Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Got milk? I hope so…

…because you’ll want some with this one.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

See what happens when I crave chocolate. I’ve been waiting to make this cake after seeing the recipe in a magazine. It’s based on a mix, and has buttermilk and peanut butter cups added to it. The frosting is made from dark chocolate, peanut butter and heavy cream.
What more could you ask for?

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

…maybe that tall glass of milk.

While you contemplate, here’s the same Peanut Butter Cup Cake recipe online.

And here’s what I did different:
• Baked it in two 6″ cake pans instead of the recommended 9″
• Made 6 cupcakes with the leftover batter.
• Used twice as many peanut butter cups. I went a little crazy with the extra and used them on top of the cake.
• Also, I didn’t let it set for an hour in the fridge like recommended. I couldn’t wait that long.

As a side note, I found the dark chocolate in the grocery store. It was the new Starbucks brand that’s been advertised lately on TV.

Peanut Butter Cup Cakes

And if you find that double chocolate and peanut butter just isn’t enough, try it heated a little and served with vanilla ice cream. I did, and it fixed my craving… for now anyway.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

UPDATE: The recipe link no longer works, so here’s the recipe adapted from Family Circle Magazine.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

1 devil’s food cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups chopped peanut butter cups (plus more for garnishing – I used 2 bags)
8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup peanut butter

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Line with wax paper and coat paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil on low for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides after 1 minute. Fold in 2 cups of the chopped peanut butter cups.
  • Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes completely.
  • Place chopped dark chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring cream just to a boil and then pour over chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts. Add peanut butter and whisk until smooth.
  • Trim each cake layer so the tops are flat. Place one layer on a cooling rack and pour 1 cup frosting on top. Spread evenly with a spatula. Add second layer and pour remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Smooth out with spatula.
  • Allow frosting to set for a minute and gently press remaining chopped peanut butter cup pieces all over top and sides of cake. Place in refrigerator for about an hour to set. Remove and serve.
100 Percent Cottam said...

my oh my! that is beautiful.

June 4, 2008 03:02 AM
Krista said...

this is the best looking cake I have ever seen. i can’t wait to try it.

June 4, 2008 03:08 AM
Glory said...

Oh my, I’m glad to hear you have chocolate cravings as serious as mine! I’d better hit the gym before I try to make these! Thanks for the post, I always look forward to what you will do next.
P.S. I was a fan even before you were a big TV star! hehe =)

June 4, 2008 03:23 AM
lfamily5 said...

Oh, my that is what my fantasy looks like – chocolate and peanut butter galore! Yummo!

June 4, 2008 03:31 AM
LindaJ said...

How amazing!!! My husband will love me forever if I make this for him. You’re a creative genius!!!

June 4, 2008 03:42 AM
Shelley said...

holy sinful!

June 4, 2008 03:46 AM
Sharon said...

Buzzz…that’s my sugar rush just from drooling over your photos! I’m putting my fat pants on now :)

June 4, 2008 03:51 AM
The Momster said...

Wow-I didn’t think a peanut butter cup could be improved — until now!

June 4, 2008 03:56 AM
Angela said...

All I can say is WOOOOOW!

June 4, 2008 03:59 AM
Tanya said...

I’m full just looking at this, but it looks delicious!

June 4, 2008 04:40 AM
nicci said...

Oh my Gosh!
I just can’t get over this lovely devine cake!

I think I will have to try my hand at it for my birthday.

June 4, 2008 05:29 AM
Rachelle said...

Yours looks SO much better! That’s a serious cake right there!

June 4, 2008 05:44 AM
cookemila said...

the cake is saying give me a bite congratulations ..

June 4, 2008 08:27 AM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

Does your blog have insurance? My laywer will be in contact with you soon to discuss the bill for fixing my keyborad. It got ruined because I was drooling so much after seeing this cake. So it’s your fault I guess!…

June 4, 2008 09:16 AM
Laurie Anne said...

When you posted the link for this recipe I looked at a cupcake link there. There are directions for making cute doggie cupcakes. I thought I would post the link in case anyone is interested.
link to
Thanks for the great ideas, I love them!

June 4, 2008 10:47 AM
Bridget =) said...

I am pretty sure i just gained 5lbs LOOKING at those pictures! I have a friend who LOOOOOOOOOVES PBcups, I sent her this link asap! =)

June 4, 2008 11:13 AM
Janet said...

I just licked my computer screen.

June 4, 2008 11:27 AM
Delaina said...

Oh dear, my mouth is watering

June 4, 2008 11:52 AM
Suzyhomemaker said...

Oh my goodness! I gained 12 pounds just looking at it!

June 4, 2008 11:53 AM
snarflemarfle said...

Good golly Miss Molly! I think my drool just shorted out my keyboard…

June 4, 2008 12:05 PM
Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, these could really make my gray and rainy morning so much better!

June 4, 2008 12:54 PM
HoneyB said...

Wow does that every look delicious!I’m on my way out for the glass of milk! :)

June 4, 2008 01:01 PM
JillyRae said...

