I love baking for friends who have the same taste in desserts as I do — which can be best described as “how can I fit more chocolate into this”.
Enter chocolate birthday cake with peanut butter frosting — a.k.a. what every Reese’s Cup would like to be reincarnated as in its next life.
I made this cake for a friend’s birthday dinner, since he requested something “decadent” for dessert — and it was a huge hit. Even Matt, who doesn’t like cake, liked this cake.
I use my favorite chocolate cake recipe — which I’ve adapted over many, many tests. I took a basic recipe and lowered the amount of sugar, and added coffee to the batter to give it a richer, deeper flavor. The peanut butter frosting is whipped for nearly five minutes, giving it an extra fluffy texture.
While it makes for an impressive special occasion cake, I think this would make an equally nice sheet cake or cupcakes for everyday indulging.
Recipe is below. You’re so welcome.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk (I use almond)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tsp espresso or dark roast instant coffee
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (don’t use natural)
- 3 tablespoons milk (still using almond here)
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and dust two 9-inch round baking pans with cocoa.
- Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
- Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat into dry mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Stir in boiling water and coffee together and add to the batter. The batter will be thin, but that’s ok!
- Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool for about 10 minutes and remove from pans to wire racks. Let the cake cool completely.
- Place butter and peanut butter into a bowl and beat until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
- Add in sugar and mix until it looks thick.
- Add in 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until your frosting looks spreadable.
- Beat for at least 3 more minutes to get it extra fluffy.
- Decorate your cake!