This Sweet and Salty Cake is as fun to eat as it is to look at!
We are a week into Summer Vacation and I’m pretty sure I am dying.
What am I supposed to do with these kids for three months?! Ninety days just seems kind of extreme. Like a punishment or something. What did I do wrong? I’m a semi-decent person!
Jokes aside (heh…), I kind of feel like the kids should come home from the last day of school with instructions or something. Or worksheets. When I was a kid and the substitute teacher didn’t know what to do with us, she’d give us worksheets to keep us busy.
Do worksheets even exist anymore? Are we raising children who will never know the sorrow of a pile of mind-numbing worksheets?
How are we expected to parent children who don’t even know about worksheets? Friends…I am starting to suspect that we’ve been set up for failure.
One thing I can tell you about kids is that they love Minecraft and sugar. Even my toddler loves Minecraft. Mind you, she has no clue what she is doing. The whole thing makes me dizzy just watching.
That’s how you know you are old — when you’re watching your kid play computer games and you say, “I can’t watch this, it’s making me dizzy.” Cue the flashbacks from my grandma and Nintendo, circa 1992.
When Minecraft has lost it’s luster (or my kids are crippled with thumb blisters), the library has kicked us out for throwing puzzle pieces, and it’s too hot to swim, I always know I can ask the kids if they want to help me bake a cake and they’ll snap right to it.
This particular cake is a new favorite — chocolate cake with a chocolate pretzel filling, peanut butter ganache, and lots of candy on top. My friend Shelly has a pretzel buttercream in her new cookbook that is completely ON POINT, and I knew I had to try mixing crushed pretzels into the filling of this cake. It’s the best ever!
The kids had a blast helping me pile candy on top of this cake, and then we ate a slice together and stayed up for fourteen hours because ALL THE SUGAR.
This is such a fun, over the top cake. You’ve got to try it!
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup finely ground pretzels
- Peanut Butter Sauce:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Assorted pretzels, candies, and peanut butter cups, for garnish.
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 eight or nine inch pans.
- In the bowl of a mixer, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until fully combined. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then slowly stir in the boiling water. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 30 -40 minutes, until tops of cakes spring back when you lightly touch in the center.
- Remove cakes from oven. Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes, then remove to finish cooling on wire racks.
- Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, cream, and vanilla on medium-low speed until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar and cocoa powder, beating until just barely mixed. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute, until light and fluffy. Remove half of frosting from the mixing bowl. Add pretzel crumbs to the frosting still in the mixing bowl and beat on low until incorporated.
- Assemble cake: Place one cake round, top side down, on plate. Top with the chocolate-pretzel frosting. Place other cake on top, top side down, and frost cake with remaining frosting that you set aside. Place cake in the refrigerator to chill for one hour.
- Prepare peanut butter sauce: In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream. Stir over medium heat until smooth and combined. Pour over center of cake, spreading to the edges and allowing to drip down the sides. Garnish cake with assorted candies and pretzels.
**cake batter adapted from Hershey
Enjoy and have a great day!