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. Ho-ly CRAP that looks rich!

  2. This looks heavenly! I’ve got to make this!

  3. Wow!!! That looks amazing.. Please excuse me while I go wipe the drool off of my computer!

  4. I usually need an excuse to bake things so I don’t just have stuff in the house (b/c I would eat it all), but I don’t think I need an excuse for this. I think I will just make it and eat it all.

  5. That looks crazy rich! Hmm, both you and your hubby have excellent taste … pb and chocolate is definitely a natural combination and I love the Refresh tea too! Interesting entertainment at your Starbucks though.

  6. sweet charlotte woman!
    you do realize that I am eating Cheez Its right now? Cheez It’s!! Can I also say nice job in slicing this. How you did it so neatly I’ll never know…or will I? LOL
    I love my afternoon green tea at Starbucks too. What is refresh tea? Sounds good.

  7. There are some desserts where one dessert would suffice. This is one. And that’s a GOOD thing because it would last FOREVER.

    Unless you live in my house.

  8. Seriously Peabody? This is the dessert to end them all. This would literally be my entire death row MEAL. Good God woman, this is divine.

  9. Why oh why does all the good stuff have to be so fatting? This is just wicked!

  10. Actually, I’m thinking that if the couple had been fortunate enough to have had a plate of this wonderfulness, they’d have launched at each other! Quite the divine mess ; ) Bib please?

  11. Are you kidding me? That is ridiculous…and I mean that in the best possible way. I can’t wait to make this for someone’s birthday and watch their eyes light up.

  12. Oh my what a dessert! Perfect for sharing…or not:)

  13. Now if you could just deep-fry it…

  14. Words can’t describe how amazing your cake looks, seriously!

  15. Wowee – that looks amazing!!!! A winning combination of flavours.

  16. OMG! This is spectacular! And I’m drooling over your perfect photos!

  17. How much of that did your husband devour in one sitting?

    The pb mousse looks like it has many possibilities in other applications (well not as hair gel, but you know what I mean).

  18. Wow. That looks fabulous. I love Reese’s. And brownies. I’m actually kind of glad it’s on my computer screen and not in my kitchen where I would be tempted to eat it all. =)

  19. oh this torte will surely made them forget what they were quarelling about. Looks so rich and delicious. Chocolate and peanut butter are my favourites too.

  20. Oh. My. Gosh! This looks incredible. Chocolate and peanut butter is my #1 weakness.

  21. This looks so delicious! I’m really looking forward to making this.

  22. Oh, yes, you do love your husband. I’m weak in the knees just looking at this. Wow.

  23. man, Peabody, I slow-motion scrolled down that first picture. Needless to mention there was a lot of drooling involved. I think i heard harp music too. Yikes~

  24. Hi Peabody! I just made this… OH MY GOD!!! It was soooo good. Thanks again for the recipe, and for the tip about using less mousse.

  25. Yum – chocolate and peanut butter 2 of my favorite food groups

  26. a) The torte looks delicious.

    b) You are a very thoughtful wife to make such an amazing dessert to satisfy your husband’s pb/chocolate love.

    c) Is it wrong that sometimes I wish people wouldn’t take those kinds of arguments outside simply for the sake of my own personal enjoyment?

  27. What a decadently rich and delicious dessert, I say this all the time, but I really mean it when I say I must make this recipe asap!

  28. I hate when my routine gets out of whack too, makes me really grouchy! Although, I think a slice of this torte would make it all better. Looks delish!

  29. Yum. That looks amazing!
    I love it when people argue in public. It’s like a little show for me. I’m such a voyeur.

  30. That looks so decadent! Enough to put anyone in a good mood.

  31. I don’t think it’s possible for your pictures to get any more drool-worthy, but they do! WOW, this looks amazing!

  32. Holy cats- that looks amazing. I wish I could still eat peanut butter and tree nuts. Wonder how that would be if I substituted another (non-lethal-to-me) candy… maybe peppermint patties…

  33. What a lucky boy your husband is…

  34. Goodness, that torte looks positively dangerous…as in, there is the danger I’d consume it in full…wow!!!

  35. This looks unbelievable! Wow!

  36. Wow…that looks achingly rich. Though, right now, the peanut butter cups look pretty awesome and tempting!

  37. Oh wow. My husband is recovering from food poisoning but as soon as he is better I’m making this for him. I think this would be heaven on earth for him!

  38. I thought I was full from dinner. Then I saw this picture. Now, not so full!

  39. Wow Pea! How can dessert get any better than that!!

  40. Sounds like your Starbucks is far more interesting than mine.

    I could die for this cake!

  41. The headlining picture in this post is exactly while I love your food. I’m not a commenter usually, but sweet jumpin’ jeebus that’s gorgeous. Are there struts in that thing? How the hell does it support itself? Must be all that decadence.

  42. Lord have mercy! That is one fantastically rich looking cake. I would love a slice with a tall glass of ice cold milk.

  43. This looks like what I imagine I’ll be eating a lot of in Heaven, only in much larger quantities :) You amaze me with the richness and droolworthy photos every time. Thanks for sticking with the blogging!

  44. chocolate and peanut butter together… what more do you need?

  45. Melissa in TX says:

    That picture is beautiful – I can’t wait to make it!

  46. Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Mousse??????

    oh!my!god! I just got wayyyyy too excited.

  47. This looks amazingly delicious.

  48. This looks amazing. Can’t wait to make this for my chocolate-peanut butter obsessed husband!

  49. Oh this looks amazing! I love chocolate and peanut butter…yum:)

  50. When you post photos like this it makes me worried that you might leave us! I would so horribly miss your lucious photos and wonderfuly, horrible (for my figure) ideas!


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