Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe



Woo Hoo!  It's my birthday and I no longer have to bake my own cake.  Three years ago my oldest child took this responsibility away from my husband who is much more of a cook than a baker.  The first time she attempted baking me a birthday cake was three years ago when she had yet to become a teenager.  That year she created an Oreo Cookie Cake, last year she concocted a scrumptious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and this year she made me a mouthwatering Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.


My daughter's inspiration came from Smitten Kitchen, but, being the independent young woman that she is, she went about it her own way.  She started with a chocolate cake that she made from a box using butter instead of oil.  Then she iced the cake with a batch of peanut butter frosting which she had formerly used as icing for brownies.  Lastly she topped the entire thing with a luscious chocolate ganache.

The result was a decadent two layer cake that melded two of my favorite flavors, chocolate and peanut butter. My son pointed out that it was a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake.  No, not a cupcake for which my daughter is famous, but a cake that mimics the flavors of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.  That gave her the idea that next time she bakes one of these confections she will adorn in with chopped or mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  I love my daughter's creative and adventurous spirit as much as I love enjoying a hunk of this cake alongside a tall glass of cold milk.  It truly is a happy birthday!




Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

  1. Bake a chocolate cake using two 9-inch round pans.  If using a box mix try to find one that uses butter instead of oil to produce a sturdy cake that will hold up to the frosting and ganache.
  2. Make a batch of Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe follows).  Double it if you want a ton of frosting.
  3. When cakes are cooled, frost them with Peanut Butter Frosting.  Chill frosted cake until ganache is ready.
  4. Make a batch of Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows) and pour over chilled cake allowing the excess to drip down the sides.  
  5. Chill entire cake for about an hour.  Remove finished cake from refrigerator about an hour before serving.
  6. Serve with big glasses of ice cold milk.  Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened to room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream

In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until fully combined and fluffy.  Slowly beat in 2 cups of powdered sugar.  Add 1/4 cup heavy cream and continue to beat.  Beat in the remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar.  Add the remainder of the heavy cream a bit at a time until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.


Chocolate Ganache
     
8 ounces (1 1/3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place the chocolate chips in a large stainless steel mixing bowl or pot.  Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Remove the  heated cream from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips.  Using the wooden spoon, stir until the chocolate is melted.  Stir in the vanilla.  Let the ganache sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until it has thickened slightly.


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18 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! There is an Amish market near us and they make a wonderful peanut butter chocolate cake, but I've always wanted to try to make one at home! Thanks for posting the recipe! And happy birthday!

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  2. Oh my word! I think I gained weight just reading this! :) I am going to have to try this out for sure. Happy Birthday, and thanks for sharing at Oopsey Daisy!

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  3. What a Delicious looking cake! WOW !!

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  4. That looks so scrumptious. Love all your recipes so I am now following you on Pinterest so I can share your inspiration. I have pinned this yummy cake. Visiting from Ladybird Ln. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  5. Chocolate and peanut butter? I'd take a piece of this cake any day!

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  6. Hi! Visiting from tt&j. Yummmy! I love all these peanut and chocolate.. Im going to have to try this some day :)

    I would love for you to link these up to my Friday party if you get a chance!

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  7. Found you thru The Grant Life - this looks delicious! My birthday is next week, if your daughter feels the need to make it again to see how it looks with the Reese's decorations - I would be happy to take it off her hands! LOL!!

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  8. Yumma-Mumma this looks deliciously dangerous! I'd be so pumped if you'd come and link this (and any other projects you'd like to show off) to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

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  9. This is my kind of dessert! You should come and enter my cookbook giveaway, because I love having you as one of my followers!

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  10. That sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  11. Oh, Heidi, this is trouble!! Chocolate and peanut butter should get married, and this is the perfect recipe :) YUM

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  12. Found you on Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, looks like a great recipe! I'm a sucker for anything peanut butter

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  13. Chocolate and Peanut Butter together, these 2 are just meant to be! This cake looks so delicious, I have pinned and my request it for my birthday I think.
    Thank for sharing the recipe :)

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  14. Yummy. I pinned this. What a great way to keep up with things.

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  15. I am so excited for this recipe!! I just bought my husband a frozen Reese's ice cream cake for his birthday and can tell that he's gonna want more throughout the year!

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  16. My birthday was Thursday.... And I think I need to make this for myself this weekend! Oh my!! YUM!!! I can't imagine how wonderful this was. What a great gift!!!

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