Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake

Dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups.  Mix up this chocolate peanut butter cup bundt cake by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

A few months ago, I finally undertook a project I’ve been meaning to do for years.  And by “undertook a project,’ I mean “went to IKEA and bought some frames, ordered some prints of my food photography, and hung them in our kitchen.”

I love the outcome and am really kicking myself for not doing it sooner, especially because I chose a few very colorful photographs and they really brighten up an otherwise dull spot in our kitchen.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

One of the prints is this photo shared above — a photo of a chocolate peanut butter cup bundt cake.

This weekend we had a friend over for dinner.  He took one look at the print and commented on what an awesome donut that must have been.

I look at a large print of this photo every single day and yet never realized that a bundt cake from above looks *exactly* like a donut.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

A picture of a bundt cake never made me crave cake, but now every morning I want peanut butter covered donuts.  This is especially weird, since I like neither donuts nor peanut butter.  (I completely lost my taste for peanut butter while pregnant and it has yet to return – sob!).

But this also reminded me that I have yet to share this amazing chocolate peanut butter cup bundt cake with you, despite sitting on this recipe and photos since our Labor Day neighborhood dinner party!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

A quick look through my stats shows that my chocolate oreo cake (that photography — yikes! things sure have improved over the past several years… as have my cake decorating skills!), dark chocolate cheesecake (my very first post!), chocolate oreo peanut butter tortechocolate peanut butter banana pretzel pie and peanut butter cup ganache layer cake are among the most all-time popular posts on Bunsen Burner Bakery.

You guys have spoken — you love decadent chocolate and peanut buttery desserts.  Well friends, this chocolate peanut butter cup bundt cake is for you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Rich, dense chocolate cake, extra moist thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt.  Drizzles of peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache.  A coating of chopped peanut butter cups.

(Fun fact: my husband wanted to name our son Reese — after the peanut butter cup.  I mean, REALLY it’s after his father, but since we had to use an R name, then why not use the name of his favorite candy?  True story.  Our son’s name is Ryan, in case you are wondering how I felt about that.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

It’s all the flavor and decadence of my peanut butter cup ganache layer cake, but a quarter of the work.  No layers, no frosting, no mixer necessary.  Just a sauce pan, a bowl, and a whisk, and the cake of your chocolate-and-peanut butter loving dreams can be all yours.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake

Dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert.

 

Ingredients:

For the cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Peanut Butter Ganache:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 8 ounces peanut butter chips
For the Chocolate Ganache:
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For topping:
  • 6 peanut butter cups, chopped

Directions:

  1. Start by baking the cake.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in the cocoa powder and salt.  Once butter is fully melted, remove from heat and pour in the buttermilk, whisking until all ingredients are combined.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.  Add the melted butter and cocoa powder mixture, pouring slowly and whisking continuously until combined.  The resulting batter will be quite thick.  Add in the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended.  Add in the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a moist crumb; about 45 minutes.  Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before inverting onto a cake rack and cooling completely.
  5. To make the peanut butter and chocolate ganache, add a few inches of water to the saucepan and bring it to a simmer.  Place a heat-proof bowl on top of the simmering water.  Add the heavy cream, peanut butter, and peanut butter chips to the bowl and stir until melted.  Pour the peanut butter ganache over the bundt cake, encouraging the ganache to run down the sides of the cake, and allow to solidify before adding the chocolate ganache.
  6. To make the chocolate ganache, return the heat-proof bowl to simmering water.  Combine the milk chocolate, heavy cream, and salt, stirring over the heat until melted and thoroughly combined, then add in the pinch of salt.  Pour the chocolate ganache into a ziplock bag and snip off the corner.  Use this corner to drizzle streams of chocolate over the entire cake.
  7. Top with chopped peanut butter cups, allow the chocolate ganache to harden, and dig in!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake: dense chocolate cake covered in peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache, topped with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.  Mix by hand in two bowls for an easy, impressive dessert. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}