The BEST Peanut Butter Cakes

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These double peanut butter molten lava cakes are a delicious spin on the classic chocolate molten lava cake recipes we know and love. Even though you may think that the recipe would be complex, it's actually quite easy and make a great dessert recipe to enjoy for any occasion or no occasion at all. Any peanut butter lover will love the creamy peanut butter melting out of the centre. Ashley from Wishes and Dishes came up with this recipe with her husband since they are both peanut butter lovers. Sure there are cake recipes for a chocolate cake with a peanut butter centre, but not a recipe for a peanut butter cake with a peanut butter centre, so Ashley decided it needed to be done. The cake also has a nice chocolate drizzle poured over the top, so you get a tiny bit of chocolate in your dessert recipe, but this one is predominantly about the peanut butter. The original lava cake recipe is a very popular dessert in North America especially. It's made with a flourless cake and a souffle with only four ingredients including butter, eggs sugar, and chocolate if you're making the chocolate one. The inside of the cake is a creamy liquid that pours out of the cake like molten lava which is where the cake got its name. The cake is also called chocolate fondant pudding.

This cake recipe, unlike others, is fairly new. It was invented only 30 years ago in 1987 in New York by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an American chef. There are other claims that the recipe was created by Jacques Torres in France years before. Jean-Georges says that he took a chocolate sponge cake out of the oven once before it had been baked all the way through. When he tasted it, he found that it was delicious and part of that was because of the centre which was still warm and melted. Back then he named it the Chocolate Valrhona Cake, and it was served with vanilla ice cream. This cake recipe was very popular in upscale restaurants as a way to impress the guests. It certainly makes for the perfect, decadent treat at the end of a meal and the melted centre is always a thrill to cut into, much like the top of a creme brulee dessert is so fun to crack open through the hardened candy coating on top into the creamy custard beneath. Like the chocolate version of this recipe, the peanut butter version requires only a few ingredients like unsalted butter, peanut butter chips, powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks, all-purpose flour and salt. For the chocolate ganache, you'll need chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream. It's best to make the ganache ahead of time, so it's cool before you add it to the cake.

Preheat you oven to 425 degrees and then put the peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and butter into the microwave and heat stirring after a minute and then heating some more until the ingredients are all melted together. Then, add in the sugar, eggs, yolks and whisk together. Last, stir in the flour and mix well. Use 4 ramekins and grease them with oil and pour the batter into them. Then all you do is bake them for 12-13 minutes and then remove them from the oven and turn the dish over onto a plate, so the cake slides out intact. Then drizzle the chocolate ganache over the top and make sure you serve this dessert warm. If you're interested in more peanut butter dessert recipes, Ashley has plenty more over on her website that you can try out.***

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