Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

I know and I am sorry for not updating my blog for a week now... not been BW either.. i was on the go last week with a few macs orders and petite fours plus with no camera on hand.. i wasnt in my best mood to share any new recipes... its true what ppl say sometimes.. once an SLR will always be an SLR hahaha - sila muntah kahkahkah

As salam to everyone.. hope all are in good health.. i am down with a little cough .. think its gonna stay for a while.. every single night i will be coughing away .. thank goodness that isnt the case during the day..

We took Sonia to watch Disney on Ice last friday and guess what she asked after we told her that we were gonna take her there?.. "Mama do we hv to take airplane to Disney on Ice?" hahaha.. she had a blast of cos and kept on talking abt it.. she recognizes every single princess there is and was ecstatic when she saw her fav Ariel..

Our weekend was rather quiet.. decided to stay home on saturday.. got ourself a new helper to come by since Lisa seems to hv disappeared in thin air together with something else from my cupboard... sigh .. on Sunday we took Sonia to a new park and continued on to an indoor playground.. we later took mom and dad out for dinner..

So ok enough rambling.. lets get on to this super duper yummy cake recipe bef i finish up my cup of cuppa.. i hv only two words to describe this cake (the same two words all other bakers use for this cake).. MIND BLOWING!! yes u heard me right.. this yummy cake consist of chocolate cake with cream cheese peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache to top it off.. u dont need a mixer for the cake recipe and its less "fattening" ahaks.. i didnt hv sour cream on hand and decided to sub it with a cup of double cream with 1 tbsp of lemon juice.. let it stand for 10 mins and voila.. u got urself sour cream wannabe hehe

I decided to follow her peanut butter frosting recipe to the T despite having reservation on the 5 cups of icing sugar .. which in the end was brilliant cos the frosting was just ohhh so so yummy and easy to handle.. i had wanted to leave it as it is cos it looks good on its own too..

After 2hrs in my fridge.. i took it out.. spread a nice dollop of ganache on top.. poured the rest in my piping bag and started to pipe 4 blobs vertically.. took my offset spatula and spread every blob to the right.. in one direction.. the only thing that u shud remember is that u hv to keep ur ganache in piping consistancy or u will be piping a runny blob.. clean ur spatula between every swipe and repeat the pattern until the whole cake is covered with "petals".

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process - valrhona
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup neutral vegetable oil - i used corn oil
1 cup sour cream (didnt hv so i used 1 cup double cream + 1 tbsp lemon)
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C and prepare three 8-inch cake pans with butter and parchment

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the oil and sour cream and whisk to blend. Gradually beat in the water. Once the water is incorporated, add the vinegar and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs and continue to beat until well blended. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure there are no flour bombs lurking in there. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 prepared cake pans.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. I was able to fit all three on one rack in the middle of my oven. If you can’t, just put two on the bottom 1/3 and one on the top 1/3 and rotate about 20 minutes into baking… but be careful or they might fall! - i baked it in two 7" cake pans for abt 55mins..

4. Let cool in the pans for about 20 minutes. Invert onto wire racks, carefully peel off the paper liners, and let cool completely. The cakes are very soft – chill the cooled cakes in the freezer for 30 minutes (or overnight if you don’t want to do it all in one day) before continuing. - i chilled it overnight!

5. To frost the cake, place one layer, flat side up, on a cake stand or large serving plate. Spread 2/3 cups of the peanut butter frosting evenly over the top. Repeat with the next layer. Place the last layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes about 5 cups
10 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature - i used 250g
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups powdered sugar - sifted
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter - i used skippy reduced fat ha!!

1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Continue to beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Add the peanut butter and beat until thoroughly blended. Taste it…. you know, for quality control

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup half-and-half

1. In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water, combine the chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Cook, whisking often, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the half-and-half, beating until smooth. Use while still warm.

