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Peanut Butter Cake Pops: Scrumptious Recipes and Decorating Ideas

February 20, 2024

If you've ever found yourself daydreaming about a delectable combination of moist cake, creamy peanut butter, and a burst of delightful decorations, then you're in for a treat.

Peanut butter cake pops are the ultimate fusion of flavor, texture, and fun - a delightful creation that will make your loved ones' taste buds happy and take your dessert game to new heights.

So how do you make these tasty treats and decorate them to perfection?

Check out our tips on peanut butter cake pops.

Peanut Butter Cake Pop Recipes

When it comes to cake pop recipes, the possibilities are endless. You have the freedom to customize them based on dietary restrictions or personal preferences. Once you've mastered the process, you'll have the confidence to experiment to your heart's content.

Classic Peanut Butter Cake Pops

Ingredients needed:

- 1 box of your preferred chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup of smooth peanut butter (Butter My Cup is a great option)
- 1 cup of chocolate frosting
- 1 package of candy melts (chocolate or peanut butter flavored)
- Lollipop sticks
- Sprinkles or crushed nuts for decoration

Begin by baking the chocolate cake according to the instructions on the box. Once baked and cooled, crumble the cake into fine crumbs in a large bowl. 

Add the creamy peanut butter to the crumbled cake. Mix it well until the peanut butter is evenly distributed throughout the cake crumbs.

Incorporate the chocolate frosting into the mixture. The frosting will not only add sweetness but also help bind the cake and peanut butter mixture together.

Roll your combination into small, bite-sized balls and place them on a parchment-lined tray. Insert a lollipop stick into each ball, creating the classic cake pop shape.

Freeze your pops for at least a half hour to firm them up. In the meantime, melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl.

Once the cake pops are firm, dip each one into the melted candy melts, ensuring they are fully coated. Allow any excess coating to drip off.

Place the coated cake pops back onto the parchment-lined tray. If desired, sprinkle with crushed nuts or colorful sprinkles while the coating is still wet.

Allow the cake pops to set completely. You can speed up the process by putting your cake pops in the fridge for around 20 minutes.

Once the coating is hardened, your classic peanut butter cake pops are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them at your next gathering or wrap them up as delightful homemade gifts.

Making Cake Pops From Scratch

Opt for crafting homemade cake pops instead of relying on a pre-packaged mix. 

You'll need 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1.5 teaspoon baking powder, 1.5 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 cup buttermilk.

For the frosting, collect 1 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour your favorite round cake pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Pour your completed batter into your cake pan and bake for about a half hour or until a toothpick center comes out completely clean.

Then, it's time to start your frosting. Beat together the softened butter and low-sugar peanut butter until creamy. 

Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined. If your prepared frosting ends up too thick, you can add some milk, a little bit at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.

Then, you just continue the process of assembling your cake pops!

Oreo Peanut Butter Cake Pops

To give your cake pops an Oreo twist, add a package of Oreos to your shopping list.

Begin by crushing the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs. You can use a food processor for a quick and even texture. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the Oreo crumbs with creamy peanut butter. Combine well until the peanut butter is thoroughly incorporated into the cookie crumbs.

Add chocolate frosting to the mixture. The frosting will add sweetness and help bind the ingredients together. Mix until you achieve your desired consistency. Then, you can just repeat the previous process.

Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cake Pops

Indulge your taste buds with the perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors in these delightful sweet and salty peanut butter cake pops.

You'll need yellow or vanilla cake mix, a few cups of creamy peanut butter, salted pretzels, and sea salt

Bake the yellow or vanilla cake. Allow your cake to cool completely, and then crumble it into fine crumbs in a large container. 

Add the creamy peanut butter (consider Candy Blast for some extra sweetness) to the cake crumbs. Mix thoroughly until the peanut butter is evenly distributed.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cake Pops

Want to make your cake pops a little healthier? Get two ripe bananas and mash them to perfection. Bake up your favorite chocolate cake mix, and crumble it up. 

Add them together along with some peanut butter, and mix them up. Then, you'll be all ready to complete the rest of the steps to turn the mixture into cake pops.

Peanut Butter Brownie Cake Pops

Start with your favorite brownie mix. Follow the instructions provided on the package to make your brownie batter. 

You can use a store-bought mix or make your own from scratch if you prefer. Choose smooth or crunchy peanut butter based on your preference. You'll need it to add a delicious peanut butter flavor to the cake pops.

Bake your brownies. Crumble them up, and add your peanut butter of choice. Make up your pops, bake them and chill them, and then get ready to decorate!

Coffee Cake and Peanut Butter Cake Pops

Select your favorite coffee cake mix. Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions you have on hand. Like the other recipes, crumble it up and mix it together with your favorite peanut butter.

There are also ways to take your coffee cake pops to the next level. You can enhance the coffee cake flavor by adding a layer of cinnamon streusel.

