Birthday Cake

It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to make my husband some kind of birthday treat. Usually a cake but I’ve been known to mix things up and make cupcakes in the past.

This year was no different, of course, and a special cake was in order. His favourite flavour combinations are chocolate and peanut butter and this cake did not disappoint. I used this recipe from The Cake Blog which you can find over here. The peanut butter balls on the top are like Reece’s Peanut Butter cups – soooo good!

I made several small changes to the recipe.

  • I baked this cake in one eight-inch wilton round cake pan (the recipe calls to separate the batter into three). I extended the baking time by another 20 minutes and used a toothpick to make sure the centre was fully cooked.
  • I added a tablespoon of shortening to the melted chocolate that is used to dip the peanut butter balls in. I find that gives the chocolate a little more fluidity and adds a little sheen to the chocolate when it hardens back to solid state.
  • Instead of cream for the chocolate ganache I used butter. This was purely because when I went shopping I forgot my grocery list and came home only to realize I didn’t pick up this crucial ingredient. No worry though – you CAN make chocolate ganache with chocolate and butter (and it’s just as tasty). The key is to use equal parts. So I measured out by weight 6 oz of chocolate and 6 oz of butter and melted them in the microwave.

As usual, I baked the cake the day before I wanted to decorate and put it in the fridge to set up. This peanut butter frosting was really easy to work with but will not give you a completely smooth finish. No worries though, you are going to spread that gorgeous ganache over top!

The peanut butter balls were fun and easy to make.

I used my cookie scoop to make them all an equal size. 

And then the finishing touches on the cake.

 

I’d definitely make this cake again.

The chocolate cake was just the perfect amount of chocolate, and was moist and dense. The peanut butter frosting was the perfect combination. The only thing I’d add… a nice cup of coffee to enjoy a little (big?) slice with!

What is your favourite cake flavour(s)? What do you like most to enjoy with your cake? Coffee? Milk? Something else?

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