12.21.2011

Reese's Cake

After a super stressful semester, I'm finally at home for Christmas break! Thank goodness. I did a lot of baking at the end of the semester and I've had my pictures edited and ready to go for a little while, I just didn't have any time to post them. After all my Christmas shopping and laying around for a couple days, I decided I should probably get on it.


My friend Patrick, who is also my roommate's boyfriend (They've been dating for over two years! So cute!), had his 21st birthday at the end of November. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, and he said chocolate and covered in Reese's.

 


I got my inspiration from Bakerella's chocolate Reese's cake, which I immediately thought of when Patrick said "covered in Reese's". I already had a chocolate cake mix and I knew there was a chocolate peanut butter cake recipe in Betty Crocker's The Big Book of Cupcakes that I could use. I changed it up a little bit because I didn't want the cake to have too much peanut butter since there would be Reese's all over it too. The cake needed to have more chocolate to balance it out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake:
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

The directions are pretty simple. Combine ingredients and mix for two minutes on medium speed. Bake at 350 and follow time instructions of the box mix.

For the frosting, I used the creamy chocolate frosting recipe in The Big Book of Cupcakes. It was the first time I made chocolate frosting from scratch and I think it turned out really well!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk
+Mini Reese's for decoration


Mix butter and chocolate, add powdered sugar one cup at a time, add vanilla, and milk one tablespoon at a time until desired thickness.



I bought two bags of Reese's, but one bag probably would have been fine. I placed the candy around the top edges and added one in the center. Then I chopped up the rest and added them two the top. After that, I decided the sides could use come Reese's and added some around the bottom.

It was pretty easy to make and definitely one of my favorites so far, mainly because Reese's are my favorite candy. It also goes wonderfully with a big glass of milk.

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