10/31/2014

Chocolate and peanut butter cake



My stepson and family came for the day this week, and we have a tradition of having a nice cake for afternoon tea. I've mentioned my lovely German dil before, and she really is a superb baker [ her profession is in catering], so I try and make something new each time they come.
I decided on a chocolate cake, but with something different as filling. I found a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard – perfect - and is something I know we all like. I know it's calorific, but it's a special cake for an occasion.


200g sr flour
1 tspn baking powder
150g caster sugar
150g butter
200g dark chocolate
100ml milk
6eggs

Filling
250g peanut butter [smooth, but if you wanted a different texture, crunchy]
100g butter
100g icing sugar

Preheat oven 180C Grease and baseline 2x20cm cake tins

Melt the chocolate and butter over a pan of simmering water. Whisk the eggs and sugar till light and frothy. Add the milk and gradually mix in the chocolate mixture. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Spoon into the cake tins and bake for about 20 mins. Cool on a wire rack.
For the filling – beat the 2 butters and icing sugar together for 2-3 mins to get a good icing consistency. Add a little more icing sugar if you think it needs to be a bit thicker.
Cut the 2 sponges horizontally. Put the first one on a plate and spread ¼ of the icing over, top with the next sponge and do the same, then the 3rd and finally top with the 4th sponge. Spread the last of the icing on top.




My dil took the photo, and you can tell she's used to taking more professional looking ones than I do!
It was a great success, and because the icing is spread between the 4 cakes, it wasn't too much. Cake had a good chocolate taste and a soft texture. I liked the contrast between the cake and the creamy peanut butter filling. A good cake to have for afternoon tea.














































6 comments:

julie said...

Oh, that looks sumptuous!Something I'd love to bake and eat too. The photo is really nice too ;)
xx

Snowy said...

I'll tell my dil you liked her photo Julie. xx
Why have I got a big gap at the bottom of my post.....?

Suelle said...

My husband suggested that I make a cake with peanut butter frosting only a few days ago. This chocolate cake would be perfect!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter - love all the layers too!

Phil in the Kitchen said...

Lovely cake - rich and satisfying. I think the big gap at the end of the post is to allow a period of quiet appreciation and digestion.

Snowy said...

A lovely idea Phil.