Food Friday ~ Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake
Hershey’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/3 cups water
Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Slice each layer in half horizontally. Spread the first layer with chocolate whipped cream. Place a cake layer on top of that. Spread the next layer with peanut butter whipped cream and then top that with another layer of cake. Add another layer of chocolate whipped cream, then top with the last layer of cake. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour before frosting. Then cover the whole cake with Chocolate Buttercream frosting. Keep chilled.

Hershey’s Chocolate Whipped Cream: in a small mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of Hershey’s Cocoa. Add 1 ½ cups of whipping cream and 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract; beat on low speed of electric mixer to combine. Beat on medium speed until stiff.

Peanut Butter Whipped Cream: in a small mixing bowl, combine 1 cup whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon sugar. Mix on low speed until it begins to thicken, add 1 tablespoon peanut butter and mix until stiff.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: ½ cup softened butter, ½ cup shortening, 4 cups powdered sugar, ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa, 1/3 cup milk, and 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract. Place in a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed of electric mixer to combine. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

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