Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layer Cake

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This cake recipe is for the peanut butter lovers out there. This cake recipe feeds a crowd so you might want to think of it for your next special occasion. A good tip for making this cake recipe is to make it over a couple of days to help simplify the process. The first day you can bake the three cake layers and freeze them. The second day you can frost and add the ganache. Making the cake over a couple of days is much simpler and well worth the effort. This cake recipe has a peanut butter cake, a cheesecake layer, frosting, ganache and garnishes for a peanut butter cake you will love. The frosting recipe is a buttercream version with peanut butter to include butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, water and Reese's peanut butter chips. For the full step by step cake recipe, you'll want to take a look at the Hugs and Cookies site.

Peanut butter is a staple in many households around the world, but at 16 grams of fat and about 200 calories per two-tablespoon serving, peanut butter is not a low calorie, low-fat food. But before you take peanut butter off your grocery list, there are some pluses to peanut butter that mean you can spread some on your toast or sliced apples from time to time. Peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folic acid, and phosphorous, with most of the fat in peanut butter being the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind. Plus, peanut butter contains no cholesterol. When purchasing peanut butter, you want to watch the amount of sugar. There are reduced-fat peanut butter varieties on the market, but some of these peanut butter is higher in sugar, which hardly makes these varieties much healthier. Instead of opting for those peanut butter options, it’s better to have the real thing but consume less than the stated serving size. One tablespoon of peanut butter is about all the peanut butter you need, especially if you add in some jam or sliced banana to your peanut butter sandwich.​

The hydrogenated oil. Most regular peanut butter brands have a small amount of partially hydrogenated oil to help prevent separation, although the nutrition facts label will claim that there are 0 grams of trans fats. In reality, what this means is there are less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per peanut butter serving. That’s not much, but if you exceed the serving size, or choose to eat peanut butter sandwiches each day, those add up. To avoid hydrogenated oil altogether, it is recommended to use natural peanut butter, which should just contain peanuts and a bit of salt. But some natural peanut butter contains palm oil used as a stabilizer in place of the hydrogenated oils. Palm oil which shouldn't be confused with palm kernel oil is a plant-based fat which is a little over 50 percent saturated. Some research suggests that since the plant-based saturated fats are metabolized differently than the animal fats, that they are less harmful and maybe even healthful. When you can, try and stick with the natural peanut butter variety that doesn’t contain the additional oil as stabilizers. And make peanut butter in your food ideas and recipes an occasional treat rather than an everyday food option. It's the little differences you make that will help.

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