Shake up your classic chocolate peanut butter cake with these easy yet extravagant decorations.
Peanut butter and chocolate go together like, well, peanut butter and chocolate. It’s impossible to go wrong with that perfect pairing, but there is always an opportunity to raise the bar. Here’s a guide on how to take the classic combination to the next level with a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake.
STEP 1: Start out with rich chocolate cake and fluffy peanut butter frosting layers. For the cake, check out our easy "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake Recipe.
STEP 2: Apply the frosting between the layers of cakes only, leaving the sides clean for now. To make a delicate REESE’S Peanut Butter frosting, follow this easy recipe:
PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING:
Beat 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter, 1/4 cup shortening, 1/4 cup REESE’S Peanut Butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Add 1 cup powdered sugar; beat until creamy. Add 3 cups powdered sugar alternately with 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, beating to spread consistency. Makes about 2-1/3 cups.
STEP 3: Cover the whole cake with cream fondant frosting. You’ll want to go for a smooth look with the fondant to contrast the drip effect, so we recommend using an icing scraper or butter knife to complete this step.
STEP 4: Next, it’s time to prep for the “drip” part of this drip cake. We’ve included a simple chocolate ganache recipe here:
CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Place 2 cups HERSHEY'S Kitchens Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 cup whipping cream in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Makes about 2 cups ganache.
STEP 5: Chill your cake while preparing the ganache so the drips don’t slide all the way down the sides. Once the ganache is ready, slowly pour spoonfuls around the rim of the cake, making sure you’re using just enough to spill over the edge and create the drip effect you desire. Make your way around the cake one spoonful at a time so that your drips fall just the way you want them to.
STEP 6: Finally, smooth out a layer of ganache on the cake’s center, and top with chopped REESE’S Minis Peanut Butter Cups. Then sit back, let the cake set, and watch the entire party go nuts for your gorgeous dessert!
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