#BUNDTBAKERS PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE

Well, now that I have tasted it, all I have to say is Holy Cow, this cake is a winner. I do caution you to be careful of your baking time. You don’t want to overbake it. This little nugget would also go in my comfort foods list. One bite takes you back. It is very reminiscent of childhood, if you like peanut butter of course. Either creamy or chunky would be equally delish. This recipe produces a great tasting, easy to make dessert or lunchtime delight. Just add cold milk or, in my case, a lovely cup of tea.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our <a href=”http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/bundtbakers.html”>home page</a>.

Well, first things first.   In order for #BundtBakers to function, some knowledgeable and helpful baker has to step up and host for each given month.  They need to choose an ingredient or theme and know enough about computers to create the list of participants and update that list once all the bakers publish their cake recipes.  It sure looks like a lot of work and I just wish I could take a turn.  I do all my postings on an IPad and you must be able to use a computer to create and update the lists.

This month, our theme is Back to School and Freeze Bundts. Our hosts are Stacey Livingston Rushton and Wendy Klik  of Food, Lust, Love.  Thank you so much ladies, I really admire you for taking on this task.

When  I learned that the theme this month was “Back  to School and Freeze”, the first thing I thought of was when my kids were little, I always laid in a big supply of peanut butter and jelly to have on hand anytime I needed a quick, last minute school lunch.

Both of my kids liked peanut butter and jelly so it was not a problem for me .  Whenever I had to make some last minute lunch or after school snack I would grab the PB & J and go to town.  Fast, easy and my kids actually ate it.

One of my granddaughters does not like peanut butter ~ sacrilege!  Every kid loves peanut butter in any form, sandwiches, morning toast, cookies and other sweets.  You name it, they would inhale it.

When my kids were young, we had a swimming pool when we lived in California, so every summer all their neighborhood friends hit the water by 10 a.m. and I was assigned lunch duty.  PB & J to the rescue.

This Bundt, would surely go over well for the kids lunches.  You could slice it up and freeze each piece separately.    When it’s time to put the lunches together, just pop a frozen slice into their lunch bag.  The frozen cake slice will travel well, and while defrosting, it would help keep the rest of the lunch fresh.

#BUNDTBAKERS. PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE
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*This recipe was adapted from Marsha's Baking Addiction. This is a simple yet unique BUNDT cake . Thanks Marsha. The cake is really enjoyable. You can switch out the flavors, i.e. Grape jelly which was my first thought, crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth and those easy changes will give you a new favorite. It's really fast and easy to put it all together. I do suggest that you give it a try.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
#BUNDTBAKERS. PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
*This recipe was adapted from Marsha's Baking Addiction. This is a simple yet unique BUNDT cake . Thanks Marsha. The cake is really enjoyable. You can switch out the flavors, i.e. Grape jelly which was my first thought, crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth and those easy changes will give you a new favorite. It's really fast and easy to put it all together. I do suggest that you give it a try.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Ingredients
FOR THE BUNDT CAKE
FOR THE GLAZE
Servings: Servings
Instructions
FOR THE BUNDT CAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and prepare your Bundt pan by using cake release (homemade or purchased) and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer, Whisk the eggs until blended. Add the caster sugar and whisk until combined and gets light and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla, melted butter, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter and whisk until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Remove the bowl of your stand mixer and fold in the dry ingredients by hand until well blended.
  5. Pour half the mixture into the prepared Bundt pan. Use your spatula and make a small "trench" down the middle of the cake batter, to ready it for the jam. Spoon the jam over the batter, without touching the sides of the pan and top with remaining batter.
  6. Bake for 45 ~ 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs, or use your Bundt cake thermometer.
  7. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
FOR THE GLAZE
  1. Sift confectioners sugar; whisk together the sifted icing (confectioners) sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Add more milk or cream if too thick or icing sugar if too thin, as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  2. Drizzle over completely cooled cake and place your cake on your serving plate or stand to serve.
  3. Slice up the cake into individual servings, place in a seal top bag and freeze. When it's time to put lunches together, just pop a slice right into their lunch bag. The cake will defrost during the morning and be ready to enjoy for dessert.
Recipe Notes

Notes :  If you don't have cake flour in your pantry, Relax,  you can make your own.  Just measure out  3 cups of plain all purpose flour, remove 6 tablespoons, and replace with 6 tablespoons of corn flour or corn starch and sift three times.  Yes, 3 times.

