Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Cake

I don't really know what to call this.  A pie or a cake?

A few weeks after I moved into my apartment at the beginning of August, my mom cut this recipe out of the newspaper and mailed it to me. 

I've wanted to try it ever since and I finally decided to make it last weekend. It's so easy. So so so easy. You don't even have to bake anything! You will need to mix some stuff up though.

This recipe is from Stephanie Parker at www.plainchicken.com

1 box of chocolate graham crackers
2 (3 1/2 ounce) boxes of vanilla pudding
1 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (8 counce) container of Cool Whip, thawed
1 can of chocolate frosting

Mix the 2 boxes of vanilla pudding, milk, and peanut butter at medium speed for 2 minutes. Then mix in the cool whip.  That's it!

First, take a 9x13 in. pan (this will work with any size pan, you will just have a lot leftover if you use a smaller one) and coat it with non-stick spray. Then cover it with the graham crackers. I broke some up so I could cover the bottom of the pan as much as I could.

Pour half of the peanut butter mixture over the graham crackers and spread it out with a spatula.

Cover it with another layer of graham crackers and peanut butter mixture.

Then top this with a third layer of graham crackers.

Next you melt the frosting.  The recipe saysyou can warm it up in the microwave with the lid off, but I dumped it in a glass measuring bowl and warmed it up in the microwave in 30 second intervals.  Then pour it over the top layer of graham crackers.

I had some left over graham crackers, so I crushed them up and sprinkled them on the top.

Finally, let it sit in the fridge over night or for at least 12 hours. 

See, super easy! :)


Peanut Butter Vanilla Wafer Cupcakes

Last weekend I made some cupcakes for my mom's birthday.  I didn't use all the batter, though.  I put the leftover batter in an air-tight container in the fridge.  The next day I decided to do some baking experiments.

I filled the bottom of the foil liners with one spoonful of batter. 
I wanted to put something in the cupcakes.  Like cookies.  And I had an unopened box of vanilla wafers in the pantry.

So I tried them out.

I wondered if vanilla wafers got softer after you bake them, like Oreos.
They do. :)

Then I got a crazy idea.

Vanilla wafers with peanut butter between them.  Little peanut butter sandwiches.

Then I covered them with batter until the cups were between 1/2 and 2/3 full.

The cookies floated to the tops of the cupcakes, so I suggest putting them on the bottom of the liners and then covering them with batter. 

They were very soft and peanut-buttery, though.  They were pretty good for something I made up on the spot.

I had fun decorating these.  I just practiced my piping.

I don't know if I'll make these again.  They were sort of just for fun.  I took some of these and some other cupcakes to one of my meetings just so I could get them out of my apartment and everyone there seemed to like them.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

These peanut butter chocolate caupcakes are from Betty Crocker's The Big Book of Cupcakes and I've wanted to make them for a while now.  I love the peanute butter + chocolate combination.  Whoever originally thought to put chocolate and peanut butter together was a genius. 

I went home last weekend and some family came for a visit, and I decided to finally make these.  Up until now, I haven't really deviated from the standard vanilla and chocolate cakes.  So I was excited to try these and make something different.

I have one word for these cupcakes.  EASY.  So easy.

I love that The Big Book of Cupcakes tells you how to make all the recipes with a box mix and not just from scratch. 

1 yellow cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 oil
3 eggs
3/4 creamy peanut butter

The recipe calls for 1 container of store bought chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter. I usually tend to run out of frosting so I bought two containers and just added a couple large spoonfuls of peanut butter.  The cupcakes smelled extremely peanut-buttery while they were baking and I didn't want the chocolate frosting to be too peanut-buttery too.  I wanted there to be an even balance of chocolate and peanut butter. 

 I've been waiting a while to use these paper liners too!  I have a set of them in a few different colors and I haven't really used any of them.  Unfortunately, I couldn't really see the design on it after the cupcakes were done baking.  They're still pretty cute, though.

For the topping, I crushed up some chocolate chips and some Reese's peanut butter chips and put them in a bowl.  After I piped some icing on the cupcakes, I dopped the frosting into the crushed up chips.  They went really well with the cupcakes!

I'm trying to work on my photography! :)


Brownie Cupcakes & Bake Sales

At UA, I'm in the English Honor Society called Sigma Tau Delta. I learned after I was inducted that they do a lot of bake sales to raise money for the literary Journal, Dewpoint. Needless to say, I have been waiting for a bake sale all semester and we finally had one this past week!

I decided to make brownies because they would be easy to wrap up and carry in a bag across campus. But my brownie pan was dirty, so I used cupcake pans instead. Then they looked like cupcakes, so I made frosting too.

I don't usually make frosting for brownies because I really love the cracked and flakey look they have. But I came across a recipe on FoodGawker or Pinterst, I don't remember which one.  But it's from a blog called Heidi Bakes, so check it out!

1 stick butter, melted
4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup baking cocoa
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

The frosting might seem thin at first, but it gets thicker and is almost fudgey after it sits for a while. I like this frosting so much that I'll probably use it with all the brownies I make from now on.

For the brownies, I just used a box mix. Actually I used two box mixes and doubled the water, oil, and eggs.

The bake sale was really fun and I'm glad I got to meet some other people in Sigma Tau Delta because I only knew one person at the beginning of the semester. I can't wait until we have another one! I already know I'm going to make a couple different things. I wish I had some pictures of the other baked goods that were there, but I'll do that next time for sure!