Spring Fling Fun
I’ve been inspired join the Sunday Supper fun today! This week’s theme is “Spring Fling,” featuring any and all foods that we associate with springtime, and it’s hosted by Crazy Foodie Stunts and Lifestyle Food Artistry. Check them out!
Personally, I associate springtime with birthdays. Just as the warm weather arrives, family birthdays start coming one after another. Between March and June, there are five birthdays to celebrate!
My husband’s birthday comes first, in March. Although I am quite honest about the fact that I am a hopeless cake decorator, I’m still willing to attempt birthday cakes for the people I love. At least the cakes usually taste good, even if the decoration is unorthodox.
This year, my husband asked for his cake to include beer, pretzels, and peanut butter. I modified a champagne brownie cake recipe to make rich, fudgy beer cake layers. Then I borrowed an Ina Garten peanut butter frosting recipe and garnished the whole thing with pretzel twists. Voila! A pretzels, peanut butter, and beer cake!
Decorating This Cake Is Easy
I used a very simple method to decorate the cake, one that even I couldn’t mess up. I frosted the inside and top of the cake, leaving the sides bare. After that, I made small dots of frosting to stick pretzels to the sides in a pretty pattern, then I stuck more pretzels to the top of the frosted cake. That’s all, folks. You, too, can be a fancy cake decorator!
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Pretzels, Peanut Butter, and Beer Cake Recipe | #SundaySupper
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup beer preferably stout
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups pretzel twists
For the Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare two 9-inch cake pans by lining with parchment paper and spraying the interior sides of the pans with baking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then set aside.
In a second mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir in the beer.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture a little at a time and whisk until just combined. The batter will be runny.
Pour half of the batter into each prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs but no wet batter. Let cool completely in the pans on a rack.
For the Frosting
Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in a bow. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.
To Decorate the Cake
Place one layer of the cake on a cake stand or plate. Spread a layer of frosting on top of the cake layer, almost to the edge.
Place the other layer on top of the frosted first layer. Spread a layer of frosting on the top, right up to the edge. Arrange pretzels on top in concentric circular patterns.
To decorate the sides, apply a little frosting to the center of a pretzel twist, then press it against the cake. Alternate pretzels right-side-up and upside-down as you go.
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Oh wow what a cake!! This is a stunner for sure. Plus what great flavors and the sweet/salty combo.
Thanks, Renee! It sure was tasty. And the cake was so moist and fudgy!
Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen
Looks like an awesome Cake Katie! 🙂 Love the combination of Chocolate, Beer and Peanut butter! Plus that Peanut butter frosting is amazing too! Love Ina’s recipes 🙂
My mother always recommends Ina Garten’s recipes, so when I saw that this particular PB frosting was hers, I picked it! 🙂
You rose to the occasion for your hubby’s birthday! This is one beautiful cake!!!
Thanks, Liz! I’m so not a decorator, and that’s why I like to stick food all over my “fancy” cakes to cover the inexpert frosting application! Ha!
This cake looks wonderfully decadent! Love the sweet- salty combo!
Thank you, Laura! I’m glad my husband suggested that particular combination, because it turned out so well!
What a pretty cake and love the salty, sweet combination!!
Thanks, Tara! Glad you like it! 🙂
Really interesting and different idea for cake!
One of my followers on Twitter from the UK called it a “lad cake.” I thought that was spot on!
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
What a wonderful birthday cake…..made to his specifications and gorgeous to boot.
Valerie Cathell Clark
You had me so curious with your title! This looks yummy and I am putting it on my list for spring!
I love the sweet/salty combo in this cake! yummm
Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
This cake is gorgeous!! Anything with pretzels in it is okay in my book 🙂
Thalia @ butter and brioche
Now this is one incredible cake! I just love the peanut butter, beer and pretzel combination. Wish I had a slice now.
I wish I had a slice too! (Ha!)
My brother in law would LOVE this cake…chocolate, peanut butter, beer…nothing better! Thanks for sharing and have fun celebrating the birthdays!
I’m thinking about doing a variation for Easter… a Chocolate Mimosa Cake! Chocolate & champagne cake with frosting flavored with fresh orange juice! I’m drooling already!
Oh my goodness!! This cake looks SO yummy- my husband & son both have birthdays in July, they would both love this! Thank you for sharing!
Beer, pretzels, cake? Sounds like a recipe for perfection! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) 🙂
This is the ultimate in cake combinations. Killer!!
Cindys Recipes and Writings
Very creative, Katie. BTW my birthday is Oct 18th! lol
So I was the only kid growing up in a house of 4 kids that hated peanut butter. So for years I just didn’t understand the draw people had to it. Then I had a little girl who just loved peanut butter. We have a rule that she has to try a bite of something before she says she doesn’t like it. So one day when she offered me a bite of her peanut butter toast I felt I had to follow the rules. Much to my surprise I loved it. I am now starting to get a little peanut butter obsessed. 🙂
Oh wow that sounds like an incredible cake flavor! Sweet and salty heaven 🙂 Like the way you decorated it too!
What a fun cake! So simple, yet looks and sounds so decadent!
Thanks! It was quite decadent. I had family over tonight and made the same cake layer, but instead of peanut butter frosting I served it with a scoop of homemade peanut butter ice cream. Now that was double decadent!
Julie @ Texan New Yorker
I love the birthday cake interpretation of this week’s theme! And this cake looks…. wow! I so want a piece!!
Spring means birthdays for me! 🙂 I wish I could give out pieces of cake electronically. They need to invent e-cake!
That cake looks amazing!
Katie this looks delish! Just pinned a must try 🙂
Mirlandra @ Mirlandra's Kitchen
This looks like so much fun!
DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts
I’m glad you were able to incorporate beer and pretzels for your husband into a cake. Those two foods I associate with MLB games which could also be a reminder of spring, no?
I have my “OMG” face on right now. This cake is amazing!
I didn’t know you had an “OMG” face! 🙂 Glad you like the cake- I was pretty proud of it!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
I am a terrible decorator too. Love how you did this one. I never would have thought to leave the sides bare but it looks wonderful! That’s the part that I always mess up most anyway. And I don’t like too much frosting so it’s a win-win! Happy birthday to your family.
That’s the part I always mess up, too. That’s exactly why I left it off, plus I too am not a huge frosting fan. I saw it done somewhere and liked how it had an informal look, and I like the contrast of the dark cake with the lighter frosting.
It’s national Beer day today. What goes better with beer than pretzels and peanuts. Had to make this one. Thank you for having a picture of how you decorated it. I have no imagination and your picture helped.
I think the vanilla measurement is missing from the cake. In step 3, you say to mix the eggs, vanilla and melted butter.
Please update the recipe because I want to make it!
I fixed it just now – 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 🙂