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground dry roasted peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers. Peanut butter is popular in many countries. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Peanut butter is served as a spread on bread, toast or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of confections and packaged foods, such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (made of chocolate-coated peanut butter), candy bars (e.g., peanut butter in  Snickers) and peanut-flavoured granola bars. Comparable preparations are made by grinding other nuts. A variety of other nut butters are also sold, such as cashew butter and almond butter.

The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas, and peanut paste may have been used by the Aztecs as a toothache remedy in the first century of the Common Era.

Marcellus Gilmore Edson (1849 – 1940) of Montreal, Canada obtained a patent for peanut butter in 1884. Edson's cooled product had "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment" according to his patent application which described a process of milling roasted peanuts until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state". He mixed sugar into the paste to harden its consistency.  George Bayle, a businessperson from St. Louis produced and sold peanut butter in the form of a snack food in 1894.

John Harvey Kellogg, known for his line of prepared breakfast cereals, was issued a patent for a "Process of Producing Alimentary Products" in 1898, and used peanuts, although he boiled the peanuts rather than roasting them.  Kellogg's Western Health Reform Institute served peanut butter to patients because they needed a food that contained a lot of protein, yet which could be eaten without chewing.  At first, peanut butter was a food for wealthy people.  Initially, it  was a product served at expensive health care institutes.

Early peanut-butter-making machines were developed by Joseph Lambert, who had worked at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium, and Dr. Ambrose Straub who obtained a patent for a peanut-butter-making machine in 1903.  "In 1922, chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil"; Rosefield "...licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter" in 1928 and in "...1932 he began producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy".  Under the Skippy brand, Rosefield developed a new method of churning creamy peanut butter, giving it a smoother consistency. He also mixed fragments of peanut into peanut butter, creating the first "chunky"-style peanut butter.  In 1955, Procter & Gamble launched a peanut butter named Jif {my preference},  which was sweeter than other brands, due to the use of "sugar and molasses" in its recipe.

As the US National Peanut Board confirms, "Contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter."  Carver was given credit in popular folklore for many inventions that did not come out of his lab. By the time Carver published his document about peanuts, entitled "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption" in 1916, many methods of preparation of peanut butter had been developed or patented by various pharmacists, doctors and food scientists working in the US and Canada.

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day in the United States.  In my opinion, it should be a National Holiday.

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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

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All I know is, I still keep it on hand in my pantry for both Mr. B and myself.  The standard peanut butter cookie is my long time favorite {especially if adding a Hershey's chocolate kiss}.  There are, however, several peanut butter~based cookies that regularly find their way into my shopping cart.  🐝💜

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ROBERT E. LEE BUNDT CAKE

This Bundt cake, while continuing the lemon/orange main target flavor, it has been lightened up over the years but I thought the first recipes would be of interest. This lovely cake is not at all difficult and the bundt version bakes up beautifully. I can attest to the flavor, it’s perfect. I have to save a piece for my Home Health Nurse. It was baking when she arrived today and commented on it so I promised to save her a piece.

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This Bundt cake has definitely been lightened up and made with today’s busy women in mind.  It is no longer tedious and time consuming.  This bundt cake is simple, you probably have all or most of the ingredients in your pantry.  It can be put together in under 30 minutes and the results  far exceed the effort of making it.  No wonder the General loved it.

The recent fracas over the Confederate battle flags at Robert E. Lee’s crypt masks a great irony: Lee would have been among the first to say the flags should go.

Where Confederate battle flag replicas once flew at Washington and Lee University in the chapel above Robert E. Lee’s tomb, controversy now hangs as Virginians prepare to observe the January 19 birthday of the Confederate general-turned-college president.

Almost 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the skirmishing over how to remember the most famous rebel general continues even at a Virginia college named, in part, for him. About half the students and alumni polled by a campus magazine opposed the decision to remove the flags this summer. Fortunately, the university officials who made the call can draw on the example of an improbable and imperfect champion: Lee himself.

JONATHAN HORN
01.15.15 3:45 AM ET

Check out the “original” recipe.  Quite an endeavor.  While  he led the Confederate Army with great fervor, once he surrended, he was the administer for many years in a prestigious educational facility.  See below for further information.

