Saturday, May 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Creamy Peanut Frosting

For the past weeks, I have been busy unpacking my stuff that was shipped back from California. I still have quite a bit to go, but now I have to start packing for my coming trip back to California this weekend. :P All these unpacking and packing is driving me up the walls! But I tell myself, it is actually a good break for me to go back Bay Area for a week and not think about the overloading stuff I have to do. :P Furthermore, it's Summer in Sunshine California! Which means nicer weather and lots and lots of fresh produce and fruits, can't wait! ;) There are loads of stuff I want to do while I am back in CA, so hopefully I can make the best out of the short stay there. Will keep you all posted. :)

A couple days back, I decided to make a cake with one of my favorite ingredient, Peanut Butter. Yum!! I kicked it up a notch by adding in chocolate chips to the cake and coat it with creamy peanut butter frosting. Double yum yum!! :)

I love, yes, I love the creamy peanut butter frosting. Topped over the peanut flavored cake is just bursting with peanut heaven! Lol! Although I do have to modify the cake recipe a little to make the cake more moist and softer. :P
I made an 6 inch mini cake too besides the cupcakes and also frost it with the peanut butter frosting. In the end, I find the mini cake is better in texture verses the cupcakes! Perhaps lesser "exposure" to heat, so softer? If you are a peanut butter lover like me, check out the recipe! Do note that I used a peanut butter brand from Kirkland (Costco brand) which is Organic and no sugar added. It is super yummy with genuine peanut flavor. But if you do not mind, Skippy or Jif will still do the trick...., hey it rhythms, hahaha!

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting:
150g butter, room temperature
180g smooth peanut butter

120g light brown sugar

3 eggs

170ml buttermilk

240g self rising flour

100g semisweet chocolate chips


Ingredients for Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Method:
  • To make cake: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together till it is creamy and the sugar has melted in, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add egg one at a time and beat well. Add vanilla and combine.
  • Alternating 1/4 portion flour and 1/3 buttermilk into the egg mixture and stir well after each addition, until everything has been added in.
  • Lastly add in the chocolate chips and stir well.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease baking pans if using or line muffin tins with paper cups.
  • Pour batter into baking pans / muffin tins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes till the tester comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
  • To make the frosting: Cream together the butter, peanut butter and confectioner's sugar together till everything is well combined. Add vanilla extract and stir well. Set aside until needed.
  • After the cake is baked and cooled completely, spread a tablespoon amount on each muffin and about 1 cup amount on the 6" cake if baking that size.
The semisweet chocolate chips in the peanut cake was like an extra bonus, which also makes the cake not too sweet. :) Plus the not too sweet creamy peanut butter frosting makes the cake more moist and easier to go down.....mmm... got milk?
Okay, its me...I took a bite even before I can finish taking a picture of the slice of cake! But it's good! Hahaha..no regrets on that bite for sure. :P If you're "nuts" over peanut butter like me...give this a try...it'll delight your afternoon snack time in a yummy nutty way, lol! Okay, have to get going and finish my packing before I run out of time! Have fun and happy baking all!



24 comments:

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
I hope you will enjoy every single moment no matter how busy for those pack - unpack things. This could be a memorable one! Hey, peanut butter cake, I like this.. I like peanut butter cake, it must be very tasty one and some more with the peanut frosting! Hardly resist!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the cake looks so yummy, i like peanut butter too, definately will try baking, thanks for the recipe.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Peanut butter and chocolate chip..
AWww.... so nice

Quinn said...

I absolutely agree! Whoever that came up with the peanut butter and chocolate combo is darn smart!!!! 6'' sounds cute. I wish I have more space for another baking pan but no, I cannot buy! Baking really requires a lot of tool isn't it?

ICook4Fun said...

First I saw the Heaven and Hell cake at Quinn and now this one!! My gosh, I think my husband will go crazy over this two cakes. He is crazy over peanut butter. In fact he just complaint that I didn't bake him anything peanut butter. Maybe I should try out this one :) Take your time unpacking. When we moved it took me over 3 months to unpacked all my things. I just take my own sweet time to do it room by room :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Grace. :) You know what, I did enjoy some of the unpacking, because I rediscovered some of my stuff which I stored away more then 3.5yrs back! And I was absolutely thrilled after I saw all those bakeware I have while I was in US now with me again! Hahaha...anyway, thanks for dropping by, you have a good weekend!

