Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reads and Feeds ~ Amber's Edition

Books + Food = Reads and Feeds

This addition is from Amber aka VampedChik. :-) Thank you!

This sounds absolutely decadent and it is the recipe that started the idea for this post.

The following is her recipe in her own words :D :

Ok so this is the recipe for the Ultimate Chocolate Cake.. or Death by chocolate cake as I dubbed it. You can add or subtract ingredients as wanted like if its to much peanut butter or choc. chips type stuff. its broken into 3 parts, the cake, the ganache, and the toppings. These are my Aunt's directions. She pretty much made if for dummies. I told her to be specific the first time when she wrote out the recipe for me so I'm just copying what she wrote. So if it seems like well yea no duh she just did it that way because she was giving this out to a few people and was trying to make it as easy as possible.

Pt. 1-

Peanut Butter Bundt cake:

1 box of Betty Crocker super moist chocolate fudge cake mix (you can really use whatever choc. fudge cake mix. we just really like this one)

3/4 cup chocolate milk (whole milk)

1/3 cup melted butter

3 eggs

1- 8oz container sour cream

1- small box instant chocolate pudding (4-serving size)

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

1- small bag of mini Reese's peanut butter cups

-Mix all of the above ingredients(except the peanut butter cups) together with an electric mixer

-Pour 1/2 of the batter into the bundt pan (sprayed with no-stick cooking spray)

-Sprinkle the mini peanut butter cups around the cake mix

-top off with the remaining cake batter.

-Bake the cake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes (bake at 325 if using a dark or non-stick pan)

-Cake is done when top springs back when touched lightly in center

-Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes

- Turn pan upside down onto a LARGE round plate or serving tray. (you'll need it extra large because the ganache will spread)

-Let it cool completely


Peanut Butter Ganache:

1 cup Heaving Whipping Cream

1-1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter (can be either smooth or chunky)

-In a small sauce pan combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT the peanut butter) on a low flame stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Once completely melted, turn up the heat and bring to a boil-STIR CONSTANTLY- this will stick and burn if you aren't careful.

Once it boils-remove from heat- add peanut butter and whisk until mixed completely

Ganache must be cool NOT cold before pouring onto cake. To cool the ganache quickly- place in freezer stirring every 5 minutes or so. it should only take about 15-20 minutes to cool the ganache.

Ladle the ganache over the cake allowing it to "pool" in the center of the cake. Take a rubber spatula and make sure the ganache has coated all sides of the cake.


Topping on the Cake:

Sprinkle Heath toffee bits-peanut butter chips-semi sweet chocolate chips on the top and sides of the cake.

Also garnish with additional mini peanut butter cups. (all of this which is optional but I LOVE the toffee bits giving it that little bits of crunch.)

Viola ~ The finished product~

Just so you know, this picture doesn't do the cake justice. When Amber sent me the picture, it was upside down. While trying to turn it around, it ended up looking a little flat. Sorry!

Her suggestion for a book to read with this cake is: The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy. Heath a former vampire became addicted to reeces peanut butter cups. He will spend what little money he has to get them.

From Goodreads:

Immortality bites- new from the author of Accidentally Dead and The Accidental Werewolf.

Wanda Schwartz is raking in the dough selling Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics-and she's a pro at recruiting new saleswomen. So, she's shocked when a man comes to one of her in-home parties-a very hot man. Heath Jefferson is sure to put some extra spin into a lot of women's color wheels.

When Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn't have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn't. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former bloodlust has turned into an old-fashioned lust-for Wanda. And he's already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

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Your mission should you choose to accept it is to go forth and bake this yumminess. The other option is to resist and go hungry. What will you choose to do????  

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  1. ^^ i will go hungry sadly because i'm allergy to several ingredient but i will try a version of it without those for when i do have time ( which right now isn't teh case ( i did spend 4days without eating at all^^,, bad bad i know)
    at teh moment i'm cooking what is quick nd simple because i'm always interrupted and i'm in no mood for special thing ( but now perhaps i will try this oen for christmas or new year dessert even if i don't eat any i'm sure it would please some ;)

    so thank you a lot Brenda for this category of post ( i will send some i'm just trying to find more hours in he days) and for amber for shraing this one with us^^

    1. I'll send some other recipes and hopefully find something that you can enjoy. :)

  2. LOL Your supposed edit me! ;) I have a couple more recipes to send. I just need to make them. :)

    1. Lol! I did edit you some. I wanted everyone to see your personality. I meant to post this last month but it just never seemed to happen. better late than never!

    2. LOL Its no big. Nov. was a busy month. This does work well for holiday parties though. :)

    3. really well i think and yes your personnaly reflect well in the post so no worries at all

  3. Where did my comment go, I thought I had just published it and another page came up so if it appears twice it's the gremlins that did it.
    I don't eat chocolate but I will live vicariously through you as you enjoy the cake but you have to tell me all about it.

    1. Darn gremlins! I bet they would eat that cake! :p

    2. They would and they would only leave you the crumbs

  4. I love chocolate and your cake sounds delicious. I like using a bundt pan for baking a cake, because the cake looks pretty even without icing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is really yummy. But SUPER rich! and I agree with you. Bundt pans make them look so much better. :)

  5. I like all cupcakes even the cornbread ones. My favorite is the chocolate or german chocolate cupcake.

  6. I love peanut butter bundt cake!!