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It seems like a good idea to post another dessert recipe on this frigid winter day. In the Northeast our temperature with windchill is -27 fahrenheit, which is -32 celsius – it is darn cold! Even in the house you feel a slight coldness – even though the temperature is the same as always. But one look outside and you just feel cold. It is possible to get frostbite if your skin is exposed for 15-minutes in this weather. So what’s a gal to do? Well I try out new recipes and to stay warm today I made my Tomato Based Beef Stew with Red Wine Undertones. To stay occupied I have the first season of Broadchurch to get through in preparation for season 2 that starts in March. I need to be careful of any spoilers since it is being aired in the UK right now. It is an intense series and I love how Tennant plays such a different character than he did in Dr. Who. I just loved him in Dr. Who and it is great to see him in a different role – more intense. The filming is excellent with the angles, the close ups, and the beautiful coast line! Is anyone watching Broadchurch? We also want to see Mr. Selfridge but Broadchurch is the first priority. Greg and I love quality TV and it can be difficult to find good shows. Big Bang Theory is also a great show that I am completely addicted. Of course I know people and work with people who are similar to the main characters in the show. Recently I finished a book series by Nora Roberts and started another series she wrote – both are based in Ireland. They are a great escape from this bitter cold and snowy winter. One would think with such bitter temperatures that it would not snow. But yesterday it snowed another 6-inches – somehow it does not seem fair! What is your favorite way to escape from winter? Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing Closeup The cranberries are great with this dessert but of course you could substitute cherries or some other dried fruit that you might have in the pantry. I actually made this cake for a birthday at work and decided to make individual servings – I think they present so nicely. Just before serving pour or drizzle the icing letting it puddle on the plate. Very pretty indeed! Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing birthday 2 Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing birthday Dry Ingredients 2 cups cake flour 2 cups sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt Wet Ingredients 1 cup milk ½ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water Cranberries and Spices 1 cup cranberries, chopped mixed with 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp Ginger 1 tsp Cinnamon Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter ⅛ cup unsweetened cocoa powder About 1/2 cup cake flour 1/2 to 1 cup confectioners’ sugar About ¼ to ½ cup water 1 tsp vanilla Cranberry Topping Cranberries Maple Syrup Preparation Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans or ramekins by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Add dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a mixer blend together the wet ingredients except for the boiling water. Add dry ingredients and once blend carefully add the boiling water. Mix in cranberries and spices. Distribute batter into desired baking pans whether it is a cake or ramekins. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the cake is baking, prepare the chocolate peanut butter icing. I like to add it just before serving and top with cranberries mixed with maple syrup for a garnish.

24 thoughts on “Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing #recipe #baking

  1. willowdot21 says:

    OH! I am trying those! xxxxx

    1. Bernice says:

      They are delicious!! And they present so nicely for a birthday celebration!

      1. willowdot21 says:

        I shall try them 🙂

      2. Bernice says:

        I hope you enjoy them!! 🙂

  2. channon1981 says:

    This is making me Hungary I got such a sweet tooth x

    1. Bernice says:

      This is perfect for a sweet tooth! I have another recipe coming up for an excellent chocolate cheesecake!!

      1. channon1981 says:

        Wow sounds delicious x

  3. The beef stew sounds just wonderful (but the additional 6 inches of snow does not)! Your individual cakes look so delicious. I want a bite, but I’m so full after our Sunday dinner. 😉
    I’m not familiar with Broadchurch, but I’ve got Mr. Selfridge on my list of programs to catch up on. Stay warm this week!

    1. Bernice says:

      It was the perfect day for the minestrone soup with hot blueberries muffins out of the oven. This is definitely one of our harsher winters!! Broadchurch is intense and dark and addicting!!

  4. I am always looking for new ideas…I can’t wait to try this.

    1. Bernice says:

      I hope you enjoy it – I know we did!!

  5. Gosh, I read your post when about having lunch 😀 now I feel like eating some of these 🙂 Deliciously looking!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! Too bad I couldn’t distribute samples through the blog!!

      1. That would be awesome if there were such technology 🙂

      2. Bernice says:

        I think one day there will be! But maybe not in my time. 🙂

  6. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for reblogging! I hope you and your readers enjoy the recipe!

  7. Amy says:

    So tempting… Delicious post! 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It was really good and a great way to use cranberries.

  8. Wow! What an interesting combination – peanut butter and cranberries. Definitely want to make this.

    1. Bernice says:

      It was really good and a bit of an adventure since I do not make too often!!

  9. Sophie33 says:

    I ahve all the ingredients in the house to make these tasty beauties! They look so inviting & fantastic too! xxx

    1. Bernice says:

      That is wonderful! This dessert is just yummy! I hope you enjoy this special treat!! 🙂

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