But now, there is CAKE!
It's amazing how comfortable cats can get.
We have decided that since tomorrow is Father's Day, a nice, yummy cake is needed for the picnic that we are planning. I didn't have enough ingredients for some of the cakes that I wanted to make so we settled on a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake. And when it's cooled it will have a nice Peanut Butter Crunch Frosting. YUM!
For the cake, I have this recipe:
1 C softened butter
1 3/4 C white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C milk
2 1/2 C AP flour
6 tbsp baking cocoa powder (I used Nestle)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate baking chips (either semi-sweet or milk )
2 tbsps flour for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your 13x9 inch baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray. Sift together in a large mixing bowl flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, making sure they are nicely incorporated, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with milk, mixing until just incorporated.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the chocolate chips and flour just until the chips are completely dusted with flour. This keeps them from settling to the bottom of the baking dish when in the oven. Fold the chips into the batter making sure they get completely mixed through.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, depending on the oven. Once toothpick comes out clean, pull out and sit on a baking sheet to cool.
For the frosting:
1/2 C softened butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use honey roasted peanut butter)
3 tsps milk
2 cups powdered sugar
chopped peanuts (peanut topping for ice cream is perfect for this)
Put peanut butter and butter in a bowl and cream together. Gradually mix in powdered sugar. Add a little milk if the mixture gets to be too thick. Beat for 3 minutes until it is nice and smooth. Frost your cooled cake and top with chopped peanuts to taste.
Can't wait to dig in!
Let me know if you make it and what you think!
Have a nice evening.