I'm a peanut butter fanatic. I like it on bread. I like it on fruit. I like it with jelly. I like it on it's own. You can't go wrong with it. And this cake is ohh soo right...
All that being said, I've never had a peanut butter cake. I've had a gooey butter cake; I've had peanut butter chips in my cake, but never have I ever had peanut butter cake. So, tonight marks the first adventure into one of my favorite flavors.
What ya need for the cake:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (18.25 oz) package butter cake mix
2/3 cup water
What ya need for the frosting:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp heavy cream (you can also use milk here)
But WAIT, there's more! We added an additional frosting because we're devious little ladies. So get this too:
1.5 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
What ya do:
Peaheat the oven the 325 degrees and
grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans
Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup softened butter... (not melted, see above). Cream until light and fluffy. Salivate and try not to devour.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add cake mix and water (alternating) Stir until just combined and pour batter evenly into pans.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake (ours took about 32).
ALLOW IT TO COOL! (We always, always struggle with this part)
While it's cooling, you can make your frosting!!
Combine the cup of peanut butter with the butter and cream (yes, again) until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar. Mix in enough cream/milk until the frosting is spread able. Apply it to middle layer of cooled cake.
In small saucepan, melt 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips with 1/3 cup peanut butter.Use the chocolate peanut butter sauce to frost the top and sides of the cake. Garnish as desired.
Some might enjoy this with a topping such as chocolate chips, reese's, or even roasted peanuts. Just some ideas (and I wish mine looked this pretty!) But, below is our little masterpiece. We just weren't satisfied following the recipe exactly. If you LOVE chocolate/peanut butter/the combination of the two, this is right up your alley. I think this little creation is my favorite yet. You will die of a perfection coma.
Let me tell you... this is honestly one of the best cakes I have ever had. Not just recently but ever. It's like a buttery creamy reese's with a rich chocolate icing (ummm yeah, I know; amazing). The peanut butter frosting can be doubled and used for the whole cake as in the original recipe but we're chocolate people and we do chocolate things.
We added some chopped up Easter Reese's Eggs on the top and side to make it look prettier but really if you make this cake it will be devoured so fast no one will remember the intricate details you put on it. It's up to you though. For us, this isn't a profession or something we plan on pursuing (yet... check for us in a few years haha) so we just make it good enough to eat.
Enjoy!!! And if you start convulsing from how amazing this is, just relax and enjoy the high