Thursday, May 28, 2009

let them eat (more) cake.

I may deserve to be slapped for even posting this. After the "rainbow cake fiasco" as I now refer to it... and having to endure endless needling comments about not inviting certain people (you know who yo are!) to partake in it... I vowed not to go there again. But a recent event has changed all that.
I saw this.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake with
Chocolate Ganache and Reece's

courtesy of
Vanilla Sugar

1 box (18.25 ounces) devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Good pinch of salt
2 cups mini Reese peanut butter cups, chopped, plus 1 1/2 cups more for garnish
(about 2 - 12oz. bags)

12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 TB of confectioners sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line with waxed paper; coat paper.
In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil and salt on low for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high; beat for 2 minutes, scraping down side of the bowl after 1 minute. Fold in 2 cups of the chopped peanut butter cups.
Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 34 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let layers cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto wire racks and cool completely.

To make the PB ganache place chopped dark chocolate in a medium-size bowl. Bring cream just to a boil and pour over chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts. Add peanut butter and confectioners sugar, whisking all till nice and smooth.
To frost the cake, you can first trim the tops of you cakes (with a serrated knife) first to make them flat, I didn't do this.
Put one cake layer on cooling rack and place on a baking sheet. Pour some ganache on top; spread evenly with a spatula. Then place remaining cake layer, and pour remaining frosting over the top, allowing it to spill over the sides. Smooth top and sides with spatula (see Note below).
Refrigerate 1 hour to set. Transfer cake to serving plate and top with the chopped Reese's PB Cups.

Note: I saved a bit of the ganache to put on the cake just before adding the chopped Reese's PB Cups to act as a glue, making sure everything adhered correctly, then chilled it again to let it set. So basically, frost the cake, then chill, then add a thin layer of ganache again, add the garnish, then chill again.
I will make this.
And if you're reeeeaaalll nice (insert evil laugh) I might invite you.


drollgirl said...

oh god. this looks reeeeeeeeeeeeediculously sweet. i might just have to try it!

Jennifer Perry said...

OMG. This pretty much looks like a little slice of heaven on earth. A certain little neice of yours gave me a pretty strong kick indicating that she will be REALLY nice if you will save her a piece! :-) You find the best recipes!!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Wow, that looks incredible. FedEx me a slice?? :)

down and out chic said...

yiiiikkkkkeeesss, you're making me drool. stop it.

A "cheery" disposition said...

this looks so good.

JenJen said...

I would happily enjoy the sugar induced coma this could potentially put me in... You certainly know how to redeem yourself, don'tcha?

Diana Elizabeth said...

yumm!! so delicious and decadent! have you tried making it yet?

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