A few words of warning: This cake is not for the weak, the dieters, or the chocolate-peanut butter-“liker.” This cake is for the ultimate chocolate-peanut butter lovers.
I made this cake for my dad for his birthday while I was in Florida, and let me just say, it is easily the best cake I have ever made. It is literally like eating a giant, more delicious version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. The chocolate cake layers are actually dense brownie, and the peanut butter layers are exactly like the inside of a Reese’s. Standing 5 layers tall and weighing in at something like 10-15 pounds when finished, this is a BIG cake. And yet, it was completely devoured in less than 10 minutes by 15-20 excited diners.
We had my dad’s birthday dinner outside at our neighborhood country club with a bunch of family friends. I brought the cake over and the staff was kind enough to slice and serve it. I gave them the last couple pieces to repay them for their efforts :]
One thing I will say, this cake scared me half to death. I was sure it would fail miserably; however, after seeing how mine turned out, I am fully assured that this is an absolute fool-proof cake. You see, when I greased and floured my cake pans, I seem to have forgotten the whole flouring bit. Was this a problem? Well, if you would consider each of the cake layers breaking into approximately 8 pieces a “problem,” then yes, yes it was. I was freaking out as I attempted to fit and squish the layers back together. I was certain that cutting into the cake would be a crumbly nightmare, but you know what? It was perfect. I have no idea how. The layers looked beautiful when sliced (I wish I had better photos of it sliced, but I barely remembered to take any before it was shoveled into my mouth)!
I also had a slight issue with the frosting, as in the amount the recipe produced was not nearly enough, so I had to make an additional batch. I’ve 1.5x the original recipe for you below to ensure you have enough frosting!
Problems aside (or I should say seeming problems), this cake was phenomenal and a huge hit. My dad loved it. His only complaint? The fact that I gave away his last few slices so that he wasn’t able to enjoy it all over again! (By the way, sparklers are the only acceptable candle choice for a cake like this…duh)
Yield: serves 20, easily recipe from here
peanut butter layers:
peanut butter layers:
Yield: serves 20, easily
recipe from here