.). Blend well.
3. Add remaining powdered sugar (1 c.). Whip for 3-4 minutes.
4. Use apple corer to remove pumpkin loaf mix from the center of each of your cake puck molds.
5. Fill piping or ziplock plastic bag with cream cheese frosting. Fill the empty core with cream cheese frosting. Use flat surface to scrape off any excess frosting so that pumpkin mix and frosting are flush with the top of the mold. Stack molds, placing wax paper in between each mold. Place in freezer (45 mins) or refrigerator (1 1/2-3 hr) and move on to dipping instructions. Making the cake puck centers the day before dipping is recommended.
1. Melt 17 ounces chocolate + a spoonful of crisco or coconut oil for 1 minute. Continue to microwave in increments of 20 seconds until chocolate silkily slides off your spoon (110 F-120 F).
2. Place larger mold (with the Benty Cakes logo on the bottom) on the plastic tray and fill one cavity half full with melted chocolate.
3. Place chilled center on melted chocolate. Gently apply even pressure as you slowly press center down until chocolate comes up from the sides and covers the top of the center.
4. Scrape off any excess chocolate. If there is not enough chocolate to cover the center. Add chocolate and scape away excess.
5. Tap the mold tray on the counter to eliminate air bubbles.
6. Repeat these steps until all cavities are filled. Start out doing one at a time, once you are comfortable begin doing 2-3 at a time. Take care not to do too many at the same time as chocolate will set.
7. Because the centers are cold your pucks will set up quickly. Usually it takes about 15 minutes on the counter depending on how warm your house is. You can stick them in the fridge if you're in a hurry.
8. You can tell your pucks are ready to pop out if the mold pulls away cleanly. if you see any chocolate stick as you gently pull, they are not set yet.
The most satisfying part is popping out your shiny, professional looking Pucks!!
Trips + Tricks
SPACES ON THE SIDE: If there are spaces on the sides there wasn't enough chocolate or not all the air bubbles were eliminated. To avoid this take care to tap out air bubbles each time a puck center is covered with melted chocolate. More chocolate may be needed to ensure the melted chocolate comes up over all the edges when centers are being pressed down. Scrape off excess chocolate.
CRACKED TOPS: If tops are cracked, centers were pressed too far down. That's ok! You will get the feel for it, or the "eye" for it, as you press your centers in you will start to see how much of a chocolate layer you want on the bottom.
DIFFICULTY PRESSING CENTERS IN: If there's difficulty pressing centers in, then chocolate is too thick. It should come up over the sides. Ensure if using candy melts they are thinned with a little shortening or coconut oil.