Friday, March 11, 2011

Buckeye Cake.

Hi there.  It's been a while, no?  I haven't really baked very much over the last 3 + months since I last posted.  Mostly because I've been trying to be good and not eat so much sugar.  Because, um...I like sugar a little too much.  While I haven't missed the extra calories, I have missed the joy I feel when I bake something yummy.  I've missed trying out new recipes and sharing them with my family.  But I'm back now, with a handful of delicious recipes to share!

My dear friend Amy had a birthday this week, so I made this for a lunch I hosted in her honor.  Knowing her love of all things chocolate, I thought this cake would be the perfect ending to a delicious afternoon.

Buckeye Cake
{recipe via}

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup flour
6 Tbsp melted butter
3 packets {1 oz each} Nestle Choco Bake
{can substitute 1 oz square of melted unsweetened baking chocolate per packet of Choco-Bake}
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

Peanut Butter Layer:
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Decorative topping:
1/3 cup melted Peanut Butter Chips & Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour 9-inch round cake pan.

For cake:
Combine eggs and sugar and beat until fluffy.  Stir in flour, melted butter, Choco Bake, {or 3 melted 1 oz squares of unsweetened baking chocolate} vanilla and salt until smooth.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of cake; cool for an additional 10 minutes.  Invert cake onto a serving platter or cake plate and cool completely.

For Peanut Butter Layer:
Beat peanut butter, butter and vanilla until smooth.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar.  Spread mixture on cooled cake and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For Ganache:
Heat cream in a small saucepan to boiling, then remove from heat and add chocolate chips.  Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir until completely smooth.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until ganache is spreadable.  It should have thickened a bit.  Spread onto top and sides of cake.

For decorative topping:
Melt peanut butter chips and milk chocolate chips and stir until smooth.  Put mixture into a Ziploc bag and snip a tiny piece from the corner.  Drizzle topping over cake.  Refrigerate cake until 30 minutes before serving.

:: notes from my kitchen ::

:: this is an easy, yet challenging cake, but it does require a few hours

:: if you cannot find choco-bake, don't worry.  as stated in the recipe, you may substitute unsweetened baking chocolate.  just be sure to melt it completely before adding it in

:: the recipe says that it serves 8, but because it is such a rich and decadent dessert, a thin slice for each person really goes a long way.  i think 12 is a more accurate serving size for this recipe

:: the cake is actually not cake-like at all.  it has more of a rich, dense brownie consistency and is, in my opinion, divine


Lisa said...

That looks wonderful! As soon as my 40 day cleanse/diet is up, I'm making this!

charith said...

I can't wait to try this one. PB & chocolate!!!

Kim said...

I have "helped" (okay I sat there and watched, and licked various bowls and spoons when they had served their purpose) make this. It is easy and divine!!! Love! Love! Love! Thanks for the recipe Tiff. It is a keeper!

Sarah said...

Wow - that looks soooo good. Yum!

Shannon said...

This looks amazing!
I hope you don't mind, I gave you the "kreativ" blog award on my blog today. Your frosted banana bars have become a family favorite in our home!

Becca said...

uuuuh are you kidding me right now??? i am literally salivating.

Jaime said...

ohhhh, yummy! I will have to find the perfect event for this cake. said...

I just came from your other blog and have to say I am so impressed girlie!!! I can't believe all that you do -and these recipes look incredible! I am bookmarking this page for sure :) This cake looks to die for, especially with that peanut butter layer!
Star Hughes Living

tharker said...

Thank you Star! Enjoy the cake!!