And I dutifully made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Cake and decorated it to perfection. Well, as best I could since despite asking for cake-decorating lessons the last four Christmases, they have yet to materialize. The recipe was actually quite easy, being based on a cake mix and all. And the peanut butter frosting was easy too, as well as being one of the best frostings I have ever tasted. She lists her own decorating instructions for this cake, which I am leaving out in case you just want to eat this absolutely scrumptious cake without spending an hour decorating it, like I did. I have since been subscribing to Gourmet Mom on the Go & she has tons of delicious recipes and lots of great food ideas & tips for younger kids. (like mine) Please go visit her blog.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Cake
1 box Chocolate Fudge cake mix (or any chocolate cake mix)
1 (3 oz.) box instant chocolate pudding
2 C. sour cream
1 C. melted butter
1 tsp. almond extract
1 C. chocolate chips (I recommend ghirardelli)
In a large bowl, beat first 6 ingredients until well blended. Mixture will be thick. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into three greased 9” pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-40 minutes. (Keep an eye on them so they don’t overbake). Cool completely. I actually like to pop them in the freezer for easy assembling.
Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing
2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
6-8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 2 lb.)
Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer.
Add peanut butter, milk and vanilla.
Gradually add 6 c. sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add more sugar (or milk) as needed until icing is desired consistency (should be firm enough to hold a shape but still smooth)
Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.
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