Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 339: Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Yield: 1 12x8 inch casserole
Time (Start to Finish): 2 hours

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
2 eggs
1 cup half and half
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
1 ½ cup walnuts

¼ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a casserole dish with pan spray
2. In a bowl, combine the sugars, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix
3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and add to the egg mixture
4. Add the half and half
5. Add the boiling water and the walnuts and stir until combined
6. Pour into the casserole dish and bake 30 min or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center
7. To make the frosting, put the peanut butter and vanilla in a bowl
8. Add sifted powdered sugar until it becomes spreadable but not runny. You can add more peanut butter if it is too thick, or more powdered sugar if it is too runny. You will most likely not use the whole box.
9. Spread over the cooled cake and serve

Rating: 4.5 strawberries
Notes: Happy no reason cake! The girls and I are chilling in san diego and after a few cocktails and waiting for the rain to pass to jump in the ocean, I decided to make a cake! It turned out to be just the ticket…and because it has nuts in it we decided it was healthy. A nice dinner outside by the fireplace, drinks and cake, nothing can be more perfect. This is a great cake, and can be made into a layer cake if you like, but a dish like this is easy and delightful. I hope you like it and try it, it will make any girl smile!

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