Birthday Bliss . . .
Kevin is *31* today. Happy Birthday, baby! :)
Kevin *loves* peanut butter cups. You know, peanut butter on the inside, chocolate on the outside? Of course you do! :) Heck, pretty much anything peanut butter & chocolate, he loves it. Awhile back, I got a comment on my best chocolate cake (ever!) recipe- someone had added PEANUT BUTTER to the buttercream frosting!! :) I *had* to try it. I knew he’d love it. A chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting?? It’s kind of like an inverted peanut butter cup! :) What more could a chocolate and peanut butter lover wish for??
OMG- this cake.. Since I was making a chocolate and peanut butter cake- I decide to go *all* out. This would be the most decadent, peanut buttery and chocolate cake ever. If you don’t like peanut butter and chocolate you may want to slowly back away now. It’s ok. I understand. But if you do, come on- I’ll tell you all about it. :D
I used my best chocolate cake (ever!) recipe- but instead of the two cups of chocolate chips at the end, I used 2 cups of chopped, miniature peanut butter cups. It took almost an entire bag. I tried taking the easy way out and using a food processor, and then my Pampered Chef food chopper (you know… it’s like the Slap Chop! ;)) to chop up the peanut butter cups, but in the end, it was easier to just do it with my trusty old knife and cutting board. Actually the hardest part was unwrapping all of those babies. :p
OMG. Again. I will have dreams about this frosting tonight. At first I thought the peanut butter buttercream frosting might be a little rich for me- but let me tell you right now that was THE best frosting I have ever had the pleasure of tasting in my *entire* life. So smooth. So light. Just a hint of peanut butter. I think I may even like it better than the original vanilla buttercream!! :O Is that legal??
To make it, all I did was make my regular vanilla buttercream frosting and mixed in a 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter at the end.
I will definitely, definitely be making the peanut butter frosting again. Hopefully soon. Very very soon. Maybe on the next cake I make. I can only hope. I may shrivel up and blow away if I don’t have this frosting again soon. Thank you, Emily, so much for your decadent, utterly sinful suggestion!! :D
OMG … *moan* … *groan* … This cake was so ridiculous. So rich. So chocolaty. So peanut buttery. Kevin *loved* it. :D
In the end, I ended up using 2 *entire* bags of mini peanut butter cups. Almost a full bag for the inside and the rest for the outside. That’s over 100 peanut butter cups in a single cake. Excessive? Extravagant? Over the top? Yes. Divinely delicious? Yes. :D
Thanks for looking! :)