Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Reese's Revenge - chocolate and peanut butter cake revisited
Back in July the theme for the Runcorn and Widnes Clandestine Cake Club was Independence Day Delights - I absolutely love Americana bakes so this was perfect for me, and the venue was brilliant - an American diner in Runcorn! Who knew such a thing existed?! Certainly not me, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked in to Rockwell's. Hidden away above a pub (I think?) it's packed full of in your face all American style with a pool table, pinball machines, statues, a car coming out of the wall and a couple of booth tables being made out of old Waltzers. Amazing!
I decided to revisit a cake that is something of a 'classic' in my baking history - the chocolate and peanut butter cake. I've busted it out a fair few times now - first created for my best friend's 30th birthday, it also appeared at Nic's Notebook's 30th, a food festival cake-off, and as a random commission for someone at my best friend's work. It had been a while though so I thought it was time to give it another outing. That, and I am now something of a peanut butter fiend - in cakes and sweet things only though, brandish it at me on toast and I am likely to run a mile! Yuck.
It was basically the same deal as the other ones - chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting, but I thought I had better try and jazz it up a bit with the addition of Reese's Pieces - sprinkled on top and also lurking in between the sponge layers, ready to surprise you with a crunchy PB hit! The rather military type circle of Reese's cups around the outside were a last minute panic - I usually cover the sides of the cake with the buttercream too, and then do a ring of halved cups around the bottom to finish it off (read: hide my sloppy frosting). For some reason this batch of frosting didn't seem to be stretching very far and I couldn't risk only being able to cover half the sides! I quite liked them though, I liked to think of them as a band of PB cup soldiers, with their fancy buttercream blob hats, protecting the Cake Castle from intruders!
Anyway, they didn't do a very good job of it, clearly....
It was a great cake club in a brilliant venue - check out the write up here to see all of the awesome cakes that were made. And yes, that Oreo Cookies & Cream cake was as crazily amazing as it looks! Can't wait to go back to Rockwell's and try the food now!