Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

The past fortnight has been a busy one here at home. Hospital appointments for me, rugby matches for our son and both of our girls working hard on their studies. Life has been hectic. Yet, during this time, we have also celebrated two special birthdays in our family. Amidst the coming and going, we made time for what is important. Spending time together. Celebrating birthdays and enjoying the company and love that we have for each other. Laughing, catching up, chatting, more laughter and sharing this delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

For me, nothing is more important than spending time with those that I love. Whether family, friends or both. Yet due to the continued frequency of seizures see here, these occasions have been few and far between over the last two years. While I was able to attend the wedding of my amazing nephew and my new niece, there have been very many missed opportunities, simply due to my health. Hopefully, this trend is on the turn and change is afoot!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

Since our son and my sister celebrate their birthday on the same day, it has become a tradition for them to see each other on their special day. While last year this event was cancelled, we more than made up for it this year! We gathered and celebrated this very special day together. Presents were unwrapped, cards opened, cuddles given. Most importantly we were a family celebrating together. Is there anything that is better?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake sliced with a cool glass of milk

Since having made our, not so little boy, a fruit cake for his birthday over the past couple of years, change was definitely needed! Knowing his love for Reeces Peanut Butter Cups I suggested a chocolate and peanut butter cake. A suggestion that was met with much agreement. Light chocolate and peanut butter sponges, sandwiched together with peanut butter icing, along with hidden, chopped peanut butter cups in the centre. Frosted all over with the same icing and decorated with a milk chocolate drip and more peanut butter cups. Finally, a sprinkle of bronze crunch added elegance to the finished cake.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

The cake of our son’s dreams. Utterly thrilled with both the look and taste of his birthday cake, oohs and aahs escaped from everyone’s lips. While delivering completely on taste, as it did looks, this cake proved to be a huge hit. Most importantly from the birthday boy himself. Resulting in a day full of happy shared memories.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake serves 10-12


275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

275g/10oz Light Brown Sugar

50g/2oz Peanut Butter smooth – I use Reeces available from Amazon

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

5 Large Free Range Eggs

75ml/5tbsp Whole Milk

200g/7oz Plain Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Cocoa – I use Callebaut

Frosting and Decoration:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature

75g/3oz Peanut Butter smooth

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

500g/1lb 2oz White Icing Sugar

2 tbsp Very Hot Water

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

20 Mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cups plus additional to place around the base of the cake

6 Regular Reeces Peanut Butter Cups

200g/7oz Good Quality Milk Chocolate

Bronze Crunch Sprinkles available from Waitrose

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Baking the cake:

First of all, you will need 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins that are 5cm/2″ deep. Grease thoroughly with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • Into a large bowl add the butter, peanut butter,  sugar and salt. Whisk until pale and creamy, this will take around 5 minutes. Creaming the butter and sugar together properly helps create a light sponge.
  • Next add all 5 eggs, the milk and vanilla extract. Whisk briefly to break up the eggs.
  • Now sift in the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  • Finally, whisk or beat all of the ingredients together until they become a smooth batter. Over whisking will create a tough cake sponge.
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Making the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake batter.
  • Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two prepared tins.
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Chocolate peanut butter cakes ready for the oven.
  • Place the cake tins evenly spaced apart, into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • The cakes are baked when they spring back from a light touch. as soon as they are baked remove from the oven.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes in the tin before turning out on to a cooling rack.
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Cooling cakes.

Frosting the cake:

  • First of all, chop 20 mini peanut butter cups into small pieces. See the photograph below as a guide. Set to one side.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, peanut butter, salt, vanilla extract and icing sugar. Next pour the very hot water down the inside of the bowl.
  • Starting on a slow speed whisk the ingredients together, increasing in speed as they become combined. Continue whisking until the buttercream is light and creamy in consistency, with no visible lumps.
  • Check the cake is completely cooled before frosting.
  • Place one cake sponge, flat side up, on to a cake board or plate. Spoon 3 heaped dessert spoons of frosting on to the sponge and spread evenly across the sponge with a palette knife.
  • Next, sprinkle over the choped peanut butter cups so they create an even layer across the frosted sponge.
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Making the buttercream and filling the centre of the cake.
  • If you have a turning, cake decorating stand place the cake on it’s board, on to it. Alternatively place the cake board on to a cake stand. The cake can then be rotated on the board, making the frosting process easier.
  • Place the other cake sponge, flat side down, on top of the bottom sponge.
  • Scoop three quarters of the remaining frosting on to the top of the cake.
  • Using a palette knife spread the frosting across the top of the cake and over the sides. Add the remaining frosting as needed.
  • Rotate the cake, spreading the frosting, until an even finish is achieved.
  • Fill a jug with very hot water. Place a clean palette knife into the water, for a couple of seconds, remove and wipe away the water. Smooth the frosting using the hot pallet knife. Repeat this process until you have a smooth and even finish to the cake.
  • Refridgerate the cake for at least one hour. The cake may be left in the fridge overnight at this stage.
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Covering and smoothing the outside of the cake.
  • While the cake is finishing chilling, prepare the chocolate.
  • Break up, or chop the chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat in the microwave, on medim power, for 30 second bursts. Stirring after each heating burst.
  • As soon as the chocolate starts to melt remove the bowl and continue to stir until completely melted.
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Frosted, chilled cake ready to be decorated.

