Chocolate Fudge Cake with Perfect Vanilla Frosting

If I were to choose the perfect chocolate cake, this would be it. The cake is moist, dark and tastes like chocolate. Some chocolate cakes don’t taste like chocolate you know. The fudge filling is rich and thick but not too sweet. The vanilla frosting is silky smooth, pipes beautifully and melts on my tongue. Once I cut into this cake, I like to close my eyes and take a deep breath allowing the aromas of chocolate, sugar and vanilla to penetrate my brain. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the startling contrast between the fluffy white frosting and deep brown, almost black, cake. This cake gives me the full sensory experience I crave in a dessert.

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iBake – Chocolate Double Peanut Butter Caramel Layer Cake

Please, don’t be frightened by the title.  While Chocolate Double Peanut Butter Caramel Layer cake is a three process dessert, there are times when a multistage dessert can actually simplify your life.  I promise!

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been in a peanut butter chocolate mood for several weeks.  Maybe it’s all these below 30 days we’ve had lately here in Minnesota.   Maybe it’s that I didn’t eat quite enough of the Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossom’s I made for Christmas and then too quickly gave away.  You did see those sparkling gems from I Am Baker, right?  No?  Okay, take a minute to go to Amanda’s website and look at them, Pin them, write the ingredients on your grocery list, look all over the place for those bright red sanding sugar sprinkles and never find them because you didn’t think to look the one place that actually had them even though your were only a few blocks away from Williams-Sonoma, duh – and then make them for next Valentine’s Day.  Oh, sorry, I was thinking of myself the week before Christmas.  You would never do anything so silly, would you?  Getting back to the cookies, they are doubly delicious (meaning more rich and chewy) if you add an additional egg yolk to the original recipe.

There you are!  I thought you would stay on Amanda’s addictive sight all day and forget about this fantastic cake.  Now that you’re finally back, I’ll show you how to make your life easier by separating your dessert recipes into more than one day, and give you the recipes you’ll need to assemble this highly satisfying layered cake.

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