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Today is Jeff’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to the most amazing husband in the world! I’m so thankful that I get to call you mine. You’ve grown into such an amazing man of God throughout the time I have known you and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

I wanted to share the cake I made for Jeff combining two of his absolutely favorite things, Reese’s Pieces and basketball! I used this pin as my inspiration. Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.comReese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

I made a peanut butter cake with a peanut butter frosting (recipes at the bottom) and decorated it with Reese’s Pieces in the shape of a basketball. The easiest way to get it all set up is by separating the Reese’s Pieces into their respective colors. Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

Start with the cross shape with the brown pieces. Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

Then the two half circles next. Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

Then just fill in all of the empty spots with orange. And because I didn’t want to leave the yellow out, I used it to go around the rim of the cake. Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.comReese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.comReese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

I made Jeff close his eyes and walked him into the room to show him his cake. I caught his reaction on camera and think he looks so cute!Reese's Pieces peanut butter basketball cake with peanut butter frosting using store bought cake mix. Clementinbean.wordpress.com

Jeff was so happy when he saw it and it tasted darn good too! The cake was dense and moist and the frosting tasted just like the inside of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Here were the recipes I used for the cake and frosting.

Peanut Butter Cake
1 box White Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake mix)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 1/4 cups milk (I used skim, but I’m sure 1% or 2% would work)
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cups Butter, softened
1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
1. Heat the oven to 350°. Spray two 9 inch rounds with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, pudding mix, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla extract and peanut butter until smooth. Pour evenly into the two pans.
3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. Set the cakes aside to cool.
5. In a separate bowl mix together the butter, peanut butter, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until smooth. If the frosting is too runny add more powdered sugar. If it is too think add a splash of milk.
6. Stack the cakes one on top of the other with a layer of frosting in between. Then frost along the outside and the top.
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