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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting ~ dairy free

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

dw says i'm an impulsive buyer. i like to think that i'm a decisive buyer. i make a decision quickly, stick to it and unless it blows chunks, will say it's the best buy for me. i don't do much research on things, because the internet is a place that will give you the pros & cons for everything and depending on your own needs, you'll always be able to find information to support your viewpoint. i'll do the cursory look thru, viable competition perusal, customer feedback and go from there. on the flip side, dw takes his time when making purchases, big or small, there might even be spreadsheets involved. i wouldn't be surprised if he told me that it takes him days to make a decision (if he makes one) on a major appliance or whether to renew his car insurance. we don't grocery shop together anymore, i plow thru the aisles, grabbing the must haves while he's still barely past the front door, reading labels. i want to be in & out of the store in 30 minutes, he likes to amble & be One among the organics.

this works for him. and i should take note because there is something to be said about being so methodical and prepared.  this past weekend i attempted a cake recipe i had never tried before, from a reputable site. i wanted to try something new, saw the picture and made the snap decision to attempt it.  it came out looking like a big pile of dog shit. it is now in two 1-gallon bags, sectioned off, in the freezer to one day be made into cake pops probably. what i should've done was use a recipe that has never steered me wrong, that is a sure thing as i originally noted, and it never fails that someone would ask me for the recipe. {aunt mymy requested it this time). i did tweak it just a smidge and the peanut butter frosting i made took the cake over the top.

this cake was made for a cousin's 30th birthday and as a few of the party attendants are lactards (especially yours truly), i made it dairy free.

Chocolate Cake {recipe doubled) with Peanut Butter Frosting, topped with Chocolate Ganache

2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup AP flour
1 cup Silk Soy Creamer
3/4 cup cocoa powder + 1 TBL
1/2 cup veggie oil
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup hot water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a round cake pan (8x3)

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.

Gradually add eggs, soy creamer, and oil. Beat on high speed until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.

Remove from mixer; stir in water. (batter will be thin).

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

cool completely.

i don't have the same sized pans... i used one 8X3" pan and two 9X2" pans. caused a cluster, trimming the cakes was fine, but icing the sides with so many crumbs was a nightmare.

Peanut Butter Frosting
4 sticks of Earth Balance soy margarine
several splashes of soy creamer
1 container of creamy peanut butter, not organic
powdered sugar

as i learned from my cake decorating instructor, it's all about consistency. i did not measure how much powered sugar i used. i played it by ear. you want to for your off-set spatula to stand on it's own when you stick it straight up in the bowl.

Chocolate Ganache
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup soy creamer

heat up the creamer. take off burner, add the chocolate and stir to mix. you want a thicker consistency. i wanted to pour the ganache over the cake but not have it spill over the sides.

i ended up with 3 layers. ice between layers, frost the sides. make it as smooth as possible. pour chocolate ganache over the top of the cake being careful to not spill over the sides. decorate sides with chopped salted peanuts.

serve slivers because this a rich cake.


  1. This looks so decadent and awesome, even if spreadsheets weren't involved. Haha! I'm like DW, totally methodical and overanalytical spending hours at the grocery store for fun.

  2. Michelle is right, that cake looks decadent. I printed out the recipe for your can't fail cake. I just haven't executed it yet. That needs to change.

    Don't worry about your shopping styles not meshing. The Mistah and I have yet to find our middle ground when it comes to grocery shopping. After nine years, it's just easier for me to do it myself.

  3. "Lactard" is so wrong and yet, so right.

    Man, this looks stupid awesome. Just look at those peanuts! I need to have you bake a cake for my next birthday -- I'm a mess at making cakes. And hey, even better if it's dairy free.

  4. Have you tried anything other than soy milk in recipes such as this? I'm specifically thinking of stuff like Almond Breeze ...

    Otherwise ... beauty. As always.

  5. You have a cake decorating instructor? Can you give me his/her secrets? :D

    Cake recipes from 'supposedly' reputable sites don't always work, not from my experience but from what I see around me. I only stick to recipes reputable home bakers have tried and reviewed, as you can see.

    Vijay is like dw. He spends days pondering over whether or not to buy a kettle.

  6. Oh my, how do you do these things.

  7. Fantastic looking cake! Saving this link. ;)

  8. michelle, thank you. and as always, dw was a voice of reason and reassurance. he is my practical cheerleader.

    wendi, please do let me know how the cake turns out for you, it is my fave. after just 8 months, i maintain that i'm the grocery buyer in this relationship. :)

    meister, i would be more than happy to bake your next birthday cake! NY is not that far for me to deliver. :)

    SKM, i responded on my facebook page to you. yes, i have made this with almond milk & it was totally fine.

    pickyin, it was just cake decorating 101 & she was like me in that she never followed a recipe, it was all about feel & guesstimation. only diff was that she was successful! it is really a lesson learned about using new recipes, but how else would i get OLD recipes if i don't try a few once in awhile? :)

    photohogger & dragon, thank you!