Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting, peanut butter cups, and a rich peanut butter chocolate ganache make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been saving a good one for my peanut butter and chocolate trifecta finale. Things may have started out a little more conservatively with this Super Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie, but we are definitely finishing on a wild note! Because there is nothing mild or tame about this two-layer chocolate fudge peanut butter cup beauty!

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

This may look like a simple 2-layer cake at first glance. But what you’re really seeing here are actually nine layers of peanut butter chocolate-y goodness. Count them with me:

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Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

See those Reese’s cups in the middle?

That’s my favorite part. You know I’m all about the texture, and those little bits of Reese’s give the middle of this cake a perfect little something extra to bite into.

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

What are you waiting for?! It’s practically the weekend– dig in!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Fudgy chocolate cake layered with rich peanut butter frosting, peanut butter cups, and a rich peanut butter chocolate ganache make this an excellent cake to share with a crowd.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Topping & Filling

  • 10 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

 

Directions:

Prepare the frosting:

  1. Cream together the peanut butter and butter.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and a cup of powdered sugar.
  3. Continue to add the powdered sugar a cup at a time, alternating with the milk. Scrape down the sides as needed.

Assemble the cake:

  1. Spread frosting over one layer of the cake. Chop 6 of the Reese's cups and layer them over the frosting.
  2. Place the second chocolate cake on top and spread frosting over the entire cake, reserving some for piping over the ganache.

Make the ganache:

  1. Melt together the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. This can be done in the microwave in 30-second increments or over low heat.
  2. Spread the ganache over the cake.
  3. Garnish with additional frosting, ganache drizzle, and the remaining Reese's cups (halved).

Keep chilled until ready to serve.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.