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PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE CAKE

    What You’ll Need

    * For the cake:
    * 2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 2 cups granulated sugar
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1 cup unsalted butter
    * 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    * 1 cup water
    * 1/2 cup buttermilk
    * 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 16 ounces (about 1 & 1/2 cups) creamy peanut butter
    * For the icing:
    * 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    * 1/3 cup buttermilk
    * 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    * 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    How to Make It

    * 1 _ Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.
    * 2 _ Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
    * 3 _ Place butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat.
    * 4 _ Stir in cocoa powder. Then, stir in water, buttermilk, and eggs. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.
    * 5 _ Remove the mixture from the heat and add to flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
    * 6 _ Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
    * 7 _ Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
    * 8 _ Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, spread the peanut butter over the cake. Allow to cool completely.
    * 9 _ To make the icing, place the sifted confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
    * 10 _ Combine butter, buttermilk, and cocoa in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil.
    * 11 _ Remove from heat and pour over confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
    * 12 _ Spread icing over peanut butter. The cake can be served immediately or can sit at room temperature to allow the icing to set.