Friday, December 5, 2008

jessie's got himself a cake, and I want to make it mine.

What a terrible blogger I am. Depriving you all of dangerously decadent pictures of seductive treats. Well, your imagination will have to suffice for the time being, since I was not able to get any decent pictures of this really good cake. Sorry, my friends.

Anyway, I do have a good excuse for not taking a single picture of this cake. That is because it was for a Lasagna Night dinner with some friends of ours. They supplied the lasagna and garlic bread, and our house supplied the salad and dessert. So basically, I didn't want to act too strange and go through my overly thorough food-picture-taking rituals as a guest in someone's house. :)

However, do not fear! This cake will definitely be made again since....

1. It was uber easy.
2. It was amazingly delicious.
3. Okay, I'll admit, I just really want to take some close-ups of this beauty. ;)

But anyway, the inspiration for this cake came from a really good Starbuck's-like crumb cake I made back when the days were warm and sunny. Summer....I believe it's called. Basically, I replaced half the amount of butter in the crumb mixture with peanut butter (surprised?), sprinkled it all on top of cake batter a la box (sigh, I know...but there was no time to make cake from scratch!), and then topped it all off with chocolate chips (because we all need a little chocolate in our lives).

So this cake definitely surprised me with the fact that the crumbs ended up being baked into the cake, rather than staying on top. I really didn't expect this to happen, however, the outcome was quite delicious. I mean, crumble in your cake? That's just yummy-sounding, if you ask me.

Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

1 box yellow cake mix...which means you'll also need eggs, oil, and water, but the quantity of these ingredients depend on which boxed cake you get.

For crumbs:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 granulated sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup peanut butter...creamy, please
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare cake according to directions on the back of the box. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Prepare crumbs. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, salt and butter until smooth. Stir in flour with a spatula. It will look like a solid dough. Delicious dough.

Using your fingers, break crumb mixture into big crumbs, about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch in size. Sprinkle over cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over crumble and batter.

Bake in preheated oven according to time indicated on back of cake mix box for a 13x9-inch pan. Remove from oven until toothpick comes out relatively clean. Devour and enjoy.


Leah said...

you... made a cake and didn't save a piece for me??? what is this?!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of a peanut butter crumb cake.

Susan Rossman said...

I've tasted a peanut butter crumb cake and searched the web looking for a recipe and found yours. It was good, but I have a version that you might like to try as well (the topping doesn't sink into the cake)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. brown sugar

Beat until crumbly. Take out 1 cup. Add 3 eggs, 1 cup water, and 1/4 cup oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13" pan and top with remaining crumbs and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

I hope you'll try this recipe.