You can use store-bought or make your own by mixing 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter. Prepare a simple vanilla glaze using 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoons vanilla extract, and a small amount of milk. This will be used to drizzle over the cake pops.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Are you more of a fan of cheesecake than traditional cake? 

Start with 8 ounces (227g) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature. This is the base for the creamy cheesecake texture. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup (125-190g) of smooth peanut butter, depending on your preference. This will infuse the pops with rich peanut flavor.

Sweeten with 1/2 cup to 1 cup (60-120g) of powdered sugar. Adjust the sweetness to suit your taste. For added texture and flavor, include 1/2 cup (about 70g) of graham cracker crumbs. This will copy the crust of a regular cheesecake, in tiny form.

Enhance the overall flavor with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. It complements the peanut butter and cream cheese combination.

In a big mixing bowl, mix your softened cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and well combined. Make your balls, add sticks, and firm them up in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake Pops

There's nothing wrong with trying a classic combination like peanut butter and jelly for your cake pops! 

Start with a vanilla cake base. Then, add smooth peanut butter (not chunky). 

Choose your favorite jelly or jam flavor. Strawberry, grape, or raspberry are popular choices. You'll use this to create the classic peanut butter and jelly combination. You'll crumble the cake together and form your balls as usual. 

With your thumb or the back of a utensil, create a small well or indentation in the center of each cake ball. This will be filled with the jelly or jam. 

Spoon a small amount of jelly or jam into the well you created in each cake ball. Be careful not to overfill. Insert your sticks, and chill. Once they're firm, you can coat them with a peanut butter glaze, if preferred.

Passion Fruit and Peanut Butter Cake Pops

Are you looking for something more exotic? Passion fruit might just be the ticket. Begin with a passion fruit-flavored cake mix or make your own passion fruit cake. Combine with peanut butter, as you did with the other recipes.

Enhance the passion fruit flavor by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup (60-120g) of passion fruit jam or puree. This will add a nice burst of fruity goodness to the cake pops. When you're all done, you can coat your cake pops with white chocolate to make them truly stand out.

Peppermint Peanut Butter Cake Pops

If you're searching for a new holiday treat, peppermint peanut butter cake pops might be the ticket. Go about the cake pop building process as usual. 

Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to infuse the cake pops with a refreshing minty flavor. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of peppermint intensity.

This is the perfect opportunity to use some of the candy canes you have lying around to decorate your holiday cake pops. 

You can crush them up, or even use them as your cake pop sticks. Use color-coordinated frosting to finish the effect.

Peanut Butter Cake Pop Decorations

Once you've decided on your cake pops, you'll want to ensure they look their best.

Melt chocolate (dark, milk, or white) and drizzle it over the cake pops using a spoon or a piping bag. This adds a simple and elegant touch.

Roll the cake pops in finely chopped or crushed peanuts for a crunchy exterior that complements the creamy peanut butter inside.

Dip the cake pops in colorful sprinkles for a festive and fun look. You can use sprinkles in various shapes and colors to match the theme or occasion.

Melt peanut butter chips and drizzle or dip the cake pops for an extra burst of peanut flavor. You can also mix peanut butter chips with chocolate for a tasty combination. You could even make your own peanut butter chips out of unusual flavors like Peanut Butter Cheesecake!

Dust the cake pops with cocoa powder for a simple and elegant finish. This works well, especially if you're going for a rustic or vintage look.

Dip the cake pops in melted peanut butter and let it set. This will create a smooth peanut butter coating. To mix it up, try an almond butter instead.

Place small, unwrapped peanut butter cups on top of the cake pops. This adds a cute and delicious element to your treats.

Use colored icing or melted chocolate to pipe designs on the cake pops. This can include swirls, zigzags, or even writing messages.

For a touch of sophistication, you can apply edible gold or silver leaf to the cake pops. This adds a luxurious and glamorous touch.

Peanut Butter Cake Pop Toppers

To make your cake pops truly stand out, you'll want to create your own toppers.

Top the cake pops with edible flowers for a fresh and colorful appearance. Make sure the flowers are safe for consumption.

Create or purchase small fondant shapes or figures that match the theme of your event. These can be shaped into flowers, animals, or other decorative elements.

Don't forget colorful sprinkles, nonpareils, or edible glitter to add a festive and fun touch.

Insert a small pretzel stick into the top of each cake pop. This not only adds a salty contrast but also serves as a convenient handle.

If you're feeling adventurous, sprinkle small bits of candied bacon on top of the cake pops for a unique and savory touch.

Dip the cake pops in chocolate and then roll them in toasted coconut for a tropical twist.

Peanut Butter Cake Pops: Start Creating Today

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These all sound so amazing. I’m looking forward to making the brownie cake pops with Yabba Dabba and adding a little extra mini Reese’s pieces and topping with sprinkles and chopped pb cups!can’t wait to share

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