Monday, June 13, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Last weekend we celebrated my father-in-law's birthday. He loves chocolate cake and I had a craving for peanut butter so I thought I would make a Peanut Butter Cup inspired cake! Everyone I know loves chocolate and peanut butter so I figured it would please everyone! I was so happy with the way this cake came out. The recipe for the devil's food cake was so rich and moist, and will be my go to recipe from now on! And the peanut butter buttercream was insane! This is definitely a decadent cake, and I was worried it would be too rich, but it wasn't that intense so feel free to cut yourself a giant piece!

I did have a nice piping design in mind with this cake, but ran out of buttercream so I ended up just throwing the peanut butter cups on top. Feel free to get creative with yours!

Peanut Butter Cup Cake
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
Devil's Food Cake Recipe adapted from Shelly Kaldunski's book "Cupackes" 

Devils Food Cake
2 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 stick butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on med-hi speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with water and buttermilk, beating on low speed until just combined; scape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat on medium-high speed just until no traces of flour remain, about 30 seconds; do not overbeat.

Divide the batter evenly into 2 8inch round pans, that have been greased and floured. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Once cool, frost with peanut butter buttercream (recipe below) and top with quartered mini peanut butter cups.

Peanut Butter Buttercream
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
about 30 miniature peanut butter cups, quartered

Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat on low speed. Add cream and vanilla until combined. Lastly, mix in the peanut butter. Layer cake with buttercream and garnish with chopped peanut butter cups. Keep cake refrigerated until 15 minutes before ready to serve.

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Allison said...

Is it ok to lick the screen of my iPad? Wow! Yum!

Sabrina said...

hahahahaha that comment just made my day! thank you Allison!

Lizzy said...

Oh, my, I was sold just by looking at the garnish! What an amazing cake!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, Sabrina!!! Peanut butter buttercream?? Be still my heart!! I LOVE it!! I'm such a huge pb fan, and this surely fits the bill. Nicely done!!!

flourtrader said...

Your description and picture makes me want a piece right now! I am sure that there is probably none left anyway-peanut butter and chocolate never sticks around long. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

That is my kind of cake - yum!

Claire Gallam said...

wow this looks incredible. Reese's cups are my absolutely favorite splurge!!

Veronica Gantley said...

I love Peanut butter cups it is my favorite candy. I bookmaked your recipe. Maybe I can make cupcakes.

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I would eat a giant piece of this too. The frosting looks so delicious!

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Helllloooooo!! Another dessert that I could just sink my teeth into! I love that you used the reeses cups for the border of the cake too - very cute!

Vardhini said...

My kids would love this .. perfect ..

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JDS said...

Mmmm. Just reading the name and looking at the pictures makes my mouth water.

Medeja said...

Oh I just love that peanut butter cream..

Muriel Miller said...

I'm with Allison! This looks AAAAA-MAZING!

briarrose said...

Peanut butter and chocolate heaven! This looks wonderful and the pb cups make a sweet garnish.

Dulce Dough said...

Yum! I made a similar version for my son's birthday about a month ago! You can't go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter, and candy!

Kim McCallie said...

I love everything about this cake especially the fact that you made all of it from scratch. It's absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


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