Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

November 18, 2008 at 9:06 pm 4 comments

This past weekend was my wonderful Husband’s birthday (Happy Birthday Honey!!). I have been planning on making this cake for months now since he LOVES peanut butter cups. I am not particularly fond of peanut butter or chocolate and peanut butter together, but this cake must have been pretty good because even I ate some! More importantly, the birthday boy loved it! The original recipe called for a different cake recipe, but I decided to stick with my new favorite. If you know a peanut butter lover make this for them!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
For the cake
2 Cups Sugar
1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup boiling water

For the Frosting (I doubled this)
1 Cup confectioners’ sugar
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/3 Cup heavy cream

For decorating
Peanut butter cups, halved or chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 9 inch round baking pans.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be very thin). Pour batter into round baking pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Once removed place on baking racks until completely cooled.

To make the frosting combine the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically. Add cream and beat on high until light and creamy.

To assemble the cake, place one layer of cake on a cake plate. Spread the top with a thick layer of peanut butter frosting and top with chopped peanut butter cups. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting. Frost with the remaining peanut butter frosting and garnish with peanut butter cups.

Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats , Cake from Just2Good


Entry filed under: Cakes, dessert.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nikkigladd  |  November 18, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Yummy! Looks fantastic!

  • 2. Melissa  |  November 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I love this cake! SO good! I use the Hershey’s cake as well, it is THE best!

  • 3. giovanni  |  December 28, 2010 at 2:21 am

    AMAZING!! That looks so delicious!! this is my dream cake 😀 i know wat cake im asking for when my bday comes!!

  • 4. giovanni  |  December 28, 2010 at 2:21 am

    AMAZING!! That looks so delicious!! this is my dream cake 😀 i know wat cake im asking for when my bday comes!! looks like a great recipe

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