This cake is delicious!
I found this recipe on one of my favorite food websites, Picky Palate. She has wonderful, unique recipes and amazing photography to go along. My mouth usually waters at EVERY recipe she posts, even if it is something I dislike.
This is a layered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup chocolate cake. Can it get any more decadent than that?
I made it for my hubby’s birthday this past weekend. I thought people would enjoy it, but in all honesty, they were floored.
Well, except for my hub, who looked at me like I was crazy when I was making it. I mean, don’t I know that on any given day he would rather eat plain chicken breasts and grilled steak? Why on earth would I make a cake on his BIRTHDAY??
This is when I promptly kicked him out of my our kitchen and told him to go run a few miles. He would be ingesting 4000 calories worth of cake, after all.
You NEED to make this! Today!
I made a few adjustments to the posted recipe. First off, I wanted to make my own cake from scratch. Not to be a humongous snob, but I really do not like to make desserts from a box. First, I ENJOY the process of making one from scratch, and second, I think they usually taste better and I know what to expect.
Well, that idea was shot after I spent the morning throwing my money away on new house decor. My husband wants pictures of animals. I want a serene lake scene, or something with water.
So I bought a canvas flower painting. That is a compromise, right?
I thought so, too. Happy birthday to him.
I luckily had a box of Devil’s Food cake mix in my makeshift pantry, amongst other items. I swear, it looks like we are ready for Y2K. I don’t like to run out of anything.
The ingredients in the bowl: cake mix, eggs, sour cream (yes!), chocolate pudding mix (I used chocolate fudge), canola oil, chocolate chips, and buttermilk (this was my substitution for water).
Imagine my dismay when I got home and my mixing bowl and whisk were in the dishwasher, being WASHED. My hub had just turned in on about 10 minutes before I got home. This instantly made me panic, as I was already late and very rushed, and still had more to cook. How dare he be so perfect and load and start the dishwasher! Why????!
Anyway, all went well as I just threw the stuff in this bright yellow bowl that came from his bachelor collection. Don’t worry, this has been washed.
I got out my hand mixer and went to town.
The batter, as she says, is VERY thick. I had approximately 14 spoonfuls.
Used 2 9-inch cake pans, sprayed with my baking Pam, and threw in the oven.
Now comes the frosting, which is out of this world.
Can someone stop at the store for me? Because I think we need some cream cheese.
We buy in bulk. I’m going to have to also start buying my clothes in the ‘bulk’ size.
This frosting is super healthy for you.
It is butter, cream cheese, and sugar – 3 of my favorite food groups. You know, the heart healthy ones?
After the cakes cooled, I did stick them in the fridge for an hour or so. Then I cut them in half.
In all honestly, I am terrible at doing that. I only have small knives. But I DO have this lovely cake stand from Tiffany’s. It was a wedding gift – one of my favorites.
Melted peanut butter :
And I will admit I did use Jif. I went out and bought a jar specifically for this reason. I was afraid of what the oil of natural peanut butter would do to the cake layers. To eat, I prefer natural over Jif, so I will keep the remaining jar to make another heart-attack-on-a-plate.
Here is the assembled cake, with a lay of peanut butter and frosting inside each layer.
It looks pretty enough to serve like this!
But I had sooo much frosting, I had to throw some more on before I ate it.
Chopped up a bag and another 1/4 bag of miniature Reese’s. Come on – you know what happened to the other 3/4 bag.
I’ll give you a hint – it’s not in the freezer.
Here is the finished product, and yes it is leaning to one side.
Can you see how creamy that frosting is??
How about now?
I had so much left, and I hate to waste food.
So I saved it, and have been using it as a topping for all of my meals this week. Oatmeal. Yogurt. Ice Cream. Lobster Mac. Filet.
Don’t worry, it’s almost gone.
Here is a slice from the party. Not sure who was eating this piece.
Probably not my hub since he was too busy ingesting meat.
I’m just kidding – he did have a piece, and he enjoyed it.
My dad on the other hand, thought it was so sweet that it made him dizzy. He enjoyed it, though – after the dizziness.
I usually don’t eat the items that I bake. I have a bite or so, but it is the baking process I enjoy the most. I, also am not (GASP!) a big fan of cake. Love cheesecake. Not cakey cake.
This was a major exception.
I can’t count the number of pieces I’ve had. I’m thinking of making this again this weekend for a friend’s birthday and surprising her with it.
So make this for your hub, boyfriend, brother, father, pet, and I promise you they will LOVE it. After they finish their chicken, of course. :)
And if you’re looking for the recipe, take a gander over HERE.