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Quicker Blue-Ribbon Peanut Butter Torte

 Quicker Blue-Ribbon Peanut Butter Torte
No one will guess that this tall, tiered cake isn't completely homemade. Chunky peanut butter is stirred into both the cake batter and the decadent chocolate ganache, giving each layer a rich, from-scratch taste. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (10 ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 2-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) cream cheese frosting
  • 2 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 ounces each), coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts

Directions

  • Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans; set aside. Combine
  • the cake mix, water, 1/2 cup peanut butter, eggs, oil and vanilla in
  • a large bowl; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2
  • minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans (pans will have a shallow
  • fill).
  • Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from

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Quicker Blue-Ribbon Peanut Butter Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pans to wire racks.
  • Place chocolate chips in a large bowl. Bring cream and brown sugar to
  • a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring
  • occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is
  • dissolved.
  • Pour cream mixture over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in
  • remaining peanut butter until blended. Chill until mixture reaches a
  • spreading consistency. Spread between layers.
  • Frost top and sides of cake. Garnish with chopped candy bars and
  • peanuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 14 servings.
Used cake mix and added peanut butter to batter. Filling is the same. Used canned cream cheese frosting instead of from-scratch frosting. Original prep was 55 min, quicker is 25 min. 30 min. savings.