This past Saturday was a big birthday for my dad, and I was in charge of dessert. I wanted it to be something decadent, something that perfectly suited my dad's sweet-tooth. When we were kids, he would "tax" our Halloween income by taking a few pieces of candy from each of our piles. Inevitably, we always lost a few Reese's peanut butter cups to this taxation-without-representation. I guess he was teaching us all about the real world. At Easter, we kids would always get our baskets filled with peeps, Cadbury Eggs, etc. and he would always get a Sarris Candy Peanut Butter Meltaway Egg all for himself. All signs pointed to the peanut butter/chocolate combo.
I found a recipe for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake that fit the bill perfectly and aligned nicely with my baking skills, or, should I say, lack thereof. This recipe called for using a devil's food cake mix for the cake layers. The peanut butter frosting was a simple combination of creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, whipping cream, unsalted butter, salt and vanilla extract. I struggled a bit with the frosting application; I guess I can cross Cake Boss off my list of potential future careers. Ultimately, once the cake and frosting got to the right temperatures, I smoothed things out and crumbled some Reese's peanut butter cup bits on the top of the cake to mask any remaining blemishes. The result was a rich dessert that satisfied the whole crew. I definitely recommend checking out this recipe from Creations by Kara.
Also, birthday cake is commonly served with ice cream, but I usually pass because I hate that it makes my cake soggy. For this birthday cake's ice cream garnish I used Klondike bars, offering a choice between the Original and the 100 Calorie bar. The chocolate shell on the Klondike bar was just the barrier I needed to keep the ice cream from ruining my cake. I haven't had a Klondike in forever and had no idea the varieties they now offer. I suggest considering this option if you have the same cake with ice cream aversion I have.
And to wrap things up...Happy Birthday Dad!!