You are most welcome Jess. Guess there are plenty of peanut butter lover out there, just like me...enjoy!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Quinn, your heaven and hell cake is sooo nice compared to my mini peanut cake, lol! But again, you are baking for your dear Aaron...me? Just to curb my craving, heehee. ;)

Hi Gert,
Hahaha, looks like you better start baking some peanut butter and chocolate cake for your dear husband. ;) Hope you like this recipe...enjoy!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I never bake a cake with peanut butter, this sound really delicious, ok, must make this one day.

Anncoo said...

WOW! So yum..yumm.. Looking at the peanut frosting really tempting! I'll bookmark it!

Swee San said...

ah !! another peanut butter-related cake!! mine too was peanut related, but not peanut butter tho.. Peanut butter is yum

Ok I think I just said 3 times of Peanut Butter, make it 4 now.. haha

Angie's Recipes said...

The peanut frosting is the WINNER!

ReeseKitchen said...

Nice cake Bee Bee, peanut butter sounds great, I did jot down alot peanut butter recipes from you but didn't bake anything with peanut butter yet..;p Will try will try...:) Have a nice & pleasant trip and we can't wait to see you too..;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Sonia. If you like peanut butter, please do try this out. :)

Thanks Anncoo, let me know how did it turn out for you. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hahaha, Swee San, you can say as many times as you like, I won't get tired of it. :D I am gonna make your peanut butter chocolate banana cake for sure. :)

Thanks Angie...I think so too, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Take your time Reese, no hurry. :P Yeah, now in California, still feeling tired and adjusting to the timing. :P I too miss you all and looking forward to going back KL to visit. Will let you all know when I'm back in Asia.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

OH, YES!! You've hit the spot!! Americans HEART peanut butter! They always pair it up with either choco or jelly! I just regret for not lugging peanut butter chips back!!! Argh! Can't find any in KL.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hey Pei-Lin,
I'm in California now...you want me to bring some back peanut butter chips back for you? Will be back in KL end of the month. Let me know. ;) Yeah...I super heart peanut butter. I would not say that until I tasted the real stuff in America. ;)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Hey, Bee Bee!

Seriously? Really? Sure! I REALLY MISS using peanut butter chips ... especially in chewy chocolate cookies ... I hardly use white chocolate chips in mine because I don't quite fancy white choco.

OK, will meet up with you end of June. Will invite the girls along too. When we meet up, I'll pay you back, K? Remember to keep the receipt!

Till then, have fun in California! (You're in Bay Area, right? Not SoCal, right? If I ain't mistaken ...) Have a safe trip home too! See you later!

P.S. I recommend you getting Creole seasoning in the U.S. Not sure if you can locate it in Singapore though. One of the things I brought back was this! Hahaha! Not peanut butter chips! *Faint* The seasoning works really good in cooking! I love to use it in my fried chicken because it does make the bird taste like those from KFC. Haha!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

No prob Pei-Lin. I need to get some for myself anyway. ;) Hope to see you ladies in end June. Cheers!

Cheah said...

Hi, first time dropping by. I love peanut butter too but never
thought of using it as frosting. Good thinking!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Cheah,
First of all, welcome to my blog! Glad that you discover something new here. Try out the peanut butter frosting...it's good. :) Hope to see you around again.

edith said...

My daughter and hubby is a huge fan of peanut butter and I am definitely going to try this when he is back in 1.5 weeks!

Big Boys Oven said...

Such a witty nutty cupcake, I love of such tate cupcake! awesome one here! you are a doll! :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Welcome to my blog Edith! Hope your husband and daughter will like this recipe, let me know. ;) BTW, wanna let you know I'm a big fan of your blog! ;)

Hi BBO,
You are most welcome! You are so busy with your work, not sure if you will have the time to try this out. But let me know how you like it if you do ok? ;)