Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Full of Wheat--Peanut Butter Cup King Cake

Gluten-tastic peanut butter dough filled with chocolate mousse and chocolate chips then baby-fied and glazed.  Indeed.
Howdy!  I know many of my readers eat wheat and like King Cake, so this recipe is for you!  I haven't posted a recipe with gluten in it for a long while now, but Mardi Gras sometimes makes me wild.  If you missed it, there's a xgfx version of this cake, right here, so get off my back already.

Other vegan King Cake info and recipes:
❤ Vegan King Cake Kindergarten
❤ Standard Vegan King Cake (gluten-strong) 
❤ Peanut Butter Cup King Cake (gluten-strong)
❤ Blueberry-Olive Oil-Cream Cheese King Cake (gluten strong)
❤ Apple-Praline King Cake (gluten-strong)
❤ Scott and Jenn's King Cakes are here and here.

I see the moon, the moon sees me.
This cake came out so round and moon-like.  I predict this peanut butter dough would be tasty filled with cinnamon apples, pralines and a creme filling, but that's gonna be for another day.

Please read my King Cake Primer, before beginning.
Peanut Butter King Cake Dough (gluten edition)
What You Need: 
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened milk  (almond, soy, hemp, etc.) 
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour  (wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons organic corn starch
  • 1 packet instant yeast (Rapid Rise) / 1/4oz. 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy yogurt -- plain, vanilla or coconut     
  • parchment 
  • one recipe chocolate filling (below)
  • one recipe glaze (below)
  • sugar sprinkles (King Cake Primer)
  • baby bean (King Cake Primer)
What You Do:
  1. Make the chocolate filling and stick it in the fridge while you make the dough.(Or make it ahead, and keep it covered in the fridge).
  2. In a blender, process the milk and peanut butter until well blended.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a small saucepan and add the vegan butter.  Warm over low heat until just melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the yogurt.  Set aside briefly.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook (or in a big bowl if making by hand), add together 1 cup of the flour, cornstarch, yeast, salt and sugar.  Blend together on low speed to combine.
  5. Add the milk mixture and beat until well combined. Beat in 1/2 cup remaining flour and mix to combine. Continue to add the remaining flour in 1/2 cup increments until the dough is soft and firm, but still a bit tacky ( you may not need to use it all).
  6. Knead for ten minutes by hand or five with a dough hook, or until the dough is smooth and elastic (it may remain slightly tacky).
  7. Gather the dough into a ball and let rise in a large bowl covered with a tea towel in a warm area, until doubled in size about 2 hours.
  8. Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down.
  9. Lightly flour your counter and roll the dough out into a long rectangle about 24"X14" and between 1/8-1/4" thick (keep the wide end facing you).
  10. Spread the chocolate filling evenly over the dough, keeping an inch margin on both shorter sides and 1 1/2" inch margin across the top filling free.  
  11. Scatter the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the filling.
  12. Carefully begin rolling the dough into a coil, beginning at the widest bottom edge.  Roll slowly and carefully, pinching the side edges of the coil closed as you go (to prevent any filling from oozing out).  As you go, you will need to gently lift and roll so that the mousse is not squeezed towards the top edge.
  13. When your coil is within 2-2 1/2" from the top, stop rolling.  Gently pick up the top edge of the uncovered dough and bring it down towards you, over the coil (this prevents the mousse from escaping via the top edge).
  14. Pinch the long seam closed and make sure the ends of the coil are also pinched and sealed. 
  15. Ever so carefully, transfer the coil to a parchment lined baking sheet, seam side down and form an oblong ring by tucking and genty pinching the ends down and over each other (see photo below). Cover and let rise another 30-60 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 350F.*
  16. *Bake until the top is lightly brown about 35-45 minutes.
  17. Cool for 20-30 minutes, then with a sharp knife carefully make a slit in the side and insert your bean baby.  
  18. Glaze the cake using one of the two recipes below, using a small teaspoon to help evenly spread the icing (I usually slide the cake carefully off of the parchment and onto a cooling rack and do this over a tray or slide it onto a tin foiled piece of cardboard, then frost).  A third glaze option:  spread 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter all over the top of the warm cake, then top with the regular icing.
  19. Sprinkle with colored sugar, slice and eat.

    Chocolate Filling
What You Need:
  • 1 12.3 oz box silken aseptic tofu, firm or x-firm
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted (use microwave or double boiler, stir often so they don't burn), plus another 1/4 cup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Tofutti or cashew cream cheese OR 1/4 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked a few hours and drained
  • dash salt
  • 1/3 cup unbleached granulated sugar 
 What You Do:  
  1. Throw everything into the jar of a blender and pulverize until creamy and smooth.
  2. Refrigerate to thicken. 

Regular Icing
What You Need:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened milk
What You Do:
  1. Beat well to combine, adding the milk little by little until thick and drizzle-able.
Peanut Butter Icing
What You Need:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup crunchy or smooth salted peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened milk
What You Do:
  1. Beat well to combine, adding the milk little by little until thick and drizzle-able.
✪ This cake is much simpler and easier to make with instant yeast/Rapid Rise.  If you've never used instant yeast before, it makes baking complicated doughs much simpler, since proofing is not necessary.  You just add the yeast to the dry ingredients and you're good to go.  If you don't have access to instant yeast, simply use the same amount of active dry yeast, but proof it first, then add to liquid ingredients and proceed.

✪ This cake is best served the day of baking.  Leftovers should be covered and put in the fridge.

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  1. Oh Kittee, are you KIDDING me??? This looks amazing. I want to eat the whole thing up.

    1. Thanks my king cake friend! This is one pretty rich cake, the xgfx version made my eyeballs bulge.

  2. Oooh I'm making this over the weekend! My littlest guy turns six tomorrow, and it will be a great addition to the party. There will be pictures!

    1. Eating it now! So crazy good and really rich. I had one problem that may be my oven. After baking it at 375F fit about 22 minutes, it was really brown so I took it out. The middle may be a bit doughy, but it's hard to tell because there is so much filling. The filling is so great on it's own. My daughter wanted me to make more of just that. You've never steered me wrong, Kittee! :)

    2. yay! you know, i made a king cake yesterday, and mine got really brown too! i'm gonna change the temp to 350F!


  3. This is so awesome. I can only admire; the recipe is ridiculously intimidating and incredibly impressive!

  4. I made this and it was amazing! I actually liked it even better the next day - I thought the filling had more time to settle and kind of bond with the bread-cake part. It was perfect. I didn't do such a good job shaping it - it was a lopsided ring of uneven thickness - but it was delicious and everyone loved it. Thanks for posting such a thorough tutorial as well as this recipe!

    1. yay!!! did you have any issues with the top getting too brown? i reduced the baking temperature down to 350F.

    2. We ate leftover king cake yesterday too, and we all decided we liked it even better out of the fridge.

  5. I am SO going to make this with sourdough starter! AMAZING! :)

  6. Oh my goodness this looks delicious! I'm going to have to give this a try soon.

  7. Oh my lord. That is so full of chocolate peanut buttery goodness. Can't wait to try it Kittee! Thanks for the recipe for us gluten folk! xx

  8. Has anyone tried making this with replacing the Wheat Flour with Gluten Free Flour- cup for cup?

    1. I have a gluten free version of this cake posted!


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