Peanut Butter Mousse Reese’s Cup Cheesecake Cake

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Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (2) I got a little carried away guys………….

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake. So I know I warned you all a few weeks ago that this time of year means back to back birthdays for my family. Hopefully you’re okay with this and with me posting another cake recipe today so close to last weekend’s cupcakes that were arguably just as decadent as this cake. Although, come on look at this monstrosity of chocolatey, peanut butter goodness and tell me who wouldn’t be okay with it. Like for reals?

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (4) Alrighty, but before I get really into describing these layers upon layers of happiness can I just say how terrible I am at making decisions. A fact you can see by my 500000000 photos of this thing. Hey, you’d be impressed with this few if you knew how many I took. In fact, I know I keep saying this, but I really need to stop taking so many pictures so I don’t have to decide. Yeah, I should work on it but sometimes I just can’t help myself whilst evaluating a plate of lovely food, camera in hand.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (3) Liv was just telling me that she read somewhere how they’ve (you know, the infamous ‘they’) taken surveys and proven that people hate to make decisions and would rather not have options than have to decide. Now, I’m not sure how accurate that is but it sounds pretty legit to me.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (13) Oh and that reminds me, I’m talking about all these birthdays and I’ve yet to mention who’s birthday cake this was. I made this for Josh’s b-day last week. Even after me asking him what he wanted me to make him for weeks beforehand, he still didn’t want to decide on anything so all of us girls put our heads together and came up with something we knew he’d like and then I threw in my own tweaks as I was actually making it.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (5) Part of the plan was for me to keep it even easier than usual and use actual brand name Reese’s cups. We’ve seen them here and just never bought them because I feel like it’s cheating or something, but of course, with it being Chile we couldn’t find any when we actually needed them. Therefore, I just made my own for the purpose and found the best short cut to do it too. I did them slab style by spreading melted chocolate in a pan, then the peanut butter filling, then chocolate again, and chilling in between each layer. Then once it was solid I was able to quickly chop it into cubes and now I have to say I’m pretty proud of my own genius. This was a life-changing discovery and now I’m super excited about all the possibilities it holds!

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (7) But anyway, since you may not feel like using regular Reese’s is cheating, feel free to do that, but if you do feel like trying what I just said, I used this ancient recipe (ignore the horrible pics please) from my early blogging days.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (11) As for what this is, it’s four different repeating layers of goodness. Firstly, there’s my favorite chocolate cake recipe and I filled it with some leftover java chips I had from these cookies (or you can use regular chocolate chips). Second, is the peanut butter mousse that acts as the frosting between layers and is oh so amazingly fluffy!

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (12) Okay, and third you’ve got the actual cheesecake layer, but wait it’s not just plain vanilla bean, you stuff it with big chunks of peanut butter cups! And then after you’ve got all the layers together you top it with a layer of dark chocolate and a huge pile of more peanut butter cups. Tell me you’re not drooling about now!

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (9) I’ll admit that it takes a little more time and patience than a basic cake or cheesecake to get it all together, but man is it worth it! It’s also a pretty huge amount of cake so if you’re only making it for a smaller group I’d suggest only doing half the amount and either keeping it at a single layer of cake and cheesecake or baking them in 5 or 6 inch pans.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (8)  Basically, I just couldn’t wait to share this one because you’ve got to try it! It’s every Reese’s lover’s dream come true.

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese's Cup Cheesecake Cake (14)

Peanut Butter Mousse Reese’s Cup Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours

Yield: about 30 servings

Ingredients

    Chocolate Cake Layers:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used my homemade java chips from this recipe)
  • Cheesecake Layers:
  • 24 ounces(3 8oz packages) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (or 1/3 cup of each)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 (about) cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
  • Peanut Butter Mousse:
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate Coating:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 teaspoons sunflower oil (or preferred oil)
  • 1 additional cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups (optional)

Instructions

    Chocolate Cake Layers:
  1. {First make sure to clear some space in your fridge and freezer for chilling the pieces and then storing the finished cake.}
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C) and combine butter and sugar in large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add yogurt and milk, then beat in eggs. Mix in salt, vanilla, and soda, then cocoa powder and flour and stir until batter is smooth. Stir in chocolate chips until combined.
  3. Grease and flour 2 10-inch round spring-form pans. Divide batter between them and spread the top into an even layer. Bake for 20 - 24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in centers.
  4. Cool for at least 5 minutes then loosen cakes from pan and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. After about 30 minutes place the cakes on plates and wrap them completely in plastic and put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours (you can put them in the freezer instead to speed up the chilling).
  5. Cheesecake Layers:
  6. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F (160 C) and beat cream cheese until very smooth with no lumps. Add sugar and sour cream/yogurt and beat together with cream cheese. Beat in eggs one at a time until batter is silky smooth. Add the flour, vanilla, and salt and beat until mixed.
  7. Again grease and flour 2 10-inch round spring-form pans very well. Divide batter between the two and spread the top into an even layer. Sprinkle the chopped Reese's over the cheesecake and use a rubber spatula to gently push them down and cover as much as possible with batter.
  8. Now place pans in oven and bake for 35 - 40 minutes until the center doesn't, or just barely, jiggles when nudged and the tops are browning.
  9. Remove from oven and cool for at least 30 minutes then loosen cakes from sides of pan and remove the form pieces, leaving cakes on bases of pans. Place on a wire rack to finish cooling. After about 30 minutes wrap them completely in plastic on the bases and put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours (you can put them in the freezer instead to speed up the chilling).
  10. Peanut Butter Mousse:
  11. Combine the sugar, salt, butter, and milk in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Bring to a soft boil and stir for about 5 minutes until it is just starting to thicken a little, then reduce heat to low. Mix the cornstarch with water until smooth and add to pan with peanut butter. Stir over heat for about 5 minutes more until the peanut butter is melted in and the mixture is thick. Stir in vanilla and pour mixture into a bowl or container. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes then cover and place in the freezer to chill for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, pour the 2 cups of cream into the bowl of a stand mixer and place in fridge to get it as cold as possible for whipping.
  12. After the peanut butter mix is cold, remove mixing bowl from fridge and beat cream until it forms stiff peaks. Stir about 1/2 cup of whipped cream into peanut butter mixture until loosened and combined, then fold in the remaining whipped cream until you have a thick fluffy mousse. Chill until cake layer are ready to assemble.
  13. Assemble:
  14. Once everything is completely chilled, choose desired plate/dish to assemble cake on and remove layers from fridge and/or freezer. Place one of the chocolate cake layers on tray and spread a thin layer of the mousse on top. Carefully loosen one of the cheesecake layers from pan base and place on top of mousse. Now top that layer with a thicker layer of mousse (about 1/2 inch) and then repeat this pattern for layering the other half of cake. Top the cake with a generous layer of mousse and use a cake spatula to spread any mousse that wanted to ooze out the sides. Place the whole cake in the freezer and allow it to get as cold as possible for at least 30 minutes before adding the topping.
  15. Chocolate Coating:
  16. Melt chocolate with 2 tablespoons of oil in a double boiler until smooth then remove from heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes then remove cake from freezer and poor ganache over the top. If desired, pile more Reese's in the center and then fill and star-tipped pastry bag with some of the remaining mousse and pipe a border around the top. Store cake in fridge or fridge until ready to serve. Any remaining mousse can also be piped like whipped cream to garnish for serving.
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  1. Janelle says

    This is my son’s next birthday cake! Absolutely amazing girl! Feel free to get crazy anytime, the result is deliciousness!

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