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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING RECIPE

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Ingredients

Frosting

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (the natural types that need to be stirred and refrigerated do not work as well)
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream (if needed you can use milk or half and half)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

  • 1 bag Wilton Peanut Butter Melts (other brands are fine)
  • 1 bag Wilton Chocolate Melts (other brands are fine)

Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 oz Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate (NOT unsweetened!)
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Instructions

Frosting

  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until light and creamy. Add in vanilla and mix well. Add in half of the powdered sugar, mixing well to combine, followed by half the cream, mixing well to combine. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar and cream. If needed, add more cream, a tsp at a time, for a thinner frosting consistency. Assemble and frost cake. If desired, press Reese's Pieces along the base of the cake. Once frosted, place in fridge to chill.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

  • Melt about 1/2 of each bag according to the package directions (or use the entire bag if you want left over bark). Once melted, drop melted mixtures by large spoonful onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Drop in a random pattern. Using a knife, gently swirl the two together to create a swirl pattern. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes. After bark has hardened, use hands or a knife to break or cut into pieces. Pieces with a bit of a triangle shape work best for topping the cake.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Chop up chocolate. Place chocolate and cream in a heavy sauce pan. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and combined with cream. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. I often stir mine as I'm allowing it to cool to help speed up the cooling process a bit. Once the ganache has cooled to about room temperature, you can prepare to top your cake. Have all of your toppings, such as mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces, peanut butter chips and your chocolate peanut butter bark prepped and ready.
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