Third Anniversary Triple Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Sky High Cakes

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze

It's crazy good.

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
Today is my three year anniversary at public library job. After years of bean counting, I went back to UCLA and became a librarian!

To celebrate, I made a three layer cake. (Next year, the four-layer cake will be a monster! :)

And, of course, I turned to my favorite new book, Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman.

Smitten Kitchen has the recipe and a photo was on the Martha Stewart show (I'm soooo bummed I forgot to set my DVR for her show on bloggers!)

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
You know this cake is serious when you see how much batter it makes! I swear that could make 36 cupcakes...so be sure to slice this cake thin, thin! This makes three 8" layers.

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
The frosting is a delicious combination of cream cheese, butter, 5 cups of powdered sugar (I used 4 cups) and smooth peanut butter. After a chill, a ganache of chocolate, peanut butter and half and half is poured over the top of the cake.

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
The cake is seriously moist and decadent. Smitten Kitchen calls it intense and I completely agree!

Making this cake could actually make you lose weight! Really.
See, the cake is sooo heavy. Like 15 pounds of cake heavy. If you just carry it around with you, you'll totally burn calories. I practically worked up a sweat bringing it into work! (And if you are planning to travel with it, you might want to throw in some dowels to keep it all together).

Sour Cream-Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
Three for three!

So far, I've made the Chai cake and Strawberry shortcake from Alisa's book...next up, the Ginger Mango Lime Curd cake.

Have a great weekend!
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19 comments:

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that looks totally decadent! =) Chocolate cake isn't my favorite, because many of them are kind of dry and not that chocolatey, but I don't think that would be a problem with this one. Yum.

PheMom said... [Reply to comment]

That looks fantastic! I just recently ordered this book because it is the one we are baking from for The Cake Slice Bakers.

CB said... [Reply to comment]

That looks AH-MAZING! I think I know what to make for my hub's bday now. YUM. Happy librarian anniversary!
/Clara

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

"Sinful" is the word that comes to mind!
Looks extra-delicious!
Wish I was there... happy anniversary!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

this looks incredible! and congrats on your anniversary! sounds like you love your job, which is great.

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

woww this looks so so nice. I love peanut butter and chocolate. Wow you really did a nice job and love how you decorated the top :-)

Maya said... [Reply to comment]

Carry the cake a round and you will lose some weight ! I like that.

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Wowzers...happy third anniversary! That cake looks amazing....enjoy!
Mary

Erin said... [Reply to comment]

This looks wonderful! It looks so moist and delicious. I've been wanting to make this cake ever since I saw it on Smitten Kitchen's website.

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

wow that looks amazing!!! i have a friend who went back and got her masters in library science at MSU and now works in san jose and loves it :) kudos for pursuing your passion

Mary Jo said... [Reply to comment]

congrats on 3 years! i have this book but haven't make anything from it yet, i feel so guilty. you've inspired me, the cake looks fantastic!

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

What a delicious-looking cake! You're layered cakes are so beautiful. Congratulations on your third anniversary! 22 more years and you can retire with full health benefits...whoo-hoo!

Leah said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake for my daughter's birthday after seeing the recipe on Smitten Kitchen. We were feeding off of it for a week, it's so big and rich! One thing, did you use up all of the chocolate ganache frosting? I used about 80 percent of it, and it still ended up covering the entire cake (couldn't even see the pb frosting underneath). I didn't realize it was going to run so far down the sides of the cake.

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Leah, I definitely didn't use all the ganache. I think I used about 60% - I have to note in the book saying, "cut in half" for the next round! :) I brought my cake in for my co-workers so I wouldn't have it in the house for days. Man, this cake is RICH! :)

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

That looks crazy good! If only I could eat chocolate....

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

Can that cake be any more decadent!?! My mouth was watering just looking at all those wonderful pictures. I almost didn't want to look away! Would you say that it's the best chocolate cake you've ever had?

I'm always looking for better recipes. The only chocolate cake recipes I've made are epicurious's double chocolate cake and dorie's devils food white out. How does this cake compare with other ones you've made in flavour, texture and overall.

KK said... [Reply to comment]

Slap me silly! What the #*%!!!!!

Wow - this looks amazing...that think layer of chocolate just oooozzzzinnnngggg off the sides...boy is my mouth watering.

Congratulations on your milestone - here's to many more....!

n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Well, I came to see if you had the plum cake up yet, and this is what I found. Amazing layer cake goodness. I will need to find an excuse to bake this. Must be the third anniversary of something in my life! Congrats to you, btw. Way to pursue your interests!
Nancy

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations on making the leap away from accounting (I'm also a former bean counter :) )!!! And what a way to celebrate the occasion with that gorgeous and sinfully decadent looking cake!

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