Peanut Butter Dream Cheesecake Cake

I recently came up with this combination of recipes from other sources and created what I think is the ultimate Peanut Butter Cake. Look upon this deliciousness! It is comprised of one layer of delicious, vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake, sandwiched between two layers of moist, golden cake, frosted with light, fluffy Peanut Butter Mousse and trimmed out in delicious, fudgy, chocolate frosting. To complete the cake, I topped it with chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips. I’m quite proud of this concoction!Cake

In response to those that have asked for a recipe, I’m sorry to say that I am too lazy to actually type out what I did. So, instead, I will direct you to the pages from which I drew inspiration.

First of all, the cake: My absolute go-to cake for just about anything is the Crazy Cake. It’s delicious and moist and for me is a never-fail. There are several varieties including chocolate, coconut and spice, but for this cake, I went with the Vanilla Crazy Cake. There are a lot of sites with variations of the recipe, but I like this one from Sweet Little Bluebird!

As for the cheesecake, I found the perfect flavor combination on the first try by making the cheesecake only part of this recipe from A House in the Hills. I LOVE her photography!

For frostings, after a failed attempt at PB Frosting (which magically turned into delicious filling for Peanut Butter cups), I hit upon this delightful Peanut Butter Mousse from Minimalist Baker! I have to say, though, that I really did not stick with the proportions in the recipe, and honestly, I’m not too sure how much of anything I added. I did use the fat from one can of full-fat coconut milk, but from there, I went a little crazy with the PB until I found the taste I liked. I probably used between 1/4 to 1/2 cup… maybe? I also used powdered sugar for  sweetener, and again, just kept adding until it tasted just right. My end result was really not overpoweringly sweet or peanut-buttery, but I thought it was just right!

For the chocolate piping, I used my favorite chocolate frosting (what’s not to love about a two-ingredient recipe?) It’s genius, from Beaming Baker. I can easily find Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips at Walmart or Publix, so those are my choice for anything chocolate-chip-wise.

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Now that you have all the beautiful components, you just have to assemble. I started with a layer of cake, added the cheesecake layer (no crust or frosting), then the top layer of cake. Unfortunately, my spring form pan is just slightly larger than my cake pans, so there is a tiny little bulge in the midsection of the cake. (Not to mention the bulge in my midsection if I make too many more of these!) Spreading the PB Mousse frosting was fun, and if I had more experience, I probably could have made it really beautiful. The same goes with my piping. I’m still working on developing those skills, but shoot, it tasted good enough to make up for whatever it lacked in aesthetics!

I really need to thank all the ladies that posted these original recipes to start with! All together, they have made a novice cake maker like me look like I know what I’m doing!!

If you try any of these recipes, or my Frankenstein’s Monster of a cake, please leave a comment! I would also be glad to answer any questions that I can.

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MINI Thanks!

My beloved, recently-acquired, neglected-in-a-previous-life, 2012 MINI Cooper has been in the shop quite often since we bought “him” used. Ringo has been a bit of a problem child, but so far most of the issues can be attributed to a failure to keep up routine maintenance by a previous owner. Besides, he’s so handsome, I’ll forgive him a lot.

Ringo

At any rate, we have been very pleased with the mechanics at the shop who are doing the work for us, and feel like they have really gone the extra mile to work with us in getting the car brought up to speed.

As a gesture of appreciation, I wanted to make them a special cake to say “thanks”. If you’ve seen my previous post regarding cakes, you know this is something that I am just beginning to be interested in. I baked my first “grown up” cake a few weeks ago, and now I just want to do more and get better at it.

To make this cake more personalized, I wanted to add the MINI logo. Since my piping skills are kind of non-existent at this point, I thought it would be cool to create the logo in chocolate, as a topper. A little research turned up this Castin’ Craft, which is FDA approved and can be used to create your own molds for casting just about anything, chocolate included!

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I found the product very easy to work with, and after making a practice mold of a sunburst, I was ready to make my MINI emblem. Fortunately, I had a keychain I could use to make the impression. The mold only has to set up for about 20 minutes, though I did let it sit a little longer. When done, the silicone is pliable and rubbery and the keychain popped right out. I rinsed the mold and dried it, added my melted chocolate and let it set. The chocolate also popped out easily. I added a little edible silver metallic paint to more closely resemble the actual emblem, and aside from my messy painting, I think it turned out really well.

I’m still experimenting with frostings, and though the frosting was perfect on my practice cake the day before, this time, it was extremely dry and didn’t do well, at all. So I whipped up a different recipe for the piping and I liked it much better! I will try frosting with it on the next chocolate cake I make.

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It’s not as close to perfect as I would like, but that’s okay! I learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to my next experiment! I already have plans for a special St. Patrick’s Day cake!