Sunday, 1 July 2012

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cake


Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cake - Artist's Impression....

Sometimes there doesn't need to be a reason. This was one of those times. Chocolate, peanut butter.... always a great combination.


Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cake
Ingredients
65g butter
80g smooth peanut butter (although chunky would be fine)
125g light muscovado sugar
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
40g dark chocolate, chopped or broken into little chunks

Chocolate Frosting
Hmm, coming to write this post up a while after the event I have realised that I didn't make a note of which topping I used for this cake. It was quite a rich, dark chocolatey topping, definitely not very sweet so I have a feeling that it could have been 100g chocolate melted with about 35-40g butter and then allowed to cool to a spreadable consistency before being used to top the cake. The other option would be something similar but with a little golden syrup added too. Will try harder in the future to write up posts more quickly after making and eating the cake! You could always just use your favourite chocolate frosting for this!

Method
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line a 7"/18cm round tin. (I used my PushPan)
- Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together until light and smooth.
- Add the eggs and flour and continue to beat until well combined. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
- Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for around 45 minutes until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. (I didn't make a note of the exact time my cake took).
- Allow to cool a little in the tin and then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to finish cooling.

This was gorgeous - really light and moist and the chocolate chunks provided an excellent hit of chocolate in the cake to complement the dark chocolate topping. The frosting was smooth and rich and a great contrast to the light cake. The peanut flavour was obvious without being overwhelming (although I had expected it to be stronger) and because I had used smooth peanut butter there weren't any crunchy bits in the cake.

One to make again! And remember to photograph the next time. Complete fail, can't imagine what I was thinking here forgetting the photograph!

9 comments:

Dipika @ The Very Hungry Baker said...

This sounds lovely! I think I would make this with crunchy peanut butter and/or actual peanuts because I'm greedy. Love the picture by the way :o)

Choclette said...

Chocolate & peanut butter is my new found passion. Mmm, bet this cake is delicious whatever topping is on it ;-)

Katie said...

I love chocolate and peanut butter anything! Guess you'll have to make the cake again to take some photos ;)

Baking Addict said...

I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter! Clearly the cake was so good it had to be eaten before being photographed :)

Johanna GGG said...

delicious - I love that peanut flavour but might have to try another sort of nut butter for sylvia! And I can understand not getting a photo - surely you were more interested in eating it

Nic said...

Sounds wonderful and one one of those 'must make' cakes.

celia said...

I think the fact that the cake was eaten too quickly to allow for a photo to be taken is always a testament to how good it was! And it does sound delicious, C.. :)

Utensils and Gadgets UK said...

Everybody's two favourites in one heavenly goodness - chocolate and peanut butter. I am definitely bookmarking this for this weekend's tea party with the lassies from work.

Caroline said...

Dipika - I bet crunchy PB would be great, as would whole or crushed peanuts. Thanks for liking the picture ;-)

Choclette - yes, it's definitely a combination I'm growing more and more fond of!

Katie - and that would be a real hardship!

Johanna - it must be tricky for you to love PB with Sylvia around. I bet it would work well with another kind of nut butter, perhaps cashew.

Nic - indeed!

Celia - yes! Hmm, think I might just have been too disorganised to take pictures!

Gadgets UK - hope you enjoy it if you make it!

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