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Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion

Karyn Masters Recipe shared by:
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I'm a chocolate & peanut butter fanatic! I have more recipes that call for these two ingredients than anything else. From cakes, to cookies, to ice cream, but this one is by far my favorite of them all! This is a very simple, but elegant looking dessert. With a little mixing & assembly, you'll create a beautiful dessert for any occassion with minimal effort, but it looks like a masterpiece.

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  • 1 box Duncan Hines Chocolate Brownie Mix (already prepared according to box directions)
  • 1 Box Duncan Hines Devil Food Cake (already prepared according to box directions)
  • Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Mousse (recipe follows)
  • Fudge topping
  • Brownie chunks
  • Mini peanut butter chips
  • Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Mousse:
  • 1 (8 ounce) bar cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (6 ounce) package peanut butter cups, crushed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Frosting:
  • 1 packet of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Chocolate Almond Flavor Mix and 1 can of Frosting Creations™ Frosting Starter
  • 1/2 cup fudge topping

Baking Instructions

  1. Use a biscuit cutter or a glass turned upside down to cut out 6 brownie rounds. Take remaining brownies and cut into chunks and set aside.
  2. Use same "cutter" and cut out 6 cake rounds. Slice each round in half, horizontally, so as they're not too thick.
  3. For the Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Mousse: Cream peanut butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Stir in crushed peanut butter cups.
  4. Pour pack of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Chocolate Almond Flavor Mix into can of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Frosting Starter. Stir until evenly blended.
  5. Add fudge topping and mix well.
  6. Assembly:
  7. Begin with a layer of brownie, alternate layers of peanut butter mousse and chocolate cake, ending with cake.
  8. Frost top with Chocolate Almond Frosting Creations; top with chunks of brownie pieces.
  9. Melt remaining fudge and pour over the brownie pieces.
  10. Sprinkle mini peanut butter chips on top.
  11. Refrigerate a couple of hours until firm.

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Flat top Cake

Flat top Cake

If you are looking for a flatter top of a cake, for instance, to lay fondant on or just dont want that curved look on top. Instead of cutting the top of the cake to get that flat look, flip the cake over and use the underside. Its much easier and quicker then having to cut a cake that may crumble and make a mess when frosting. :)

Less Batter Problem

Less Batter Problem

I live in Alaska and everytime I baked a box cake mix in an electric oven, the cake would come out dry. After I did much searching on the internet, I found out that sugar can help hold moisture in the cake. So...for Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake mix, I always add at least 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar to the mix and they have come out perfect everytime. I wonder if the differences between the old box weight 18 oz and the new box weight is a reduction of sugar?

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