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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

when i first spotted the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake by bakerella and then by crepes of wrath last summer, i knew i had to make it myself. however, finding a reason to make such a massively dacadent and monstrous cake was difficult. i couldn't very well just make it on a sunday just for the hell of it. such a master piece requires a raison d'etre. buu's memorial day bbq turned out to be that reason. yeah i know.

when nuria and i displayed The Cake, the collective gasp was loud. my friend Mike said he wanted to make love to it. buu's husband (who the cake was for, because he loves chocolate and peanut butter together) was astounded by the actual visual of this magnificent creation. days after, buu's boss asked about The Cake, because his daughter had been in attendence of the bbq. a week after, Mike still talked about the cake. yeah, it made that kind of impression.

some things just stick with us, not just the calories to our hips. buu's already requested another creation for her next bbq. my first "real" unraveling was at her bday party and i'm glad that this particular creation has made such an impression to so many people. now what to make next? :)

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake
adapted from The Barefoot Contessa at Home 2006

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

26 oz. peanut butter cups, chopped

Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and/or line 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chop up peanut butter cups and stick them all over the cake!

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Chocolate Frosting

6 ounces good semisweet chocolate
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon kahlua
2 teaspoons water

Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes.

Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy.

Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don’t whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.

chocolate peanut butter cup cake


Today's song: Another Bad Creation, Iesha

21 comments:

  1. I've got a birthday coming up, hint hint... seriously, this looks really delicious!

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  2. Oh my goodness... that's one mouthwatering cake! I love peanut butter cups!

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  3. Oh my GAAWWWWSH. That cake looks amazing. I'm starting to drool a little on my keyboard, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. That really looks awesome, and I am the ultimate lover of chocolate and peanut butter. I'm going to make it some time this summer. It's going on my list.

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  4. OMG Beelan - this IS THE recipe I make on a weekly basis for Chocolate cake (aka Beatty's Chocolate cake) from Ina Garten. It is absolutely ridiculously the best chocolate cake recipe I've ever come across, in fact last weekend I ended up making (3) batches of this stuff for a party. I love it, absolutely love it. I even had a piece today at work. I like what you did w/it and the PBcups. I typically either make it with a coconut buttercream or a whipped cream frosting, I used to make it with the chocolate frosting but it was too much for me. BAKKA LAKKA!

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  5. Weird but totally true...I had a dream I was eating this cake last night. Hope that's not not creepy.

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  6. That is so awesome that you made it!! Glad that it was so well received, too.

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  7. fearless kitchen, if you are local (within an hour's drive) i would totally make this for you as a bday gift. where do you live? :)

    meeso, there is just something about the combo of chocolate and peanut butter that goes so well, it makes the world right when you take a bite. :)

    christy, be sure to have a glass of milk with your slice. :) let me know how it turns out!

    be con, the fact that you make this chocolate cake weekly is amazing. it's rich as shit. just add the PB cups.

    kristen, that is not weird at all. next massive broads thing we do at someone's house i'll make this just for you. :)

    trish, thank you. it was such a treat to make and an even better treat that everyone loved it. :)

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  8. Oh my...this looks so delicious! I'm going to have to steal the idea and make pb chocolate cupcakes or something with it!

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  9. Oh sweet mother of all things wonderful and gracious on this good green world in the starry heavens of everything sparkly and wonderful in creation.

    I've finally, truly fallen in love. I've found The One.

    And she's a cake.

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  10. OH MY GOSH, Lan. OH MY GOSH.

    I need a reason to make this. I REALLY need a reason to make this.

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  11. Jessica604 - i'm thinking mini creations of this cake would be alot less initimidating, as well as better. and if it's even possible, CUTER. something about mini-cakes ie. cupcakes is just so irressistable!

    mike - i am so glad i was able to introduce you to the love of your life! :)

    shannalee - any occasion should do it. an office potluck, picnic, bbq... every night dessert for a week. :)

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  12. wow, with those little cups all over the cake, this is amazingly decadent

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  13. Oh my, I want a huge slice of that cake!!!

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  14. This is unreal. I almost can't believe my eyes. <3 love love love

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  15. justin, it was decadent and i loved every bite of it. :)

    palidor, trust me, if i can make this, so can you. :) and it's so quick to make! in no time, you'd be able to have a taste.

    mel, thank you! it does make quite the sight doesn't it? :)

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  16. Wow, that looks so good.This might be the best looking cake I've ever seen.

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  17. thank you Des! it is quite the look, yes... it leaves a lasting impression.

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  18. thank you Des! it is quite the look, yes... it leaves a lasting impression.

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  19. Wow, that looks so good.This might be the best looking cake I've ever seen.

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  20. justin, it was decadent and i loved every bite of it. :)

    palidor, trust me, if i can make this, so can you. :) and it's so quick to make! in no time, you'd be able to have a taste.

    mel, thank you! it does make quite the sight doesn't it? :)

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  21. OMG Beelan - this IS THE recipe I make on a weekly basis for Chocolate cake (aka Beatty's Chocolate cake) from Ina Garten. It is absolutely ridiculously the best chocolate cake recipe I've ever come across, in fact last weekend I ended up making (3) batches of this stuff for a party. I love it, absolutely love it. I even had a piece today at work. I like what you did w/it and the PBcups. I typically either make it with a coconut buttercream or a whipped cream frosting, I used to make it with the chocolate frosting but it was too much for me. BAKKA LAKKA!

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