Portillo’s Chocolate cake

Portillo’s Chocolate cake

From time to time, when I peruse chocolate cake recipes to bake, I come across the chocolate cake from Portillo’s in Chicago. It’s a restaurant known for Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and chocolate cake. The recipe I found on a couple different sites (including Hellman’s) uses a chocolate cake mix, eggs, water and mayonnaise (as opposed to vegetable oil). You could also add chocolate chips, but i forgot. I also went with a homemade chocolate frosting. It is 100 degrees in CT this weekend, so I kept the cake in the fridge. My hubby is not a cake person, but he loves himself some frosting and he was a fan of this frosting!

Check out the frosting!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix (i used devil’s food)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Spray 2 nine inch cake pans with baking spray. In a bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs and mayo. Beat on medium speed with a mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add chips. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract

Directions- combine ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Frost cake

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When you can’t decide between a brownie and chocolate cake

My husband requested a funni bone treat today, which is a chocolate cake, with a peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache on top. I asked if he wanted a brownie or chocolate cake base and could not decide, so I combined them! I used a chocolate cake mix, a brownie mix, eggs, water and oil. I used a cookie sheet 18×12. A warning – this makes a large sheet of brownie cake!

  • Brownie cake ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 18×12 cookie sheer with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brownie mix. Blend in oil and water. Fold in eggs. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely. Cut into rectangles .

  • Peanut butter fudge filling
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions – over medium-low heat, melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and let boil 1 minute. Add chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar. Set aside to firm up.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions – in a microwave she bowl, microwave cream for 90 seconds. Add chips, swirling cream to cover then. Lwt set 5 minutes. Stir smooth.

Now to the assembly steps!

Slice a piece in half, horizontally
Spread peanut butter fudge layer on one half
Top with other half of brownie cake piece
Frost with ganache

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Peanut butter cookie sheet cake

Peanut butter cookie sheet cake

A friend was coming over to visit today with her baby and dog, and I know she loves peanut butter. So I needed to make something for her to take home. Instead of cookies, I did a cookie cake on a small cookie sheet and topped it with peanut butter frosting.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So your oven cycles to the right temp. And, scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount. If you pour it directly into the cup, you pack it in and it’s over the amount you need and makes for a dry treat.

Peanut butter perfection!
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a small cookie sheet (I used a 9×13 cookie sheet) with parchment paper. In a saucepan, combine. Cook peanut butter and butter, stirring occasionally, until it is melted and comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add sugar. Blend in egg, milk and vanilla. Fold in flour and baking soda. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completley.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 /4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 to 4 tbs milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions – in a saucepan, cook and stir peanut butter and butter, stirring occasionally to a boil. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar then enough milk to get the consistency you want. Frost cookie cake. Store in covered container.

They’re thin, so have two!

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