9/16/09

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb-cream cheese filling topped w/ ganache & salty peanuts

I'm not going to write out a post with these photo's....no one's going to read it.

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb cream cheese filling & ganache

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb cream cheese filling & ganache

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb cream cheese filling & ganache

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb cream cheese filling & ganache

devil's food cake w/ chunky pb-cream cheese filling topped w/ ganache
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I used the devil's food cake recipe from here--david lebovitz. Then I made the chunky pb filling (below). Then I used a ganache topping over the cake (below) and topped the cake with salty cocktails peanuts, chopped.

chunky peanut butter-cream cheese filling
8 oz cream cheese, very soft/room temp
½ stick salted butter, at room temp
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
A good pinch of sea salt
a dash of good quality vanilla extract
½ cup smooth peanut butter (not all natural)
handful of salty peanuts, rough chop

In a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and butter together. The slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar—don’t forget to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl during mixing. Continue to beat till nice and fluffy, then add in the salt, vanilla extract, and peanut butter. I prefer to fold the peanut butter in by hand then added in the peanuts in.

ganache (so many ways to make this, here's my way)
12 ounces 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 TB unsalted butter

For the ganache, melt the chopped chocolate with the heavy cream in a double-boiler. Make sure to stir occasionally until fully melted. Once melted, take off the heat and add in the butter. Make sure to whisk this up good. The better you whisk the glossier and smoother the ganache. I waited about an hour and a half for it to cool to pour onto cake.
And just so you know, ganache keeps very well in the fridge overnight if covered very well. You must let it come to room temp before using and whisk it, A LOT.

assemble:
Bake the cake using the recipe link above. Let cakes cool in pans. Then once cooled use pb filling and spread on one layer of cake, be sure not to let the filling get too close to the edges. Once done filling, place the other cake on top. Pour on the ganache, then sprinkle with roughly chopped salty peanuts (optional but wonderful) or sprinkle whatever you wish on top.

**Note: I did a double layer of ganache; did one layer, let it cooled/harden then another layer to kick it up another notch.

75 comments:

  1. I think I gained all my weight back just looking at those photos:) Thanks!! WOW! What a cake!!!

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  2. Wow....that looks so amazingly delicious!!

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  3. You're right. The pictures say it all. I made a similar cake a long time ago... peanut butter frosting first and then ganache poured over... and these pictures are making me want to make it again. Looks divine!

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  4. I have a super deep weakness for PB & Chocolate combos. This looks positively to DIE for.

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  5. no words needed. Period! Dawn, why must you tease me like this? Ship me a slice, please. Pretty please!

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  6. Just one slice please.

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  7. Um...yeah. I am pretty much speechless.

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  8. I'll make everything else you bring the cake!

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  9. Reminds me of a cake I had over Labor Day...
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/08/chocolate-peanut-butter-cake/

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  10. oh my drooooooooooool. Look at the chocolate falling off that baby! Just glorious

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  11. Oh my, I'm drooling. I love the combination of PB & chocolate. That's such a beautiful cake.

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  12. Um.........Dawn..........this isn't making the leftovers we're having for dinner look very tempting....

    Swallowing hard.....

    MAJOR food porn......and I'm lovin' every minute....

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  13. Wow! Words can't describe how amazing your cake looks anyway!! YUM!

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  14. I have no words. I may just make that my screen saver though.

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  15. OMGosh! I think I just died and went to heaven. I'm so making this!

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  16. That is just mouthwatering...wowzer. So impressive!

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  17. Oh my that looks so yummy!

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  18. Man I'm pissed I'm in the middle of the country--THAT LOOKS SOOO GOOD and will go good with some vanilla ice cream!!!

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  19. The photos speak for themselves. This looks sensational!

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  20. There are no words for this, One can only stare and dream.

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  21. Food porn indeed. Yowsa.

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  22. Okay girl you have seriously out done yourself with this one. I want to take my whole face and just bury it in that cake!!

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  23. ohh Dawn Dawn Dawn!
    This IS food porn at its best.
    I should remember to put a bib on when I come to your site!

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  24. Oh my... That looks so good. Do you always finish your cakes or try to give it away? When I bake something I always try to give it away because I'm afraid I'd probably eat the whole thing! lol

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  25. Hahaha food porn! What exactly is devil's food cake? Never heard of it! But it sure looks delicious!!!

