Today is National Chocolate Cake day.  Who comes up with these holidays?  I have no idea.  I DO know that this National day was all I needed to make a chocolate cake.

I have no idea where my mom got this recipe but my mom makes this cake for me every year for my birthday.  Except then she tops it with two cans of cherry pie filling and cool whip, refrigerates it until it is so cold and then slices up the hugest piece for me to savor on that hot August day.

One day I decided to try making this favorite cake with the peanut butter frosting recipe my mom uses on zucchini chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake that has a cup of strong coffee in it topped with peanut butter frosting?

How is that even a question?  It’s just YES.

So tonight I quick baked this cake up for my ravenous boys to devour when they return home from the basketball game they are attending.

I have a terrible head cold and promised that I would pick up and do some odds and ends while they were gone but instead I made this cake and watched Victoria.  I think they’ll get over it.

And did you read that?  I have a terrible head cold.  But I could still easily mix this from scratch cake up.  It’s easy as can be!

Has anyone else been watching Victoria?  I get so caught up wikipediaing everything while watching.  It’s not my Downton but it is helping my great loss of no longer having Downton Abbey. 

I did manage to steal a piece before they ate it all.  And if you make this cake I suggest you do that as well.  Because it won’t last long.

Decadent Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Decadent Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Decadent Chocolate Cake

Sift together:

2 cups of flour

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup baking cocoa

2 cups of sugar


1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup hot coffee

1 cup milk

mix at medium speed for two minutes


2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Beat for two more minutes.  Batter will be thin.

Pour into a greased and floured cake pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Top with peanut butter frosting OR top with two cans of cherry pie filling and frost fost with cool whip.

Peanut Butter Frosting

My mom just made this recipe up.  I can’t imagine changing it. It’s so peanut buttery good!

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup peanut butter (you can mix softened butter in with the peanut butter to cut down the strong taste of peanut butter.  But we love peanut butter, and so we just add the whole cup.)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of milk (or half and half) to make creamy

Mix together, adding milk to desired creaminess.  Spread on cooled cake

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