Decorating the cake:

  • Remove the chilled cake from the fridge and make sure that you have everything needed to hand.
  • Spoon the melted chocolate on to the middle of the top of the cake, gradually working towards the outside edge.
  • As the chocolate reaches the edge add more to encourage it to drip down the side.
  • Continue all the way around the cake until you have the desired ‘drip’ effect.
  • Place the larger peanut butter cups in a pattern and set into the still molten chocolate.
  • Follow by placing mini peanut butter cups aroung the base of the cake.
  • Finish with bronze sprinkles around the outside edge of the cake.
  • Leave the cake to set. This can be achieved more quickly by chilling in the fridge.
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Sprinkles added to finish the Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake.

To serve, remove the cake from the fridge. Place a sharp knife into a jug of very hot water for a couple of seconds. Wipe the knife dry and then easily slice through the set chocolate and cake.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake.

Store the cake in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep refridgerated during warmer weather.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake you may also like these:

Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake

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Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Drip Cake

Chocolate Heart Cake

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Chocolate Heart Cake

Homemade cakes are so much better and far more delicious than their mass produced counterparts. Since each cake made at home is individual in both style and flavour. Knowing that someone has taken the time to create and bake a cake makes me personally feel very special and loved. That is exactly the same feeling I hope to invoke when baking for others. Seeing a big smile is my motivation and reward.

What motivates you to bake?

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut

Today is #NationalDonutDay. I can only assume from the spelling that it applies to those in the States and yet here I am baking a Black Forest Giant Doughnut. Any reason to eat doughnuts is good enough for me!

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut chocolate sponge with swirls of cream and cherries.

I have been wanting to bake a Black Forest Gateaux for ages, so took the opportunity of making a Black Forest Giant Doughnut. Indeed if you do not have doughnut moulds – mine were from Lakeland are were very reasonably priced – I see no reason why this recipe shouldn’t work using 7-8″ sandwich tins.

This has the absolute lightest of sponges and I opted to add a little Kirsch (cherry liquer) which is absolutely optional.

In season I would have used fresh cherries, that had been macerated in a little liquer and sugar, as they are not quite in season yet, I opted for tinned cherry pie filling. Also, morello cherry jam would work well here. Since this is a very adaptable recipe. Use whatever you have to hand, or can easily get hold of.

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut deliciously easy to make and assemble.

Hopefully if our cherry tree is laden with as much fruit, as it had blossom I will remake this Black Forest Giant Doughnut and add an extra photo. Meanwhile back to the bake in hand.

Even though this is a giant doughnut I would happily bring it out for dessert after dinner, or serve with afternoon tea on a sunny day in the garden. Mostly I would encourage you to share this delicious bake. It is simply too good to be kept hidden away.

Two slices will be popped around to our neighbours in a little while. The sheer joy of pleasure and surprise when I turn up, unannounced, with baked goodies is THE most important aspect of baking for me. Sharing is at the very heart of what I do and who I am. If a small gift can bring a smile to someone’s face, well that brightens my day.

Recipe: Makes one Black Forest Giant Doughnut serves 8

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter –  plus a little extra for greasing the moulds

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

Scant pinch of salt – no more than 1/4 tsp

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder

125g/4oz Plain White Flour

1.5 tsp Baking Powder

For the filling/topping:

200ml/8fl oz Double Cream

1 x 410g Tin Cherry Pie Filling – note morello cherry jam and fresh cherries can be used instead.

