Winter Trees Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Melissa on March 7, 2013

Last December we celebrated my cousin’s birthday and she loves chocolate and peanut butter! After seeing this amazing cake on Pinterest, I made my own version with my favorite chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting.

The cake was a huge hit with everyone at the party and so much fun to make! Since you can’t really go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, here is how I have made this cake in the past.

P.S. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last post! Also, these pictures were taken with my Iphone and edited in Instagram.

{Chocolate Cake}

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

{Peanut Butter Frosting}

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. 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.

{Chocolate Trees and Snowflakes}

  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate or dark chocolate chips or melting chocolate

Over a double boiler, or in 30 second increments in the microwave, melt the chocolate. While the chocolate is cooling, lay out a large sheet of parchment or wax paper.

Transfer the chocolate to a piping bag or Ziploc bag. Snip off  the tip of the piping bag or the corner of a Ziploc bag. Note, don’t make the hole to big. Start small and make it larger if needed.

Draw out your trees and snowflakes with the melted chocolate onto the parchment or wax paper. Let cool completely.

{Assembling the Cake}

Level the cake layers if necessary and fill with a thin layer of the peanut butter frosting. Frost the outside of the cake.

Carefully remove the trees from the parchment with a thin spatula. You will probably break at least a couple, so make extras!  Squirt  a small amount of chocolate on the backs of your trees and place them on the cake, place the snowflakes on the top of the cake.

Sources: Cake, Frosting and Trees (click this link for pictures of the tree making process)


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sues March 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Wow, your decorations are incredible! I’m so impressed!


Melissa March 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thank you, they were fun to make!


Caroline @ chocolate & carrots March 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

Your cake looks gorgeous! I bet it was delicious, too! 😀


Melissa March 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thank you, and thank you for the inspiration!


Jolene ( March 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

Very pretty cake! I really love trees … I have pictures of them all over my house :-)


Melissa March 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

You should definitely make this cake then!


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