Tuesday Treats: Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake

Bonus to this recipe is that you can make your own chocolate peanut clusters–a personal favorite!

Total Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
Prep Time: 20 Min.
Cook Time: 1 Hr. 10 Min.

Mix two favorite cake ingredients with Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake. Peanut butter cake and chocolate cake lovers will applaud this creamy combo!

What You Need
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup cold milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup PLANTERS Dry Roasted Peanuts
2 oz. BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Let’s Make It
1 – Heat oven to 350°F.
2 – Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round layers. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Meanwhile, beat pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min. Add peanut butter; mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3 – Mix nuts and melted chocolate until nuts are evenly coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate 10 min. or until firm.
4 – Stack cake layers on plate, filling layers with 1 cup pudding mixture. Gently stir COOL WHIP into remaining pudding mixture; spread over top and side of cake. Decorate with chocolate-nut clusters.

Kitchen Tips
Tip 1 – Size Wise: A serving of this special occasion cake goes a long way on chocolate flavor.

Tip 2 – How to Melt Chocolate: Microwave chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. 10 sec., stirring after 30 sec. (The chocolate will retain its shape.) Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Tip 3 – Substitute: Use 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Vanilla Bean Flavor Pudding.

As always, CLICK HERE to get all the nutritional details and info. Jolie Davis Barron loves this cake and so do her “men”–husband Cord Barron, and their son, CJ. The rest of the Bee Dubyas (the Barron Wives–BWs. 😉 ) are big fans as well and hint, beg, and downright demand that Jolie bring the dessert to any gatherings. As Jolie says, “Seriously, what’s not to love? Peanut butter and chocolate plus chocolate peanut clusters!” You can read Jolie and Cord’s story in THE COWGIRL’S LITTLE SECRET, a second chance story with a…secret. 😆 Just click on the cover or the title for the HQN link. If you don’t want to buy it there, then click on the “Buy from other Retailers” button on the page. And enjoy the cake! Are you a fan of peanuts/butter and chocolate?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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3 Responses to Tuesday Treats: Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake

  1. daisydust02 says:

    Looks promesing! 🙂

  2. Oh, now that’s just evil. I have a weakness for PB and chocolate. =op Lucky for me, my laziness overrides my addiction, so this won’t end up in the baking repertoire.

    I love these books so much! Maybe even more than PB and chocolate. ;o)

    • Silver James says:

      Naw…not even *I* love those books more than PB and chocolate. 😉 And you really should try the recipe. It’s not that time intensive. And you could always substitute store-bought chocolate peanut clusters. 😉

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