Bakerella strikes again!!
Yummm…I am checking out that recipe!!

June 4, 2008 01:03 PM
malindakay said...

Why are you so amazing?

June 4, 2008 01:08 PM
shephalli said...

YUMMY! I can’t wait to try this as well as as your cake pops!

June 4, 2008 01:56 PM
jillytacy said...

It looks dreamy and delicious! YUM!

June 4, 2008 02:02 PM
Rosanne said...

OMG, that looks amazing!! I think I’ll make it for my birthday!

June 4, 2008 02:27 PM
baseball, baking & books said...

It’s just not fair! Every time I think you’ve out done yourself and there’s no way you’ll top that you come back with another amazing creation! I’m still working on your other recipes/creations. I can’t keep up, let alone come up with something original! Guess I’ll add this one to the list.

June 4, 2008 02:36 PM
Candes said...

What more could I want? A personal trainer to work that off. BUT! It’ll be soooo worth it. I’m almost afraid to make it. I just might LOVE it.

June 4, 2008 02:37 PM
The Thomas' said...

Holy cow – even at 7:00 in the morning this looks amazing and oh so tempting! I thank you for the recipe… but my hips don’t :)

June 4, 2008 02:43 PM
chiff0nade said...

Loved your post. That cup looks OUT of this world, and I am a PROFESSIONAL PASTRY CHEF who graduated from Peter kump’s Culinary School in Brooklyn,

Yeah, it might go to the hips, but when your butt is the size of mine, what difference does it make?

Besides, my 450-pound BF “Big Bear” loves big butts.

June 4, 2008 03:11 PM
Kelli said...

nothing better than peanutbutter and chocolate.

June 4, 2008 03:35 PM
Janna said...

I am in awe. Literally.
My mouth is still hanging open in pure amazement. You are so good at EVERYTHING!

June 4, 2008 03:39 PM
Shealynn Benner said...

YUMMMMM! Now you got me wanting some of that cake, and I am in the middle of packing for a move across country! can’t make anything, but I sure can dream of it. ;)

June 4, 2008 03:43 PM
sbilokonsky said...

OM can’t let the hubby see this!

June 4, 2008 03:50 PM
Melissa said...

this is above and beyond OUTRAGEOUS. You’re amazing!!!! Oh my…

June 4, 2008 03:51 PM
Otter said...


June 4, 2008 03:52 PM
dessertobsessed said...

omg your cake is amazing!

June 4, 2008 03:56 PM
kristina said...

You are insane in the best way possible. This looks awesome!

June 4, 2008 04:36 PM
Anonymous said...

Yummo !

June 4, 2008 05:05 PM
giz said...

I’m usually pretty moderate – look at the blog, read the recipe, get a sense of level of difficulty – none of that happened – there was a voice that said “tag…go directly to tag, do not read recipe”… how scary is that!!!

June 4, 2008 05:28 PM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

That looks soooo delicious looking! Fabulous good Bakerella!

June 4, 2008 05:49 PM
Stephanie said...

Yours looks way better than the actual recipe’s picture. All those peanut butter cups…oh my!

June 4, 2008 06:05 PM
ingegerd said...

yummy!You are so good at this!I just discovery your blog!=P

June 4, 2008 06:35 PM
Larry & Erica Evans said...

oh Yuuuummmmmmyyyyy! A def. must try! The only thing is that with it getting so hot now, sometimes super choc. seem s a bit too much. Do you have any light or fruity dessert ideas?

June 4, 2008 07:11 PM
NineteenaChiffOnade said...

Do you bloggers know what we would do for just ONE bite of cake like that in prison?

Well, I do. We would KILL for it. I was locked up and treated like an animal because I sold a little packet of “meth” to an undercover cop in Florida (my mother, “Chiff0nade” put me up to it).

Now that I am free on parole, I am going to attempt to try your recipe and make up for a LOT of lost time.


June 4, 2008 07:46 PM
Cake N' Bake said...

Hey! I’m in an article for a really popular school magazine for my foodblogging, and I mention you so I thought I’d send you the link. Keep up the good work!

link to

June 4, 2008 09:45 PM
sharyl said...

oh so mouth watering…

June 4, 2008 10:06 PM
Bakerella said...

100 Percent Cottam – thanks.

Krista – I hope you do

Glory – chocolate cravings are a constant with me

lfamily5 – well at least with this one you can eat your fantasy.

LindaJ – He sure will

Shelley – you said it.

Sharon – I know what you mean

The Momster – they are my fave candy. And now i can eat it with my fave desert.

Angela – thaaaaanks

Tanya – it was pretty awesome!

nicci – hope it makes you happy

Rachelle – thank you

cookemila – You’re right! I had to have a bite as soon as I finished taking pics.

Clumbsy Cookie – funny!

Laurie Anne – Thanks for the heads up.

Bridget =) – hope she likes it too.

Janet – how did it taste?

Delaina – Hope you grabbed some milk.

Suzyhomemaker – I did too.

snarflemarfle – sorry about that.

Patricia Scarpin – Yay! Glad to brighten your day.

