Peanut butter chocolate cake. Probably the most frequently requested cake flavor back when I took custom orders. Young and old alike. Perhaps it’s that delicious combination of sweet and salty, whatever the reason, this cake combo is always a crowd-pleaser. And this dairy-free peanut butter chocolate cake is a pure delight in every single bite.
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The Best Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
You know me, I tend the run a bit against the proverbial cake stream when it comes to conventional flavors. It’s not that I have anything against tradition, it’s simply that I enjoy a bit of adventure. So naturally, I had to put a slight spin on the classic peanut butter chocolate cake.
Enter in: dairy-free peanut butter cake layers and smoked chocolate buttercream frosting. Still delicious. Like totally delicious. But a bit unexpected and not your average traditional cake. So put on your adventurous cake cape, aka an apron, and let’s start baking.
What Is The Reverse Creaming Cake Method
I tried a new cake method this time and absolutely loved the end result. It’s called reverse creaming and wow, it produced the softest and fluffiest peanut butter cake layers. You start but creaming together the fat (butter and peanut butter in this cake case) with the dry ingredients. The idea is to coat the flour in fat to stop gluten from developing.
Reverse creaming will also give you the ability to add a bit more liquid content into the cake batter which will result in an incredibly moist and soft crumb; which, in the cake world is a winning combo! One bite of this tender and fluffy cake and you will be a reverse creaming fan.
After the dry ingredients and butter and peanut butter are creamed together until a sand-like texture is achieved, the wet ingredients get added but in two separate installments. Go slow. Go steady. And soon you’ll have creamy peanut butter cake batter worth licking the spatula clean.
How To Make Smoked Chocolate Buttercream
Up next, is the glorious smoked chocolate buttercream frosting. Chocolate buttercream on its own is delicious, but I leveled up and added a hint of hickory smoke and used both cocoa powder and melted chocolate to amp up that deep chocolate flavor. Liquid smoke is much almond extract in that a little goes a long way. Too much and it will completely overpower the buttercream.
How To Slice And Level Cake Layers
And for the final step of this fun flavorful dairy-free peanut butter chocolate cake adventure…I sliced each cake layer in half creating a total of 6 decadent peanut butter layers. The more layers, the yummier, right?! Using this handy little cake leveler I gently leveled each cake layer and then cut each leveled layer in half.
You can totally skip this step though if you want an easier cake to stack.
Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
There you have it! An adventurous and amazing dairy-free peanut butter chocolate cake that has all the big, bold, and beloved peanut butter flavor with a little hint of fun. This cake is perfect for the peanut butter and chocolate lover in your life.
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Recipes
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
- Mini Egg Cake
- Peppermint Chocolate Brownies
Love a smokey flavor…I bet you’ll drool over my Raspberry Smoked Butterscotch Cake.Print