Reese’s lovers, have I got something for you, a Reese’s cake. A not-to-sweet peanut butter buttercream frosting sandwiched between two layers of dense fudge brownies and topped with crushed candy nuts, chocolate, and of course, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This will quickly top your list of favorite desserts.
Birthday’s are a pretty big deal around our house. For a whole week the person who is celebrating is treated like a king/queen. One of the birthday perks is choosing the type of birthday cake that they want.
When the kids were little they usually chose cakes from the bakery, they liked cakes that were decorated with the current fads. Now that they are getting older it’s more about the flavor than it is about the decorations.
My youngest M.I.T. (man in training) just celebrated his birthday week and when asked what kind of a cake he wanted, I was expecting him to choose what he always chooses (he is my predictable child). To my surprise, he chose something different than he had in years past.
He challenged me, he wanted a chocolate and peanut butter cake. Of course, I couldn’t just make him a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I accepted his challenge and went over and above what he asked for. With a little experimenting and a lot of creativity, he was presented with a cake that has become his and many family and friends’ favorite.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN A REESE’S CAKE?
Are you ready to indulge in a treat that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth? The Reese’s Layered Brownie is a dessert that’s not just delicious, but downright decadent. Trust me, one bite of this scrumptious dessert and you’ll be hooked!
Delicious chocolate brownies make the perfect base for this inspiring dessert. We made our chocolate brownies using Ghirardelli’s triple chocolate brownie mix, they have a decadent and rich flavor that pairs really well with the other flavors in the cake. The texture of these brownies makes this dessert even more unique because they are denser and heavier than cake however they still provide the familiar, comforting texture associated with cake. If you prefer to use a different brownie mix, any fudge brownie mix will do, ensuring that the flavor remains the same.
Fats are the perfect ingredient for any homemade frosting. Our frosting is made with real butter, giving it an amazing flavor, and combined with just the right amount of vegetable shortening. The shortening makes the frosting stable enough to hold up to all kinds of decorating.
The creamy texture and rich peanut flavor provide an amazing combination of taste and texture. And when its mixed with the buttercream frosting the delicious flavor is amplified giving it an incredible Reese’s flavor.
Confectioner’s Sugar (aka Powdered Sugar)
Confectioner’s Sugar is what you’ll need to use to get that perfect Reese’s Peanut Butter texture for your frosting. Unlike regular sugar, powdered sugar is more like a powder making for a softer texture, and if you sift before mixing it with the frosting your frosting will be extremely smooth.
For the perfect finishing touch to your frosting, add a dash of Vanilla! Vanilla’s strong flavor helps balance out the sweetness of the frosting for a divinely delightful treat.
The delicious, flavorful toppings will take this layered brownie to the next level, creating a truly decadent dessert that everyone will love. We’ve used a number of different toppings, starting with chopped nuts which add both flavor and texture. For an additional layer of flavor, we’ve added crushed-up Butterfingers. We’ve also included some chocolate hard-shell ice cream topping, and for the grand finale: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
HOW TO MAKE THE REESE’S CAKE STEP BY STEP
- Brownies – Make the delicious brownies by following the instructions on the package. Then, divide the batter evenly into two 8-inch round cake pans. Cool brownies on a cooling rack. When completely cool, refrigerate for 1 hour before frosting.
- Frosting – To make the delicious and creamy Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting, start by mixing the butter and shortening on medium speed. Then, add peanut butter, vanilla, and salt, and mix until everything is well combined. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl often. The frosting may be a bit dry at this point, so add milk one tablespoon at a time until it becomes light and fluffy. Finally, refrigerate the frosting until you’re ready to use it.
- Assembly – To assemble the cake, start by frosting the layers of brownies. Be generous with the frosting, ensuring to cover the top and sides of the cake. Next, add nuts to the side of the cake for added texture and flavor. Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger candy bar on the top for a delightful crunch. Then, cut Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in half and place them on top of the cake. Lastly, finish off by drizzling chocolate hard-shell ice cream topping over the entire cake, creating a mouthwatering finishing touch.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE LEFTOVER CAKE
Keep your Reese’s cake fresh for up to 5-7 days by storing it in an airtight cake keeper in the refrigerator! Want to save some for later? Freeze it for up to 3 months by first letting the frosting firm up, in the freezer, for an hour, then tightly wrapping it in plastic wrap. When you’re ready to dig in, simply thaw the unwrapped cake at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Delicious cake anytime you want it!
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Reese’s Layered Brownie Cake
- 2 boxes fudge brownie mix
- ⅓ cup butter softened
- ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar sifted
- 4-6 tbsp milk
- 6 Reese's peanut butter cups halved
- nut topping chopped
- 1 Butterfinger crushed
- hard-shell ice cream topping
- Prepare brownies according to package directions. Divide batter into 2 8-inch round cake pans.
- Cool brownies on a cooling rack. When completely cool, refrigerate for 1 hour before frosting.
- On medium speed, cream together butter and shortening. Add peanut butter, vanilla and salt, continue mixing until combined.
- Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl often.
- The frosting will be a little dry, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting is light and fluffy.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Frost the layers of the brownies, using a generous amount on the top and sides.
- Add nuts to the side of the cake (how to video)
- Sprinkle Butterfinger crunch on the top, add Reese's halves and stream Reese's hard shell over the top.
- Keep refrigerated.
If this blog post has done its job, then your mouth should already be watering with anticipation for a slice of Reese’s Layered Brownie. What could possibly be better than biting into two layers of fudgy brownie, topped off with peanut butter buttercream frosting and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Trust me when I say – there is nothing like it. Go ahead and treat yourself or a loved one to this heavenly confectionary creation – you won’t regret it! Plus, if there’re leftovers (doubtful!), you can relive all that deliciousness the next day (or freeze it for up to 3 months). It’s time to satisfy that sweet tooth craving, so grab yourself some Reese’s Layered Brownies today!
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Originally posted on: 08/22/2016