 

ROBERT E. LEE BUNDT CAKE
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This cake has several recipes all over the web. The bundt cake looks to be the easiest of the recipes I found. The variations differ widely. The original cake was a 2 layer cake, and the instructions far more laborious. This is by no means a low calorie dessert but is well worth the effort and calories.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 5 ~ 15 Minutes 2+ Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 5 ~ 15 Minutes 2+ Hours
ROBERT E. LEE BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This cake has several recipes all over the web. The bundt cake looks to be the easiest of the recipes I found. The variations differ widely. The original cake was a 2 layer cake, and the instructions far more laborious. This is by no means a low calorie dessert but is well worth the effort and calories.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 5 ~ 15 Minutes 2+ Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 5 ~ 15 Minutes 2+ Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. In your heavy duty stand mixer {Kitchen Aid} beat butter and shortening at medium speed until creamy. Gradually, add granulated sugar, continue beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in 2 t orange zest, 1 t lemon zest and 1/4 C fresh lemon juice.
  3. Pour batter into a 12 cup bundt pan that has been prepared by using your home made or store bought pan release.
  4. Bake at 325º F for 1 hour and five minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from bundt pan and cool completely on a wire rack. This may take an hour or so.
  6. Add powdered sugar, orange juice and remaining 2 teaspoons of orange zest and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Spoon over cooled cake. 💜
Recipe Notes

Robert E. Lee, also called General Robert E. Lee Cake. One of the most famous Southern American cakes of all times. In the beginning, making this cake was definitely a labor of love because it was not simple to do. There are many recipes and many versions in old southern cookbooks (this cake was extremely popular in the nineteenth century). No two authorities seem to agree on the egg content of the cake (ranging from eight to ten eggs). The icing also varies with each recipe.

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The Robert E. Lee Cake was traditionally believed to be a favorite of the Civil War general who led the confederate troops in the Civil War, although this is difficult to confirm. Most sources date the first written version of Robert E. Lee Cake to 1879, and General Lee died in 1870. A reference in the book The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book (1997) by Anne Carter Zimmer, suggests that a recipe for citrus layer cake was well-known in the Lee family but never written down.

This cake, an orange and lemon layer cake, was probably made to honor Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander-in-chief of the Virginia forces during the American Civil War. For some southerners he is an almost god-like figure – for others, he is a paradox.

Following the war, Lee was almost tried as a traitor, but was only left with his civil rights suspended.

1879 – In the cookbook, Housekeeping In Old Virginia; Contributions from Two Hundred and fifty of Virginia’s Noted Housewives, Distinguished For Their Skill In The Culinary Art And Other Branches of Domestic Economy, Edited by Marion Cabell Tyree:

Robert E. Lee Cake:

Twelve eggs, their full weight in sugar, a half-weight in flour. Bake it in pans the thickness of jelly cakes. Take two pounds of nice “A” sugar, squeeze into it the juice of five oranges and three lemons together with the pulp; stir it in the sugar until perfectly smooth; then spread it on the cakes, as you would do jelly, putting one above another till the whole of the sugar is used up. Spread a layer of it on top and on sides. – Mrs. G.

General Robert E Lee Cake:

10 eggs.
1 pound sugar.
1/2 pound flour.
Rind of 1 lemon, and juice of 1/2 lemon.

Make exactly like sponge cake, and bake in jelly-cake tins. Then take the whites of two eggs beat to a froth, and add one pound sugar, the grated rind and juice of one orange, or juice of half a lemon. Spread it on the cakes before they are perfectly cold, and place one layer on another. This quantity makes two cakes. – Mrs. I. H.

1890 – The General Assembly of Virginia passed a law to designate Robert E. Lee’s birthday (January 19th) as a public holiday.

1904 – The legislature added the birthday of Stonewall Jackson to the holiday, and Lee-Jackson Day was born.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan declared the day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Virginia, who since 1978 had celebrated King’s Birthday in conjunction with New Years Day, made the change and simply tacked him onto Lee-Jackson Day. Thus Lee-Jackson-King Day was born.

2000 – Virginia Governor, Jim Gilmore, proposed splitting Lee-Jackson-King Day into two separate holidays, with Lee-Jackson Day to be celebrated the Friday before what would become Martin Luther King Day. The measure was approved and the two holidays are now celebrated separately. Virginians still observe Robert E. Lee Day by partying and making this famous cake. 💜

Recipes and historical information from: What's Cooking America, America's most trusted culinary resource since 1997

I want to especially thank Terri of for her fun theme, The Freshman Cookhttp://www.thefreshmancook.com/. "Happy fall, y'all " which I took to mean something southern. I hope I haven't messed up.  This lovely cake is quite delicious.

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LEMON CREAM CAKE

This is a whole lot of flavor on a cake plate. It’s fairly easy to prepare but even easier to enjoy.

