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Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake for a special birthday

This cake was made for a very special person’s very special day. Today, my beloved brother would have been 48 years old.

IMG_2742Since we live in Texas now, I thought this photo was quite fitting 🙂

So to celebrate him, and his day, I baked a cake. Not just any cake, though, an incredibly scrumptious chocolate peanut butter cake. Right about now, you might be saying to yourself, “Hey Megan, wait a minute….isn’t chocolate and peanut butter YOUR favorite flavor combination?”

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Why yes, yes it is. I thought long and hard about what to make for his special day this year, and realized I’ve never made him this type of cake before. I’ve made a triple layer coconut cake, a simple vanilla cake, an almond ice cream cake, and the always popular double decker chocolate cake with chocolate icing. And knowing my brother the way I do, he would want me to continuously branch out and make something different and unique. And while I really would have loved to have pulled out all the stops and made this cake, I restrained myself since I’m pretty much the only one in the house eating this.

And for the record, I’m completely ok with that….. taking one for the team isn’t always a bad thing 🙂

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and held so dear.”

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Happy birthday Randy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake – adapted from I Wash, You Dry

The original instructions call for using a boxed cake mix, but I used our favorite cake batter recipe instead.

  • 1 chocolate cake batter, prepared but not baked
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare chocolate cake mix and pour into a lightly greased 9×13 cake pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, beat till smooth. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time to bowl, and beat until fully incorporated and mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Distribute spoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture onto the chocolate cake batter. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Bake for 35-40 minutes, the center should still wiggle when you shake the pan. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and serving warm.

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