Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake

We decided right before lunch on Mother's Day that we needed a second dessert.  We put this together and baked it while we were eating.  It is very rich and reminded me of a molten lava cake with peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake

1 box Chocolate Fudge cake mix, plus ingredients needed to prepare (eggs, oil, water)
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup miniature chocolate peanut butter cups, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare chocolate cake mix according to package instructions and pour into a lightly greased 9x13 cake pan, DO NOT BAKE - set aside.

Melt butter on stove top until bubbly. Pour into mixing bowl and beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, beat till smooth. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time to bowl, and beat until fully incorporated and mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Scoop spoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture onto the chocolate cake batter, all over. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and peanut butter cups.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the center is only slightly jiggly. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and serving warm. Top with ice cream if desired! Enjoy!

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