Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

It was a co-worker's birthday this past week and I used it as an excuse to bake one of my favorite cakes. Both recipes come from the Barefoot Contessa - although she didn't have them paired together in her cookbook.

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

The pairing came about several years ago when a group of us were talking about different cake combinations. Chocolate and peanut butter wasn't a revolutionary idea but we were sold. I'd seen an episode of Barefoot Contessa where she made Beatty's Chocolate Cake - an easy cake with a chocolate frosting. I did some further searching and found her recipe for chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing. I don't know why I didn't just make that recipe but I've been making this combination ever since.

The cake is moist and not too sweet but the real star is the frosting. It is simple to make and would elevate even a cake made with a box mix. It's so good I could eat it on its own.

My cake decorating skills are minimal but some peanut butter cups, cut in half make an easy embellishment. Skippy's P.B. Bites would also be a fun candy for decoration.

Cake with birthday banner


  1. This sounds amazing! I can't wait to make it!


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