Friday, April 27, 2012

Buckeye Cake + Happy 1st Birthday to The Cooking Actress!

WOW! The Cooking Actress is 1 year old today!
  (and, coincidentally, my best friend is 21. Happy Birthday Alex!)
I can't believe it has only been a year! I remember debating whether I should start, resigning myself to the fact I would probably be the only one to look at it, and that my photos and site would just look awful.
But! In only a year I've managed to convince some of you crazy people to read, my photos have improved, I'm cooking and baking things I did not dream I'd be making (especially as often as I do), I've made some great friends, and this fun little blog of mine has consumed a piece of my life-and I couldn't be happier!

Since my lil' blog is 1 year old today, I figured it (and you!) deserved a birthday cake!! Ok, technically, this is a Buckeye cake, but it's a cake! It is especially fitting that this is a Buckeye cake. First-peanut butter and chocolate, classic Cooking Actress. Second-Buckeyes! I'm from Ohio! It's an Ohio thing...somehow we became attached to these silly inedible nuts: but the delicious candies that were created to resemble them totally make Buckeyes move up on my list :). And...obviously...while decorating...I sort of just...went crazy. Those decorations are a perfect example of Kayle.
Can I tell you how delicious this cake is? The cake is dense and rich, the peanut butter is perfectly...peanut buttery, and the ganache layer is just RIDICULOUS-completely sending this cake over the top! Michael and I were gaga about it, and it definitely disappeared way too quickly.
In conclusion--thank you to everyone who reads, and supports me, and makes me excited to turn on my computer. I love the sense of community I have found, and I am so grateful that I've been able to have this blog for a year. I hope for many more great things in the coming years :). Thank you everyone! <3

Buckeye Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp. melted, unsalted butter
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 in. round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper-grease.
  • Cake- Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in flour, melted butter and chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean). Cool on a wire wrack for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake. Cool at least 10 more minutes and invert the cake onto a serving platter. Remove the pan and parchment. Cool completely.
  • Peanut Butter- Beat peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until well combined. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Spread mixture on cooled cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  
  • Ganache- Heat cream in a small saucepan to boiling. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate 30 minutes-until the ganache is spreadable. Spread on top and sides of the cake.
  • Garnish- Microwave peanut butter chips in a Ziploc bag on 70% power for 30 seconds. Knead bag. Continue to microwave for 10-15 second intervals until melted. Cut a small hole in corner of the bag. Squeeze to drizzle over cake (a criss-cross pattern might be a...more conventional alternative to my artistic expression)
  • Store cake in refrigerator. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.
3 layers of delicious!

Linking up here.


  1. Happy 1 year blogoversary! It is a great day to take time and reflect how far you have come in one short year. The time does fly when you are blogging!
    Your cake does look like the perfect way to celebrate. That close up of the layers does have me sold-yum! Enjoy the weekend.

  2. "happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you..." i have to admit, the peanut butter/chocolate combo is an acquired taste for me, but this looks DIVINE.

    1. Yeah...apparently this is an American thing....but the world must come to know the deliciousness!! :P

  3. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Cooking Actressssssss! Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuu! And many mooooooooooore!


  4. Happy blogiversary! May you be blessed with many more!

  5. That looks divine! Happy bloggiversary to you! Mine is today as well, so cheers :)

  6. Happy blogiversary! I just stopped by to tell you that that cake looks all fudgy and chocolatey and peanut buttery and delicious...y. Here's to many more cakes and birthdays!

  7. This looks so darn yummy!!!Happy Blogiversary!! YAY!

  8. In the words of my grandfather, "Happy bird eggs to The Cooking Actress!" So exciting Kayle! Congratulations!

  9. Happy 1 year anniversary to you! Congratulations for doing it! p.s. cake looks delicious. I love my peanut butter and chocolate combinations!

  10. Jessica at Oh Cake said it was your anni. Happy anni. I hope to make it to one year too. so many creative cooks out there. cake looks awesome with a tall glass of ice cold milk. nom nom

  11. Happy Blog Birthday! I used to live in OH and am very familiar with buckeyes. You did them justice, my friend :-)

  12. Happy 1st blog birthday, Kayle! Have a big piece of birthday cake for me...maybe even two! :)

  13. Happy blog birthday, Kayle! Love buckeyes - although I didn't discover them until I was in my early 20's. This is an awesome cake - decadent and rustic and why don't I have a fork right now? Looking forward to another year of scrumptious posts...

  14. Happy birthday cooking actress :)Congrats Kayle ! This is such a perfect cake for celebration. wish I could grab a piece

  15. Happy Blog Birthday. That cake looks so good :D xox

  16. Happy Blogiversary to you too and the cake looks fantastic!

  17. I love your birthday cake! Happy Blogiversary to you, my dear Kayle! I'm sure its been a fabulous year for you!

  18. yayyyy - happy blog birthday!! :) and omg that cake...i need to eat some of this cake, it looks AMAZING

  19. Congrats on being up for 1 year!! I love buckeyes, and this cake looks incredible! I was introduced to them when I met my husband. He's from Ohio...and I think it's a rite of passage or something. So glad I was introduced. They're soo good! Can't wait to try this cake!

    1. It's true----this cake is even BETTER than Buckeyes!

  20. Happy first Birthday! First time to your blog and love the peanut butter chocolate combination!

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for stopping by, glad to have a new friend :)

  21. This cake looks delish! Happy Blogversary! I am new to your blog and I'm off to take a peek around! Have a fantastic weekend!

    1. Enjoy!!! You too, so happy to have a new follower :)

  22. What a wonderful way to celebrate my friend - Happy Blogversary :D
    You have had a stunning year with many more to come!

    Choc Chip Uru

  23. I loved this cake! First time here and loved your space. You have an interesting array of recipes!

  24. Yay! Happy Blogoversary! I can't believe I missed you, sorry for the belated wishes! Cake looks UNREAL. YUM. That is like everything I love baked into one, peanut butter chocolate cake is dangerous stuff, it soooo yummy!

  25. I have had buckeyes before but never a cake. It looks and sounds delicious. Happy 1st year and here is to many more to come!

  26. Happiest Birthday K! What a great way to celebrate. Here's to many many more years of deliciousness. xx

  27. happy Birthday! That cakes looks truly decadent. :-)

  28. Happy one year and congrats on all the success! That's wonderful and your buckeye cake is a great way to celebrate!

  29. Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog!!! What a fantastic cake to help you celebrate....mmmmmmmm.

  30. Happy Blogiversary! This cake is the perfect celebration :)

  31. Happy Blogiversary! Oh my goodness that cake is AMAZING. :)


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