Ok, so Pixelated Crumb is way overdue for a recipe and I promised you some yummy birthday celebration desserts and I’m here to deliver! August and September are busy months for Joseph and me because they’re full of birthdays of friends and family (including my own!). First up is Mark, my brother-in-law. When I think of Mark and food there are two things that I always think of: pork belly and peanut butter with chocolate. We were visiting them outside Philly right after his birthday, and I knew I had to make him something good for his birthday. Not only is he a really cool guy with an awesome sense of humor, but he was immensely kind and helpful with all his web skills when I moved Pixelated Crumb to a self hosted site a few months ago. I owe him big time and this cake was my chance to begin to show my gratitude for all he’s done.
And since Mark loves chocolate and peanut butter, the flavor profile of his birthday treat was easy to decide on (pork belly cake just didn’t seem quite right somehow) and this cake from Recipe Girl seemed just about perfect. The cake itself really reminded me of a chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, which I really loved. It’s big and dense and super delicious. I was really tempted to swap out the peanut butter glaze with a chocolate ganache glaze (that’s me, always trying to add more chocolate), but Joseph really pulled for the peanut butter glaze. I’m sure it would be fantastic with ganache, but I have to say, it the peanut butter glaze turned out to be quite a hit (there may or may not have been some fighting over who got to clean the plate off)!
I suppose if you wanted to take this cake to a whole new place, you could sprinkle it with some chunks of bacon hot off the griddle. Add some banana to the batter and you’ve got a cake fit for Elvis. If you do decide to go this somewhat unconventional route, please, please let me know how it goes. I’d love to know. No matter how you top it off, this recipe is definitely a keeper. It’s so easy to make and so tasty that before you know it, you’ll be looking at the crumbs on your otherwise empty plate wondering where it all went.
In other news, Pixelated Crumb is now a contributor on Gojee, a gorgeous recipe aggregator! Create an account there, and you can track your favorite recipes, use the pantry feature which helps you find recipes with the ingredients you have on hand, and you can even filter out recipes with ingredients you’re allergic to (or just don’t like!).