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  26. What a gorgeous cake. You had me at the title. Mmm!

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  27. You are so right! I just needed those pictures - no words :)

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  28. Wow Wow Wow - this is some serious food porn you've got for us here.

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  29. Wooo, you're right, no words necessary! Awesome idea to double the ganache!

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  30. Yum!you have made this devilishly delicious!

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  31. QUALITY work, dawn. classic combination, but completely amped up--there's nothing NOT to love about this!

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  32. Great. Now I need to wipe drool off my chin and keyboard.

    My son and I ooohed and aaaahed when I saw your pictures...he asked me to make it for dinner.

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  33. Ok, I normally read your posts top to bottom, in and out, all the way. But this one, I just didn't need to. The pics just steal away from the words, like the blog is out of air :)

    Just wow. Wow dude.

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  34. This looks sooo good. Very pretty cake Dawn. Oh and I hope you share your clam dip recipe one day!

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  35. Yep- no need to say a word. Just pass on the recipe!

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  36. OH hell, Dawn! This is just too good!

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  37. Yes, the pictures speak for themselves here! Gorgeous! Such great combination of sweet and salty flavors, yum!

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  38. My birthday is in October. I'll pay shipping!!

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  40. WOW this looks and sounds amazing! I would never have thought of pb-cream cheese filling.

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  41. I could dive into this cake face first!

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  42. yeah, no words needed. just a slice, please!

    i don't know how far you are, but let me know if you're interested in apple picking somwewhere around boston the first wknd in october :)

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  43. WTF- you need to be on the food network or something. seriously.

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  44. Oh yeah, wordless porn is better! Ha ha ha :) I'm glad I stopped by for this. It's a total dream on a plate. Stunning! Great job, Dawn :)

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  45. Ha, you were right!

    I gotta tell ya straight while I don't like chocolate or PB on their own. Together? Now that's another story....with that said your cake is looking over the top good!
    ~ingrid

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  46. Give me a big glass of milk and we are doing fine!! I like the photos!
    :)

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  47. OMG this cake is to die for. I can't wait to try it! Great blog!

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  48. I would love to stick my fork in that!!! It looks heavenly!

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  49. You're absolutely right - with those pictures, I probably wouldn't have read the text.

    Wow, that looks scrumptious.

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  50. O god, that looks incredible! I love how the ganache set perfectly.

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  51. Just found your blog, and that cake looks AMAZING!

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  52. Wowzer. That's really all there is to say.

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  53. holy heck...now there's drool on my keyboard! thanks a lot dawn ;)

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  54. Looks delish. I love the salted peanuts on top.

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  55. OMG... I think I just got a cavity looking at those pictures.

    And I liked it. :-)

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  56. That cake loos so good all dripping with chocolate!!

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  57. Okay, I see the pic over at Food Porn Daily, but did not scroll down just a tish......then, I go to your site and there's this picture, the same picture. What the heck is going on. I read your blog, then went back to Food Porn and looked at the picture again. This time I scrolled down a tish and there it was....big as day.....Courtesy of Vanilla Sugar. Love it!

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  58. How did I miss this one? OMG, it's freaking amazing.

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  59. This is fabulous Dawn, the double layer of ganache and salty peanuts Mmmmmmmm! Heaven! There is no time to talk when you have a slice of this in front of you.

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  60. Oh yum!! That middle pb layer looks amazing!

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  61. Looks amazing!
    This cake is really calling my name!

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  62. Dawn you are past being bad! Words fail me to describe the wicked, tempting, food porn in this post and on this blog on the whole! But for all of that, please, don't stop! :)

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  63. Oh. My. GAWD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  64. I feel like I have to go to confession after indulging in this food porn! When being bad is so very, very good . . . !

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  65. OH MY FREAKING GOSH. This looks incredible. Wow. No words.

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  66. Yum Yum, All I need is a tall glass of ice cold milk ! Great job! :)

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  67. Somehow managed to miss this cake, which is a hot mess SHAME. You've got to be kidding! lol It's sinful, diabolical and delicious.

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  68. oh my god! yum yum yumm!!! this looks insanely delicious! I'm so excited i found your blog! Its one of y new favorites! I'll be back often :)
    Mini Baker

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  69. I made this over the weekend for my friend's birthday party and it was a huge hit! Not a drip of ganache left on the platter. Thanks so much.

    Lisa
    St. Paul, MN

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