Peanut Butter Ball Cake
 
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 3-layer 8-inch cake
Ingredients
For the Peanut Butter Balls:
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
For the Peanut Butter Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
For the Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling:
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream, divided
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
For the Perfect Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Drippy Chocolate Finish:
  • 8 ounce semisweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
Instructions
To make the Peanut Butter Balls:
  1. Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until smooth and lump free. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Beat to combine, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. With the mixer on low, gradually add the powdered sugar. It should have the texture of a wet cookie dough.
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until smooth and melted.
  6. Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls ¾ of the way into melted chocolate, leaving the top exposed. Let excess drip off and place onto cookie sheet. Remove toothpick and smooth over hole. Repeat the process and refrigerate the balls until completely firm.
To make the Peanut Butter Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and pale in color, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl down and add oil, peanut butter, and sugars, beating until smooth and lump free. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in vanilla.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients in 3 batches and the buttermilk in 2 batches, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Give the batter a few folds with a rubber spatula.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating halfway. A toothpick inserted should come out mostly clean with a few crumbs. Immediately invert the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate the cakes until you're ready to assemble.
To make the Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling:
  1. Melt the peanut butter chips and ¼ cup of the heavy cream in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth. Mix peanut butter into the melted chip-cream mixture. Let cool about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Fit the stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip the remaining 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Turn mixer speed down to low and sprinkle in powdered sugar and vanilla. Raise speed and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cooled peanut butter mixture.
  3. Cover a refrigerate until ready to assemble.
To make Perfect Peanut Butter Frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a sand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese on a medium speed until smooth and lump free, frequently scraping the sides and bottom of the down, about 3 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low, add vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
To make the Drippy Chocolate Coating:
  1. While the cake chills, make the chocolate ganache. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe measuring cup, heat the cream until it bubble around the edges, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk from the center outward, gradually stir from the center outward until the ganache is completely smooth. Set aside to cool, whisking occasionally, until it has thickened slightly, yet still a pour-able consistency.
To Assemble the Peanut Butter Ball Cake:
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and heavy cream in 30-second intervals, stirring frequently until melted. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Use a serrated knife to level off the cake layers. With an offset spatula spread the melted chocolate over two of the three cake layers. Let the chocolate set up onto the cakes at room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  3. Fill a pastry bag with some of the Perfect peanut Butter Frosting. Secure the first chocolate covered cake layer to a cake board with some frosting. Pipe a moat of frosting on the perimeter of the cake. Spoon in the Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling, top with the second chocolate covered cake layer and repeat the process. Top cake with final third layer.
  4. Give cake a dirty crumb coat, chill for 15 minutes. Frost cake with a final thicker frosting layer. Chill for a final 15 minutes.
  5. Use a pasty bag to control the chocolate drips down the sides of the cake, use an offset spatula to smooth the chocolate onto the top.
  6. Garnish cake with Peanut Butter Balls.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens and All Recipes
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade at http://layercakeparade.com/peanut-butter-ball-cake/