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Chocolate cake layered with peanut butter frosting and chopped peanut butter Snickers bars make this peanut butter Snickers cake a decadent dessert!
I’m skipping the small talk today and jumping right into talking about this cake. This is not just any Snickers cake, but a Peanut Butter Snickers Cake. Oh yes, we did!
This is our go-to, from-scratch chocolate cake recipe. What makes this the best chocolate cake recipe? Number 1, it calls for buttermilk. Why use buttermilk in a cake recipe? It not only adds some depth to the flavor, but it also breaks down the gluten in the cake batter, which makes it have a soft, moist crumb. Number 2, it calls for strong coffee. Why coffee in chocolate cake? Coffee enhances the flavor of the cocoa powder. Don’t worry. If you don’t like coffee, you won’t taste it in this recipe. It will in fact taste more of chocolate because of the coffee. (Side note…if you’d like more info and pictures on making this homemade chocolate cake, you can find them here. That cake is one of our very first posts!)
Melt in your mouth, to die for, peanut butter frosting. Although I go at this frosting with just a spoon and am happy, it makes the best frosting for chocolate cake. If you like chocolate and peanut butter that is. This frosting most likely looks familiar since we use it in cakes, brownies, and cupcakes.
If you’ve never had a peanut butter Snickers bar, drop everything and get yourself one. You won’t be disappointed. I chopped up those yummy candy bars and layered them in the middle and on top of the cake. Sweetness overload? You betcha.
. The best chocolate buttercream. I know I’m throwing around a lot of absolutes, but these are seriously our favorites. I wanted to do little dollops of chocolate buttercream on the outside of the cake to give it a finished look. You could skip this step if you’d like, but even if you have no cake decorating skills, you can make these simple stars. All you need is a decorating bag and Wilton Tip 2D or 1M tip.
First, you’ll ice the outside of the cake with peanut butter frosting. As you can see, I got the frosting as smooth as possible, but didn’t fuss about making sure it was perfect. Most of the cake is going to be covered and all eyes will be on those peanut butter Snickers bars!
Then I took a butter knife and made smooth, vertical lines around the outside edge of the cake. Hold the knife vertically and then starting at the base, lightly pull the knife up so that it makes a slightly indented “line” in the frosting. Don’t worry if the top edge has a little extra peanut butter frosting. If you pipe chocolate stars around the outer edge, it will all be covered up.
As you can see, this is a simple way to give your cake a little texture.
To pipe chocolate stars, simply place Wilton tip 2D in a decorating bag that has the tip cut off. Fill that bag with buttercream, squeeze out the air, and then, holding the bag perpendicular to the cake, squeeze gently to make stars around the top edge of the cake. Do the same along the bottom edge, holding the frosting bag at a 45-degree angle.
Lastly, fill the top of the cake with chopped peanut butter Snickers bars.
And there you have one of the Clark family’s favorite cakes. This shows up at birthdays quite often!
Please don’t email me telling me that this Peanut Butter Snickers Cake is too rich. 🙂 Yes, it is very rich. This is not diet food, friends. We love our rich desserts here. Have just a small slice alongside a glass of milk or cup of coffee and I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
Cake Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction