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Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake

BETH
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Adictional Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

PEANUT BUTTER CAKE

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/4 cup milk (I used skim, whatever you have is good)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 box yellow cake mix

CHOCOLATE HANACHE

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk or heavy whipping cream

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 to 1&1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

TOPPING

  • Reese's peanut cocoa powder

Instructions
 

PEANUT BUTTER CAKE

  • Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, creamy peanut butter, vegetable oil and yellow cake mix. Beat with an electric mixer until incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  • Before the cake cools, use a straw or wooden skewer to poke holes all over the cake.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • Place chocolate chips in a medium sized heat-proof bowl. In a small pot over low heat, heat the heavy whipping cream until just before boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to stand for 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to stir the mixture until smooth. Pour the ganache evenly over the cake, allowing the ganache to seep into the holes in the cake.

FROSTING

  • In a small mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk / heavy cream until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread the peanut butter frosting on top of the chocolate ganache. Then add dollops of chocolate frosting on top of the peanut butter frosting, swirling them together. Top the cake with chopped peanut butter cup pieces.

Notes

You can substitute the 4 oz of cream cheese in the peanut butter cream cheese frosting for 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter if you'd prefer a buttercream frosting.