Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (oil, eggs, water) 1 Box
Softened Cream Cheese 8 oz
Softened Butter 1/2 cup
Creamy Peanut Butter 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Powdered Sugar 4 cups
Chocolate Chips 1/2 cup
Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 1 Cup (unwrapped and cut into halves)
Step 1: Preparing the Oven
Begin by preheating your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Preparing the Baking Dish
Apply a light coating of cooking spray to a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Step 3: Mixing the Cake Batter
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dark chocolate fudge cake mix, water, eggs, and oil. Whisk the mixture until it’s well blended.
Step 4: Filling the Baking Dish
Transfer the cake mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly along the bottom.
Step 5: Preparing the Peanut Butter Cream
In another mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, creamy peanut butter, vanilla extract, and softened cream cheese. Mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.
Step 6: Adding Powdered Sugar
Gradually add 4 cups of powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture, stirring after each addition.
Step 7: Layering the Cream Cheese Mixture
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate cake batter in the baking dish.
Step 8: Adding Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups
Sprinkle the chocolate chips and the miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups on top of the cream cheese layer.
Step 9: Baking the Cake
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Step 10: Cooling the Cake
Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
Step 11: Serving
Once the cake has cooled, cut a slice and top it with a scoop of luscious vanilla ice cream.
The Perfect Fusion of Flavors
Indulging in a slice of REESE’S CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP EARTHQUAKE CAKE is like experiencing a symphony of flavors in every bite. The rich, moist chocolate cake pairs harmoniously with the velvety cream cheese and peanut butter mixture. The addition of chocolate chips and miniature peanut butter cups adds delightful bursts of sweetness and texture that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.
Can I use a different type of cake mix for this recipe?
While the dark chocolate fudge cake mix complements the flavors perfectly, you can experiment with other cake mixes as well. Just keep in mind that the final taste may vary.
Can I make this cake ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the cake a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just make sure to cover it properly to maintain its freshness.
Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy?
While creamy peanut butter is recommended for a smoother texture, you can use crunchy peanut butter if you prefer a bit of extra crunch in the cake.
How should I store the leftovers?
If you have any leftovers (which is rare!), store the cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best consumed within a few days for optimal taste and freshness.
Can I add nuts to the cake for extra texture?
Certainly! Chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans can be a great addition to this cake if you’re a fan of nutty flavors and textures.
Can I use mini chocolate chips instead of regular-sized ones?
Yes, you can use mini chocolate chips if you prefer a more evenly distributed chocolate flavor throughout the cake.