Optional – 1tbs Kirsch

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

  • Grease the inside of both doughnut moulds well with soft butter.
  • In a large bowl add the butter and sugar.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy. Approx 5 minutes, this helps create a very light sponge.
  • Add all 6 eggs and the vanilla extract to the bowl – I always crack my eggs into a separate bowl first.
  • Sift the flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl.
  • Whisk/beat on a slow speed until all the ingredients have come together.
  • Using a large spoon give the chocolate sponge mix a good stir to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Divided the cake batter in half and spoon into each of the 2 doughnut moulds.
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Two halves of a giant doughnut ready to be baked.
  • Place the doughnut moulds on to a baking tray, ensuring they don’t squash each other (I actually switched trays after this photo was taken).
  • Put the tray into the centre of the oven and bake the doughnut halves for 30-40 minutes.
  • The doughnut halves are baked when they spring back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the doughnut halves from the oven.
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Each half of the giant doughnut is beautifully baked.
  • Carefully place each silicone mould on to a cooling rack.
  • If adding Kirsch carefully prick each mould lightly with a cocktail stick, being careful not to puncture the silicone mould.
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Lightly prick the sponge all over so that the Kirsch can be absorbed.
  • Spoon half a tablespoon of Kirsch over each half of the doughnut sponge whilst it is still hot.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then turn each of the sponges out onto the cooling rack. Cool fully before decorating.

Decorating your Black Forest Giant Doughnut:

  • In a medium bowl add the double cream and whip until it holds a firm peak.
  • Fill a piping bag with a large star tip (I use Wilton #1M) with the whipped cream).
  • Place one half of your doughnut, flat side up on a cake stand or plate.
  • Reserving 8 whole cherries to decorate the top, spoon the cherry pie filling on to the bottom half of the doughnut – DO NOT over fill.
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Spoon slightly less filling than I have, this splurged a bit when the top was put on!
  • Pipe the cream in a swirl pattern on top of the cherries.
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Beautifully piped whipped cream in the centre of the giant doughnut.
  • Place the top of the doughnut on to the base. Wipe away any excess cherry syrup – notice that in my finished photos there isn’t a doilie 😉
  • Pipe 8 swirls evenly around the top of the doughnut and top each with a reserved cherry.
  • Pipe stars around the outside of the middle of the doughnut, this creates a tidy, professional finish.
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Black Forest Giant Doughnut the piped cream stars around the middle give a finished, professional look.

Serve your Black Forest Giant Doughnut cut into generous slices, with a smile and a lovely hot drink!

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut a real treat.

Perfect with candles as a birthday cake. Did I mention I had Black Forest Gateaux every year, for my birthday as I was growing up. It was not hard for me to take this delicious classic recipe and turn it into an amazing giant doughnut.

Such a stunning, yet easy to accomplish bake. A slice of Black Forest Giant Doughnut is bound to evoke memories of the retro gateaux and break out smiles once tasted and devoured!

If you have enjoyed this Black Forest Giant Doughnut Recipe here are some others you may like to try:

Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

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Delicious Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

Black Forest Cupcakes

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Black Forest Cupcakes with mascarpone.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes fruity deliciousness.

I really want to encourage you to buy a doughnut mould. This is not a sponsored post, i very much doubt that Lakeland even know I exist! That said, the moulds creat such a beautiful rounded doughnut shape, are incredibly easy to use and inepensive to buy. Perfect as a gift or for putting on your own birthday list.

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens this weekend, I hope you laugh lots, have plenty of fun and enjoy feasting on your amazing creations with friends, family and neighbours.

If you know someone who’ll be spending Saturday evening, or Sunday aftenoon alone, why not invite them round. Even if it’s just for a cup of tea and slice of cake, you will make someone else feel valued and cared for and they may even make you smile in return!

Sammie xx

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Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken

In every cook book I own and there are a lot of them, roast chicken features as an easy, everyday roast. While I completely agree that it is easy, I want to take my roast to the next level. First of all I start with a great, free range bird, fresh herbs and tangy lemon and what you get is my Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken.

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Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken taking your roast to the next level.

A cook’s view on animal welfare:

Now don’t get me wrong, I love roast chicken, as long as it’s a good bird. By that I mean free range or organic. Not only am I concerned for the welfare of the chicken during its life, the additional antibiotics and fast growing make me shudder. Buying well bred, slow growing birds not only ensures a better quality of life for the chicken, the resulting taste, when cooked, couldn’t be more different to a standard, supermarket chicken.

I have mentioned before our decision, as a family, to eat less meat, but what we do eat must be of good quality. And yes that means paying more. Making the meat go further helps with the cost, but ultimately it is our personal choice. Especially with less additives/antibiotics and a happier lifetime, each chicken we eat is cooked with respect for the bird and I aim to waste nothing.

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Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, this meat is finger licking good.

