Sunday, April 18, 2010

Peanut Butter-Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I know, you're probably thinking - 'ANOTHER peanut butter recipe!?"

Yes I'll admit I have been slightly obsessed with PB lately. However, I read that food cravings can be your body's way of telling you that you are lacking certain vitamins or minerals. Craving PB could mean I'm low on B-vitamins. Nice excuse to eat more of this cake, eh!? Sure, I'll go along with that idea. Makes me wonder what deficiencies a chocolate craving would signify! lol

This recipe is adapted from a great little book called Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman, 2009. Non-fussy, wholesome, dependable cake recipes for everyday baking. A nice combination of solid classic recipes and updated flavor pairings. 100 recipes might not sound like a lot but it really is when all the recipes are winners like in this book (as far as I've tried and from others' feedback).

This cake has a fine, tight crumb and lovely texture. The batter is thick but the finished product is surprisingly not too heavy. It was sooo difficult waiting for this to cool enough to invert and eat. The smell of sweet peanut butter that filled my kitchen was just amazing.

Peanut Butter-Sour Cream Bundt Cake
10" Bundt | adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes

1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

8 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp chopped peanuts

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with flour. Whisk together the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla in a large glass measuring cup. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

2. Combine the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.

3. With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the sour cream mixture. Repeat, alternating flour and sour cream mixtures, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for 1 minute.

4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Glaze: Place the chocolate and butter in a double-boiler. Heat until melted. Whisk in cream until smooth. Pour/spread the warm glaze over the cake and sprinkle the chopped peanuts over the glaze. Let stand until the glaze is set. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.


taylor (greens and chocolate) said...

Mmmmm I love PB too! I bet this would be great with jelly spread on it...or more peanut butter :)

sarahe said...

looks great! and if you're on a peanut butter kick, you should check out the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake i just made--delish!

Jencrafted said...

That looks heavenly Tia! I don't think I've had any PB bakes yet and I love it that you share all the wonderful recipes you've come across! My, you do have a lot of recipe books! I'm just starting my collection....long way to go.
Great cake! I've got some almond butter and might just try this (hubby can't take PB!). Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanne said...

There is absolutely no such thing as too much PB. I crave the stuff. Daily. This looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

ooh...a peanut butter bundt cake sounds amazing. Looks wonderful too!

Carolyn Jung said...

One can never have too much peanut butter. Honest. Trust me on that. ;)

Rachel said...

Ooh I love peanut butter and this looks delicious!

Jannett said...

Great looking cake.... :)

Sweet and Savory said...

This is simply amazing. I have to spend more time here. You have the greatest recipes.

Pamela said...

Oh, boy! You are killing me with this one! I've been craving PB for a while, too. Looks dangerously yummy.

Anonymous said...

I never get tired of peanut butter. This sounds fantastic!