It's a good thing I enjoy physical exercise because after a slice of this cake, I definitely needed it. It was so rich and chocolaty and amazing that I had a hard time keeping my self control and not just eating the whole dang thing by myself. It was so worth the extra work out time.
2 2/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup + 1 tblsp Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup + 2 tblsp. Sour Cream
1 tblsp. Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Unsalted Butter (melted and cooled)
1/2 cup Corn Oil
1 1/3 cups Chilled Water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F°. Butter and line the bottom of 2 (8-inch) cake pans.In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl or wide-necked measuring cup whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended. Using a standing or handheld electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you'll need another large bowl for this is using the hand mixer; the standing mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed. Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared tins.
Bake the cakes for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out on the rack to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1/2 tblsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tblsp. Heavy Cream
3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
In a stand mixer cream the butter and the peanut butter until well combined and fluffy. Slowly add in 2 cups of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth. Add in vanilla and heavy cream and mix until combined before adding in the rest of the powdered sugar. Add in as much powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.
After all is said and done and the cake has been frosted this is the delicious product that you are left with. Try really really hard to not just dive into this cake. Just the smell of the chocolate goodness and the peanut butter was enough to make me crazy!
Sorry for the low quality pictures. I tend to only have my Android phone on hand when cooking because I leave my camera with the twins I babysit so I never ever miss one of their cute, giggle inducing moments.
I can't even being to explain how much my roommates hated me when they saw this lovely sitting on the cake stand in our kitchen. My mom and sister were very angry that this cake was not around at the house in Virginia. Sorry, guys, I told you to just come out and visit me here in lonely old Oklahoma.
One day I will take beautiful pictures of my food like Annie's Eats or Sweetapolita who have inspired this blog on more than one occasion. I am so jealous of their talent and their abilities.
Also, what's a better way to kick off the summer than with a TEA PARTY! I just found out that A Fanciful Twist is hosting what looks to be a super amazing Mad Tea Party. I'm excited to be able to be a part of it this year and I can't wait for June 25th!