Take it outside…

So the In-Laws have left and I have been doing my best to get back into the swing of things. Not easy to do. I love having people visit but hate having my routine get all thrown out of whack. And it is extra out of whack since there is no hockey right now so I am not score keeping at night. Though that means more baking time. ;)

Thought I would be nice to the husband and make him something with peanut butter and chocolate since I haven’t really done much with his favorite flavor combo in awhile. This is about as rich as it looks in the photo. Now, in the real recipe, you don’t want to use as much mousse as I did in the photo…it was just for photographic purpose. If you used that much it would be a little too much in my opinion.

I did have a slightly amusing moment while out getting the Peanut Butter Cups. I stopped off on way home to the Starbucks to get my afternoon Refresh Tea. While standing in line I notice that the barista and what appears to be her boyfriend arguing. Which then turned into a shouting match, in which he called her a whore.

I really wanted to point out the the guy, that though she may be a slut, she is most likely not a whore, as I doubt she was getting paid for putting out.

But since the guy looked a little unstable, I felt it best to keep my mouth shut this time around. ;)

Sadly, the took the rest of the argument outside. However, I don’t feel that she will be having her job there anymore. Perhaps I should offer them both a piece of the torte to make two very unhappy people get in a better mood.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Torte


  • 6 brownie rounds (recipe follows)
  • peanut butter cream cheese mousse (recipe follows)
  • lots and lots of peanut butter cup pieces (I chopped up about 15 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups)
  • chocolate ganache (recipe follows)
  • Brownie Rounds:
  • 7 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder ( I used Green and Blacks)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Mousse:
  • ½ cup whipping cream, chilled
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped finely
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  1. From Brownie Rounds:
  2. Preheat oven to 325F.
  3. Butter and flour Six 4 ½ -inch Diameter Spring Form Pans. Set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat another minute.
  6. Pour in cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until fully incorporated.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips until completely distributed throughout the brownie batter.
  8. Using measuring cups, pour a heaping 1/3 of a cup into each of the 6 prepared pans. If there is any batter left over, try to as evenly as possible, add to the prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 20-23 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Peanut Butter Cup Mousse:
  12. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the whipped cream on high until stiff peaks form.
  13. Place into a bowl and set aside.
  14. Add the cream cheese and peanut butter and whisk on medium speed, until fully incorporated. Add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  15. Add whipped cream back into bowl and whisk on medium high until peanut butter mixture and whipped cream are fully incorporated and the texture is light and fluffy.
  16. Place into a medium sized bowl and set in fridge while brownies fully cool. At least 30 minutes.
  17. Chocolate Ganache:
  18. In a small saucepan bring cream to a boil. Once the boil starts, pour over chocolate.
  19. Let sit 5 minutes.
  20. Whisk until mixture is smooth and glossy.
  21. To Assemble the Torte:
  22. Remove brownie from spring form pans. If still too warm, place in freezer for about 10 minutes.
  23. Place one brownie circle on a plate. Add about a 1/8 cup of peanut butter mousse (I added much more to mine and actually doubled the recipe…but for photo reasons only. That much filling would be too much).
  24. Scatter a handful of peanut butter cups.
  25. Place another brownie round on top of the that. Then add another 1/8 cup peanut butter mousse. Then peanut butter cups.
  26. Place third and final brownie round on top of second layer. Add a ¼ cup for the top layer of peanut butter mousse. And more peanut butter cups.
  27. Pour ½ the ganache over the top of the torte. It might take some peanut butter cup pieces with it down the side. Just add more on top, you know you wanted to anyway.
  28. Repeat and make a second torte. You should have two total. You can share…but why would you?

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  1. Read thepart about nto using soo much mousse in real life…and thought I read pornographic instead of photographic…maybe that relates to the latter part of the post…or to the fact that these are true food porn photos.

  2. Holy Mary, Mother of God! That looks amazing!

    I agree about the food porn. Sign me up :)

  3. That looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it – my husband and I both love chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks for sharing!

  4. yum…love pb and chocolate. this looks amazingly decadent!

  5. “[I] hate having my routine get all thrown out of whack.”

    Story of my life, hahaha.

    Yikes!! Well thank goodness you weren’t in the “line of fire” or anything with the arguing couple – don’t get involved, my dear, haha ;)

    Stop it with that dessert – it’s TOO good-looking!!

  6. *faints in dreamy sugar shock* :)

  7. HOLY SMOKES! This is amazing! Wow! I wish they had Reece’s here in Australia…the Aussies don’t go for peanut butter and chocolate :(

  8. Ha too funny, I thought it read “pornographic” as well!
    I just finished eating a batch of something similiar to this but in bite size form that I made earlier this week and now I want it in cake form too!!! Is there such a thing as too much peanut butter mousse?!?

