Sunday, February 20, 2011

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake

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!! 


  1. Oh boy, that cake sounds yummy. Love peanut butter chocolate combos. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog until tomorrow night and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.

  2. Lisa, thanks for the invite! You've assembled some amazing looking treats!!

  3. always a great combination! love this, thanks for sharing! :)
    glad to have found your blog!

  4. Thanks so much for linking back to my recipe! Don't feel bad about your struggles with the frosting, it's not just you. I've been baking for years, but I thought it was kinda challenging as well. :)


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