Puppy Chow. Monkey Munch. Muddy Buddy Mix.
Crazy fun names. Crazy yum taste.
Mix that with a crazy baker and you just know I just had to make it into a cake.
The hardest part about this cake was deciding how to make it. Do I make a layer of peanut butter? Should the outside be covered in powder sugar and the inside crispy chocolate? Should I just eat the entire bag of Puppy Chow and forget about the cake?
I mean no. Must focus.
I used The Best Chocolate Cake recipe for the cake. (Please just ignore all the pictures in that post. Talk about terrible!) Simply bake cakes in 9×9 inch square pans. I cut a 3-inch section off each cake after it had cooled, then placed the two 3-inch sections side by side for the center layer of the cake.
I made a 1/4 batch of this Classic Buttercream to spread in between the layers. I opted to not use any peanut butter frosting in the cake itself.
I think the flavor of the peanut butter is so subtle in the Puppy Chow that I didnt want to call special attention to it in the cake. If you decide to try it with some deliciously smooth PB, please do share your results!
Then a batch of this Rich Chocolate Buttercream to slather all over the cake. Cause like, slathering things over cake sounds fun right? Ok, ok. I will invest in a thesaurus and choose better descriptive words next time.
Here is a basic recipe for Puppy Chow, or Muddy Buddy Mix, or Monkey Munch. I got it right from the box of Rice Chex Cereal! (Which, oddly enough, is what my pregnancy cravings have been lately. Rice Chex Cereal. We go through a box a day around here. And by we I mean me.)