Two Great Tastes That Came Together: The Incredibly Scrumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Cake

Liliana's chocolate peanut butter birthday cake

Liliana’s chocolate peanut butter birthday cake

My little baby girl turned five yesterday. Since my baby is no longer a baby, we had to mark the occasion with an epically delicious cake: a chocolate peanut butter cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache and a Reese’s rose. I’m going into a chocolate peanut butter coma just thinking about.

I used two different recipes for the cake. The cake itself is a vegan chocolate peanut cake from Sexy Vegan Mama. Thanks, Sexy Vegan Mama, you’re sexy and your cake is awesome. For the frosting combination, I used this recipe from Dulce Dough. Amazing frosting!

Here’s the best part, when you cut the cake, it looks like this:

gorgeous slice of chocolate peanut butter cake

gorgeous slice of chocolate peanut butter cake

I know. Super fancy, huh? It’s actually quite easy to achieve the stripy effect. You simply alternate layers of chocolate and peanut butter batters in the cake pan, 1/4 cup at a time:

Lily, the pastry chef, with peanut butter and chocolate cake batters

Lily, the pastry chef, with peanut butter and chocolate cake batters

The cake looks like this once it’s baked:

chocolate peanut butter cake out of the oven

chocolate peanut butter cake out of the oven

Once the cakes have cooled, you need to level them so that they can be stacked. I have heard there is a such a device as a cake leveler. I just used a serrated knife and eye-balled it.

cakes leveled with a serrated knife

cakes leveled with a serrated knife

The chocolate peanut butter frosting gets smoothed on and cools in the fridge:

chocolate peanut butter frosting chilling before the ganache layer is added

chocolate peanut butter frosting chilling before the ganache layer is added

The ganache is then added and the final touch is the Reese’s peanut butter cup rose:

the finished cake

the finished cake

The birthday girl was most pleased:

the happy birthday girl

the happy birthday girl

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