The title really says it all.
“I’m not your average height, I’m on the darker side, I’m pretty easy on the eyes and I’m looking for my perfect match!”
I love classic parings, they are my all time favourite to play with because they bring people back to a place in time that they may not have been in awhile. The nostalgia is comforting… and peaceful!
I was asked to create a cake for a health care foundation dessert auction and I happily obliged!
I was working on an order and had some extra peanut butter cake!
YES, peanut butter cake… this cake is incredibly rich, has a dense crumb but still moist. It’s very reminiscent of a peanut butter cookie, especially when those edges brown up slightly.
When layering I did, as usual and added simple syrup to the cake, then brushed the layers with a raspberry jam (homemade or your favorite brand… I like to use something more on the tart side as the ganache, buttercream and cake will balance the sweetness.)
In order to build the cake tall and slim… almost 10″ tall, I used the damming method (using the same ganache as the outside) so I could fill the cake with 3 layers of smooth, creamy raspberry buttercream.
To make a delicious raspberry buttercream I simply macerated (smashed up with a fork) some fresh raspberries and pressed them through a sieve. used that juice to mix into my buttercream. Use your favorite meringue style butter cream or american buttercream.
Once stacked tall and mighty, I let the cake set up in the fridge for about 30 minutes. At which point I smothered it in dark chocolate ganache.
To get such smooth side and sharp edges I recommend using a large stainless steel bench scraper (OR putty trial trowel… from the hardware store, but be 100% certain it is stainless steel… OH and that it’s never been used on the wall before 😉 )
Dip in hot water to warm the steel and pass it over the ganache!
In order to do this I simply warmed up some regular smooth peanut butter, put it in a piping bag, and cut a small hole for the tip. Slowly and gently squeezing as I went around the top of the cake.
Finished the cake off with a beautiful, fresh, bright red raspberry crown… it is the crown jewel after all.
I had to do everything on my power not to cut into this divine looking cake, I mean com’on! Peanut butter and jelly meets peanut butter and chocolate!… HECK TO THE YEA…
Do yourself a favor, make this cake!
You won’t regret it!