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This lemon cream cake is not difficult to make.  It was far more laborious and strenuous preparing the pan than making the white cake mix.  Cut several notches in the side pieces of parchment that are cut a little taller than the sides of the pan. This was a complete pain but so worth it.  In the end, all the folding and cutting paid off.  The parchment fit like a glove.  I used more cake release just to be on the safe side.  Then I sprinkled a bit of the dry lemon cake mix on top of the parchment before adding the prepared white cake.  When it was done, it practically fell out of the pan.

I took this lemony dream dessert to a Red Hat potluck Birthday luncheon and the general consensus was that it deserve a 5 star rating. I do have some to bring home to Mr. B but there was not much left.  Many of the ladies did not know I baked it so I believe their opinions are more honest and relevant.

I chose this particular little delicacy as it is my dear friends favorite.  I hope I did it justice.   She loved it and said its my best cake yet.  I often take her samples as she is a willing taste tester. After tasting it myself, I agree completely, it is worth a 5 star rating.

Luckily, I found several renditions of the well~known cake via Pinterest, my usual source.  This particular recipe looked like it would produce the best results.  I must give credit to Better Recipes for this copycat version.  After sampling the cake and seeing how well it was received, I will definitely make it again.

LEMON CREAM CAKE
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This is a copycat version of the infamous Lemon Cream Cake from that much visited Italian restaurant. This cake is rich, has a very nice texture with an upgrade because of the delicious lemon filling. It is topped with a lemon crumb mixture that whips up in a snap. It's a tasty and beautiful cake that would be wonderful following any meal. It has a very nice flavor and is good enough for any special event.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 12 Hours
LEMON CREAM CAKE
Print Recipe
This is a copycat version of the infamous Lemon Cream Cake from that much visited Italian restaurant. This cake is rich, has a very nice texture with an upgrade because of the delicious lemon filling. It is topped with a lemon crumb mixture that whips up in a snap. It's a tasty and beautiful cake that would be wonderful following any meal. It has a very nice flavor and is good enough for any special event.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 12 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Prepping the 9 inch springform pan
  1. Start by prepping a 9 inch springform pan. First use cake release. Cut 2 strips of parchment, a little taller than the depth of your pan. Fold from side to side twice, then cut small triangles all around the bottom. Fold the cut edge over so it will line the sides well. Place side pieces into the pan first, working the cut triangles to insure complete coverage once the last piece of parchment is placed. Then, cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom on the pan. Again use cake release on sides and bottom. Add a sprinkling of the lemon cake mix into the pan to insure a quick, yet tasty, removal of the finished cake. Prepping the pan took longer than prepping the white cake mix.
White Cake Mix
  1. Prepare the white cake according to package directions on the box adding the sour cream and vanilla to the mixture.
  2. Bake in a 9 inch springform pan about 40 minutes to an hour. Keep checking for doneness. Allow the cake to cool completely before assembly.
Lemon Cream Filling
  1. Combine the Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon and heavy {whipping} cream. Mix until creamy and smooth. A hand mixer works quite well.
Lemon Crumb Topping
  1. Combine 3/4 Cup of the lemon cake mix with the room temperature, unsalted butter to make a crumb topping. Mine needed more of the lemon cake mix, then I just let it sit for a while. When I came back to it, a whisk was all I needed to loosen up the crumbs ~ Perfect.
Cake assembly
  1. Cut the cooled white cake in half to allow you to add the lemon cream filling between the two layers of white cake.
  2. Frost the top of the assembled cake with a thin layer of cream filling and sprinkle with the crumb topping. Now it's ready to enjoy.
Recipe Notes

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This cake was really enjoyable to make.  I baked the cake several days before I needed it so I slipped it into a freezer ziplock bag and froze it.  I took it out of the freezer 2 days before the party and let it thaw in the refrigerator.  The day before the party I removed it from the freezer bag and let it come to room temperature on the cake stand.  This cake could easily be served as is by adding your favorite frosting.

I made the filling the day before and stored it in the refrigerator overnight.  I let it sit out for about 20 minutes before assembly to allow it to soften up a bit.

Then I used a long serrated knife to slice through the middle of the cake.  No fancy cutting apparatus, I just eyeballed it.  I removed the top and set it aside.  I mixed up the filling with an off~set spatula.  At this point, I used about 2/3 of the lemon cream filling on the bottom half of the cake.  Then I slipped the top back on over the filling; added the remaining 1/3 of the filling to cover the top layer.

