Prep 2 hrs
Cook 35 mins
Does this REALLY need any description?! It's fabulous! I'm a fairly young mother (I got married when I was 23-just out of college) and had my son (our first child) when I was 25 (Jake is now almost 3!). When I made this cake the first time, Jake (and my husband!) was amazed by the size and appearance of this cake. Though it does require some effort, one bite will make it all worth while (along with 10 extra minutes at the gym, too!), and remind you of all the joys being a mom (and wife!) has in store:) So, from my heart to yours, here is one great celebration cake in universal appeal:)
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 1⁄4 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 1⁄3 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 cup milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons strawberry jam
- 2 cups salted peanuts, finely chopped
- 6 -8 fresh strawberries, hulled and cut vertically into 1/8 ", thick slices
- MAKE THE CAKE: Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
- Line the bottoms of 2 9x2-inch round cake pans with rounds of parchment paper.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed about 45 seconds, until the mixture is lighter in color.
- Add the sugar in a steady stream, then stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Return the mixer to medium speed and beat, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture is very light in color and texture, 4-5 minutes.
- Gradually pour in the eggs, about 1 tablespoon at a time.
- (If the mixture looks curdled, stop adding the eggs, increase speed to high, and beat until it looks smooth and shiny. Return mixer to medium speed and add the remaining eggs.) Continue beating until the mixture is ivory colored.
- The entire process of adding and beating the eggs should take 3-4 minutes.
- Reduce mixer speed to low.
- Add the flour mixture in 4 additions, alternating with 3 additions of the milk.
- After each addition, beat until smooth and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the vanilla toward the end of mixing.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pans.
- Bake until the tops spring back when the cakes are lightly pressed in the centers and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.
- Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes; invert onto wire racks and cool completely.
- MAKE THE GANACHE: Heat the cream in a small saucepan over low heat just until warm.
- Add the peanut butter and whisk to blend.
- Place the white chocolate in a medium bowl and pour the warm cream on top.
- Let stand for 1 minute, then stir until melted and smooth.
- Let stand at room temperature until cooled, thick, and spreadable, about 1 hour.
- Using a long, serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally.
- The tops will become the bottom and top of the cake, and the remaining layers will become the center.
- Place a dab of ganache in the center of an 8 1/2" cardboard cake round.
- Place a cake layer, top side down, on the cardboard.
- Spread with 3 tablespoons jam, spreading to the edges.
- Top with another layer and spread with 3 tablespoons ganache, spreading to the edges.
- Top with the remaining layer, top side up.
- Frost with remaining ganache.
- Place the chopped peanuts in a jelly-roll pan.
- Hold the cake in one hand directly over the pan and tilt the cake slightly.
- With the other hand, pick up some of the peanuts and press them into the sides of the cake.
- Rotate the cake as you apply the peanuts until the sides are completely covered.
- Using a clean metal spatula, press the peanuts into the ganache to make them more fully adhere.
- (The cake can be stored at room temperature, under a cake dome, for 1 day.) No more than 1 hour before serving, starting at the edge of the top of the cake, arrange the strawberry slices in concentric circles until the surface is covered.
Really enjoyed this cake. Cake batter turned out beautiful, I could tell just from that the cake would bake nicely. New bakers, follow the directions exactly and it's not overwhelming. Experienced bakers won't be afriad of taking the time to make sure all the ingredients are mixed properly. I only had unsalted peanut butter in the house. I would rec. salted pb cuz it'll offset the sweetness of the jam nicely (I just covered my whole cake w/ salted chopped nuts). If using no salt pb again, next time will sprinkle the chopped nuts between cake layers. Have already gotten a request to make this cake again, but with a chocolate filling. Definietly a keeper. Thanks!