Wednesday, April 18, 2012

peanut butter bundt ~ dark chocolate frosted + Leibster!

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peanut butter & chocolate, is there any better combination?
everything about this cake i love- the pure peanut butter cake, dark cocoa frosting and the chopped peanuts
I'm telling you, this is a cake you will want to eat for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
a cake that is perfect for an after school snack, a potluck or your next book club get together

my book club peeps were quite lucky last week - i made them this cake. 2 days later i made another one, that is how incredibly tasty this cake is; totally worthy of baking twice in one week!

a peanut butter batter is poured in a well greased and floured bundt pan.
the greasing and flouring is super important, once cooled the cake will slide perfectly out of the pan onto your serving plate. if you skip the greasing and flouring be prepared to get creative with frosting.

a butter cream frosting is perfect for this cake - not to fancy & straight to the point.
sometimes it's nice to dress up, other times it's even nicer to wear your comfy clothes all day.
this is that type of cake, comfy & homey.

the cake is cooled in the pan for at least 30 minutes - if you move to soon to flip your cake out of the pan you could be asking for trouble in the form of cake stuck yo the bottom of your pan resulting in a topless cake and possibly a few naughty words thrown in.


see, greasing & flouring = perfection


the cooled cake is then frosted with a dark cocoa butter cream frosting


intensely chocolaty is how i would describe this frosting.
dutch cocoa can be substituted for the double dutch dark cocoa powder

the frosted cake is then topped with a smattering of chopped salted peanuts.
another combo i love, sweet & salty; total goodness.

a little glass of almond milk goes hand in hand with a slice of this cake.
be prepared for a peanut butter chocolate explosion after each bite of this cake, you may want to brace yourself for the incredible experience you will have with eat bite.

this certainly won the seal of approval from Justin and my book club friends.
peanut butter cakes must be popular at book club events, my friend court over at the fig tree served a version of peanut butter cake at her last book club- you should totally check it out!
Peanut Butter Bundt ~ Dark Cocoa Frosted
12 generous servings

you will need:
for the cake
1 1/4 cups spelt or whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup soy yogurt
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
(i used peanut butter & co all natural creamy)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp vegan butter for greasing the pan
1 tbsp flour to dust the pan

for the butter cream
2 tbsp vegan butter - room temp
(i used earth balance)
1 1/2 - 2 cup confectioners sugar
2/3 cup double dutch dark cocoa
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
 2- 3 tbsp almond milk

1/3 cup chopped peanuts

pre heat oven to 350*

to make the cake:
grease the bundt cake pan with vegan butter and dust with flour, tapping out the excess

in a large bowl sift flours through salt

in a medium bowl whisk soy yogurt through milk until well combine

add wet to dry and gently mix until all dry ingredients are moistened
evenly pour batter into the greased & floured bundt pan
bake in the pre heated oven for 30-35 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs

remove bundt from the oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes

while the bundt is cooling prepare butter cream frosting
in a stand mixer, on stir speed mix vegan butter, cocoa & powdered sugar
slowly add vanilla and almond milk - increase speed to medium and beat until smooth & creamy. chop peanuts.

once the cake has cooled, turn onto serving platter. frost with butter cream and sprinkle chopped nuts on top.


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...oh and before you go! Vicky @ Gluten Free SCD & Veggie nominated Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes for the Liebster Award!

Liebster" is German for dearest, favorite, or beloved.  The Liebster Blog Award is sort of a chain letter  among bloggers meant to showcase exceptional up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  It is a recognition that a fellow blogger has noticed and appreciated your work.

After accepting:
- Thank the Liebster Blog Award Presenter on your blog
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Copy and paste the award on your blog
- Reveal 5 blogs of your choice
- Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog

my five beautiful blog picks:
This Rawesome Vegan Life: Em is the master mind behind this beautiful blog - I love her clean simple approach to eating and life.
Milk & Tea: Kathy is one of the youngest most talented bloggers I have had the pleasure to follow and get to know. she is wise beyond her years, I love how incredibly talented and creative this 13 year old is!
Apron & Sneakers: Rowena has one of the most incredible blogs, her recipes are thoughtful and full of stories that I cannot get enough of. The photography is also amazing, you are sure to fall in love at first read!
Lifeologia: Ella from lifeologia is incredible - she is an all around amazing person & blogger. I instantly connected with her and fell in love with her blog and her message.
Lysa's Kitchen: Lysa is one of the sweetest bloggers around - I love the variety she offers to her readers.



  1. That sure looks like a cake that will not last long on our table. I love the combination! Thank you for passing me the award and thank you for the very nice description of my blog. I am wrapping up a post and will definitely include this award.

    1. It is well deserved, I absolutely love what you do over at Apron and Sneakers and was so excited to be able to share your beautiful blog with my readers :)

    2. Thanks! I already came out with the post with the Liebster award. I also pinned this cake to my Pinterest. Hoping to bake it one day. Thanks again!

  2. oh wow. Still an amazing recipe...! Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever. You are so sweet for the nomination. I am really glad you like my recipes. I love to read your posts also and can't get enough of your original recipes. xxxxx Lysa :)

    1. I love Chocolate & PB, PB & Banana..I pretty much love PB on everything!

      And yes I love visitng your blog, I hope others will love is just as much as I do :)

  3. I almost lost it reading your description of this cake. Sounds. So. Good!

    And congrats on another Liebster - well deserved!

