This was yet another birthday cake. The request was simple: chocolate with frosting that’s not too sweet. And all I have to say is, this is my new favorite cake.
It was incredibly simple. The ingredients are all things most people keep on hand anyway. The instructions are straightforward, so it’s pretty hard to mess up. Just a couple of cakes and some mousse. Done.
EXCEPT…I would make one minor change next time. Either a)
spread some dark chocolate ganache on each cake layer before topping it
with mousse, or b) put it in the freezer for a bit, then cover the whole
thing in a layer of dark chocolate ganache. It would be like a giant
Reese’s peanut butter cup. And it would win at everything, because GIANT REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUP CAKE.
It’s too late for me, but there’s still time for you. Please make this happen. Ready, set, go.
Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Mousse
adapted slightly from A Beautiful Mess
1 3/4 cup flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line two 8 inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Whisk to combine. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and combine. Add hot water; stir until no lumps remain. Pour batter into two round baking
pans lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35-38 minutes. Allow
to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely.
Peanut Butter Mousse
1 package cream cheese, cold and cut into cubes
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup whipping cream
the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the
cream cheese, icing sugar, peanut butter and vanilla on medium speed
until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to another
bowl (unless you’re lucky enough to have another mixer bowl). Wash and
dry both bowl and whisk attachment. Fit
the mixer with the bowl and whisk again, and whip the cream on medium
high speed until firm peaks form (but not clumpy), about 1 minute. Fold
whipped cream into peanut butter mixture and cover and chill until ready
Assembly: There’s enough mousse to frost the entire thing, but I kinda liked this one with it’s sides bare. But definitely throw some ganache up in there if you make it. You could use the same recipe I did for this cake.