Peanut Butter Cake

The last few days have been completely taken over by math.  Matrices haunt my dreams, I’m constantly running through proofs and derivations, and I’m sort of accepting the fact that number theory is way over my head.  This stupid test is in two weeks and I can’t wait to have my life back.

When I wasn’t studying this week, I was out with the fam.  We went to a LOT of restaurants, and kept Ellie out past her bedtime more than once.  Oops.

Good thing she inherited my ability to sleep just about anywhere.

Having family around means that desserts don’t last long (and that’s a good thing), so I jumped at the chance to try a cake Mike had been eyeing in Joy the Baker’s cookbook.

I was a tiny bit hesitant about this cake.  The last time I tried to bake with peanut butter (making something other than cookies), it was a big fat fail.  I tried to make a peanut butter banana bread but it was dense and gritty and unpleasant.   That was three years ago.  Ever since then I figured baking with peanut butter should be left to cookies.  I should have known Joy wouldn’t mess it up, though.  This cake has a nice, light crumb with the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor.

I frosted it with a basic peanut butter buttercream, and it was divine.  I think the only thing that might have made it better would be some sliced bananas in between the cake layers.  I’m definitely going to do that next time.  Maybe to celebrate being done with my ridiculous math test!



6 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cake”

  1. 1 Blog is the New Black April 23, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Looks delicious- I love that there’s no cream cheesein this!

  2. 2 jen April 23, 2012 at 7:50 am

    i want right now. yummmmm!

  3. 3 Michael April 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It was really good with a little grape jelly spread over it…I’m such a fat kid sometimes.

  4. 4 Beth April 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I love the Joy the Baker cookbook. Every recipe I’ve made out of it has been a win, and I’ve gifted at least 6 copies of it now. I’ve had my eye on the peanut butter cake, but I know if I make it, it will just call to me from the kitchen until I’ve eaten the whole thing!

  5. 5 Kate April 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I would definitely choose family time over math, any day!

  6. 6 Abbie June 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’ve been saving this recipe, waiting for an excuse to make it. So when my peanut butter-obsessed boyfriend’s birthday rolled around I knew what his birthday cake would be. This is awesome. I swapped the frosting for fluffernutter frosting and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved (including one person who claimed to hate peanut butter…and ended up going for seconds). Thanks!

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