Reeses Bundt Cake

Introduction:

Looking to elevate your dessert game with a decadent and indulgent treat? Look no further than the Reese’s Bundt Cake. This mouthwatering creation combines the beloved flavors of chocolate and peanut butter into a delightful bundt cake that’s sure to impress. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a sweet indulgence, this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray, for pan
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 3.4-oz package chocolate instant pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Top:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter, melted
  • 1 cup Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, instant pudding, eggs, oil, water, and melted butter. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Place cake back in the Bundt pan. Scoop out 6 to 8 large holes around the bottom of the cake with a teaspoon, avoiding the top.
  6. Make the filling: Mix butter and peanut butter until combined. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream, beat until fluffy. Transfer to a piping bag.
  7. Pipe filling into holes at the bottom of the cake, then invert onto a serving platter.
  8. Drizzle with melted chocolate and peanut butter, then cover with chopped Reeses.
  9. Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 45 minutes  Total Time: 55 minutes

Serving:

  1. Temperature: Serve Reese’s Bundt Cake at room temperature for the best flavor and texture. Allowing the cake to sit out for about 30 minutes before serving will help it achieve the ideal consistency.
  2. Garnish: Before serving, consider adding a drizzle of chocolate ganache or a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top of the cake for an extra touch of indulgence and visual appeal.
  3. Slice Neatly: When slicing the cake, use a sharp knife coated with non-stick spray or butter to ensure clean cuts. Wipe the knife clean between slices for a polished presentation.
  4. Accompaniments: Enhance the enjoyment of Reese’s Bundt Cake by serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a side of fresh berries. These accompaniments complement the rich chocolate and peanut butter flavors beautifully.

Storage:

  1. Room Temperature: Store leftover Reese’s Bundt Cake at room temperature in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap for up to 2-3 days. Be sure to place the cake in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
  2. Refrigeration: If you need to store the cake for a longer period or if your kitchen is particularly warm, you can refrigerate it. Place the cake in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Stored properly, the cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
  3. Freezing: Reese’s Bundt Cake can also be frozen for longer-term storage. Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to 1-2 months. Thaw the cake in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
  4. Avoid Odor Absorption: To prevent the cake from absorbing any unwanted odors in the refrigerator, consider placing a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil over the cake before sealing it in an airtight container.

FAQs:

1. Can I use natural peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter for this recipe?

  • While natural peanut butter may be used, creamy peanut butter is recommended for its smoother consistency, which blends more easily into the cake batter. If you choose to use natural peanut butter, make sure to stir it well before incorporating it into the batter to ensure an even distribution of flavor.

2. Can I omit the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from the recipe if I don’t have them on hand?

  • Yes, you can omit the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups if desired, although they add a delightful burst of peanut butter flavor and texture to the cake. If you prefer, you can replace them with other chocolate candies or simply leave them out for a more traditional chocolate peanut butter bundt cake.

3. Can I make this cake gluten-free?

  • Yes, you can make a gluten-free version of Reese’s Bundt Cake by using gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of regular flour. Additionally, ensure that all other ingredients, including the baking powder and chocolate chips, are certified gluten-free to accommodate dietary restrictions.

4. Can I substitute buttermilk with another ingredient?

  • If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a simple substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it thickens slightly and curdles. Alternatively, you can use plain yogurt or sour cream diluted with a little milk to achieve a similar tangy flavor and texture.

5. How can I prevent the cake from sticking to the bundt pan?

  • To prevent the cake from sticking to the bundt pan, generously grease the pan with butter or non-stick baking spray, ensuring that every nook and cranny is well coated. Additionally, you can dust the greased pan with cocoa powder or flour, tapping out any excess, which creates a barrier between the cake and the pan, helping it release more easily after baking. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges and inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Conclusion:

With its rich chocolatey goodness, swirls of creamy peanut butter, and chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the Reese’s Bundt Cake is a dessert lover’s dream come true. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite accompaniments, this delectable treat is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you craving for more. So go ahead, indulge in the irresistible charm of Reese’s Bundt Cake and treat yourself to a slice of pure bliss.