This cake is a chocolate peanut butter lovers dream. If you need more convincing than that, feel free to keep on reading, but if you’re sold, just skip to the recipe and video!
Peanut butter is something that I cannot live without. I have it for breakfast, I have it for a snack with celery, I have it on my frozen yogurt. I love it. If I suddenly woke up one day with a peanut allergy. I would be crushed! My school is a peanut free facility, and thankfully for parents there are lots of peanut-free peanut butters. Um, what? Peanut butter sans peanuts. I’m glad I’m not five and having to eat that! I can’t imagine that it tastes very good . . . maybe I’ll just have to ask one of my kids if I can have a bite of their sandwich and try it. Hahahahahaha. I wouldn’t, don’t worry.
I can remember loving Reece’s Peanut Butter cups as a child but now, I don’t really care for them because I’ve had many peanut butter and chocolate themed desserts that are better. We’re talking buckeyes, mousse cups, fudge, cookies, brownies, pies! So many choices. When I set out to make this recipe, I wanted it to be completely over the top, encompassing all of my favourite aspects of each of these peanut butter chocolate recipes. I wanted the peanut butter flavour to be light, fluffy, inside and outside of the cake. I wanted it to be dripping chocolate! I wanted it to be pretty and I wanted it to be tasty. I definitely achieved my goals with this cake!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake
Peanut Butter Mousse
8 oz cream cheese (230g)
3/4 cup icing sugar (75g)
1 cup peanut butter (240mL)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10mL)
1 cup whipping cream (240mL)
pinch of salt
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate (340g)
1 cup whipping cream (240mL)
2 tablespoons peanut butter (30mL)
2 x 8″ Chocolate Cake
Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups halved and quartered
peanut butter chips
Bake and cool two 8″ round chocolate cakes.
Begin by making the chocolate peanut butter ganache as it needs time to cool slightly. Bring whipping cream close to a boil either in the microwave or on the stove. Remove from heat and add chocolate and peanut butter. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes, and then stir until the mixture comes together smoothly.
For the peanut butter mousse, the first step is to cream the cream cheese and icing sugar together until smooth. Add the peanut butter, and vanilla and again, cream until smooth. Set aside. In a seperate bowl, whip whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture until no white streaks remain. Use this to fill and cover the cake.
To assembly the cake, cover in peanut butter mousse. If desired, place quartered peanut butter cups in the filling between the two cake layers. Once mousse is smoothed onto the cake, pour a 1/4 cup of the ganache in the center of the cake, and using the back of a spoon, gently work the ganache to the edge of the cake. Continue to add ganache in the center of the cake until the chocolate reaches the edge and flows over the sides. Put as little or as much on as you’d like! Place halves and quarters of peanut butter cups along the bottom border of the cake. On the top of the cake, place halves of the cups in a circular shape and fill center with both chips, peanuts and quartered cups.
When I was practicing and developing this cake, I tried to make it as indulging as possible. I’m hoping I get more rude comments about how “disgusting the amount of calories must be” and it “must explain the obese epidemic in the USA“. People have serious written that as comments on our videos, but what I have to say to them is . . . Obviously some of my viewers are confused. I’m Canadian. How can I cause your American obesity epidemic? Word to the wise, do your research before you insult someone as it makes you look really stupid.