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Monday, August 29, 2011

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake!

WARNING: You will need a giant class of milk with this dessert!

It is Rich, sinful, delicious. And a major crowd pleaser!

But honestly...when has chocolate and peanut butter ever not pleased people!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
This is why I really love making this cake...because it starts with a box mix! That's right ladies...BOX MIX. You will need Devil's Food Flavour...nice dark rich chocolate.

 You also will need about 2 cups chopped peanut butter cups. Get those ready before you start!
 In your mixer combine the cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Mix until combined then add the peanut butter cups.
 Mix until just combined...then lick the spoon to make sure it tastes good. Yep. It does.
 Pour the cake into 2 non-stick 8 inch round pans. Bake in a 350F oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I cooked mine for about 20 minutes, then turned off the heat and let them sit in the oven for 10 minutes. It kept the cake much more moist.
 Once the cakes are baked let them cook in the pans until room temperature. You can always bake these the night before and frost them the day of. Or do some laundry...whatever you feel like doing is fine...just don't try to frost them when they are still warm.
 When you are ready to frost invert 1 cake onto a plate or cake stand.
 Now to make the frosting...or in this case..chocolate, peanut butter ganache. Melt 8 oz of dark chocolate. I was pretty lazy and just stuck it in the microwave for 30 second at a time and whisking in between until melted.
 To the melted chocolate add 1 cup scalding whipping cream. You want to bring the cream to just before the boiling point.
 Also add in 1/2 cup peanut butter

 Whisk until combined!! It should be a little on the thick side.
 Put about 1/2 cup of the ganache on the inverted cake and spread evenly.
 Pop the other cake on top of the other cake
 Using the rest of the ganache, cover the cake completely.
Garnish with more chopped peanut butter cups and gobble up this baby!
This was my lame attempt of 'styling' the cake photo shoot. I probably should have ironed the sheet in the background...Learned that for next time!!

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