SQWIB's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake (Downsized)

Discussion in 'Desserts' started by garyhibbert, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I’ve been wanting to make a somewhat scaled down version of this cake for some time now.  Scaled down, as the regular version is supposed to make 24 servings!   Now I had a little trouble believing the 24 servings part, but SQWIB did say that nobody could eat more than one piece, and it didn’t look like the slices were all that big.  More on that later. 

    I haven’t included the recipe. You can find it in SQWIB’s original post here:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/154276/peanut-butter-brownie-cake#post_1538083

    Since it was Miss Linda’s birthday, I decided to make it as a birthday cake.  Now, it’s pretty obvious I’m definitely not a pastry chef, as it took me basically all day to make this desert.  I also discovered that icing a cake with a full sized rubber scraper is a bad idea—it took me as long to clean up the cake plate and make it presentable as it took to ice the cake.  [​IMG]

    I had already planned to make only 2 layers of brownie and 1 layer of peanut butter mixture.  Good thing too, as it is an unbelievably rich desert!!!

    As I said, it was Miss Linda’s birthday cake, so I used the heart shaped pans, completely lined with parchment paper.  First up, I made the peanut butter filling, and put it in the freezer for 3 hours to firm up.  I obviously should have packed it a lot tighter, as it was pretty crumbly when the cake was finished—didn’t photograph very nicely--kinda looks like a cork board.


    Then it was time for the brownies.  I have to admit that I got lazy and cheated somewhat (somewhat????)  at this stage.  I used a prepackaged brownie mix (2 packages actually)—Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie.  FYI it makes fantastic brownies.


    The mix was put into 2 heart shaped pans (fully lined with parchment paper) and baked.  Then the brownies were put on racks to cool before assembly. 

    While they were cooling, I mixed up the icing.  I made the full recipe of icing, as SQWIB had mentioned that they ran out.  It turned out to be way too much.  After icing the cake, this is what was left over—that’s a normal sized coffee mug beside the container.


    Now it’s time for the assembly.  First a layer of brownie, topped with icing.


    Then the peanut butter layer, topped with icing.


    Then the second layer of brownie.


    Then a nice thick coating of icing all over.


    Added a few mini Reese’s Pieces as decorations.

    And, of course, what’s a birthday cake without candles?


    Cleanup was a real breeze.


    A shot of the cake after I had plated a dainty slice each.  It’s pretty obvious that the peanut butter mix needed more cream for moisture, and should have been packed a lot tighter—not real pretty. I cut us each a normal (for us) sized piece, but neither one of us was able to eat the whole serving.  That’s NEVER happened before!!   Not real sure just why, but I'm afraid my cake isn't anywhere near as pretty as the one the ladies made for SQWIB.   [​IMG]


    This is a truly delicious cake, but Lord is it rich!!  Just as an example, the icing alone had 1½ pounds of butter and 2½ cups of icing sugar.  It is RICH.  RICH.  RICH.    Oh, by the way, did I mention just how rich this cake is?

    We loved it. 

    So if you want a truly decadent desert, we would both highly recommend you try this cake.  It is delicious!!!!

    Hats off to SQWIB.  I would give him another well deserved POINT, but I guess one is all I’m allowed to give.

    Thanks for looking.

    Gary
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016
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  2. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dude you nailed it and the cake looks perty to me! And you are correct, it is "RICH".
     
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good morning Gary...Holy Cow!  That looks and sounds amazing!  My 2 biggest weaknesses are chocolate and peanut butter...and when you put them together?  Forget about it!!  A match made in heaven!

    Thanks to you (and to SQWIB as well) for posting this...I'm pretty sure I gotta try this!

    Point!

    Red
     
  4. Nice Job Gary, Cake looks Great   I love Reese's     [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Gary you nailed that one,going to have to change your name to "The Cake Man" Fantastic looking Cake Points

    Richie 
     
  6. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ice cream on the side with mine please!!!!   Dang nab it there, that looks scrumptious - great job,,, I would be in cake heaven with that,,, [​IMG]

    DS
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OMG---That looks Mighty Tasty, Gary!![​IMG]-------------[​IMG]

    However it's easy to see how rich it really is!![​IMG]

    Too much for us---I think we'll have to stick to my Meltaways.

    Great Thread too!![​IMG]

    Bear
     
  8. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks SQWIB. This cake is almost too rich to eat--almost.

    Gary
     
  9. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Red, and thanks for the point.  If you do try it, take my advice re: size of serving.  Figure out what you figure you can eat, and then cut that in half.  

    Gary
     
  10. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Gary and for the point.  You'll love it, but take my advice to Red in his reply.

    Gary
     
  11. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Richie, and for the point.  But.....ALL credit for this amazing cake go to SQWIB

    Gary
     
  12. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks DS, and thanks for the point.  Yeah, I was kinda thinking that if it was warmed up a bit and served with a nice dollop of ice cream......................

    Gary
     
  13. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks John, and thanks for the point.  Really, all you have to do is think of this as a humungous meltaway--REALLY humungous!!

    Gary
     
  14. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! I would just eat brownie personally,but I'm not a frosting fan either.
    Apparently your a cradle robber and a soon to be cake master!:biggrin:
     
  15. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gary, looks awesome & very tasty my friend ! Thumbs Up You done a great job, please wish Miss Linda a belated Happy Birthday from us !

    :BD:
     
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds delicious to me too! 

    So I am guessing you got BIG spouse points! Delicious and you made it. We are talking a week at the hunting/fishing camp points!

    Happy Happy Ms. Linda.
     
  17. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wrong!

    This is your baby, you get all the credit! ..again, well played sir!
     
  18. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Haha That's what she calls me to.

    Gary
     
  19. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Justin. And Miss Linda says thanks too.

    Gary
     
  20. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Oh yeah. BIG time points. I didn't think it was possible, but I finally served Miss Linda a desert that was just TOO RICH for her. She finally had to give up and leave most of the cake to me. LOL

    Gary
     

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