Over the weekend my boyfriend and I took a quick trip to Milwaukee to celebrate our birthdays together. As birthdays imply, it was a very indulgent weekend full of wine, dessert and so much other goodness!
To be honest, I enjoyed myself so much this weekend, I didn’t even think about what cake I was going to be making until Monday night. Oops.
On my train ride home from work I scrolled furiously through Instagram trying to gleam some sort of inspiration for a cake I could pull together from what I already had stocked in my pantry. Have I mentioned yet that this project can get expensive?
There’s a grammar, well known in the wellness space, that I’ve been following for a while, rachlmansfield. She’s my go to for less refined versions of my favorite treats and her passion for healthy eating is so infectious! I love that a lot of her desserts contain better for you ingredients like spelt, oat and almond flowers. She also swaps out white sugar for maple syrup and coconut sugar.
After a weekend of living, because what’s a birthday dinner if you aren’t splitting a bottle of wine, I knew her blog rachLmansfield would have just the right recipe. Glancing through the dessert section, I found exactly what I was looking for! Something chocolatey, swirled with peanut butter and containing all the good ingredients (almond flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil).
Here’s the caveat, the recipe was for a skillet-brownie, but I won’t tell if you don’t tell. Besides, I’m now a believer that anything cooked in my 9″ round pans counts as cake. While most people wouldn’t keep their pantries full of alternative baking ingredients (or bake a cake a week), I do. So, when this recipe caught my eye I knew I wouldn’t be dropping an extra $20 at Jewel on my walk home.
The moment I walked through my door I set my oven to preheat and mixed together the cake batter. Before swirling the peanut butter into the top and throwing it in to bake, I popped the jar in the microwave to soften a bit. No bueno. It started crackling and flashing blue flames. I yanked open the door and cursed all peanut butter companies for continuing to put metal in the seal tops. Does anyone else have this problem??
Despite almost causing a small electrical fire, this cake was incredible…. gooey, chocolate-y, delish ingredients and well received by my coworkers who were happy to arrive to work on Tuesday morning to an email with the subject line “cake!”.
Final thoughts on Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet
- Any dessert is a cake if you try hard enough and use a little imagination.