Once the cake is fully frosted, it helps to chill it again and let it firm up. The cooler and more set the peanut butter frosting is, the better drip effect you’ll get from the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze.)

To decorate with the Chocolate–Peanut Butter Glaze, put the cake plate on a large baking sheet to catch any drips. Simply pour the glaze over the top of the cake, and using an offset spatula, spread it evenly over the top just to the edges so that it runs down the sides of the cake in long drips. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes to allow the glaze and frosting to set completely. Remove about 1 hour before serving.

I did not use her chocolate peanut butter glazing recipe but instead used my typical ganache recipe and piped petal effect all around my cake..

250g dark cooking chocolate - i used valrhona 55% and cocoa berry 66%
250g double cream
30g butter

You can check out this site on how to do the petal effect.. hv fun!

Inspired by: Wee Eats


Unknown said...

Yipeeee! You're back! The cake looks so elegent.

I love choc cakes..have been baking a few but hubs said..belum hit the spot *sigh* .. I guess must bake lagi..practise makes perfect kan ;)

Will try this one soon..

I hope ur cough will be better soon.. Take care!


afid said...

waaaaa..cantik2..thanks kak rima kongsi tips!


ninazsyafinaz said...

Ooo...apalah yg missing tuh? Sabar sis..takder rezeki lah tuh nampaknyer tu have that thing..btw the peanut butter frosting memang sgt sedap kan..but I belum pernah combine dgn choc ganache..I would love to try out this recipe this weekend..Cant wait!

Yat Maria said...


I am soooo gonna bake this for MY birthday..if I can wait till September la..if not..i don;t care..I HAVE to find someone's bday to bake them one..maybe may for my niece turning 12..Aduhhh babe, this is fantabulously delish..thanks for sharing xoxo

pssstt..i am in lurrrveeee with that Pa amb...hahahah

Dzah said...

Hi sis. Sorry to hear about you helper...
This cake look so tempting...
Loves the petal effect...

Hesti HH. said...

Rindu banget sama resep dan picture Kak Rima...

Waaaaw...cakenya cantik sangat. LAyernya dan hiasan ganachenya, I'm drooling!

fqa said...

salam sis

beautiful..i wish i had an "artistic" hand like yours sis..huhuhu

ijayuji said...

kudaaaa ku larii gagah berlariiii ayuh lariiiiii~~~ eh? oooh! citer pasal kek, waaaaaa... tgk kek akak ni pun terasa nak makan se slice, nak order jauh sgt ye tak? hihihi...

Edi said...

pengsan tengok ruffles tu... really pretty!!!

ape yg hilang rima? adeeeee je yg panjang tangan kan.. pelikla.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kak Rima

Mind Blowing indeed! Loved the neat layers! Btw, do u think I can make cuppies out of this?


Chah said...

elegant and sungguh gorgeous! not sinful? not sinful? not sinful? not sinful? not sinful? yeayyyy not sinful!!...gegege....

Anonymous said...

Salam Kak Rima

Sedih seminggu tak ada update kat blog u tapi hari ni happy sangat2. Mind blowing indeed!! Love the neat layers.. Habisla diet yg baru nak distart tapi tak start2.

BTW, can we make cuppies out of this recipe?


Chah said...

very the elegant one! not sinful? not sinful? not sinful? not sinful? not sinful??? yeayyyy!!!! gegegegege...

Najmah said...

Salam Kak Rima

Kesedihan 1 minggu hilang sudah bila nampak yur update.. Mind blowing indeed!!! luv luv the neat layers of choc cake and frosting!

BTW, can i make cuppiees out of this recipe?


Anonymous said...

Hi Rima,

May I have your email address? tried to contact you using the contact form in your web, but the word captcha seems have problem though I entered the correct words.


Aishamirafiq said...


Kesian Rima....btw, knapa pulak nak mencuri.. mintak ape salah nyer kan....Insyaallah ada hikmah nyer...

