Who does not love the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter? I have always loved the combination and even love white chocolate and peanut butter as well as dark chocolate and peanut butter. I think a lot of people make the mistake of using semi-sweet chocolate with peanut butter and I’m learning, at least for my taste buds, just does not go that well together. I think it is something to do with the sweetness factor going up against the natural flavors of the peanut butter. When I was developing my cookbooks and had taste testers, I found most all of their opinions matching mine.

This cake recipe comes to me from my friend Angela Dubinger. When I worked with her years ago, she made and brought this cake in for a staff meeting and I could not get enough of it! The cake is soft and moist and the peanut butter only compliments the overall flavors. The chocolate icing on top is thin enough to be enjoyed without anything overwhelming. I like smooth peanut butter the best for this but you could use crunchy if you wanted. You just will not have that super smooth finish that, with this cake in particular, is so very much enjoyed.

Blaise Doubman, of Kennard, is an Indiana University graduate. He invites readers to visit his website at: TRAIL BLAISE (http://trailblaise.com). He loves to hear from his readers and can be contacted via the contact page found directly on his website.