Friday, April 6

Caden's Cake: Dark Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting



As allot of you know who have been reading along since I started this little piece of internet land back in July. My husband (Stevie) and I have been together since 10th grade and have known each other since we were 7/8yrs old. At one point in our childhood... we were next door neighbors (but didn't know it!)

So I guess you can say he is my oldest friend.

With the exception of our two other best friends... who are also married. Matt and Chrissy. Matt and Stevie have been friends since they were in the fourth grade. Then Chrissy and I became besties our Freshman year of high school. The four of us started dating our spouses at the same time and have been together ever since.

In addition to starting dating at the same time... we even all got married the same summer. (July and August of 2006)

THEN we had babies right around the same time... only difference is they stopped at one where we kept popping them out!!

Matt and Chrissy's son Caden just turned four yesterday. My 2 sons (ages 3 and 5) consider him their best friend/cousin. My hopes is that the 3 boys being so close in age will maintain their friendships into adulthood like us parents have... how cool would it be to say "We've been friends since before we were born!" ?

From left to right Owen, Chase.... and Caden showing off that belly!


We all had plans over the weekend to get together for dinner.  So we adults can hang out and the boys can play as well.

For dinner I made a baked mac n' cheese (I think I make it every time we have them over) and a chili.

Then for dessert I made a cake inspired by Caden.

Reason being is that every time he comes to my house or we go to his... he pounds peanut butter and ritz. The boy loves his peanut butter.



So I decided to make a Dark Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as Caden did!



Dark Chocolate Cake w/ Peanut Butter Buttercream 

Adapted from Food.com 





 2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 a cup of dark coco powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2/3 of a cup of boiling water

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease and Flour 2 8 inch cake pans. Set aside

In the bowl of your electric mixer stir together your dry ingredients. Add in milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and beat on medium/low speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water by hand.

Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

For the frosting:

2 sticks of room temperature butter (1 cup)
1 cup of cream peanut butter
2 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tbs of half and half

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. On medium/low speed add in powder sugar than half and half until it is smooth.

Frost cooled cakes.



How many of you have also maintained friendships from grade school?

40 comments:

  1. This looks soooo yummy! Can't wait to try it!!!!

    My bestie from high school introduced me to my husband. They had been friends since before he was born, she's six months older than him (their mother's were besties in high school, too!) Then we introduced her to HIS best friend from high school, and now they are married, about two years after us. We both had quick engagements and married very fast, but at 7 years and 5 years of marriage it seems to be working out great for all of us! Thinking I'll be making this cake for her birthday coming up :)

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    1. Love your story! Wish you all the best!

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    2. Thank you for posting this wonderful dark chocolate cake recipe! It will be forever in my keepers file. The frosting is so good and not real sweet, but a mouthful of tasty peanut butter. Now I have to hide my piece otherwise someone in my house will even eat that!

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  2. What a delicious cake and a great story! What are the chances that you both married your HS sweethearts?

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  3. What a great story! I have never met anybody who has married someone that they have almost always known -- so sweet! And the cake sounds amazing, as well :)

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  4. What a great story! I have never met anybody who has married someone that they have almost always known -- so sweet! And the cake sounds amazing, as well :)

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  5. LOL this is a great post.

    Love that belleh full of chocolate cake with peanut butter icing!!

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  6. That is so neat that you have known your husband that long and that all of you have remained friends! And the cake sounds fabulous! PB & chocolate is one of my favorite combinations!

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  7. No wonder this Caden's fav! I am drooling looking at the pic of the slice of this cake. Will bake this cake for my little boy :)

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  8. Awww, the boys are adorable! What a lovely cake to make for him:-) Sounds perfect to me! Hugs, Terra

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  9. how much vanilla? i'm making this tomorrow for my father-in-law

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    1. 1 tsp. Sorry about that! I'll make changes to the recipe later this afternoon. Good luck hope your FIL loves it!

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  10. I attempted these a few days ago. I think I filled the cupcake tin a little over 3/4 full and they overflowed leaving a dip in the centre and wasted batter! Next time I'll only half fill the tray. I'll be making these again but I have to say they aren't amazing on their own and need an icing to make up for the somewhat boring flavour. I'll experiment with the recipe to make the flavour more to my liking because the texture was definitely excellent.

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  11. What is 2 tbs of half and half?

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    1. 2 Tablespoons Half & half is Definition: Half and half is a dairy product consisting of equal parts light cream and milk.

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    2. 2 Tablespoons Half and half is a dairy product consisting of equal parts light cream and milk.

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    3. The stuff that you put in your coffee other then milk and creamer

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  12. My mother and father grew up in the same neighborhood was born on the same day and year, I have always thought this was amazing...this cake looks delicious and hope to make it sometime soon...thanks for sharing your story and recipe.

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  13. my best friend and I met through our mothers who were friends. We were 5 yrs old then, we are 50+yrs now!!! We have been there for each other through thick and thin! The fun thing is, we both had two children, both had a girl and a boy...and now our children are just as close!!!! hope this friendship continues on through generations!!!!

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  14. what is cream peanut butter? never heard of it. is it a peanut butter spread that u buy in jars?

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    1. typo, the Y is missing. Creamy Peanut Butter is sold in all US grocery stores.... You usually have a choice between crunchy or creamy.

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  15. what is cream of peanut butter? is it peanut spread. never heard of it.

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    1. I think she just meant creamy peanut butter. Same as in regular jars.

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    2. typo, the Y is missing. Creamy Peanut Butter is sold in all US grocery stores.... You usually have a choice between crunch or creamy.

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  16. Can this also be made in a 9x13 pan?

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  17. I'm a lazy cook and even lazier baker. I'd make the frosting since it only has a few ingredients but use store bought cake mix.

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    1. Store bought cake mix doesn't even compare. Sometimes it pays off not to be a lazy cook.

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  18. this looks like the Hersheys recipe...

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    1. Actually as stated in the recipe, I adapted this from food.com. I haven't seen it on Hersheys.... If you have please share the link.

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  19. I love peanut butter, but is this a sweet frosting? A lot of peanut butter candies I stay away from because they are too sweet. This looks great and I would love to try it.

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    1. Like most frostings this is sweet. It calls for a lot of powdered sugar. It's really rich. You can attempt to make it and reduce the sugar content if you'd like.

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  20. Can half and half be substitute with something else?

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  21. Can half and half be substitute with something else?

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  22. Can half and half be substitute with something else?

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  23. My husband's two favorites - dark chocolate and peanut butter. His birthday is this week, can't wait to make this. Thanks so much

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