Tiap-tiap hari bukak ur blog... at last ada entry baru.... Best ah tgk ur lovely cake tu...Cantik sgt! Nak 1 pc... Pasti akan buat...tapi tak tahu biler...hehehe

Btw, tak tahu mcm mana my macaroon tu hancusss... Baca ur tips beribu kali... Mungkin lain kali try lagik.. Kalau tak jadi jugak, order kat u sudah... :)

Dewi said...

Hie kak rima,

Ya salammm.... Sesungguhnye saya amat merindui gambar2 dan post2 mu itu.... Hahahah... Seriously!!!!

Anyways, gorgeous cake u have there kak!! Ginna bookmarked this for sure. Nothing can go wrong with choc and peanut butter... Errr... Right?? Hahhaaha


pree said...

Love the petals sis Rima :) You take care. hugs

Aziah.Jordan said...

Rima ,glad u r back !! Lama jugak tggu ur new n3..LOL .btw , 11/2 cups water tu..air biasa or cold water ya ?Happy baking !! Aziah.Jordan

Sherleen.T said...

wow, this cake is lovely and wonderful...gorgeously sitting on the cake stand...:)

Love2cook Malaysia said...

My goodness! Am speechless...not sure what to type..but one thing...Mindblowing!!!! Loved the petal effect...huwaaaa sweet la sis. Sis any plan to open a cake shop soon? Hehe ;)

Rima said...

Ty ty.. hopefully i will get better soon.. tadi fening lalat tu yg lepak terus.. hv to get well soon or i will never be fit to bake for my kl orders..

Try and bake this ok.. the cake itself is not difficult at all.. just godek godek ajer..

Rima said...

No worries Afid.. am happy to share!

Rima said...

actually kan i dont wanna think it was her but kan there was no one else at home masa tu.. if hilang $50 tu its ok.. ni.. sigh.. cakap pun tak guna.. kenang pun tak de faedahnye.. orang nye dah hilang bersama barang kemas ku huhu

Rima said...

Ah kan babe.. ku dah kata.. kat sana i kept on makan benda tu.. kira tak guilty lah kan.. makanan sihat ahaks

Bake it ok.. worth it.. tak payah tunggu bday lah.. besok lusa dah boleh buat.. wkend u can feed ur family members

Rima said...

nak buat macam mana kan.. benda dah hilang.. i think i hv been looking high and low for my barang for almost a month now..

Yes when i saw it i also macam love at first sight hehe

Rima said...

waduhh rindu banget ama kamu.. sudah lama tak bw rumah kawan kawan.. hari ni mau bw kepala ku pening pulak.. tidur terus sampai tadi sore.. mau rehat sepenuh or else i will not be able to bake for my orders ..

Rima said...

ty.. am happy with the end product.. i love simple design cake and this one is definately my fav cos not only its soothing to my eyes.. its not actually complicated to do blob and pull technique

Rima said...

Muhahahah Ijahh.. kamu ni.. kuda ku lari gagah berlariiii hahaha.. eh if dekat .. harus lah u bake and i eat hehehe

Rima said...

i trusted her and thought of nothing but if i hv been looking high and low for almost one month tempat yg i know for sure where i placed it which is visible each time she kemas rumah i. of cos tak de orang lain plus dia menghilang kan diri begitu sahaja.. telephone pun tak de line lagi.. fb pun tak jawab.. sigh

yes this petal effect memang cun.. nanti nak try the ruffles pulak.. that one also cantik

Rima said...

I dont see any reason why not.. i think if u nak buat cuppies.. u only need to do the cream cheese peanut butter frosting half ajer

Rima said...

why not u gv me ur email adrs and i will email to u.. tks

Rima said...

If mintak tak dapat one hahaha .. eh dont gv up hope.. must keep on trying.. macs tu memang cam tu.. tak jadi sekali tak bererti tak akan jadi forever..

