Chocolate and peanut butter love — Part 2

by gingerbelle on May 8, 2011

cake process Its amaz­ing what can hap­pen when you com­bine sim­ple ingre­di­ents together with a lit­tle bit of love.  My project Sat­ur­day was to make the ulti­mate chocolate-peanut but­ter cake and I don’t think you could find a bet­ter one if you tried.  As men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous post I make my good friend Andrew a chocolate-peanut but­ter con­coc­tion every year for his birth­day (this year its a bit belated).  When I found this recipe in my new Bon Appetit Desserts cook­book (thank you Linds & James) I knew it would be a win­ner.  It requires a bit of prep time (the truf­fle fill­ing needs to be done the night before) but its totally worth it!

cake steps I ended up dec­o­rat­ing it a bit dif­fer­ently than described but I think it still looked good and more impor­tantly tasted deli­cious.  So here is the low­down — the cake lay­ers are a moist peanut but­ter cake sand­wiched with lay­ers of choco­late (Calle­baut)-peanut but­ter truf­fle fill­ing.  The out­side is smoth­ered with cream cheese frost­ing and crushed crispy crunch bars.  It is rich for sure but the choco­late and peanut but­ter are bal­anced per­fectly and the cream cheese frost­ing is a nice sur­prise that keeps the sweet fac­tor in check.  This is a mon­ster of a cake and not for the faint of heart BUT for a lover of choco­late & peanut but­ter together it is pure genius.  The only thing it needs is a hot cup of after din­ner cof­fee or tea.

finished cake I Couldn’t just post pic­tures of the chocolate-peanut but­ter love though.  When the recipe was decided and I shared my inspi­ra­tion, we knew we needed to gather a birth­day party crowd to share this mon­ster cake.  Its always great to have an excuse to get together over food and drink so Jake and Jan­ice offered to host at their place and put together an amaz­ing belated birth­day spread.  It was a great night so I have to include a few moments from the evening.  To start we had beau­ti­ful appe­tiz­ers and bevies–

pre dinner The table was set for a spring feast.

jake & finn Din­ner was the per­fect answer to spring fresh flavours –sweet sum­mer pea soup, aspara­gus with parme­san, spinach salad with almonds, dried cran­ber­ries, fen­nel and home­made dress­ing on top of THE most scrump­tious gourmet veg­e­tar­ian mini pizzas.

dinner The meal was great and the com­pany even better.

janice & tessa We left with full bel­lies — Tessa’s maybe a bit more full but that doesn’t have any­thing to do with dinner.

birthday boy Andrew the birth­day boy seemed happy with the results and he has now taken the cake home with a big smile and a vow to “eat a slice-a-day for the next 30 days until its gone” –did I men­tion it is a huge cake?  Thank you all for a fan­tas­tic night and hope­fully we can do it all over again with new taste sen­sa­tions soon!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Janice May 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Andrew…I’m coming over for another slice of that cake!! (Delicious!!)

Vicki May 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

OH WOW… what a masterpiece!!!! Looks like you all had a wonderful time enjoying the delicious treats and company:)

gingerbelle May 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Vicki- we all wish you could’ve been there. You know how I love an excuse to try a new cake:) -we’ll have to do it again when you come to visit in a couple weeks!!!

Your mother May 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I’d like to place my birthday cake order please.

auntie July 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Jen, if I ever get to be as old as Andrew, do you think you would make me a slice of that gorgeous looking cake? In the meantime I wonder if Andrew has any pieces left?!

gingerbelle July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

In honour of your first visit, I will make you your very own special cake and you can hold me to that promise.

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