Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Peace, Love, and Chocolate

Last Thursday I posed with my 5 pound Hershey bar and told you all I'd finally be hacking into it for the sake of making some yummy desserts. I chopped some up to make fondue for my girl's night out. I gave the Limelets all a chunk to gnaw on and then I used a big chunk to make this next recipe. I may have used a wee bit more than suggested by the recipe...

Some time ago I posted about my love of Peanut Butter Tasty Kakes. They are just so good. This recipe is a very good approximation of the ones you can buy. Since they are homemade they are better in some ways. And now, allow me to share my beloved recipe with you....again...new and improved with pictures!



Faux Peanut Butter Tasty Kakes

4 eggs
2 C. sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 C. milk

2 C. flour
2 tsp baking powder

8 oz. Hershey bar or other milk chocolate
1 C. peanut butter



I started out cracking the eggs, at which point I had to pause because it seemed even the kitchen deities were smiling upon me. Well, ok, the eggs were...but that has to be a good omen, right?

The directions say to beat the eggs until they are thick and lemony, then gradually add milk ,sugar, and vanilla. This takes a while. Feel free to dance while you do this. Just keep the beaters in the bowl. I really don't need raw egg splattered all over my kitchen, thank you very much. I might suggest Devo's Whip It but if you have something else you want to shake your groove thang to during this process it's your kitchen. I take no responsibility if your eggs frown at you for it though. Actually, I don't have Whip It on my iPod. I think I was winin' to meh calypso and soca tunes and gettin' on bad. Works for me, and my eggs.

Next you are supposed to blend the dry ingredients and fold them into the egg mixture gently.
I didn't take a picture of that. Just be nice and gentle to the eggs ok? After all, they smiled so sweetly at you. Then you pour it all into greased and floured jelly roll pan and bake at 350F 15-20 minutes. Now you're going to have to use your imaginations because I didn't take any pictures of this either. If you can't visualize some batter in a jelly roll pan what hope is there for you or for anyone exhorting you to visualize something as abstract as world peace for that matter? Sad really.

(Insert mental image of sponge cake batter in an old jelly roll pan HERE) Ok, instead of that here's a picture of the chocolate I chopped up to melt for the top of the cake plus some more for fondue later. Notice the lovely new tie dyed dish towel setting off the fabulous chocolate. I do find that when I want to let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me, chocolate and tie dye are wonderful starting points.




I also forgot to take a picture of the baked sponge cake. I trust you can figure out what it looked like, we already covered this whole using your imagination thing...If you're going to complain about the lack of pictures I will hasten to point out that this recipe, unlike so many of my others, has exact measurements for the ingredients and explicit directions. You can't have it all. This ain't the Food Network, you know. For one thing, I am a whole lot heftier than that Giada DeLaurentis chick (never trust a skinny cook). But I digress. The next step is to spread the peanut butter while the sponge cake is still warm. See? I DID take a picture of that. Just put little blobs of the PB all over the top and let the heat of the cake make it all melty and spreadable. Do be gentle or you'll tear the cake to shreds. Don't say I didn't warn you. Really, I won't take any blame. I'll just shake my head, mutter under my breath about the inability of some folks to follow directions, and go eat chocolate without even the least hint of guilt over your mangled cake.
After you smear on the PB let it cool.


Finally, spread the melted chocolate on top. Of course, I have assumed you already melted the chocolate that you already chopped up. If you didn't do that why are you sitting here reading this? Go do it now! Sheesh, it's not going to melt itself, especially not in February in the northern hemisphere.





After everything has cooled down and firmed up (What? Is this cake a roller coaster with all these ups and downs?) you can cut it and enjoy it. Mmmmm....looks good doesn't it?




You know you want some. Go ahead. It will promote peace...if not on a global scale at least in your own life...as long as you don't step on a scale after indulging.




But I swear, if you try to mess with what's left of my 5 pound Hershey bar there will be blood.

33 comments:

citizen of the world said...

The eggs are a direct representative of the kitchen gods, so yes, that was a good omen.

Looks yummy.

Gledwood said...

ooo that's wonderful food porn

my biggest chocolate success was a chocolate LIME cake (surely I must have told you I'm a limey who loves limes hence my frequent trips chez vous)... enough chocolate to be tipping the knife edge between bitter and sweet, and drizzlings of lime juice plus zestgratings... o man it rose in an amateurish fashion and cracked along the top and I could not be bothered to saw it off, so it looked really home-made but boy! everyone said it was pretty wonderful

I will email you a slice if you can sort me out a slice of that ;->...

Gledwood said...

bloody hell I thought I was gonna be first on but my yabbling puts me in second place to citizens of the world how typical :-<...

Cocotte said...

I've never had a Tasty Cake product, but just recently, my grocer started carrying them. I'll have to check out the PB ones (that is, if it's still on the shelves after this whole scare).

g-man said...

INSULIN!!!!!!!
I NEED INSULIN!!!!!!!!!!

Jazz said...

