Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I had been collecting a number of chocolate and peanut butter dessert recipes on Foodgawker over the last few months in anticipation of my husband’s birthday this year. Last weekend I asked him to pick one for me to make for an early birthday treat. He chose this Peanut Butter Cup Cake.
This was a very simple recipe that starts with a boxed devils food cake mix, eggs, buttermilk with chopped miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed into the batter. The “frosting” is a chocolate and peanut butter ganache that is poured over the cake and sets for a minute before adding more chopped peanut butter cups for decoration. I didn’t go overboard with the decorative candy pieces. The cake had plenty mixed into the cake itself and I felt that really piling up the candy on the sides of the cake would overdo it here.
I usually prefer to bake a cake from scratch, but the buttermilk that was added gave the cake less of an “out-of-the box” taste. As if you couldn’t guess from the name, this cake was very rich and begs for a glass of milk to go with each slice. I’m not much of a chocolate cake fan myself, but I have to admit, this one was pretty darn good, even for non-chocoholics. Those that do love chocolate cake gave it rave reviews when I brought it to a barbecue this weekend. I think it also develops better flavor when it’s in the fridge for a couple of days. I seemed to like each slice better as another day passed.
I don’t want to think about how much each slice weighed in at calorie-wise, but for a once-in-a-while treat it’s worth the nutritional price!

Check out the recipe here: Peanut Butter Cup Cake recipe

Vanilla Creme Brulee Cake at Decadent Delight, Ann Arbor, MI

I returned to Decadent Delight in Ann Arbor this past weekend with their creme brulee fruit tart on my mind. I’ve reviewed the tart before and it’s fantastic. After walking in the door I had to add to my order when I found they were selling slices of vanilla cake with creme brulee filling and a vanilla buttercream frosting. I’ve heard a number of people make the comment that vanilla is such a plain and boring flavor. I highly disagree. Vanilla can be very interesting and complex and comes from the exotic orchid plant (what’s boring about that?).

Wow! The cake was really good… the vanilla cake tasted like a rich pound cake, the brulee filling was rich and delicious and the buttercream was decadent (no pun intended). My heart felt like a ring of butter was surrounding it after the last bite, but worth the taste experience.