I meant to do this post several months ago...in May to be exact. This last May, was Jon's birthday. For some reason, he had been craving Reese's Peanut Butter cups for several weeks. So I decided to make him a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cake for his birthday.
The inspiration for this cake came from here
Sorry, the quality of the photos isn't that great. Lighting in our old kitchen was pretty bad and there was no way this cake was going to make it to see daylight. It tasted A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
I guess I should call it semi-homemade (thank you, Sandra Lee!) since I didn't actually make the cake itself from scratch. I also think it would be better as a three-layer cake. I only did two layers. I actually wanted to halve my two layers and make four, but I didn't get started 'til the end of the day and you can guess how my patience was at that point. Nevertheless, I really liked the idea of this cake, it was delicious, and it totally satisfied his craving! Success!
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cake
Prep: 30 min. ~ Cook: 35-45 min. ~ Total: 2 hours ~ Serves: 8-13
1 package of your favorite cake mix, yellow
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 containers of your favorite milk chocolate frosting
1 bag Reese's Peanut cups
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake in two 9-in. round cake pans. Let cool completely.
While the cake is baking, prepare peanut butter filling. Also, crush the mini peanut butter cups into small pieces, saving any whole pieces you would like to use as decorations.
When all your cake layers are cooled, place the first layer on a cake plate/platter. Spread a layer of chocolate frosting over it then a heavy layer of the peanut butter filling. *NOTE: If you are using more than two layers, alternate using the peanut butter filling and chocolate frosting between each layer.
When all the layers are assembled, spread chocolate frosting over the entire cake. Using your hand, place the crushed pieces of the peanut butter cups around the sides of the cake.
Decorate the top of the cake with anything you like. I used a few of the whole peanut butter cups and Reese's pieces.