Bake it ok.. senang and sedap.. sure akan menjadi kesukaan ramai hehe

Rima said...

alamak windu ker?? i also windu cos dah lama tak celoteh and take pics.. windu sama itew Timo's camera hahaha

Yes pls bake if u do hv the time.. memang u can never go wrong si peanut butter and chocolate and also cream cheese.. ah ambik kau hahaha

Rima said...

Ty Pree!

Rima said...

sorry lah.. memang rasa dah lama betul.. mana sibuk dgn order.. mana sibuk kat luar dgn si sonia.. mana my hubs tak de.. mana tak de camera lagi hahaha

I used mineral water.. so kira room temp water..

Rima said...

Ty.. it looks presentable and my guest loved it!

Rima said...

sweet kan.. there is another one yg sweet.. tu ruffles effect.. that one also cantik.. nanti senang senang nak try buat that one pulak..

Bukak kedai.. ohhhh cannot.. siapa nak jaga dak SOnia.. macam mana nak merayap ikut my hubs hehe

lovelylin said...

kak rimaaaa!
akhirnya an update - tersiksa jiwa ragaku tengok kek lapis je tiapkali masuk sini. so sorry to hear abt the unfortunate event, doa byk² k.. doa org teraniaya ni selalunya makbul! hehe. hugsss

CS said...

Rima oh Rima ...

*sambil sembam muka 'dalam' bantal. Menyesal tengok kek yg cantik tu, nanti tdo meleleh2 airliur*



kak rima.......i selalu bake chocolate cake using similar recipe..i pernah try guna butter to bake choc cake..but the cake texture macam tak sama kita guna corn oil or vegetable oil kn? or i ni yang tak berapa mahir bake lagi i pun tak sure...btw..the cake look sooooooooooo niceee! applaud to your magical hands again.. :) and a big alamak for me's 10.49PM already...and i feel like wanna eat this cake. tido mimpi cake je la malam ni sambil perut berbunyi-bunyi....wassalam n gud nite kak rima.. :)

Anie said...


I also haven't posted any new entries for more than a week now hehehez. Been a little busy dgn mojo pun hilang sikit...yikess!! Peanut butter and cheese and chocolate....adddeehhhh I can never get enough of them drooollzz :pppp

Ribbon and Circus said...

K Rima,

gorgeous sgt2 your picture nowadays.. You pakai camera and lense ape now? *sibuk mode* he he

Nuridah said...


cantiknya kek you...akak nk terjatuh dh tolong pegangkan tangan ku ini...hehehe.As usual your cake mmg awesome...tu yg sampai nk terjatuh nie...aduhaiiii

Nur68 said...

oh me! oh my! now that is what i call a delicious, yummylicious and devilishly heavenly cake indeed...

wow!!!! =)

Rima said...

ahh kann.. i know cos ramai yg email.. fening lalat meka meka tengok gambar si lapis tak habis habis hahaha

Any symptom yet? hehe.. me excited lah

Rima said...

muahaha tak per.. benda sedap harus sama sama share kejadian dia.. if dekat ku share kesedepan dia ahaks

Rima said...

hehehe termakan aper aper tak?? ahaks

Sometimes ku sub oil for butter cos i dont really like oil base cake but kan if ur cake consisted of cream cheese, peanut butter and also ganache.. for sure rasa oil base dia tak ketara..

Rima said...

ah kan.. now i am addicted to it.. dulu si devil food chocolate cake but this one ade peanut butter lagi.. kira puas hati lah hahaha

Rima said...

hehe i am still using si Timo's camera.. its Canon 7D.. lens 17-55mm 2.8 IS USM.. been using his for one and half month now.. i loike

Rima said...

hehe KNur .. jaga jaga cek salmah :op

Rima said...

u r right!! hehe

AzLiN said...

Tempting.... Tempting... Pinggang ku makin melebar.. Hahaha.. Ini kira cam adik-beradik si devil's food cake tu eh? Gonna give this a try soon!!! ;D

Thanks kak Rima!

Rima said...

