Chocolate-Peanut Butter Marble Cake








Chocolate-Peanut Butter Marble Cake

Cake
2 1/4 cups cake flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two (9-inch) round cake pans.

In medium mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until combined, about 2 minutes; remove half of the batter and place in medium mixing bowl. Beat peanut butter into one of the bowls filled with batter until combined. Beat melted chocolate into the other bowl filled with batter until combined.

Divide peanut butter batter into each cake pan, placing only on one side. Divide chocolate batter into each cake pan, on the opposite side; swirl batters together using a butter knife. Bake for 30 minutes or until well risen and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 12 minutes, on a wire rack, before running a knife around outside edges and inverting onto wire racks to cool completely.

Frosting:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

To make the frosting: In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and milk; bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Boil 1 minute or until thickened; remove pan from heat and strain mixture into a small bowl. Cool completely in the refrigerator or freezer.

Beat the butter until creamy, about 1 minute, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed. Beat in "chocolate pudding" mixture until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Spread frosting onto cake layers.

Makes 10 servings

65 comments:

  1. OOOOOHHHH,....Emily! What a decadently rich & fabulous cake!! You do yourself proud!!!
    YUm Yum Yum!!

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  2. Great looking cake - I'd be delighted to get that on my birthday!

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  3. lucky Eric in all kinds of ways....this is one special cake.

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  4. Wow that cake looks amazing! My fiance loves anything chocolate and PB so I know what I'll be making very soon! Thanks for an awesome recipe :-D

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  5. Mmmm....cake would be on my list of things I like - espescially warm from the oven. This looks fabulous.

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  6. My sister lurves reese's pb cups, and wanted a chocolate pb cake for her birthday... and no joke I have spen the past 20 minutes looking for recipes, and then I checked my blog roll and here was this post. It must be fate that I am supposed to make this cake! :)

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  7. Wow, that looks so good. I found your site from Maria's today. My son LOVES peanut butter and I make him choc/pb ice cream shakes in the summer. He would love this cake for his birthday. Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM delicious!! And the ice cream in the post below this... YUM!!!!!!

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  9. Oh my, I think my birthday is going to come early! Like, months early! As in, today! And just you wait until you hit the end of Six Feet Under, best ending ever. And I totally agree about Facebook and Jon & Kate. Nuff said.

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  10. What an absolutely fantastic looking cake. The recipe sounds great. I know I will have to try this in the future.

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  11. Delicious, Emily!! I wish someone would have made me this for my bday a few days ago. PB+chocolate = heaven. I agree with you on the Facebook quizzes...they are SO annoying.

    By the way, I made your PB/banana/chocolate chip bread the other day. It's awesome! I didn't have chocolate chips though, so I threw in some leftover PB chips. Yummo! Thanks for the recipe.

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  12. Oh wow! Who would have thought of PB with marble cake. This is such a decadent and sinful combination and I simply love it.

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  13. The picture is not only giant, it's eatable!!!!! What a delicious cake Emily!!!! I should try it, do you think I could clone it? Where could I find the peanut butter here? It's awesome.... the best:D. You are so good at this!

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  14. Yummy looking cake. Now I'm thinking of changing the cake I'm making for Mom's birthday next week. You keep giving me new ideas.

    Sorry about all those Facebook quizzes. What can I say? I like time wasters!

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  15. Emily, this cake looks fabulous. Lucky Eric!! I knew I saw this cake hidden beneath your Twix ice cream in the last post. I'm so glad that this cake got its own post as well. Boy, does it look delicious! You're right: cake is a total requirement for bday celebrations, and you're also right about the saliva. I can't help but stick my fingers in the cake.

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  16. Gorgeous!! I wish I could make a cake look that good.

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  17. Pretty darn good for your first marble cake! And I thought I was the only one who hated those darn FB quizzes. Who the heck cares what Care Bear you would be or what type of house you're supposed to live in?! I was beginning to think I was just becoming an old fuddy-duddy! Thanks for coming over to the dark side with me.

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  18. Emily I love this cake! I made myself a PB cake with chocolate chips for my last birthday and this reminds me of it! Great job!
    I also like baking cakes for people's birthdays. It makes me feel like a Happiness Fairy :) (wow, that's cheesy!)

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  19. how sweet of you to make eric a birthday cake!

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  20. Eric's lucky!

    Marble cake reminds me of the Seinfeldiann principle of the black & white cookie. "Look to the cookie!"

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  21. I've only ever seen chocolate/vanilla marbled cake, but your version is perfect. I love the idea of a chocolate/peanut butter swirled cake. Genius!

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  22. I loved Six Feet Under -- never missed an episode. I would definitely believe that you would like that -- quirky girl. LOL The cake is just scrumptious looking. Nice way to treat somebody on their birthday.

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  23. What an amazing cake, doing a marble cake with chocolate and peanut butter is such a great idea! What a lucky guy :)

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  24. I never made anything with peanut butter before, I don't know why. But I think I must start to use PB for baking. Sounds scrumptious!

