Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

Where o where to begin? This is the ultimate dessert to make if you want to impress. I am telling you...this takes like something that you would get in a super expensive restraunt. I took this to my work and it was an absolute hit! Everyone was raving about how delicious it was, and I seriously didn't know what to say. It was relatively easy, extremely rich, and sure to impress!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

Printable Version

1 cup butter, melted, plus more for pan

1 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped mini Reese's peanut butter cups, about 15 pieces, plus more for topping

1/4 cup peanut butter, plus 2 tablespoons, heated in microwave at 10 second intervals for easy spreading

chocolate for shaving on top

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter 2 (8-inch) circular pans and line with parchment paper, then butter parchment paper.

In a medium bowl combine the 1 cup melted butter and cocoa and stir until the cocoa is dissolved.

Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix well. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until incorporated. Stir in the vanilla, flour and salt and combine until the flour is no longer visible. Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups and divide the mixture between the pans. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Run a knife around the edge of each pan and turn out onto a work surface.

Put 1 cake layer on a cake plate or a round platter. Spread the 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. of peanut butter over the first layer and top with the second layer of cake.

For frosting: (Cody's Choco-Peanut Butter Delight Frosting)

5 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

2.5 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Continue to beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.

Add peanut butter and beat until thoroughly blended.

Spread frosting on cooled cake, top with chopped reese's and shaved chocolate. Cut into slices and serve.

Serves 14-16.

Recipe adapted from Ultimate Recipe Showdown


Marjie said...

Oh, my, this sounds great. If I make it, do I have to share like you did?

Natalie said...

i love chocolate pb anything and this is much simpler than the choc pb torte i posted on my blog!! adding it to my 'to-make' list :)

ensadler said...

Oh this was delicious! It was good I only had one piece because I could eat the whole cake! Just one of the perks to being so close to someone who will take a risk and make something new like this! THANK YOU!!