Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Layer Cake – A Celebration!

I always say that I don’t need an excuse to bake but will look for one.  But it’s always nice to bake for something worth celebrating for.  This cake that is in Homemade Decadence (and on the cover) is one I have been anxious to make and found the perfect reason why.  Two reasons actually. Not only am on summer vacation in 3 days, but this week marks one year that I have kept off my initial goal of 30 pounds!  What better way to celebrate than with food!  And this cake is so big, it needs more than one reason.

cake with book

I made this cake over the course of two days because that just worked easier for me.  I made the cakes a few days before I knew I wanted to eat it.  Once they cooled completely, I wrapped them and stuck them in the freezer.  On the day I was ready to indulge, I took the cakes out of the freezer, made the frosting, and assembled.

2 layers

There are three layers of cake filled with a salted peanut butter butter cream frosting and chopped pretzels and dark chocolate.

3 layers

And for some reason, I didn’t even realize how huge this cake would be before I put the third layer on top.

peanut butter frosted

This buttercream tastes amazing.  It’s made with all natural peanut butter, not the regular kind which you usually see in baked goods.

And now for the pretzels.

partial pretzels

At first I was going to do one row along the bottom.  But then I thought if I am going to make this cake, I am going to go all in.

cake 1

tope view

The cake is topped with more dark chocolate pieces and salted peanuts. Just amazing.

slice 2

Sadly, my cake slice doesn’t look as nice as the whole cake, but I gotta show it!  A butter knife is not the best choice to cut a slice of cake this size.  The end of the piece is always left behind :(.

slice 1

In the first picture of this post, you will see that this cake is on the cover of the book.  I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever made what is on the cover of a cookbook.  That might need to be a new project for me!  Stay tuned for that!

If you have a crowd to feed and LOVE peanut butter and chocolate, this cake is perfect.  And it was a perfect way for me to celebrate my accomplishments, goals, and summer vacation!

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