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  25. My son was on a Taco Bell kick last month. Now it's been replaced by Mickey Mouse pizza. ;) Cake looks fabulous!

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  26. This looks delicious!

    I'm with you on Jon and Kate...it is sad because my lead sous chef loves watching "the baby show" and got sick of it when they stopped showing the kids as much. Don't think we'll be watching it whenever it comes back on.

    I lived on Taco Bell when I was preggers..had one right by my house...they knew me by name.

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  27. Love the twist on marble cake with the peanut butter cake, looks terrific.

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  28. Lucky Eric - look at that frosting!! I love Six Feet Under - they played it in the graveyard shift for most of its run here though, so I missed so much of it.

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  29. a homemade birthday cake is the best gift you can give someone, is it not? well, at least it's among the best. :)

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  30. Six feet under was great :) i also watched on dvd! i like marbled cake, but the addition of pb is definitely kicking it up a notch ;)

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  31. OK, one slab to go with that Twix ice cream...so much for a diet.

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  32. That cake looks amazing! Hope your still enjoying your mixing bowls. Things have been crazy at KaTom (we just modeled our entire office) but I try to keep up with your blog as best I can.

    Oh. And I'm Rose. :-P

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  33. Yum, I love chocolate and peanut better. Your cake is gorgeous and I'll save the recipe for our next birthday party.

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  34. that cake is larger than life and i love it!

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  35. Just the name sounds decadent to me, I can just imagine how awesome this tastes!

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  36. Oh my goodness- you never cease to out-do yourself! Every recipe looks better than the last if that is even possible!

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  37. Great story, great likes and dislikes. Awesome cake! Pure goodness.

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  38. I'm going gaga right now. The cake, the twix ice cream, those darn cookies. I've got to get in the kitchen pronto.

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  39. mmm. delicious! I'm slowly starting a cookie kick too... lord help us all!!!

    and i HATE those facebook quizzes..I always hide them to save space. They really do not make sense ever.

    ~rd

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  40. Chocolate and PB are my two most favorite things - your cake looks so yummy!

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  41. i agree, facebook is annoying! but cake is SOOOO good! i recently had a delicious vanilla and chocolate marble cake at a birthday; your peanut butter chocolate combo sounds even better!

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  42. Hi Emily,
    Thats an amazing looking cake! I wanted to eat it rite off the browser. BTW...do you have any pictures of the "swirl" action u did with the 2 different layers? I just cant picturize how the batter would look like after the swirl.

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  43. Happy birthday to Eric. Lucky gut to have such a delicious cake to mark the occasion:D

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  44. that looks delish!! kale in smoothies taste nothing like the amazing grass, which i think is chalky. you shoudl try kale!

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  45. that looks delish!! kale in smoothies taste nothing like the amazing grass, which i think is chalky. you shoudl try kale!

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  46. The cake looks fabulous! I love shredded wheat too:)

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  47. As a kid, I loved marble cake- because I could NOT for the life of me figure out how they mixed chocolate and vanilla together. It was magical to me.

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  48. Thanks! I have to make a marble cake tonight for a birthday tomorrow! Yours looks great and PB makes it more exciting than a normal marble cake!
    ~ingrid

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  49. Eric is one lucky guy, that cake looks fabulous, Em.

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  50. It looks so delish!!
    You make me laugh, because you write the way I think but can't somehow write it that way.
    You really have a way with putting your thoughts down on paper...
    It's a gift!!! :)

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  51. my mouth is watering! this looks incredible :)

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  52. Thanks everyone!

    Sara, I'm glad you liked it. I've received a lot of positive feedback about that recipe.

    Colins's Mom - I totally agree!

    Cate, I want some Mickey Mouse pizza.

    D, I don't have any! I'm sorry.

    Annie, that is such a nice comment.

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  53. OMG..I wish you lived next-door & I was your test taster. I can't wait for my eldest kids to read your blog. They all love to cook & bake. Ooops..got to go, Paula Deen is on the Today Show, love her!!

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  54. OH MY GOD! I LOVE SIX FEET UNDER!


    Funny story- When I was on leave with Oliver, I signed up for Netflix JUST so that I can watch Six Feet Under straight through, start to finish. THen I had him, finished up the series, and canceled Netflix. They NEVER SHOULD HAVE ENDED THE SHOW!

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  55. oh man, I can't even believe how good this looks

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  56. That's the kind of cake I would like for MY birthday! I really like marble cakes, when can't decide witch batter to do, I just make 2!

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  57. My jaw dropped when I paged-down and saw that picture. I think I need to make that for Dave's birthday.

    Oh, and I used to call the Frosted Shredded Wheat "Freddie Wheat". I still sometimes do. :)

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  58. Looks really tasty.. I am starving right now..

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  59. omg. this is sooooooo delightfully frighteningly sumptuous looking!!!:)

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  60. I am printing this out and will make it. It looks so delicious. My husband is a peanut butter anything nut so I know he'll love it.

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  61. what temprature do you cook the cake at ?!

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  62. sooooo yummmmiiieee...
    i'm loving it..

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