When it comes to dreaming up a perfect cake I can guarantee that around here it usually involves peanut butter. Peanut butter sauce, peanut butter cups, peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter candy or just plain old peanut butter. I inherited this love from my dad who always loved plain old skippy! This cake is the best of both worlds…chocolate and peanut butter. Such a perfect duo. The cake layers in the recipe are adapted from my friend Vera at OMG Chocolate Desserts. It is a fabulous chocolate cake and now my go-to one! The frosting I used here is packed with peanut butter power. It is sweet and delicious and will leave you licking the bowl, for sure. Top this with a little drizzle of caramel and a load of Reese’s and you have one dynamite dessert for company or just your family! Enjoy!
Reese's Triple layer Cake
- ¾ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons soft butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 3 sticks butter
- 3 cups peanut butter
- 6 cups confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup plus 1 T. heavy cream
- Peanut butter cups one whole, some cut in half and some chopped
- caramel sauce for a drizzle
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Spray 3 9-inch round baking pans with pam, line bottoms with parchment paper, grease again and set aside.
- In small bowl combine cocoa and boiling water with a whisk until smooth. Cool.
- In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla.
- Slowly add the cocoa mix.
- Add ⅓ of the flour mix, then the milk. Then ⅓ of flour and the sour cream. Then, add the rest of the flour.
- Mix well and divide into the pans.
- Bake 20 mins until the toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool and pop out of pans. Remove parchment. (Cool and at this point you can freeze)
- Beat butter and peanut butter.
- Slowly add sugar to combine.
- Beat well until fluffy.
- Add cream gradually and whip until a good texture.
- Place one cake layer on cake plate.
- Top with 1/3 the frosting. (Pipe it for a pretty look if desired)
- Add next cake layer and top with 1/3 frosting.
- Top with final cake and add rest of the frosting.
- Top with peanut butter cups and a caramel drizzle