Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Jessica! Chocolate PB Cake!

We celebrated our baby girls birthday today with our family and some of her friends.  We are very proud of the woman she has become.  She is a sweet, compassionate, sensitive woman with a heart for others... but she will always be our baby girl!  Jessy turned 22 on March 27th but because she was in Austin Texas for a conference on her birthday we had to celebrate a few days late.  Of course I will make whatever the birthday person wants for their birthday dinner and Jessy's is usually the same every year, and like most years she chose Lasagna and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. 

The chocolate peanut butter cake is rich, moist delicious treat, with decadent layers of creamy peanut butter goo, between yummy chocolate peanut butter cake topped with chocolate peanut butter frosting... sprinkled with Reese's peanut butter cups... and if that isn't rich enough for you with a little scoop of fudge peanut butter ice cream on the side!  It is super easy and you would never know it all started from a cake mix!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake 
1 Package chocolate cake mix (I like Duncan Hines Fudge)

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1 can chocolate frosting
1/3 cup peanut butter

peanut butter cups, chopped

Directions:  Bake as directed in 2 8" or 9" round cake pans and cool on racks when cooled, cut each cake in half to make 4 rounds.  While cake is cooling make the filling in medium size bowl, mix softened butter, peanut butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. When cake is completely cooled and sliced spread a little filling on the bottom of a round cake plate and place 1st layer on top (this will help it from sliding.) Spread top of 1st layer with about 1/3 of pb filling.  Continue with other layers spreading 1/3 of pb filling between each layer.  Mix 1 can of chocolate frosting with 1/3 cup peanut butter and frost the entire outside of cake.  Top with chopped or mini peanut butter cups to decorate.  Serve with ice cream for a decadent birthday treat!

Cooks Notes:  I have made these into cupcakes and used the filling to pipe in the center of each cupcake and then frost.  Top with 1/4 peanut butter cup on top of each cupcake to decorate!

 Bake a chocolate cake according to the package directions, 
I picked the dark chocolate fudge

 I used two 9" round pans

 While cakes are baking prepare the peanut butter filling 
using a hand or stand mixer

 Spread a little filling on your cake plate to help keep your cake from slipping

 When cakes are done, cool completely on cooling racks

 Cut each round in half using a serrated knife so you have 4 circles

 Place one circle on the dollop of filling you put on your cake plate
 Spread 1/3 of the filling on top of cake

 Place second cake on filling

 spread with more of the peanut butter filling

 Continue with layers until you have 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling

 Mix one can of chocolate frosting with 1/3 of a cup creamy peanut butter

 Blend frosting and peanut butter until smooth and creamy

 Frost top and sides of entire cake

Decorate the cake with peanut butter cups, I found these 
mini cups but regular peanut butter cups are fine too!

 Chop some up to sprinkle on top and then I placed 
some around the bottom whole

This cake is always a big hit... there is never too many leftovers!

 Jessy's boyfriend Justin brought her these beautiful flowers

 Sweet station!

 Jessy baby cousin Madeleine was all about helping her blow out the candels

 She had fun helping Jes open her presents too!
She was incredibly adorable and made everyone laugh

 She need a little assistance with her bib :)

 Jessy's friend Desi came into town from Chicago with her 
friend Kelsey to surprise Jessy

 Wes and John... these two have been buddy's since birth!

 Grandpa ... I don't think he wanted his picture taken :)

 Justin, Leeanne and Andy came to help celebrate too

 John and his Mom

My brother Jim, and my Mom

We enjoyed a nice afternoon catching up, hearing about her trip to Austin, and celebrating her 22 years with us! She was really surprised by Desi's visit!  What a blessing it is to share these special day's with people we love!

Happy Birthday Jessy,

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