Monday, January 9, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

My husband is a New Year's Eve baby.  Most of the time he likes his birthday and especially when I make him his favorite foods.

He has lots of favorites and December is quite busy making him food.  Not that I have to, I just always feel bad because his birthday is so close to Christmas and I try to compensate for that--I know silly but I think I would hate to have my birthday then.  Some of his favorites are ice cream (he got a new ice cream book for Christmas and we have been trying it out--so delicious!!), prime rib, enchiladas, cheesecake, and peanut butter.

He first wanted an eggnog cheesecake but after a little persuasion (and lots of talk by the kids saying how much they would hate it), he decided on something chocolate and peanut butter.  Which I was thrilled about because, as you know, they are two of my favorite combinations of all time.

My mother, a few days before Christmas, brought us a whole bag of reese's peanut butter cups so after a very small amount of deliberation, I came up with this beauty.  It was a hit.  The kids loved it and most of all my husband thought it was too die for.  How can you go wrong with the basic cake recipe, peanut butter chips, peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups all over the outside.

Mmmm....delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

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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, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 bag Reese's Peanut Butter cups, chopped and chilled for 1/2 in freezer


1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour (on chocolate cake mixes I love to use cocoa instead of flour) two 9 inch circle cake pans.  In large bowl mix all ingredients, except peanut butter chips, with electric mixer for 2-3  minutes.  Stir in peanut butter chips and pour into your prepared pans.  Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 28-35 minutes.

2.  Let cool in pans 10 minutes and then remove from pans and let completely cool on cooling rack.  

3.  While cake is cooling make frosting.   In medium bowl whip butter and peanut butter until smooth and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.  Add salt, vanilla, whipping cream and 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Beat well and continue to add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.

4.  To make cake, place bottom circle on cake stand or plate.  Spread top with 1 cup frosting.  Add the second circle to the top.  Spread the rest of frosting on sides and top of chocolate cake.  Carefully press chopped peanut butter cups into frosting and chill for 3-4 hours, or overnight, before serving.  Enjoy!

23 comments:

Elizabeth said...

The best combo!

Jamie said...

Holy yum Batman! This looks amazing!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Our husbands are a lot alike - he had a very similar cake for his birthday. SO yummy! This is a beautiful cake!

Amalia said...

Wow, this looks too good to be true! It looks gorgeous, not to mention insanely delicious! I love chocolate and peanut butter, who doesn't? It's the best combo out there! I need to try this, I have the peanut butter chips, now all I need is the peanut butter cups :) Great recipe, it's genius! Have a wonderful day!

Jocelyn said...

This is amazing!!! Totally the kind of cake I would have on my birthday:-) Thank you so much for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

Jennifer Schell said...

Holy sweet tooth batman! I am loving that cake!

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

My Birthday is in September, just saying, ummm, in case you want to make me one of these too!
Incredible, so much yummy goodness in one cake!
And remember to mark your calendar, September, just in case...

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

What a GREAT recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us?
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!
Sheryl
http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=21694

A To Zebra Celebrations said...

this looks so yummy!! feel free to share on my party blog- http://atozebracelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/01/totally-cute-crafts-tuesday.html my followers would love it! :)

MrsFoxsSweets said...

This look delicious! I would love if you stopped by to share it at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :) http://mrsfoxssweets.blogspot.com/2012/01/mrs-foxs-sweet-party-6.html

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more said...

Yum that looks really good, darn hubby is allergic, I may have to re marry, just for this cake!

Robin @ Simply Southern Baking said...

Oh yummm! PB & Chocolate...what could be better than this!

Kim Sasse said...

This looks SO good. Thanks for sharing it at Crafty Sasse Wednesday.

Kim

TheCraftBarn said...

YUMMY! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
Thanks!
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

Liz @ Two Maids a Milking said...

My hubby's b-day is on the 2nd!! This cake looks yummy!! I would love for you to come and share it on 2 Maids a Baking!!

http://twomaidsamilking.blogspot.com/2012/01/blackberry-bran-muffins-2-maids-baking.html

Kim said...

It wouldn't be my husband's choice. He's more a German chocolate cake fan (and not so much on the PB)! But it looks simply divine to me!

Terry said...

I featured your recipe for this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge, which was chocolate cake. Love this cake! Check out this month's challenge here: http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/02/whopper-chocolate-cake-crazy-cooking.html

Healthy Food Recipes said...

This look beautiful and Yummy too :) Super authentic preparation :) Keep it up

Nutrition Data said...

It's a challenge they have to create some thing unique in simple food
!!!

Joseph said...

Such a lovely idea i do appreciated i can try it at home if got some spare time and i need some ideas of gift as i have to send gifts to pakistan on my friends birth day he is waiting for my gift.

Stacie Tedesco said...

Have to say I made this yesterday for my husband's birthday and it was a HUGE hit.....everyone loved it. I mean how couldn't you, its all of the best things in one bite! Thank you!!!!

Angel Cipolla said...

I made this tonight for my father in laws birthday and it's almost gone!! It's to die for!! thank you!

Angel Cipolla said...

Made this tonight for my fatherinlaw's birthday and everyone loved it! Thank you!

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