Friday, December 11, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

I made this cake last week when we had our family over to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday. She had requested a peanut butter pie, which we also had, but I thought we needed a cake too. I noticed this cake on several blogs a couple of months ago, including Smitten Sugar and Good Things Catered. I thought it sounded so good and I knew my daughter would love it since she is a huge fan of the Reese cup. I made this in my Wilton 6 inch cake pans because I didn't want a big cake, so I used the rest of the batter to make mini cupcakes. The amount of the frosting recipe below was fine since I was making a smaller cake, but you will want to double it at least for a regular size cake. I also added crushed Reese Cups to the middle layer of the cake. It was so tasty and everyone really liked it. I will definitely be making this one again!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Bake your favorite chocolate cake, into 2 - 8 inch rounds (I used 6 inch this time)
When cakes have cooled, level off and place one layer on a serving plate.
Spread frosting on layer and cover with chopped Reese cups.
Place second layer, leveled, on top of frosting and frost cake fully.
Garnish with more Reese cups and frosting.
Place in fridge. Remove from fridge about 1 hour before serving to let it come to room temperature.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place the confectioners sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

11 comments:

  1. This sounds so good! Chocolate and peanut butter are just made to go together.

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  2. That is beautiful and I'm sure super delicious!! I really think that frosting sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try it.

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  3. that looks TO DIE FOR. definitely adding that to my list of things to try!

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  4. Mmm. Sounds so rich and amazing. I love PB&C!

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  5. I've got a family of Reese's lovers, and this looks wonderful. I like that the frosting doesn't look sickly sweet, and the crushed peanut butter cups in between layers sounds like a great idea!

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  6. Oh my goodness! That looks sinful! I'll be bookmarking this and making first chance I get!!

    Amanda @caffeinated_mom

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  7. While I'm not a fan of chocolate I do love me some with PB! It looks gorgeous! You did a great job!

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    ~ingrid

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  8. If I ate this, I could never stop until I had licked the plate... this recipe should be illegal.

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  9. A 6" cake? How fun! The addition of the Reeses Peanut Butter cups at the bottom are perfect. OMC I love peanut butter + chocolate. Fabulous.

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  10. this looks OUTRAGEOUS! Love love love peanutbutter!

    with love and cupcakes,
    cookteen

    cookteen.blogspot.com

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