Mama's Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake!

 
 
 If you are a lover of chocolate and peanut butter combinations, this cake is definitely for you!  It is amazing and I am not exaggerating!   This is one of my mother's creations and she did good on this one!   It's not that difficult to make either.   The frosting is just a simple chocolate, peanut butter cream cheese frosting...need I say more here?  I didn't think so!
 
 Here is what you will need for this cake:
 
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Sprite (or any clear lemon lime soda)
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
3 eggs
6 oz. peanut butter chips, divided
6 oz. milk chocolate chips divided
 
Frosting
1 (8 oz. ) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 of the peanut butter chips, melted
1/3 of the milk chocolate chips, melted
4 cup powdered sugar
2 oz. milk chocolate bar for chocolate curls to garnish
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
 
Add in buttermilk, Sprite, oil and eggs.  Mixing after each addition just until combined. 
 
Melt 2/3 of the peanut butter chips and the milk chocolate chips together and stir.  You can just put them in a bowl in the microwave for a minute or two to do this.  Set the remaining, solid chips aside.
 
Mix 1/2 of the melted chips into the cake batter.   Set the other 1/2 aside for the frosting. 
 
Line two 9" cake pans with parchment or wax paper rounds and spray them liberally with nonstick baking spray.   Do not skip this step, because this cake can stick.  
 
Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.  Sprinkle the remaining chips you did not melt evenly over each layer.    Place on the center rack in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  
 
Remove and allow to stand for about 10 minutes before turning out of the pans.  Place on a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
 
To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, salt, vanilla and the remaining melted chocolate and peanut butter chips together.  You will probably have to place the chips mixture back in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it again before using.  Beat in the powdered sugar until it's smooth and fluffy. 
 
Stack on a cake plate and frost!  Make chocolate curls to garnish the top if desired!
 
Slice and eat, because this one won't last long!



9 comments:

  1. How much powdered sugar in the frosting? I don't see it listed. Thanks!

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  2. recipe doesn't mention how much powdered sugar for the frosting....guessing about 2 cups ??

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    1. It's actually 4 cups of powdered sugar, because of the peanut butter you add. I have added it to the recipe posting. Thank you!

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  3. Made this recently and it was amazing! Careful with the powdered sugar though.. I didn't add it gradually and my frosting was way too thick. I had to add milk in order to use it. I think you could actually just use less powdered sugar. It was really rich anyways!

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  4. Gained 10 lbs. just reading this and enjoying the picture. Let you know how it is tomorrow.
    James

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    1. Well I make it for my family at Thanksgiving and it must not have been too good. Fourteen people devoured that cake in 15 min. and wanted more. Said it was the best they had ever eaten. Now guess what my job is every holiday.

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    2. That's great, James! Glad they enjoyed it, it's one of my favorite cakes. I hope Mama sees your comment! :)

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  5. I am going to make this for a friends birthday on Thursday. I will garnish hers with Peanut Butter M&Ms on top and around the base of the cake to look more festive.

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  6. I do not drink soda pop. Can I use lemon water instead???

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