And lest we forget, the bar now says HERS...

Craver Vii said...

Oh Lime, you had me at "peanut butter." I tried to see if the monitor here comes with scratch-n-sniff technology, but it doesn't, so I opened up the jar of pb I keep at my desk for emergencies, and read your glorious post with the aroma of Jif. (sniffle) Sometimes life is just so beautiful, you know?

RennyBA said...

MMMmmmmmmmmmm, my mouth is really watering now. Thanks for the recipe in every delicious details too. I have to show my wife Diane this, when she is back from work as I guess you need an American touch to make it the right way ;-)

Moannie said...

I shall be definately trying this out on my chillun next time they come around, but did I see 2c flour twice in your recipe? Not everyone is as bright as me you know.Hehe!

S said...

Oh how cute, smiling eggies!

Now missy, you have done it again, another recipe guaranteed to add inches where they arent wanted.

Bad girl

:P

Desmond Jones said...

Tie-dye and chocolate. . .

Mmmmmmmmmmm. . .

And, uh, backing away slowly from the chocolate bar. . .

Cooper said...

i
need
cake..

and is your hand mixer really purple or do your have black lights in your kitchen????

Cheesy said...

Good gawd woman you are KILLING me! Not yet able to do this mission not only due to my being laid up but also because I have no way to work off the calories!
I WILL be trying this out in about 10 weeks tho!
Might make for a nice treat to share with a physical therapist!!!

Beetle said...

I don't care too much for cake but your post made me really chuckle!

lime said...

citizen, ah thanks for the confirmation ;)

gledwood, if we can figure out how to work it, it's a go!

cocotte, tasty kake destroys hostess and little debbie. they can't hold a candle to TK.

gman, insulin! stat!

jazz, i am glad that details did not escape you ;)

craver, i'm a skippy girl but i am glad the jif helped yo uin the emergency.

renny, let me know how it goes when diane tries it :)

moannie, i am so glad you caught that error! thanks, i have fixed it now.

s, tell me about it, i think my butt grew a size just this past weekend.

desmond, it's all good. i share with people who ask nicely. it's the pilferers who need to beware.

cooper, no the mixer isn't purple. the lighting was just kind of weird.

cheesy, oh this would be a wonderful way to thank you PTs, imho. heal up soon, hon.

beetle, well i am glad you enjoyed it one way or another.

lecram said...

ohhh that looks good!

Lulda Casadaga said...

I love those tasty-cakes...grew up with them...I may have to make this for my b-day in ten days! :)
I see you have some chocolate left...should I send you my address?! LOL

EmBee said...

Dammit Lime, why you gotta go and post yummy stuff like this while I'm trying to count carbs and lose weight? You know, back in Nov. & Dec. I was open to EVERYTHING and now all I can do is just sit here and drool.
:-(

Mona said...

mmmm that chocolate bar looks like out of a dream...

The cake looks divine manna to me! must try that one soon!

Ella said...

i'm guessing since there is baking powder in the recipe that the flour should be all purpose versus self-rising - but could ya clarify? ditto for the belly button cake!

Hilary said...

That looks just too delicious. How is it that YOU get the enormous Hershey bar, but I'm going to gain weight just reading your blog.. and following directions.. and eating too much of it.

Great post. :)

Poutalicious said...

I am sure I am the only moron in the world who has no earthly idea what a jelly roll pan is but I am very familiar with pandemonium.

lime said...

lecram, it IS good!

lulda, so you well know what i am talking about ;)

embee, i'm sorry. does it help you to know it is widening my butt as well?

mona, imagine my surprise when i received it!

ella, yes it is all purpose flour in any recipe i give, unless otherwise specified.

hilary, see above comment to embee and please accept my apologies

pouty, basically it looks like a cookie sheet, just has about a half inch lip all the way around it.

Moosekahl said...

I think I'm coming for a visit...peanut butter, chocolate, AND cake. Hold on...I need a moment!

Logophile said...

looks yummy
I want...droooool

barman said...

Yum, I usually have a nice yellow cake with peanut butter frosting on it for my birthday (long ways off from now) but this just might be a good substitute. It looks so yummy as does that chocolate bar but I will only look but don't touch. I know better.

Thanks for another wonderful Lime recipe and if the cook is not rail thin ... there is just more to love is all.

Kat said...

Yum!! Now that I could eat. :)

(M)ary said...

are you going to recall these at the last minute, just as we are putting the cakes into our mouths? with all these peanut butter recalls, you can hardly eat anything with peanut butter right now!

Jocelyn said...

I think my bad tummy this week is recovering--that just about looked good (any other week, I'd be licking my monitor from it).

Jocelyn said...

I think my bad tummy this week is recovering--that just about looked good (any other week, I'd be licking my monitor from it).

Jocelyn said...

I think my bad tummy this week is recovering--that just about looked good (any other week, I'd be licking my monitor from it).

mssolitaire said...

dang that looks YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Poutalicious said...

I see a happy face in your eggies.