    1. ...guess what I have an award going out to you soon, that is as soon as I get my buns in the kitchen to whip up another post today :) watch for it on Friday or early next week :)

  4. wow girl, you don't mess around. this cake is magnificent! peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination ever.

  5. Beautiful photos and BEAUTIFUL cake! It looks incredible. Ever since I got my bundt pan, bundt cakes are ALL I want to make.

    1. I am totally in love with bundts - so much so I "borrowed" my Mom's Bundt pan and never gave it back, they are just so fun & pretty aren't they!

  6. This looks fantastic - I just pinned this for the next time I make dessert!! :)

  7. Dear Heather ~ you are such a sweetheart ;)
    First. This cake is so amazing - it's just begging to be eaten off the screen!!
    And second, thank you so much for including me in your awards. You are just a great friend overall and I'm so happy we're getting to know one another (this world is such a small place thanks to blogging ;)

    Sending Big Hugs. Ella

    1. I couldn't have thought of a better person to award this too- I have really enjoyed getting to know you; I am so happy to have discovered you and your blog :)

  8. This cake looks awesome! I have a friend who is a fan of the Reese's peanut butter cup. Maybe this will be his b-day present. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well! :)

    1. Oooh that would be one lucky friend to receive this cake - I bet you would get friend of the year award after one bite of this cake!

  9. how dark is that frosting.. gorgeously delicious! i love that perfect bundt. I need to get some min bundt pans next. Congratulations on the Liebster! I bet your book club members want you to make them cakes everytime now!

    1. I know it, I love how deeply dark the frosting is it was a perfect compliment to the peanut butter cake...I am a pretty good book club attendee I always bring multiple snacks to share and always something sweet!

      I lovie my mini bundt pans!

  10. You're on a cake roll! Apparently I should be joining a book club if they all have members like you and Courtney who bring delicious treats :)
    And thanks for giving me some new blogs to check out - you are just racking up those Liebster Awards - congrats!

    1. You should totally join one or start your own - I love my book clubs, wine, food, great books and good company it doesn't get any better than that!

  11. Congrats on the award! The bundt cake looks amazeballs. Your photography is killer!

    1. I think that is totally perfect that you used amazeballs in your comment xoxo

  12. Oh my goodness gracious. First of all - THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRL! And second... that cake. That. cake.

    Always love the photos ;)

    1. Totally deserved Em, no need to thank me - thank you for your amazing blog!

  13. wow, this looks amazing! drooling...

    1. thanks Jeanine - it was so good I made it twice in one week - yep twice.

  14. Congrats on the award :D
    And congrats on not eating the entire cake in one go - I'm just saying you have a lot more will power than me ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Thanks Uru! Believe me the cake was gone within in 2 days between just the two of us :)

  15. I am hosting book club meeting next week and was trying to think of what to make The Wormies (ie. my book club This looks perfect!!! I guarantee it would be a hit. And if not, I'll eat it all. *HAH* I love chocolate and peanut butter! Great post sweetie! xoxo

    1. YAY! Are you going to discuss Glass Castle at this meeting - if so I can't wait to hear how everyone else liked it and I hope they like the cake as much as my group did!

  16. great pics on your website and this cae looks wonderful

    i am going to make this today it looks wonderful a giant reeses pieces in a cake you are right nothing better then chocholate with peanut butter to end a great bbq meal.

    thank you

    1. Thank you Alan! I never thought of this cake in that way- a giant reeses cake, I like it!

  17. I love this photo essay of a bundt cake!!!PB and chocolate... the perfect marriage. The photos are exquisite!!! Congrats on the Leibster!!!

  18. Wow, the cake looks delicious! Love the blogs you picked for the liebster award - always so nice to find some more to add to my reading list!

    1. Thanks Maggie! I always enjoy finding new blogs- I have become close with a few bloggers that i met through the liebster award :)

  19. Omg... this cake looks so good!! Love the chopped nuts that you used for garnish. I so need to invest in a bundt pan so I can try this out.

    1. Thanks Lauren! You must really love the chopped peanut look, I remember you commenting that you really loved the chopped peanuts on the PB & J Cupcakes back in September :)

      You totally need to get a bundt pan and start garnishing with chopped peanuts!

  20. Thank you for nominating me! I better start with my list tomorrow! :)

    1. You totally deserve this Kathy- you are already so talented at such a young age :)

  21. I found your recipe after I decided I wanted a peanut butter bundt cake for a special occasion. We were having non-vegan guests and one of my kids doesn't like chocolate, so I was also trying to find a dessert that everyone would like. The cake was moist and delicious and not too sweet. The texture was perfect. I made a chocolate ganache and poured that over 3/4 of the cake and a quick glaze over other 1/4 (for the kiddo who hates chocolate). I am sure this recipe will become a family favorite. Thanks for creating and sharing your recipe!

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for coming back & sharing your thoughts, this is one of my favorite cakes to make also, I love the ganache you came up with sounds amazing!

  22. I made this cake today as a thank you to our neighbors for watching our cats while we were on vacation - it was such a big hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'll be making this one again! :)

    1. That makes me so happy to hear- I am glad you and your neighbors enjoyed the cake!


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