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Don't Lay A Finger On My Butterfinger

Don't Lay A Finger On My Butterfinger

People ask me all the time, what is your favorite dessert? I hate the question because I never really know what to say. It's too hard for me to decide on just one dessert when I love them all so much. That's why I am dying to make this cake recipe. Chocolate. Peanut butter. Cream Cheese. Butterfingers. Need I say more? To make this heavenly dessert,

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake with Cream Cheese and Butterfinger Frosting
From Emily Luchetti, author of A Passion For Desserts

Filling
2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup old-fashioned (natural) chunky peanut butter
Cake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup old-fashioned (natural) chunky peanut butter
1 pound golden brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
Frosting
1 1/2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
Butterfinger candy bars, coarsely chopped
Glazed peanuts

For filling:

  1. Bring cream and sugar to simmer in saucepan, whisking to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.
  2. Add chocolate; let stand 1 minute.
  3. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in peanut butter.
  4. Chill uncovered overnight.

For cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter three 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottoms with parchment paper.
  3. Sift first 4 ingredients into medium bowl.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until blended. Beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla.
  5. At low speed, beat in flour mixture in 4 additions alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions.
  6. Divide batter among pans and spread evenly.
  7. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

  8. Cool cakes 5 minutes. Turn out onto racks; peel off parchment. Cool cakes completely.

For frosting:

  1. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in large bowl to blend.
  2. Whisk whipping cream and 3/4 cup powdered sugar in bowl until mixture holds medium-firm peaks.
  3. Fold into cream cheese mixture in 3 additions; chill until firm but spreadable, about 1 hour.
  4. Place 1 cake layer, bottom side up, on 9-inch tart pan bottom. Spread with half of filling.
  5. Place another layer, bottom side up, on work surface. Spread with remaining filling; place atop first layer.
  6. Top with remaining cake layer, bottom side up.
    Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome; chill. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours before continuing.)
  7. Press candy and peanuts onto top of cake.

Serves 12.

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moosie7 moosie7 8 years
OMGosh that looks so good and my favorite candy bar is butterfinger so if u ever go in to a contest with that cake u won my vote!!!!
Food Food 9 years
you could always do a chocolate frosting or a peanut butter flavored frosting... but really, no to cream cheese frosting? what do you put on your carrot cake?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
You had me up until the cream cheese. :sick:
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
I think this recipe was published a few years ago...I think I saw it on Epicurious? I remember thinking it was OK, but not something I would make again. It's pretty sweet and didn't have a lot of peanut butter flavour. I sat next to Emily Luchetti at a dessert event in Seattle and she is very sweet and charming!
Food Food 9 years
hey missnomi, a butterfinger is a candy made from flaky layers of peanutbutter flavored (like brittle but much finer) and then coated in chocolate. you could substitute the with 5th avenue or clark bars (both are very similar) or peanut butter cups. If you can't find those, almost any candybar will do. I'd even suggest just plain chocolate shavings. Let us know what you end up using!
missnomi missnomi 9 years
sounds great. but. there are no butterfingers here in Holland, what are they made of and what's good subsitute? Snickers???
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