This past weekend I was able to get together with a bunch of friends for lunch and some catching up. My friend's husband made us the best curry and bulgogi (Seriously, to die for- I have to get the recipes), and I really wanted to provide dessert. You see, get togethers give me the chance to make treats that I have on my "to-make" list, and I usually knock out at least 3 at a time.
So, then I had to decide what was going to be made. The almost rotten bananas and overload of peaches made two of the choices easy, but on the third I was going back and forth. I had seen a post for this Dorie/Barefoot Contessa combo dessert (here on Smells like Home and also here on Slow Like Honey) and everywhere else and knew it couldn't miss. How could combining Dorie and Ina go wrong? Especially when you are mixing choco and pb? If you only make one dessert in your life, make this Cocoa Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. It was divine. I made cupcakes because they are easier to feed more people and not as hard to transport.
The Peach Pie is a no-bake filling and super easy, plus it is delicious. It is a recipe from a family friend, from my childhood that we make every year when the peaches are ripe. Everyone thought they would just have a half a slice, but it was the first thing that disappeared.
The Banana Bundt was wonderful as well. I made it the night before as Dorie suggested and wrapped it in plastic wrap over night and drizzled the icing right before we got in the car. It was so much fun to see old friends and eat yummy food. I think I try to eat healthy at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so I can enjoy delicious treats like this a few times a week. Yummy! (Exercise helps too)
Cocoa Buttermilk Birthday Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Peanut Butter frosting recipe follows
To make the cake: Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for about 2 minutes, until it is thoroughly blended into the butter. Add the eggs one at a time, then the yolks one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk; add the dry ingredients in 3 portions and the buttermilk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients); mix only until each new batch is blended into the batter. Scrape down the bowl and, if you want, add the melted chocolate, folding it in with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter between the cake pans.
Bake for 26 to 30 minutes (I baked the minis for about 14 minutes and the other cupcakes for 19 minutes), or until the cakes feel springy to the touch and start to pull away from the sides of the pans. Transfer the cakes to racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up.
To Assemble the Cake: Place one layer top side up on a cardboard round or a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment paper. Frost the top of the layer, and sprinkle the smashed up peanut butter cups inside. Be careful to not overload the inside with peanut butter cups or else it will look uneven when you place the top layer.
Next, cover with the second layer, top side down. Frost the sides and top of the cake, either smoothing the frosting for a sleek look or using a spatula, knife or spoon to swirl it for a more exuberant look. Press the remaining peanut butter cups around the sides of the frosted cake, and if you want you can sprinkle them on top too.
Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour (or for up to 1 day, if that’s more convenient) to set the frosting, then bring it to room temperature before serving.
Peanut Butter frosting: from The Barefoot Contessa