Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

On Monday, I shared photies of my Memorial Day weekend, which included two really serious cakes. Yesterday, I posted about the Crumble Jumble Cake, so today here is the second cake we brought with us to the barbecue. It’s pretty epic, but def in a good way. It is not only that winning combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but it is also in just the right ratio, not too much of either. The frosting really puts it over the edge. You’re welcome. 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake – via The Farm Girl

Cake:
1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 small box chocolate instant pudding
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup water
5 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter chips
Frosting:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup heavy cream

There’s a lot going on here, I’m not going to lie, but I loved every second of it. You probably will too if you like even half the recipes on this blog. 😉

So first of all, it starts with a cake mix and you KNOW how I feel about those. In this case though it’s used more as an ingredient than a crutch, having said that, if I ever make this again I will try to ditch the mix. Mix everything except the peanut butter chips for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the peanut butter chips and pour into two greased 9″ pans. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans and then completely cool on a wire rack before icing!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

The frosting is wonderfully simple. Cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth then add the salt, vanilla, whipping cream and 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar at a time until thick enough to spread. I placed one cake on the platter, iced the top of it, added the second cake and then iced that as well. I made this to impress my girl Jillian’s husband and I heard he liked peanut butter cups, so I arranged them around the base of the cake, chopped up the rest of them and sprinkled them on top. Along with a generous helping of Reese’s Pieces!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

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