Fluffernutter Chocolate Cake

Last week I had some extra time on my hands and actually contributed a bit in the kitchen! I really do enjoy cooking and baking, but with working late nights and living at home it really doesn’t happen all that often. I’m so lucky my mom cooks a meal pretty much every night. She is the best.

I made banana bread, buffalo turkey burgers, and fluffernutter cake last week. The fluffernutter cake was probably the shining star. It was my dad’s birthday and he (like me) loves peanut butter and when I came across this recipe on Pinterest I knew it was right up his alley. Peanut butter + fluff + chocolate…what more could you want? It was a really rich and dense cake. Maybe that has to do with the fact that it has 2 icings and a lot of butter in every layer? Definitely a recipe I will be repeating.

Fluffernutter Chocolate Cake

6 squares Baker’s semi sweet chocolate

3/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups water

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating with an electric mixer on low speed after each addition until well blended. Add vanilla; mix well.

2. Add 1/2 cup flour, baking soda and salt; beat well. Add remaining 2 cups flour alternately with water. beating until well blended after each addition. Pour evenly into 2 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans or 13×9 pan.

3.  Bake 35 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes before icing.

4. Spread peanut butter icing over cake, then scoop marshmallow butter cream on top, using a knife or spoon to swirl into peanut butter frosting.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Icing 

1 stick of unsalted butter at room temp

1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Mix the 3 ingredients until smooth consistency.

Marshmallow Buttercream

1 1/2 stick of butter softened

7 ounces marshmallow fluff

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Cream butter on high speed until light and fluffy, add fluff and combine on high speed until smooth.

2. Add sugar and mix on low speed until combined then increase speed to high until light and fluffy.

3. Mix in vanilla on high speed until combined.

Eat, enjoy, and don’t think about all the calories that are going into your body Winking smile.

WIOW- Spinning

I think my sister first introduced me to spin class during my first semester at UCF. Since then, I went to spinning classes on a pretty regular basis throughout college. I LOVED the feeling I got after a spin class. I always felt like I had the best work out and was so energized. Most of all it was fun and fast paced.

Since I’ve graduated I no longer have access to the UCF gym (best gym in the world). I miss it sooo much. Anyway, I haven’t participated in a spin class since, and yesterday morning I tried out the class at the gym I currently belong to. It felt good to switch up my routine and force myself to try something new, but it just made me miss spinning at UCF. There were only a few people in the class and the instructor just wasn’t as fun or encouraging. Womp, womp. I’ll definitely give it a go again and maybe try a new instructor next time.

I like group classes, but I don’t usually partake in them. I’m just way more comfortable doing my own thing. Although, it does feel great to get out of my comfort zone and add variety to my work out that I wouldn’t think of on my own.

Do you prefer group exercise or going solo?

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It’s my dad’s birthday today and a healthy dinner of Baked Ziti and Fluffernutter Chocolate Cake is waiting for me. Yes, Fluffernutter Chocolate Cake. I found the recipe on Pinterest and my mom and I slaved away in the kitchen Monday night. Now, all we have to do is ice that baby up and eat it. Peanut butter and fluff is probably my favorite combo ever. I’m so excited! I’ll share the recipe soon.

Have a great night!

Earthquake Cake

My sister made this recipe this past weekend, it was an old one my mom had saved from a newspaper. It was so delicious and she threw it together so quickly, I needed to share. Chocolate + coconut + powdered sugar + cream cheese…yeah, what’s not to love? Throw some vanilla ice cream into the mix and it’s even better. WARNING: it doesn’t look “pretty” hence the name earthquake.

Ingredients

1 cup nuts

1 cup coconut

1 German chocolate cake mix

Icing:

1 lb. powdered sugar

1 stick butter

1 8 oz. package cream cheese at room temp

1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Spread nuts and coconut on bottom of a 9×13 greased cake pan. Mix cake according to directions and pour over bottom layer. Mix icing ingredients completely and poor over batter. Bake at 350 degreed for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!