Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Yesterday was my housemate's 21st birthday.  Her name is also Hannah.  Two Hannahs living in the same house can get very confusing.  We were supposed to come up with nicknames for the both of us at the beginning of the semester.  She was supposed to be "B" or "Hannah B" and I was supposed to be either "Banana" or "Monkey" because that's what some other people unfortunately call me, not mentioning any names, *cough Nik and Lauren cough*, but somehow we never actually followed through with them.

When we sent out texts and emails telling people to come over to celebrate Hannah's birthday with cake, people got confused about whose birthday it was.  "Wait, wasn't her birthday in February?" and "Hannah made her own cake?"  NO.  The OTHER Hannah's birthday was yesterday.  Now that we've got that straight, let's move on to the cake.

Birthday girl and her cake
My other housemate, Leah, and I collaborated on this little number.  We emailed a bunch of recipe links to each other, but couldn't really come to a decision.  We eventually decided that since the day we made the cake, (Monday), was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, that we would make a peanut butter and jelly cake.  I'm sorry if this brings to mind this stupid song- I don't know where it came from, or why it is so popular, but I do know how much I hate it.

Anyway, Leah had made our friend Joel absolutely delicious peanut butter and jelly cupcakes 2 weeks ago, and we decided to convert those into a cake.  It didn't turn out quite as delicious as the cupcakes, but it was still pretty delicious.  Leah and I have both been really busy and stressed, so we didn't get a chance to take step-by-step photos on this one.  But that's OK, because I don't suggest using it anyway.  The cake was a lot drier than the cupcakes were, and for some reason was a really weird texture.  The frosting was really overwhelmingly sweet.  We almost made people sign a waiver stating that if they got diabetes after a bite of that cake that it wasn't our fault.  If I were going to make it again, I would probably use a different recipe for the cake, and maybe use a peanut butter cream cheese frosting to cut the sweetness.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

  • First, choose a recipe for a peanut butter cake, like this one from Living Tastefully.
  • Next, pick your jam/jelly.  We used raspberry, but you could easily use strawberry, apricot, grape, whatever sparks your interest that day.  I just might stay away from mint or onion jelly, that could get weird.  And gross.
  • Third, choose a frosting, like this one from Cheese and Chocolate.
  • Then, decide what you're going to decorate it with.  I saw this recipe on FoodGawker a few days ago, and really liked the idea of garnishing with cookies, so that's what we did.
If you are choosing to decorate with mini cookie sandwiches, make them first and allow them to cool.  Then pair them by size and put a dab of jelly between them to make mini cookie sandwiches.  *We tried to bake them at the same time as the cakes and put them underneath, but they burned, so we had to make a second batch after the cakes came out*
Take a completely cooled layer of cake and spread a thin layer of jam across it.  Ideally, you would leave a 1/2 inch gap between the jam and the edge of the cake to prevent it oozing out the sides, but we were in a rush and didn't bother.
Next, invert your second layer of cake on top of the jam.
 Now, frost and decorate!  Our finished product:

Diabetes-Inducing Death Bomb Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake
See? The texture and shape are really...
The bakers!  Please excuse my appearance- Leah planned this get-together for 11pm- AKA way passed my bed-time for the busy days I've been dealing with
Happily enjoying the cake

Happy experimenting!
Love and cookies,

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