This chocolate peanut butter cake recipe is so delicious and cute! These individual cakes are eggless and very light and chocolaty! And I had ALL of the ingredients just sitting in my pantry, waiting to be made into a warm, toasty and delicious dessert. Melting snowman cakes are not only melting on the plate, but they also melt in your mouth!
Individual desserts During Covid-19
SOO many people out there in 2020 are searching for single serve dessert recipes due to the ongoing pandemic. Having individual desserts can help to prevent the spread of covid 19 because everyone gets their OWN cake. These single serve cakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored on the counter overnight or in the fridge for a few days. Hopefully in the years to come, we will be able to go back to indulging in large and sinful chocolate cakes, but during the pandemic, it is best to stick to individual desserts.
What Do These Melting Snowman Cakes Taste Like?
This is a peanut butter and chocolate cake recipe, because why not?! The cakes are very soft and moist, and should just pop out of the muffin tin if you grease it. They are not TOO chocolatey or TOO peanut buttery…they have just the right amount of decadent chocolate flavor and creamy peanut butter flavor. The almonds and almond extract add a warm toasted flavor that can only remind you of the holidays!
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When To Serve These Melting Snowman Cakes:
You can really make this winter cake idea at any point during the cold season! It can be a snowman Christmas cake, or a winter birthday cake! As much as kids LOVE snowmen, they love snowman food even more. They can also be a great New Years Eve cake idea for 2020 because of the fact that they are individual desserts.
Frequently Asked Questions:
|Why isn’t the frosting ‘white’?||When is the last time you saw melted snow that was white?! I tried to keep it slightly realistic. But if you want white melted snow, you can definitely use white frosting mixed with a little water.|
|Are these make ahead cakes?||They can be! You can store these delicious chocolate peanut butter snowman cakes on the counter overnight (in a Tupperware, Ziploc bag or wrapped in plastic wrap), OR you can store them in the fridge for a few days in the same storage.|
|Is this a vegan recipe?||If you purchase vegan cocoa powder, marshmallows and vegan chocolate chips, this can definitely be a vegan recipe! It is also egg-less and dairy free if you purchase dairy free chocolate.|
|Do I NEED to add nuts?||No, you absolutely do not need to add almonds or peanut butter to this recipe if you don’t want to. Just be sure to substitute the almond extract for vanilla extract, and omit the peanut butter if you are trying to make this nut-free.|
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Melting Snowman Cakes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
- 8 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup tap water
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
- 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate from a chocolate bar, chopped into small pieces
- about 1/4 cup of peanut butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
The Melted Marshmallow Snowman
- 1 marshmallow per cake
- Black icing (the tube kind works great)
- 1 tbsp water
- 3 extra marshmallows for the 'melted snow'
- 3 tbsp confectioners sugar
- 1 baby carrot, cut into small slivers for the noses
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a large muffin tin with cooking spray or grease with grease.
- Pour flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda in a sieve over a bowl, and shake until all of the ingredients have gone through the sieve into the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine water and granulated sugar. Whisk until most of the sugar has dissolved in the water (this may take a few minutes). Now add the olive oil, almond extract and vinegar. Stir to combine (oil and vinegar will stay separated).
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and whisk until there are no clumps, and a smooth batter forms.
- Now add the chopped almonds and chocolate chips. Stir.
- Pour the mixture into the muffin tins, leaving about 1 inch at the top of the tin for the cake to expand. Scoop about 1/2 a tsp of peanut butter into each cake, and stir it around with a tooth pick or the back of a spoon.
- Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the counter. When done, the cakes should easily pop out of the muffin tin. If they are sticking, they may need to be baked for a little longer. You can also use a flat butter knife to go around the edges to make this easier.
To Make The Melting Snowman:
- While the cakes are baking in the oven, take a marshmallow and draw a face on it using a tooth pick and black icing. Poke a hole where the nose should be, and insert a sliver of carrot. Do this for all marshmallows needed.
- To make the 'melting snow', place 3 plain marshmallows in a small microwave safe bowl with water. Microwave for about 30-45 seconds, until the marshmallows melt. (make sure to watch them so they do not get all over your microwave! They will expand)
- Remove from the microwave and stir with a fork until combined. Add in confectioners sugar and stir again.
- Once cakes are done and popped out of the muffin tin, you can assemble the melting snowman. Spoon a spoonful of 'melted snow' onto the middle of the cake and let it run down the sides. Now place a snowman head on top, and you are ready to serve!
- You can store these delicious chocolate peanut butter snowman cakes on the counter overnight (in a Tupperware, Ziploc bag or wrapped in plastic wrap), OR you can store them in the fridge for a few days in the same storage.
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