friends and loved ones · in my kitchen · more cake, please

Third times a charm, or so they say

Cake # 20 is the third version of my fudgy peanut butter bundt.

After last week’s cake (the second fudgy peanut butter bundt) seeming as thought it was just not peanut buttery enough – I had to give it another go!

Enter last week’s recipient – Our church’s facilities manager.  It so happens that I had a spring choir concert with the Scenic City Children’s Choir – and North Shore Fellowship was kind enough to host it. What this really means is that I needed James’, our facility manager’s, help with wrestling risers in and out of a tiny closet and setting them up in the sanctuary. He was so kind to offer his help!

I realized that he needed cake as payment.  When I asked him what he’d like – he was very interested in peanut butter and chocolate.  It seemed reasonable to give the fudgy peanut butter bundt  another whirl!

Here’s what I did:

Cake #20 – Fudgy Peanut Butter bundt (take three)

Ingredients:

Chocolate cake mix

3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup hersheys syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter (melted)
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:
I mixed up the ingredients thru the hershey syrup – and set the mixer on medium speed for two minutes.  I added the chocolate chips at the end and stirred them into the batter.  After the bundt pan was prepared, I poured a third of the batter in, and then swirled in a bit of the melted peanut butter.  I poured in another third, swirled in more peanut butter – and so on until all of the batter was in the pan and the peanut butter was used.

I baked at 350 for around 45-50 minutes.  I let the cake cool 20 minutes and then removed it from the pan.  When the cake was completely cooled, I used a pastry brush to spread hershey’s syrup all over the outside of the cake. Then, I melted some more chocolate chips (maybe a half cup?), cream (several tablespoons) and peanut butter (more peanut butter than chocolate) together in the microwave for 40 seconds or so and then stirred them up until the mixture was smooth and glossy.

I smoothed the topping over the cake and let it run down the sides.  Then I chopped up some peanut butter cups and sprinkled them over the topping.  After that I melted a few more tablespoons of peanut butter and drizzled over top of everything alone with a few mini chocolate chips.

 

I haven’t heard back from James yet, but I’m really really hoping it was a hit!  He really deserved it!  I’ll let you know what I find out!

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