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REESE'S Basketball Court Cake

Ingredients

  • (hdr) (hdr) BASKETBALL COURT CAKE (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 36 REESE'S Minis Peanut Butter Cups , divided
  • 1 KIT KAT Bar , divided
  • 2 square graham crackers
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting , divided
  • yellow food color
  • 3/4 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter, creamy
  • REESE'S PIECES Candies (optional)
  • red food color

Instructions

  1. Prepare BASKETBALL COURT CAKE. Cover cake board with foil if not serving cake from pan.
  2. Place milk chocolate chips in heavy-duty food storage bag. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 30 seconds. Knead bag and chips. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, kneading bag and chips after each heating until chips are melted and smooth. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from tip. Assemble 10 basketball players, 2 benches and 2 backstops. To make basketball players, use melted chocolate to attach the tops of 2 mini peanut butter cups together to form body. Attach additional peanut butter cup (standing on edge) to body to make head. Cut KIT KAT Bar into 4 sections. To make benches, attach 1 mini peanut butter cup to bottom side of each end of 2 sections. For backstops, cut small small section from the backs of 2 mini peanut butter cups so that you have a straight surface. Attach this smooth side to approximately the center of the graham cracker square with the melted chocolate. When set attach 1 cracker to front of 1 candy bar section about 1 inch from top. Repeat for second backstop. Allow chocolate to set.
  3. Tint 1/2 frosting to desired shade of orange (2 drops yellow food color for each 1 drop red food color); place in heavy-duty food storage bag. Set aside. Stir peanut butter into remaining frosting; frost cake.
  4. Mark basketball court lines. Cut tip off bag of orange frosting about 1/4 inch from tip; pipe orange frosting along marked lines.
  5. Place basketball players and benches in position. Push backstops into ends of court. If cake is on cake board garnish bottom edges of cake with REESE'S PIECES Candies, if desired. About 18 servings.
  6. BASKETBALL COURT CAKE
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  9. 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  10. 2 cups sugar
  11. 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  12. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 3 eggs
  15. 3/4 cup dairy sour cream
  16. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15-1/2x10-1/2x1-inch disosable foil baking pan or jelly-roll pan.
  17. combine water, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.
  18. Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs and sour cream; beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat just until blended (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pan.
  19. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack or if serving on cake board, cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Created for Game Day by REESE’S®,
the Official Candy Partner of the NCAA®.

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