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Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake

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Our readers love chocolate and peanut butter paired together! We've taken a box mix and transformed it into a stunning holiday centerpiece with clusters of chocolate coated peanuts that add a WOW! look and flavor.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package in 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Cool 10 min.; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Meanwhile, pour milk into medium bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat 2 min. or until well blended. Add peanut butter; beat well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Mix peanuts and melted chocolate; stir until evenly coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate 10 min. or until firm.
  3. Place one of the cake layers on cake platter; spread with 1 cup of the pudding mixture. Cover with remaining cake layer. Gently stir whipped topping into remaining pudding mixture. Spread over top and side of cake. Decorate with chocolate peanut clusters. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.
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Very good, but also tastes like it doesn't require a lot of work =) Maybe adding something to the cake mix part so it isn't so obvious that it came from a box.


YUMMMM! This cake was amazing. I LOVE PB period, so what I did to pump up the peanut butter flavor was: ~added Peanut Butter morsels into the cake batter long w/ 1/2 cup of slightly melted PB. Note: The review before me said the frosting came out runny??? Once the pudding sets up w/ the cool whip it's pretty firm (so not sure what happened there)?? It worked out fabulous for me.


The frosting was way too soft and runny. I should have trusted my instincts when I saw the ingredients, but decided to give it a try. Won't make that mistake again. The flavor was amazing, but it ran down the sides of the cake into a blob on the tray. Might be okay if you use a 9x13 pan and only frost the top, but not for a layer cake.