Today is September 21, 2011. Today is a very special day. Thirty-one years ago today, my sister was born. Twenty-four years ago today, my sister was not a very happy camper because her birthday gift was… drumroll please… me!
When we were younger, Vanessa and I fought all the time. I mean all-of-the-time. I thought she was the greatest thing since sliced bread and she loathed my existence. Note to any parents to be: don’t wait seven years to have a second child. It’s just cruel.
But alas, as time has gone on, Vanessa has become my closest friend and one of the few people in life I can trust unconditionally. No one, and I mean no one, can take the place of a sister, and if you have a sister, then you know this to be true. If you don’t have a sister, well, I’m sorry. You will never quite comprehend the bond, the friendship and the love that one can bring.
Happy birthday big sis! I made your favorite.
Peanut Butter Brownie Bundt Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups peanut butter chips
Peanut Butter Glaze (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 10 inch Bundt pan. Make sure to have all ingredients at room temperature.
2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix until well combined. Make a well in the center of the powders and pour in eggs, sour cream, oil and water. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Stir in peanut butter chips until well incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool before glazing.
Peanut Butter Glaze
4 teaspoons water
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1. Stir together the water, sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake and serve.