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Peanut Chocolate Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

12 servings

Field editor Iola Engle from Bella Vista, Arkansas recommends a mouthwatering layer cake with peanut butter frosting. It's luscious!"—Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped peanuts

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in water.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla until smooth; set aside.
  4. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Gently press peanuts into sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 863 calories, 45g fat (21g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 685mg sodium, 106g carbohydrate (81g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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