Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

This is my absolute favorite cake recipe.  I don't really eat sweets, but I will eat this cake.  It's awesome and also, easy to make!  One million calories of heaven.

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix
2/3 cup water

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. 

Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup butter. Cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each one. Add cake mix alternately with the water. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Allow cakes to cool in pan. Assemble and frost once cool.

Peanut Butter Frosting: 
Combine 1 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup butter or margarine cream together until light and fluffy. Add the confectioner's sugar. Mix in enough cream to make the frosting of a spreading consistency. Apply to cake.

Note:  This cake, and the frosting, are extremely rich.  I usually make this as cupcakes.  Alternately, you can ice the cake with chocolate icing, or make a chocolate cake and use the peanut butter frosting.  The moral of the story is, there are many variations here, and every one of them is delectable.

If you're feeling creative or trying to gain weight for a movie role or to get on disability, you can also decorate with peanut butter cups!

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