Now keep in mind, when creating this wonderful bit of yumminess, one should not be in a hurry, should not have to pick up kids, drive kids, or help others during this process. Just a suggestion is all. I had a blond moment in my process as well, I am not afraid to admit to, and will get to that later on. Here I go;
About now I am getting busy at home. I begin making the cake only to realize I don't have enough flour, grrrr. So, I hop in the shower, because I have a funeral to go to and, well, I should shower of course. I was going to shower while the cake baked, but, noooo, I guess not now. So I put out all my ingredients I am going to need, other than the dang flour of course. (I may have said more than dang at the time) (I'm pretty certain I said more than dang) OK enough of that....I needed;
1/2 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla (or so, I never measure)
1/2 - 3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 & 1/2 cups of flour (um, when I get more)
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of milk (or so, I judge my batter, 1/2 cup for sure, maybe a splash more)
Let's just say I had the flour, I would begin beating the first 5 ingredients, one at a time, until nice and smooth, then add the flour slowly and the baking powder, then add the milk until the right consistency.
I was only making one 9" round cake pan, so that's why only these ingredients. This is a filling cake and it is a bit on the rich side. That's why only one cake pan. I cut out a round of parchment paper for the bottom of my round pan and greased it, as well as the sides of the pan, poured the batter in, spread it out, tapped the pan on the counter to expel any unwanted air bubbles, and baked at 350 degrees for about a half an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely. Slice in half so as to have two layers, made out of only one cake.
I did not take pictures of this part, or the next part as this is when things were a bit hairy in my household.
Peanut Butter filling;
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2ish tablespoons of softened butter (sorry again, no measuring)
1/2 cup of icing sugar
1/4 cup(ish) of honey
mix well, until smooth, and this is what I put between the cut layers of cake.
I put one layer on the bottom of my cake plate, put my peanut butter filling down, placed the top cake layer on, and now the building process can begin. And my family starts tugging at me in all directions. Ugh....
So I removed my melted chocolate, notched CD holder from the fridge to let it warm up a bit, and it is looking perfect I must say. As it reaches the temperature and softness I want, I decide it's time to cut it and get ready to 'glue it" around the edge. I butter the outside edge of the cake round, and proceed to cut the chocolate down the centre as that looks to be a good size and will have two pieces to join together only. So I get my big sharp Henkel knife and begin to cut slowly, really slowly as to not crack the most precious chocolate. I get nothing, um it's not cutting, what? I press again, and then I put the tip of my knife in the chocolate and again not cutting, I push harder, and the chocolate begins to crack along the ridges....Have you guessed yet, I'm having a blond moment, and forgot to lift the wax paper out of my CD holder mold thingy. Yeppers, way to go Sharon. So now I have chocolate fingers, OK I can still make this work, *big sigh* Again, what was I thinking?? So now like a brick layer, I buttered the backs of the chocolate fingers and place them around the edge of the cake, looking good, all is going well, I realize that I should have chocolate icing as my mortar, since I am doing this piece by piece, and little bit of the white icing is showing, but oh well, can't go back now. After the edging is complete, and looking kinda cool, I melt more chocolate for the top of the Peanut Butter Cup Cake. Melted perfectly, I pour it on top and using my offset spatula I spread it around. Now during all of this chocolate process my two youngest are at my sides, asking me questions, wanting a piece of the chocolate fingers, or any chocolate really, can I blame them, hello, it is chocolate :) Can they lick the bowl, how about the knife, the spatula, please Mom just a little.....Done, the cake is done, in the fridge it goes. Whew, now hope it tastes good!!!
Now I'm hanging up my measuring cups for a while I think, gotta put a dent in my fabric pile. I have a certain daughter with a passion for purple that needs a duvet cover....