Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

We celebrated Valentine's Day early in our house.  Between school and work on Monday, it seemed logical to celebrate on Saturday.  Jay took us to dinner at a local restaurant called The Depot (very good family friendly food), and I made a Valentine cake for the boys.  Brandon picked the cake flavor and Adam picked the frosting.  So what did they come up with???? Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and I baked it in a heart pan, just for fun.

The cake was just a simple box cake mix.  The frosting was home made, creamy, and delicious.  I took a basic butter cream recipe, cut down the sugar a bit, added peanut butter, and a little half and half to thin the texture.  This would also be great as a filling in between a layer cake.  I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day and remembers to tell someone special, "I love you!!!"

recipe (yields enough to frost 8 or 9 inch cake)

peanut butter frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 c. powder sugar
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. half and half (you can also use milk or heavy cream)

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Slowly add the sugar and vanilla.  Finally add the half and half one tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. 

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