You need to make this cake. No really, I know it's hot outside, but you need to make this cake. If you like peanut butter and chocolate together at all. Make. This. Cake. If you're the kind of person who tricks little kids out of their Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at Halloween? Yep. Make. This. Cake.
If you don't like peanut butter and chocolate I don't want to know you, make this cake for someone who does. And make extra frosting. Frost Cupcakes. Frost bacon. Eat it with a spoon. You won't be sorry. And don't forget the milk. This cake is really rich and milk goes nicely with it. Decadent. Oh yeah. Make this cake.
When my cousin was out here with his wife for her birthday, I looked around for a nice "party cake". Something that was a bit more than a box cake but simple to make since we were making a ton of other food. I came across this cake at The Idea Room and just about stopped in my tracks. I'm a huge fan of peanut butter cups and yes, I've been known to bribe children at Halloween with money in order to score their Reese's.
This was fairly easy to make since it starts with a box mix. Have your children (or in my case husband) unwrap all the mini peanut butter cups, as that's pretty much the only real time consuming part of the recipe. The day I made this cake we were frantically cooking in the kitchen, it was hot outside and the cake never made it into the fridge to set. Other than the frosting kinda melting down the side, the lack of fridge time didn't effect the scarfing down of the cake one bit. You guys are just lucky I was able to grab a photo before the entire cake disappeared!
If you do make this cake just be sure to have those gym shoes handy because if you're not careful, you'll eat the whole damn cake yourself. I'm just sayin'...
To get the recipe, click on the title and you'll be taken to The Idea Room's blog post:
NOTE: I bought two bags of mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. One bag even had a "bonus" amount. I can't tell you exactly how many I used because those sneaky little cups sprouted wings and kept flying into my mouth. I figured it they wanted to be eaten that bad, I needed to comply. There were no mini peanut butter cups left after making this cake.
NOTE: I used Skippy Peanut Butter
NOTE: The frosting was really good but I'd prefer a bit more next time so I'd make a double batch. I'd add more than a cup in between layers...but I'm a frosting freak so the original recipe amount might work for you.
NOTE: Though I like dark chocolate, I'm thinking milk chocolate or bittersweet might be better in the frosting next time too. I think those flavors would meld better with the peanut butter cups (unless you find dark chocolate peanut butter cups of course).
NOTE: In the recipe, it states to crumble the peanut butter cups on top. I liked the look of the mini cups just cut in half so that's what I did. And yes, I took them one at a time and pressed them into the cake.
The cake looked amazing. It also tasted pretty dang good (though again, it's pretty rich...don't forget to offer some milk!). Definitely a cake I'd make again.