This will be no surprise to anyone that truly knows me, that this cake was a dream come true to see in this book! I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate; and desserts that have several layers and textures to them.
Just reading through the different components of this dessert had me excited! Then, my mom and one of her friends were looking for a cake and the timing could not have been more perfect! It was the friends husbands birthday and he is also a huge chocolate and peanut butter lover! If you know my back story and the reason why I started baking in the first place you know this lines up perfectly! I started baking to make people happy. I saw people going through rough times; sad, depressed, struggling, or just coasting through life without passions or excitement. I found that a tray of brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, or homemade ice cream immediately puts a smile on peoples faces!
Tessa writes in the description how she knew she was meant to be with her husband when they bonded over their love of sweet things; I can identify with this sooo much! The night that I first met my fiancé I had brought some of my cannolis from the restaurant I was working at during the time to a friends house and she had invited him over as well. The first thing he tasted of mine is one of the sweetest things I make, but it’s also one of the things I am most proud of! He says he was hooked at first bite, so anytime he asks for more (even though they are a pain to make) I do my best to make it happen.
She also talks about how her husband has taste-tested more cakes then she can count, also a very real thing in our house! With 16 cakes so far into this book and more from special orders, there have been many scraps/trimmings and things he has had to taste since all of them have flour in them. For that, I am forever grateful and in love with him for.
Let’s get into the cake!
Peanut Butter Mousse
- I am so thankful that this was a “simple” mousse! I have had to make some mousses in school that were not this easy to execute!
- I love the addition of the cream cheese. It gives an extra bit of creamy-ness, helps to cut the sweetness of the sugar, and is also a stabilizing unit when frozen.
- The finished flavor was amazing! Just the right balance of peanut butter, sweet, and just a pinch of salt to counter all the sugar.
- I would make this again for maybe my fiancé’s birthday, if he decides to go with a different choice rather then his classic “Carrot Cake Cheesecake” he gets every year.
- This is the same, beautiful chocolate cake we have made a few times already. It’s great every time!
Peanut Caramel SauceSO GOOD!
- If I would recommend one part of this cake to make, it would be this caramel.
- It’s super simple to make. But different, because of the addition of the peanuts!
- I can’t imagine how good things would be over a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream!
- This was also simple to make, but I feel like I might have done something wrong. I needed to add cream to thin it out and bring it together. You know when chocolate gets a little weird and almost starts to separate? That’s what this did. It was also very thick! With the addition of a splash of cream, however, I was able to thin it out and bring it together to make the glaze that the picture looks like!
Milk Chocolate Buttercream
- Swiss meringue buttercream. Chocolate. Need I say more?
Overall, this cake was a joy to make! It wasn’t overly complicated, even with a mousse element. It was devoured in no time at all! Which means it had to have been good! And it was for such a kind and gently human.