Happy birthday, Mom
Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream
Today’s my mom’s birthday and this is what she considers her “birthday cake.” Dani started baking it a couple years ago and somehow it got dubbed “Mom’s birthday cake.” It’s a chocolate cake with delicious peanut butter mousse. Though I haven’t made it myself, I’m gonna pass the recipe on to you anyway because it tastes so good.
But before I share the recipe, I’m gonna share a story. Two, actually. I won’t tell you how old she is, but I’ll tell you about the two of Mom’s birthdays I remember best. The first one was her 36th, when we hired a clown to come to the house with balloons for her. We were all in the backyard when this clown showed up and she insisted that poor Poppy had hired some drunk guy from a bar to come over on her birthday. She was quite peeved until we finally convinced her that: a.) he wasn’t drunk and b.) we actually paid the nice man to come surprise her on her birthday. It was hilarious.
But my favorite of her birthdays is also Mom’s favorite. Before I had kids, there were several years where she would come spend her birthday week with Jim and me. She and I would shop and eat and shop and eat some more, and have the best time. That year in particular, we got dressed up and went out to eat at a place we liked. Afterwards, we were driving along and passed a go-cart race track. On the spur of the moment, we decided to stop. There we were hiking up our dresses and climbing into these go-carts. We were the only ones on the track at the time and we just raced all over and laughed our heads off. It was absolutely a blast and we had a wonderful time. It didn’t hurt that the guy working there thought we were sisters. That had to be good to hear on your birthday, right? That would be enough to make it memorable, but it gets even better. That was the day Mom celebrated her 48th birthday. But you see, it turned out that once we thought about it, we realized that it was really her 47th birthday. That whole year she kept thinking of herself as 47 years old, not 46 like she actually was. She feels like she never got to be 46, and instead was 47 twice. : )
Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!
Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. Hershey’s cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. boiling water
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9″ round pans.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in boiling water. (batter will be thin) Pour into pans. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
Assemble cake by placing one layer on cake plate and spreading half of the peanut butter cream on top. Top with second layer and spread the remaining cream on the top of the cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drizzle with glaze. Store in refrigerator.
Peanut Butter Cream:
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 10-0z package of Reese’s peanut butter chips
Heat 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream and 1 10-oz. package of Reese’s peanut butter chips over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Beat 1 1/2 c. whipping cream until stiff. Stir 1/3 of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Fold in remainder of whipped cream.
Melt 3 Tbsp. butter; add 3 Tbsp. cocoa and 3 Tbsp. water, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat. Gradually add 1 c. powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Stir in 1/4 tsp. vanilla. Drizzle over chilled cake.