Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Yummy PB & J Birthday Cake

My lil' Kricket turned 9 on the 31st of August and
 I couldn't for the life of me think of what kind of cake to make her.
 I wanted something fun yet good enough for the adults.
In the past, I've made her a Banana Split cake, a castle cake and
 of course the basic chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
 This year, I decided it was gonna be a 
 Peanut Butter & Jelly cake.
 I've never made one so I did a little research.
 Although I've made almost ALL my cakes by hand,
 this year I wanted to cut the work and start with a box cake mix.
I gathered all my supplies.
 To the Pillsbury Golden Butter recipe box mix I added:
 4 eggs
 4 TBL Peanut Butter ( I LOVE Jif)
 About 2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 TBL Vanilla Extract
 and I used only 1/2 the butter that the cake recipe called for
 because I used so much peanut butter.
I sprayed my cake pans with Pam
Mixed my cake batter ingredients together
I used a ladle to scoop the batter into my cake pans to get an equal amount in both
Leveled it out
 Baked it @350* for about 34 minutes, using a knife in the center to check
and make sure it's done al the way threw.
Then removed onto a rack to cool
 After about 30 minutes, I used a trick I learned from Martha Stewart
 To cut the cakes in half, I use waxed dental floss (no flavor kind)
I put the floss at the 1/2 point of each cake
Cross it at the front of the cake and pull gently
 The I use a serrated knife to cut the small "bump" off each cake
After both cakes are cut, it's ready for the jam
I used a whole jar of Smucker's Blackberry Jam
You can use what ever jam you want to
 I put the jam on each quarter of the cake till I reached the top
Now for the icing. I made a basic Peanut Butter Buttercream.
I made a double batch. Heads up, this stuff is addictive. You can use it on a 
 basic Hershey bar and it tastes like a Reese's Cup. YUM!!!
 I used 6 cups of confectioners sugar
1 cup milk, added a little at a time
 6 TBL softened butter
 4 TBL Jif Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
 I used more PB than needed to make it extra peanutty
whipped to pure yummy-ness : )
 I globbed it onto the top of the cake
 Used a icing spatula to smooth it out
I didn't have wax paper to put under the cake to protect my cake plate
 So I used some aluminum foil
Another Martha trick : )
 I then used a zip lock bag and some frosting to pipe some decorations
 Added some pink sugar and some lil' flowers and it's finished
 Let me tell ya, it was a HUGE hit, especially with the adults.
 I was so excited to eat it, I forgot to take proper pictures 
Sorry : (
 I'm already being asked to share my recipe ... 

 Enjoy : )

I'm partying at:
 A Bowl Full of Lemons
Serenity Now 


Laura said...

PB & J cake! Yum!

Beth said...

That sounds absolutely fabulous! I am pinning this recipe for sure!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

My kids would absolutely flip for this one! Who doesn't love a good PB&J? Thanks so much for joining my Family Friendly Food Week party. :)