Grow your own herbs:

I grow a lot of our own herbs in tubs and in the garden. While rosemary and thyme are probably my most frequently used herbs. Also being hardy I can still pick them in the winter, along with bay and sage. Most supermarkets sell freshly potted herbs at a great price. Next time you are doing your weekly shop, grab a couple of pots, plant them into larger tubs, or the ground (only plant mint in a pot – it’s a thug in the ground!).

As you can see from the photo above, my thyme is just starting to flower. Pretty, tiny pink flowers that are fine to leave on the stalks and add extra interest when used as a garnish.

Tasting the difference:

So let me encourage you to buy, or should I say invest in a slower growing free range/organic bird and a pot of fresh herbs. I buy all of our meet from Graig Farm in Wales and have done so for the last few years. Chicken used for this recipe came from them and the taste was noticeably better than a mass produced, supermarket bird. The only way you’ll know is by tasting the roasted chicken.

With free delivery on all orders over £100 and a new customer discount, it is well worth taking at look at their website here. I generally buy our meat in bulk and then fill the freezer. Since I find buying larger joints of meat works out more economical and bigger cuts of meat, especially on the bone, taste so much better. I realise there are 5 of us in our house, so let me reassure you that they sell a wide range of meats, in different cuts and sizes. Also if there’s something you’d like and they don’t list it, give them a ring. Especially as Graig Farm’s customer service is excellent and they always try to accommodate each individual customer’s requests.

Recipe: Make one 2.2kg/5lb Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, serves 8

2.2kg/5lb Chicken – preferably organic or free range – ours was from Graig Farm

1 Fresh Unwaxed Lemon – scrub in hot water if waxed

Approx 10 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

1tbsp Olive Oil

Sea salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to season

Optional – 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon – again preferably organic or free range

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Remove the chicken from the fridge 1 hour prior to roasting.
  • Take the giblets out of the cavity and pat the outside dry with kitchen roll.
  • Sprinkle a generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper into the chicken’s cavity.
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As the chicken cooks the lemon and thyme flavours gently permeate throughout the meat.
  • Cut a lemon in half and insert into the chicken cavity.
  • Push the fresh thyme into the cavity with the lemon.
  • Place the chicken in a roasting dish that is just big enough to hold the bird.
  • Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the outside of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper all over the chicken’s outside.
  • Lay strips of streaky bacon across the bird.
  • Also tuck the giblets down the side of the bird. Because when roasted these will add massive flavour to any gravy or stock.
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Covered in streaky bacon that will baste the bird as it is cooking adding extra flavour.
  • Next tightly cover the chicken in aluminium foil.
  • Place the chicken into the middle of the oven and roast for 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • After the roasting time has elapsed remove the chicken from the oven.
  • Remove the aluminium foil and cooked bacon rashers – cook’s perk!
  • Baste with the juices and place back into the oven for a further 20 minutes to crisp up the skin.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: the cooking times are based on 20 minutes per pound of meat, plus an extra twenty minutes. For a 5lb chicken like this one, the roasting time is 1 hour 40 minutes, plus an extra 20 minutes – adjust your timings to fit the weight of your bird.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven at the end of it’s cooking time.
  • Press a sharp knife into the thickest part of the chicken’s thigh. The chicken is cooked if the juices are clear. If there is ANY hint of pink pop the chicken back into the oven and retest after 15 minutes.
  • As soon as the chicken cooked remove from it’s roasting tin and place on a board or serving platter. Use the leftover juices in the tin to make a lemon and thyme flavoured gravy.
  • Cover the chicken loosely with aluminium foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes (or up to an hour).
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Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken who’s ready for dinner?

How to serve your chicken:

Serve the Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken with traditional roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or in the summer with hunks of good, homemade fresh bread like this Large White Bloomer,  and a crisp green salad.

A delicious twist on a favourite roast, this Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken will awaken your taste buds and leave you wanting more!

If you’ve enjoyed the recipe for this Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, here are few few more you might like:

Chicken Herb Burgers

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Chicken Herb Burgers ultimate summer barbecue food!

Chilli Lime Chicken Kebabs 

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Chilli Lime Chicken Kebabs

Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne

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Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne delicious comfort food.

Do you love Roast Chicken?

What is your opinion on oraganic versus standard? Only polite answers please.

It has been amazing to see so many of you putting up photos on Twitter and Instagram where you have made my recipes. Honestly I cannot express the gratitude I feel, when you place your trust in me. Ingredients cost money, which is why I test each recipe thoroughly to ensure you have the best possible chance of success when following them.

Seeing your makes and bakes keeps Feasting is Fun at the heart of what this blog is all about. Having fun whilst making and baking in your kitchens and then feasting and sharing with family, friends and neighbours.

That makes me smile!

Sammie xx

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