Homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

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1 package devil’s food cake mix (regular size)
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter


1/2 cup cold fat-free milk
1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed


In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and applesauce. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Transfer to a 13×9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Immediately drop small amounts of peanut butter over hot cake; return to the oven for 1 minute. Carefully spread peanut butter over cake. Cool on a wire rack.
For frosting, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 1 minute. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Gradually beat in pudding. Beat in half of the whipped topping; fold in remaining whipped topping. Frost cake.


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