Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

This one’s a kind of a busy recipe. The original recipe calls for boiling some of the ingredients before adding to other ingredients. I did that, but I’m not really sure what that accomplishes, other than melting the butter.

It did turn out really tasty. The frosting was a bit thick and hard to spread. I had to heat it up in the microwave to make it pliable enough to spread. I wonder if the recipe has enough butter or milk.

Here it is:

Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

8” Dutch Oven
10-12 coals below

12” Dutch Oven
8 coals below, 16-18 coals above

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup cocoa

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

First, I set some coals on to burn. While those were getting white, I went searching the house for the first set of ingredients. I coulda sworn that we had them all the other day. But I had to go into the basement and dig up a big bag of flour, then scrounge up some sugar. The baking soda was easy to find.

Once the coals were hot, I put the next set of ingredients into the 8” dutch oven, and put that on some coals. I stirred it frequently, and took it off once it was boiling. I poured it into the powdered ingredients gradually, while stirring. Then, I added the eggs and the sour cream.

I greased and floured the 12” dutch oven and poured in the goo. That went on the coals, as listed above. I turned it every 10-15 minutes.

While it was baking, I rinsed out the 8” and started up on the frosting

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

8” Dutch Oven
10-12 coals below

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 4 1/4 cups powdered sugar (1 16-ounce bag)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
I started making the frosting by combining the first set of ingredients into the 8” dutch oven, and putting that on some coals. Again, I stirred it occasionally until it boiled. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and stirred it up.

The cake baked for a little over a half hour. When it was done (a toothpick came out clean), I brought it in and let it start to cool in the dutch oven. After a few minutes, I put a plate on the cake in the dutch oven, and turned it over, tapping it gently on the countertop while holding the plate directly under the cake. It popped out and onto the plate as easy as… well… a piece of cake…

After it had cooled, I put the frosting on the top. I tried to put it on the side, to, but it didn’t stick very well.

When I sliced it and served it, I draped it in a little bit of hot fudge sauce I had. It was a really yummy cake!

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