Saying goodbye – The Peanut Butter Cup All-In-One Cake

August 15, 2011

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Last Friday as a few of us’ers said farewell to Mili, a very special Marketing Intern who after spending a short summer with us, will be returning to finish her senior year at Duke University.

Typically our farewells are held at the local brewery, however since Mili isn’t of drinking age we went out for lunch instead.

The restaurant everyone agreed upon was Opah, and although I’ve driven by it every almost weekday for the past seven years, this was my very first time eating there.

A few minutes after being seated we were greeted with a couple of these…

Then thanks to Melissa we all shared this incredible tower of sweet potato chips dusted with aged parmesan and served with a side of chipotle ranch dressing.

The sweet potato fries alone were worth the visit!

Those of us who knew what we would be having for dessert later that afternoon opted for a light lunch. (Everyone everyone except Mili). :)

During lunch we talked about the different places we’ve all lived, weather in the south, how everyone was going to miss Mili, and interestingly we also learned how some people are really passionate about all things Beet.

One of the funniest moments during lunch was when the tallest of the group was served these two tiny sliders, it was comical!

I ordered the sugarcane tenderloins, a trio of tenderloins are skewered into thin sugarcane batons and served over their mango vegetable slaw, delish!

Later that afternoon at approximately 3:00 PM we asked Mili to join us in the lunch room for dessert.

Mili walking into the lunch room
Mili getting ready to cut the cake

The cake I made for Mili was a slightly adapted version of Sprinkle Bakes’ Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake. I decided to call mine the All-In-One, because you have layers of chocolate cake, peanut butter cup cheesecake, caramel, you name it… it’s in there!

I also replaced one of the layers of caramel with a chocolate caramel by swapping our regular caramels for Riesen (a chocolate covered caramel). And because I was pressed for time, instead of making the chocolate curls I used up the remaining peanut butter frosting and studded the cake with mini peanut butter cup quarters.

Ironically, I started making this cake Tuesday evening, the same day I read this post on Jennifer Perillo’s blog. As you can imagine, in the spirit of #apieformikey this cake was made with lots of love and shared with an amazing group of people.

Is this an insane cake or what?

Needless to say it was a huge hit!

The sweetest thank you ever!

This afternoon the tables were turned when Mili stopped by my cube for one last farewell and dropped off the sweetest thank you card and these two little chocolate bunt cakes. :)

Thank you so much Mili!

Have a great year at Duke and stay in touch!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa August 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

The cake is stunning! Welcome back to NC, Mili!


2 Tina@flourtrader August 16, 2011 at 1:03 am

This cake is stunning and it was nice for you to make for Mili! I have bookmarked the recipe and will have to set aside some time. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Yum!


3 Lora August 16, 2011 at 2:21 am

Absolutely gorgeous mouth watering cake. I love how you decorated it.


4 Alida @ Alida's Kitchen August 16, 2011 at 3:31 am

Wow, that cake is just incredible! It is beautiful and looks absolutely delicious!


5 Liz August 16, 2011 at 4:04 am

Oh, my! That is one spectacular cake!! Amazing. And that lunch looked fabulous, too~


6 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

What a beautiful cake and a lovely farewell. It’s like the ultimate chocolate pb cake. Yum!


7 Chef Dennis August 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

Wow, Josie
that cake looks so decadently delicious! You would have to tie me down to stop me from eating that whole cake! It looks like you gave your friend a wonderful send off, I bet as an intern she never expected it!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cake and meal with us


8 Katrina August 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

This cake is truly beautiful. Great post!


9 Ken│hungry rabbit August 16, 2011 at 5:07 am

Just for that cake, I’ll be your intern. Milli is a lucky girl to have a group of wonderful co-workers to bid her farewell in such scrumptious fashion.


10 Tes August 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

Woww What a lovely cake! Beautiful pictures, too :)


11 The Chocolate Priestess August 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

The cake looks so lovely, you were so nice to bake it for a fellow employee leaving. No one was ever that nice to me at all jobs I’ve had before.


12 Eating Deliciously August 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

That cake is AWESOME! What a great send-off for your intern.


13 Kathleen August 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

Your photos are sooo beautiful! The cake looks out of this world delicious!


14 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

this cake is so beautifully decorated and just looks soo good. i wish i could layer cakes like that! i am hosting a #cakelove bloghop right now. i would love for you to link up your post so that others can find it too! :D have a great day :)


15 Sandra August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You’re killin me girl! I feel I need to workout just because I’m looking at it; and right after your Blueberry Cheesecake Martini no less. You’re Good!


16 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Wow… That is some cake! :)


17 Angie @ Bigbearswife August 17, 2011 at 7:44 am

aww what a sweet cake! Also looks like a wonderful lunch!


18 Mil August 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

THIS CAKE WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had all of everyone’s favorite flavors in one cake… thanks josie!!!! The peanut butter cups on top were a great touch too


19 Daydreamer Desserts August 19, 2011 at 6:20 am

It was a pleasure Mili, so glad you loved it! :)


20 Jamie August 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

This is one gorgeous, stunning, decadent cake! Wow! And even though I admit that I don’t really like Reese’s peanut butter cups, I do absolutely love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter and I’ve long wanted to make a cake with both. Yours is fabulous and what a lucky person Mili is!


21 Megan October 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

that cake is to die for. beautiful job….. amazing! love it -


22 Rebecca October 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

this cake looks amazing! i would love to make this, are you willing to share the recipe?


23 Ally November 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh my goodness. I am seriously drooling.


24 Amber, RD November 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

This cake looks like it might be the death of me. But at least I know I will die happy!


25 Renee Rissman April 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

I need this recipe…can I get the recipe???
Amazing!!! Looks like something my husband would like (he’s not a big cake eater). For his birthday, I always have to make him a carrot cake (he’s the only one in the house who likes carrot cake!) Thanks for a great story! You seem to have a great group of co-workers!!


26 Renee Rissman April 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

Email starts w an r-not sure you got that in prev email requesting recipe.
Excited and forgot to check if i enteted the correct email. First time blogger!!


27 Daydreamer Desserts April 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Hi Renee,

Thank you for stopping by! The recipe for the cake was actually from Sprinkle Bakes but I re-made it for my co-worker. I’m sure your husband will love it!



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