Eh u shud gv this recipe a try.. die die must try ok hehe.. yes adik beradik si DFCC but kan this one ade up sikit cos it uses peanut butter in the cream cheese frosting.. lagi lemak berkrim haha

MyFudo™ said...

Absolutely beautiful presentation... Looks decadent and delicious. I would love to take a bite anytime! Yummy!

Ola said...

oh no!:) now I need to go away from the computer and desperately seek for sth with sugar:))

Life and travelling

Karen said...

Hi there, how do you make your ganache? I see the ingredients listed but not the instructions. Thanks!

Rima said...

Oh i didnt list it as i hv been using the same method for all my ganache in my blog.. u simply heat up ur double cream till warmish.. pour double cream onto ur chocolate and let it sit for 5 mins.. stir .. once melt.. add in ur soft butter and thats it.. let it sit for a couple of hrs till it thicken.. u can place ur ganache in ur fridge too..take it out an hr or two bef u use it..

thelittleloaf said...

Just landed on your incredible blog via making this cake tomorrow for a friend's birthday, it looks amazing!

Rima said...

Happy baking and let me know the outcome!

Jenni said...

Hi Rima,

I came across your blog n so fell in love with this cake n I baked it 3 days ago! so yummy! n I followed your ganache recipe because I wanted to do the same petal design like u did but my ganache wouldn't form into piping consistency after I left it for hours. Did I do something wrong? Btw, thanks for sharing your awesome cake! ;)

Rima said...

Sorry for my late reply.. i usually will prepare my ganache the night bef i wanna use it.. place it in my fridge and take it out early morning to let it soft a little.. ur ganache has to be a little hard in order for u to pipe a perfect blob.. earlier today i tried to do it with cream cheese.. i even let my cream cheese harden but unfortunately it didnt work huhu.. cream cheese has a heavier texture.. so stress! hehe

Jenni said...


I got it now. I had the ganache leftover n i put it on my fridge. It hardened n I realized that it was what u meant by piping consistency! LOL!!! I'll try to pipe it like ur gorgeous cake next time ;)

Thanks for ur reply n ur amazing recipe n tips ;)

Ribbon and Circus said...

I made this cake for Adam's birthday! One word: YUMMY! The cake was super soft==>I like! Frosting was a tad too sweet for me, but it'll be my fav frosting from now on!! Peanut butter frosting rocks!!

Rima said...

Yumms kannnn.. ahhh memang pun sedap dah tu senang ajer nak sapu kan dia.. tak messy pong.. i likeee

Irene said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cake! I love the wonderful pattern you created with the sides, so flawless!

Susan said...


I can't find double cream here. What can I substitute it with for the ganache? Thanks.

Rima said...

hi susan
can u find dairy whipping cream there? 38% fat content..

ani said...

hi rima, bole guna buttermilk...if xde sour cream.

Rima said...

u cant... try to get sour cream ok.. if not pun if u hv double cream.. u just add a tbsp of vinegar to ur double cream and let it stand till thicken..

Anonymous said...

Hi kak rima. Klau sya bake cake ni kan early kan... Sya smpn dlm fridge and serve it 4days later boleh x? And bileh x peanut butter tu sya tukar ngn yg ada chunky2 tuu? And kalau xda vinegar tu boleh subs ngn apa2 x? Thanks in advance utk kak rima's advice.


Anonymous said...

Kak rima, artificial vinegar boleh guna x? Yg tu je ada kat rumah sya.


Rima said...

Hmmm i am not too sure... i use heinz brand

Rima said...

u can bake the base cake in advane and freeze it.. once dah sapu dgn u consumed within a few days

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Hi.. I am a SAHM to 2 kiddoes..19yr old boy n 2 year old girl.. met my Austrian hubby here in Singapore and hv been living here all my life... my love for baking started when i was 6mths preggie to my daughter, Sonia... my addiction to baking has not stop eversince.. I hope to learn as much as i can abt baking and decorating and then share it with u along the way..