Peanut Butter Cup Cake Pops

I really like days off.

I find them to be immensely productive, whether that be ‘productive’ in the true sense of the word, like running errands and cleaning my house, or ‘productive’ as in watching all of the taped episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County on my DVR and eating bowl after bowl of baked Cheetos.

You know of my obsession. Don’t act all surprised.

Today, I had the day off and decided to do a little shopping before my dentist appointment (see? Productive).

As usual, I was disappointed. You remember my post about trends and how awful they are nowadays. I’m literally depressed. It makes me want to sob into my twenties and hope that the world will be a better, cuter-dressed place soon or else I may lose it forever.

I’m on a (recent) diet and have proclaimed I’ll lose five pounds by the 17th. It’s quite a daunting task, seeing as the gym and I have it in for each other (gym is SO needy and demanding!)

And guess what? I’ve already lost two pounds!

I know, I shouldn’t be talking about losing weight on a blog that promotes baking and eating such delectable treats. But my job is to present the treats, not tell you what to eat. You totally could just have a looksie and never eat anything I make; I wouldn’t judge you (okay, I would a little, but not that much).

So anyways, lost two pounds. Obviously this is a stellar accomplishment and I am super duper proud of my efforts. (Actually, to be honest, I haven’t been to the gym in three weeks and have eaten like a starved hog since then and somehow managed to lose 2 pounds, but we’ll pretend I worked really hard). So I wanted to reward myself and my hard work a job-well-done with some cute clothes.

Alas, I was heartbroken that I didn’t get anything but some eggs at the grocery store. Those aren’t that fashionable, so I’m kinda bummed out.

Everyone knows that bummed out Hayley = treats off the wazoo. So I made some for you.

They’re peanut butter cup cake balls, and they’re absolutely ridiculously good.

Well–so my family says. Remember my diet? I’m totally not allowed to eat these. But don’t tell anyone if I snuck in a little, teensy nibble.

And if you’re having the worst luck like me in finding some cute fashions these days, at least you can comfort yourself in making these while we wait for the world to improve.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake Balls *adapted by Wilton’s Peanut Butter Cake Ball Pops recipe 

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix (I always use Duncan Hines)
1 small box SF/FF chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 pkgs (4 each) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, roughly diced
1/2 can chocolate frosting
2 pkg Wilton Peanut Butter candy melts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, water, oil and eggs until well blended, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pudding until fully blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake, approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
2. Crumble cake into a fine crumb consistency in a large bowl. Add the peanut butter and 1/2 cup canned chocolate frosting, as well as half of the chopped peanut butter cups. Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly. Form into 1″ inch size balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze about 15-20 minutes or refrigerate about 2 hours until solid and chilled (not frozen).
3. Melt peanut butter candy melts according to package directions. Dip the tip of a lollypop stick into the peanut butter candy, then spear a cake ball. Dip and twist the cake ball into the peanut butter candy melts, coating the entire ball. Allow excess peanut butter to drip off. Sprinkle tops with remaining chopped peanut butter cups. Allow to dry vertically in a styrofoam round or block, and let harden completely before eating or photographing or crying or whatever it is you do with these.

…However, I suggest eating them, but that’s purely my opinion (haven’t I mentioned my opinion is always right!?)

Happy Dieting and NOT Shopping!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Love this recipe. Kind of a crazy question, what is the pudding for? Like what does it do to the mixture? And, do I just put the powder in the cake or do I make the pudding first and then add it in?

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