Finally, I used the whisk on the crumb mixture just to break it up a bit.  Then added the crumb topping.  I'm far from being as good a baker as many of the cooks I follow but I believe it turned out well, was attractive and VERY delicious.  All the flavors worked well together and produced a final "epic" dessert. 💜

 

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# BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE

The theme this month is Retro Desserts Recreated as a Bundt. While I was writing this recipe, I began thinking how subjective the term “comfort food” is. This one is going to become one of my all~time favorites based on childhood memories alone. But tasting that long~forgotten mingle of flavors was very special for me.

BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. http://www.pinterest.com/flpl/bundtbakers/

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When I was a young girl, my mother was simply not a baker.  My dear Aunt Jeanne was the baker.  She was well~known in Jamestown, New York for her cookies in particular.   At Christmas, she would always send a coffee can full of her delicate and delightful array.  We waited anxiously for that coffee can to arrive, then we devoured them.

As we got older, us kids would make the baked goods, cookies with the recipe from the back of the morsels bag, or boxed cakes for birthdays and holidays.

But every now and then, strictly from memory, my Mom would make a chocolate cake from scratch .  I think she always put some strong black coffee in the mix and then she would make a peanut butter/coffee icing.  Those cakes were “the best”.  After you had a piece, you were full for hours.  The cakes were always heavy but tasty.  I don’t think she knew what a sifter was for.

So when I saw this recipe, I immediately thought of her and those rare baking moments we shared, with great joy.  With a smidgen of tweaks and twists, I was off and running to smell those Heavenly aromas coming from my own kitchen.

#BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
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Chocolate, peanut butter marbeled bundt cake with an espresso~peanut butter glaze. And a few filled cupcakes too.
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
#BUNDT BAKERS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BUNDT CAKE WITH ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
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Chocolate, peanut butter marbeled bundt cake with an espresso~peanut butter glaze. And a few filled cupcakes too.
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Servings Prep Time
1+ Bundt 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 Minutes 2 ~ 3 Hours to cool completely
Ingredients
THE CAKE
ESPRESSO~PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE
Servings: Bundt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease and flour your baking pans and set them aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. In a stand mixer {or large bowl and hand mixer} beat softened butter on a medium speed for about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and beat until combined. [4 ~ 5 minutes}. Next, slowly add the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Once the wet ingredients are completely incorporated, add the flour mixture and milk alternately until just combined.
  5. Transfer half of the batter, about 3 1/2 cups to a medium bowl, then stir in the cooled, melted chocolate until well combined. I decided to leave the peanut butter half in my stand mixer and used my hand mixer for the chocolate half.
  6. Before measuring the peanut butter, spray the measuring cup with non~stick spray for easy release. I almost forgot the cooking spray but luckily, remembered at the last minute. Add the peanut butter into the remaining cake mixture and blend until smooth, creamy and well~mixed.
  7. Using a separate spoon for each flavored batter, alternately drop spoonsful of the chocolate and the peanut butter batters into the prepared pan{s}. Use a knife or spatula to carefully swirl the batter together for that marbelized look. Do not over mix. Fill your pan until it is 3/4 full. It will increase in volume a bit while baking. Use any remaining batter for some lovely cupcakes. I think the cupcakes need a very lightly sweetened whipped~cream filling, just to take them over the top.
  8. Bake for about 60 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. The cupcakes will likely be done sooner than the cake so watch your time closely. Cool the cake{s} in their respective pans for about 15 minutes. Then, remove from the pans to continue cooling on a rack. In the meantime, make your espresso~peanut butter glaze. Make a mixture of the half & half and espresso powder and stir until the espresso has dissolved.
  9. In the bowl of your mixer, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter and enough of the heavy cream and espresso mixture to create a thick drizzle. I had to add some additional half&half to make it easier to drizzle.
  10. When your bundt cake and bonus cupcakes have cooled completely, fill the cupcakes and then drizzle both the bundt cake and cupcakes with the espresso~peanut butter glaze and enjoy. 💜
  11. Here's what I did with the leftover cake batter. I decided to make a single layer cake. I used up all of the chocolate mixture in the bundt cake so my single layer is just peanut butter and is really good.
Recipe Notes

After taking a week off, my second~degree burns have healed nicely without too much scarring.  Even so, Mr. B took over melting the chocolate for the marbeling.  I did need his help at the end because the two bowls were too heavy to lift.  I chose to use all of the chocolate mixture in the bundt cake so all of the leftover batter made a lovely, single layer peanut butter cake and let me say here both batters were exceptionally tasty.  I'm anxious to taste the end product.  Sorry there are so few pictures, I get so focused on the instructions, I forget to take pictures.  I'll get better.

This bit of yummyness is adapted from "Inspired by Charm".  Thank you Michael for this stroll down memory lane.

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