Tuesday, April 2, 2013

chocolate cake with peanut butter glaze.

i made a bunny shaped carrot cake for easter on sunday, but it turns out that everyone in my family was really in the mood for something chocolate. so, yesterday, i decided to whip up this little gem.

you guys.

a fluffy chocolate cake with an awesome peanut butter glaze. and, i kind of "trashed it up" a bit more by covering the top with chocolate chips! it's definitely not health food, but we all deserve to treat ourselves sometimes, right? and this is perfect for that.

it's insanely delicious, super simple/easy, and bonus: it's actually 100% vegan {as long as you use a vegan milk, i.e. almond milk--but it's still a great cake no matter what milk you use}! 

try it! i guarantee you'll love it.
chocolate cake:
1 cup flour
 1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup canola oil
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

peanut butter glaze:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
a splash of vanilla extract
3-5 tbsp milk of your choice

preheat the oven to 350 degrees. grease {and/or line with parchment paper} a loaf pan. set aside.
in a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients, making sure to break up any lumps of cocoa powder.
in a separate bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients until smooth.
add the wet ingredients to the dry. gently mix everything together with a spatula until smooth & just combined. pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. remove from the oven and cool completely.
to make the glaze: combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. whisk together until there are small "crumbs" of powder sugar/peanut butter {there will likely be some loose powder sugar in the bowl--that's fine!}. add the milk of your choice, and whisk a bit to get things going. i found it helpful to microwave the glaze for about 30 seconds at this point, just to warm it up and make it easier to get the lumps out. whisk until a smooth glaze is achieved. it should make ribbons that last in the bowl when you lift the whisk.
spread/pour the icing over the cake. top with chocolate chips, or any other topping of your choice, or leave plain {nothing wrong with pure chocolate and peanut butter!}.

{linking up with ashley & jessica for taste of tuesday!}
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