Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Not much makes me as happy as chocolate peanut butter cake.

Sometimes I seriously wonder… does anyone love chocolate and peanut butter as much as I do? Like is it possible that there is someone else in the world who loves that combination MORE than me? I doubt it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Easy chocolate sheet cake topped with creamy peanut butter frosting is the way to my heart. It’s the perfect dessert, anytime!

Ingredients / cake

2 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
1 ½ cups sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, (softened)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
2 teaspoons  vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Ingredients / peanut butter frosting

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (softened)
4 tablespoons cream cheese, (softened)
2/3 cup peanut butter
3 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons of milk, (if needed)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick baking spray.

In the bowl of your electric mixer bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cocoa and sugar. Add in the softened butter and oil and mix on low speed until the mixture combines and begins to look like sand.

With the mixer on low speed, beat in the milk, coffee and vanilla extract until combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once the batter is smooth and combined, pour it into the baking pan.

Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tested inserted into the center comes back clean. Remove the cake and let it cool completely. If desired, you can invert the cake onto a platter or piece of parchment paper before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat the butter, cream cheese and peanut butter in the bowl of your electric mixer until creamy and combined. Beat in the powdered sugar gradually, about 1 cup at a time, until a fluffy frosting begins to form. Beat in the vanilla extrast and salt. If the mixture is too thick, beat in 1 tablespoon of milk.

Frost the cooled cake with the peanut butter frosting. If desired, you can drizzle melted chocolate overtop. I usually just melt about ½ cup of chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle it over top. Slice and serve!

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A Very American Mango Pie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE GRAHAM-CRACKER CRUST:

  • 2 ½ cups (280 grams) finely ground graham-cracker crumbs
  •  cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 large pinch sea salt
  • 9 tablespoons (128 grams) unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE MANGO CUSTARD:

  • ¾ cup cold water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin (2 1/2 packages at 2 1/2 teaspoons per pack)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 30-ounce can Alphonso mango purée (3 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large pinch sea salt

PREPARATION

  1. Stir crumbs, sugar, cardamom and salt together in a medium bowl. Add butter, and stir with a fork until evenly combined.
  2. Pour half the crumb mixture into a 9-inch round metal pie pan, and spread evenly. Press down with fingers, a metal measuring cup or a second pie pan to compact the crumbs as much as possible across the bottom and up the sides of the pan into an even crust. (The more compressed the crust, the less it will crumble.) Repeat to form the remaining crumb mixture into a crust in a second pan.
  3. Heat oven to 325. Transfer both crusts to freezer, and chill for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Place 3/4 cup cold water in a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup sugar with the gelatin; sprinkle mixture evenly over the surface of the cold water. Let sit a few minutes to bloom.
  5. In the meantime, whip the cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar together until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm 1 cup of the mango purée to body temperature (stir to make sure you are just warming it and not bringing it to a boil). Pour warmed mango purée over gelatin mixture, and whisk until well combined. Gelatin should dissolve into mango completely. Gradually whisk in remaining mango purée.
  7. Use a rubber spatula to beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until it is soft and smooth, then add to mango mixture along with a large pinch of sea salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until completely smooth, tipping the bowl to make sure you’ve incorporated everything well. Gently tap the bowl on the counter once or twice to pop any air bubbles. Use the spatula to gently fold about 1/4 of the mango mixture into the whipped cream, then fold cream into the larger amount of mixture until no streaks remain.
  8. Divide custard between cooled crusts. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out the filling. Refrigerate 5 hours or overnight until firm and chilled. Serve chilled.

Damn This Flourless Chocolate Cake is Delicious

When I first booked my trip to London last fall, the first reservation I made was at The River Cafe, the storied Italian restaurant founded by Ruth (“Ruthie”) Rogers and the late Rose Gray. I needed to try the legendary Chocolate Nemesis Cake (the name itself enthralls, does it not?) for myself, by hell or high water.

To no one’s surprise, the entire meal was electric: From the fire-roasted Scottish langoustines to the chargrilled squid topped with chilis, to all of the incredible pastas, there was not a moment our party of four couldn’t be found nodding and practically cooing over every dish.

And, of course, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, dessert came along. We had heard about it. We had planned it, actually, for months. We had been looking forward to meeting the one, the only:


At Food52, we use a lot of superlative language to describe all the wonderful dishes we get to try, but this cake actually stunned us into silence. The rich, mousse-like cake even stopped our Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen in his tracks.

“My favorite childhood dessert was chocolate mousse,” Josh tells me. “This cake had all the righteous deep, creamy chocolate flavor of the best chocolate mousse. But this also has structure, due to the fact that it’s a cake. You can slice it. It isn’t just a plop of mousse in a bowl. The thin crispy surface that forms on the top of the cake is a great textural contrast to the creaminess of the rest of the cake. Overall, it’s just outrageously good—one of the most memorable desserts I’ve made in a long time.”

Well, if that endorsement isn’t convincing enough, I’d urge you to try it for yourself at home. The restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, complete with a special-edition cookbook, River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant, full of time-honored classics (such as this one), as well as 30 new hits.