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 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 ...