Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Ganache Glaze

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Ganache
This week we celebrated my son Travis’s birthday.  When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he said he wanted a cake similar to the one he had last year—a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake.    I decided to go with those same flavors of chocolate and peanut butter and ended up making this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Ganache Glaze. 
       Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Ganache
We actually liked this cake better than last year’s version of chocolate and peanut butter cake.  The cake itself was more chocolaty, and the frosting was very creamy and so much easier to spread onto the cake.  We also liked the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips mixed right in the cake.  It was a delectable cake to celebrate an incredible young man's birthday!  I would love to post more about him, but both my boys have asked me not to post pictures or "talk about them" on my blog.   So I will leave it at that, and leave you with the recipe.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Ganache Glaze
Rich chocolate cake filled with peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, frosted with a creamy peanut butter milk chocolate frosting, and topped off with ganache glaze.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teasooons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels, divided
           For Frosting:
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
           For Ganache Glaze:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.3. Add the milk, water, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla and blend with mixer at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened. 4. Beat for 2 minutes with mixer at medium-high speed.5. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans, then sprinkle 1/3 cup morsels over each cake. (The remaining 1 cup of morsels is used in making the frosting.)6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.7. Cool cake in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks and allow to cool completely before frosting.8. To make frosting, heat meaning 1 cup of morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl on medium-high power for 1 minute then stir.   If necessary, microwave for additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the morsels are melted.  Beat cream cheese, melted morsels, vanilla extract, and salt until creamy.   Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.9. Frost cooled cake, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.10. To make ganache glaze, place chopped chocolate in a small mixing bowl.  Heat cream in a small saucepan just until it boils.   As soon as it boils, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate.  Let sit for 1 minute, then quickly whisk until smooth and all chocolate has melted.  Allow ganache to cool slightly so as not to melt the frosting on the cake.  The ganache needs to be slightly thickened, but still pourable. 11. Pour ganache over cake, and if neccesary use an angled spatula to spread the ganache to the edge of the cake. 12. Serve cake immediately or refrigerate.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 9" cake

Recipe adapted from Very Best Baking.

17 comments:

  1. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, in my book at least. This sounds amazing Jill!

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  2. Your son has good taste and your a wonderful mom for making this for him for his birthday.
    -Gina-

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  3. Chocolate and PB is a winner of a combination. One you can't go wrong with. Your cake looks lovely, Jill! Great clicks and presentation.

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  4. Happy birthday Travis! With a cake as delicious as this how can you possibly not enjoy your birthday :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Happy birthday Travis! This cake must have been the highlight of his day :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. Talk about a show-stopper! This cake looks amazing, Jill! Happy Birthday to your son!

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  7. Lordy! The picture has me salivating! I will definitely be making this for my son's birthday in July.

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  8. That is one gorgeous cake! I'm sure it was a huge hit (whether or not you're allowed to post about it).

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  9. What a lovely cake, that is bookmarked for farthers day! Thank you for the recepie!

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  10. Belated birthday wishes to your son. This cake looks awesome.

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  11. Good call on the birthday cake, it looks gorgeous with the ganache glaze, wow!

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  12. Awesome combo. And that dripping ganache is so incredibly inviting!

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  13. Happy birthday to your son! The cake looks wonderful - chocolate and peanut butter are so fabulous together and the cake itself is gorgeous!

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  14. Te ha quedado perfecto muchas felicitaciones es una delicia tentadora,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  15. Oh my, this is a slice of heaven. Travis had a great birthday, I'm sure, with this gorgeous cake. Jill, your photos are expertly done! It looks like I'm sitting in front of this cake--but, alas, I am not.

    Kudos,

    Alaiyo

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  16. Oh Jill, this is so creative and beautiful! This is definitely one we have to make for my son-in-law...I just told my daughter about it! It looks incredibly delicious! Happy Birthday to Travis!

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  17. I made this cake a couple of days ago but used nutella for a portion of the frosting to use in between the cakes (filling). I also used bits of Reese's instead of the chips because that's what I had. I absolutely loved this recipe, as well as my family! Thank you! =D

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