There are no accurate words to describe this cake. “Amazing” doesn’t do it justice, and “incredible” is just darn right insulting.
So I settled on “Oh my, goodness!” because I think those were the exact words that came out of mine and Stephen’s mouths after the first bite.
When I asked Stephen what kind of cake he wanted this year for his birthday, he said, “Surprise me.” Then my mind started to race: Does he want peanut butter? Does he want chocolate? Does he want caramel? Does he want cookie dough?
And my answer to my own questions was: HE WANTS EVERYTHING. So that’s what this cake is. Everything.
I first saw an adaptation of this recipe on Life, Love & Sugar and when I began drooling while looking at the screen I decided I wanted to play around with it and make a cousin of that cake.
It turned out heavenly and now I want to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day forever and ever. All right maybe not that much, but I do want eat it frequently—extremely frequently (if that even makes sense).
So, here it is: the best cake in the world.
½ cup butter softened
¾ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated white sugar
¾ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
½ of a 12 oz. bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
1 cup chocolate chips
½ can of Betty Crocker Hershey’s milk chocolate frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- With a mixer, mix butter, white sugar, and brown sugar for 1 minute on low setting.
- Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract and mix for 30 seconds on low setting.
- Add flour and baking soda and mix until well combined.
- With a spoon, stir in chocolate chips.
- Line a 9 inch cake pan (square or round—I used square) with parchment paper and grease the paper to avoid sticking.
- Press dough into the cake pan—make sure it’s evenly pressed in.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes (mine was closer to 20), or until you can stick a toothpick into the cake without any residual dough sticking to it.
- Take out of the oven and let cool completely.
- Remove cake from pan and place on plate.
- Spread Hershey’s icing on cake.
- Chop Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and cover top of cake with them.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup on the cake.
- Drizzle caramel on the cake.
- Dig in!