  9. I’ll be making this. One when it gets cooler and two when I can make sure it won’t send hubby into a diabetic coma. It’s worth that though!!!

  10. Good Lord, woman! That torte is obscene. In a good way.

  11. Oh, my. I just keep going back to look at that picture. *drools*

    I’ve never been a really big hockey fan, but I would totally sit through a whole game if that torte was with me. :D

  12. I think I just gained at least 5 lbs from looking at the photo of that torte! And, yes, I think it would be totally worth it!

  13. Terrific! I’m drooling!



  14. ummmm excuse me while I catch my breath. Ok…now.. WOW! This is just over the top!!

  15. Seriously, sometimes I just want to lick my computer screen. Your stuff looks that good.

  16. You know, if witnessing that little “spat” at Starbucks inspired this, I want to go hire two people to argue right outside your kitchen window :-)

  17. Oh. My. God. YUMMMM.

  18. Good lord. This is just about the most fabulous thing I have ever seen.

  19. I want that. And so does the 30-week fetus in my belly. We might share with my husband and the other two kids. Maybe.

  20. oh sweet Jeevus!

  21. That looks killer!

  22. Wow! This looks amazing!!! You always make such delicious looking nummies.

  23. You’re killing me. I felt my thighs expand as I continued reading through your post. Chocolate? Peanut butter? 7 TBSP butter? Cream cheese? It’s posts like this that make me wish I was your neighbor. Or personal dishwasher. Or both! I plan on making this. Soon!

  24. That is just decadence on a plate! I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter too.

  25. First of all, that torte: yes, please. You can go ahead and ship one to Virginia where I will be waiting to devour it.

    Second of all, don’t your thoroughly enjoy a little drama occasionally on public outings? Sounds like you had a good one.

  26. That looks wicked good!

  27. I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts… :D

    Thanks.. Dude :D

  28. It looks so decadent! But that’s what we like in desserts isn’t it ;o) I could just eat a slice now, before dinner….who needs dinner when you can have cake

  29. Here I am winding down for the day and now I have the urge to cook that yummy piece of heaven. I guess I REALLY just have the urge to eat some!
    Wow, devine decadence! And about that arguement-too funny the thought in our heads that we socially refrain from participating in although we REALLY want to add our two cents. I watched this today, thought you’d get a kick out of it! Lucy at her finest!

  30. This looks SO good. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Damn, that looks terribly wonderfully good! That really is food porn! But i dont buy the part about too much mousse,i say more the better! In South Africa we dont get the joys of peanut butter and chocolate, although when i was in the US i scoffed so many peanut butter cups i felt ill.

  32. Yet another reason Not to get up at 5am to do yoga. All I want to do is stare at the screen. :>

  33. Woah mamma! That is one fierce lookin dessert – yes please!

  34. Oh my gosh, this is the perfect chocolate/peanut butter lover’s dream dessert. A-ma-zing!

  35. Now this a dessert that my husband and boys would be impressed by – a tower of peanut butter chocolate delight!

  36. oh my. what a sloppy yet solid and marvelous piece of work. i can tell just by looking at this cake that it’d make my knees weak. bravo, peabody!

  37. Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious! Just yesterday I had something that was similar to this but they also included a chocolate mousse and caramel on top. I was thinking that I would love to recreate it. I am so happy to find your recipe for the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Mousse. I will definitely have to give it a try. :D

  38. you make some outraging stuff….. love it!

  39. You always tell the funniest stories and wow I bet that cake really would have made them feel better! :) I loved your post about your MIL never trying brioche- crazy! I’m glad you could enlighten her!

  40. The ultimate cure for PMS, on a plate.

  41. OH MY GOODNESS – this dessert looks like heaven on earth!!!!!

  42. Love reading the little anecdotes…ha ha ha!!That dessert is a tower of goodness. How yum can yum be? WOW!!

  43. I’m delurking to say OH MY GOD WOMAN.

    I nearly fell out of my chair when that picture showed up on my bloglines.

  44. Oh my God, that looks absolutely ridiculous…in a great, great way.



  46. That looks incredible!

  47. You are cruel to me–the viewer. But how sweet of you to make your hubby a treat!
    Yay for company coming–and going! ;)

  48. Margaux Patel says:

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM I want this in my belly

  49. this is AMAZING! Love the layers!

  50. Wow… Your creation is amazing. This is so going on my “to make” list!


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