HoneyB – I’ll take one extra cold.

JillyRae – It’s really easy.

malindakay – I’m not. I just suffer from a sweet tooth.

shephalli – you’ll be glad you did

jillytacy – and slightly decadent.

Rosanne – a great gift for yourself.

Blogger baseball, baking & books – I’m glad you liked it.

Candes – you just might…

The Thomas’ – thanks

chiff0nade – good, he’ll love this then.

Kelli – I agree

Janna – that’s sweet of you.

Shealynn Benner – wow. that sounds exciting.

sbilokonsky – that’s right. save it for yourself.

Melissa – thank you

Otter – Did I scare you?

dessertobsessed – thanks

kristina – just crazy for chocolate

Anonymous – yessiree!

giz – scary.

My Sweet & Saucy – thanks

Stephanie – so more is more in this case.

ingegerd – thank you.

Larry & Erica Evans – not so much. I ususally go for the big guns.

NineteenaChiffOnade – hope you get a better rush from this one.

Cake N’ Bake – wow … thanks a bunch!

sharyl – you are oh so right!

June 5, 2008 01:09 AM
IvyLeagueHouseWife said...

Oh my! I’m going to the store right now!

June 5, 2008 02:13 AM
Judeee said...

I needed to drink a tall glass of milk just looking at it!

June 5, 2008 02:55 AM
Shari said...

Wow, you’d definitely need a milk chaser for this one! Looks amazing.
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June 5, 2008 03:03 AM
Branderella said...

This looks super yummy, i noticed our names have alot in common =D

June 5, 2008 04:01 AM
Leanne said...

Your cake looks way better than the cake in the original recipe!


June 5, 2008 04:02 AM
Derick & Becky said...

I am thirsty just looking at it! I am TOTALLY making this one!

June 5, 2008 04:15 AM
Julia said...

Wow, it’s hard to go wrong with this flavor combination. I need to get myself a 6″ pan. It’s so cute!

I bet this cake would work well with the Mini Peanut Butter Cups found at Trader Joe’s, not to mention speed up the process of making these a bit.

June 5, 2008 04:44 AM
cupcakesordeath said...

Attention Facebookers! As a personal tribute, I have just created the group “Fans of Bakerella” on FB!! You guys please feel free to join up and spread the word, cheers!

p/s: dear bakerella, i hope you’re alright with the whole idea ;)

June 5, 2008 05:33 AM
Lisa said...

Oh my gosh!! How delish! My family would love that. I have to make it.

I got the “Hello, Cupcake” and started making the butterflies today. They are coming out pretty cute, but they dry fast, so it’s tough to get the pattern before they set. Any tips? Will send photos if you are interested.. That book is amazing. Thanks for the recommendation!

June 5, 2008 06:08 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

Forget the indulgent chocolate body wrap, this cake is all I’ve dreamed of! You are amazing Bakerella!

June 5, 2008 06:14 AM
morgana said...

Oh, my! I think if you look for Yummy (dictionary), this photo should be there.

June 5, 2008 07:24 AM
Angela said...

Wow..this is like the ultimate “he dumped me” cake ..>_>
Anyway, I was looking at your cake ball recipe, and I wanted to stick a stick through it so that they look like lollipops…is the chocolate bark thin enough for me to dip in the cake with the stick in it, without the bark sucking my ball off? LOL man that sounds weird but yeah..>_> then i can decorate with sprinkles and stick in a bag :D cause i think dipping it would use less chocolate perhaps, and it seems easier than rolling..
Thank you!

June 5, 2008 08:35 AM
Jenny said...

Oh my…my husband would think he had died and gone to Heaven! I’m going to have to make this for Father’s Day.

June 5, 2008 01:01 PM
Megan said...

I’m thinking I should put a link on my blog, saying to come here to see everything on my *to make* list. Another winner looking recipe. Better looking then the other one on-line! I think fathers day would be perfect! Thanks.

June 5, 2008 01:37 PM
sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

you’ve been tagged!

June 5, 2008 02:51 PM
elizabeth said...

Oh. My. You are relly like a chocolate fairy-Godmother or something.

June 5, 2008 03:27 PM
Cony & Megan said...

I think I would go into a coma! I can’t wait to try it! :)

June 5, 2008 03:49 PM
Psychgrad said...

Woah…that looks intense. I know a certain someone in my home that would go wild over this.

June 5, 2008 03:53 PM
Steph said...

Oh. My. So rich, so delicious. This could be what heaven is like in my book.

June 5, 2008 03:57 PM
jilaneeaf said...

After I saw this cake on Flickr I was hoping you would post the recipe! I’ve been dreaming about since!

June 5, 2008 03:59 PM
Ashley said...

This looks amazing! Although I fear my jeans won’t fit the day after this enters my kitchen! It looks worth it though ;)

June 5, 2008 05:27 PM
Lisa said...

Me again. Quick question. I want to do the 6″ and the cupcakes, too, but I was wondering what temp you put the oven at for each? Is it the same as the recipe? Thanks!! Lisa

June 5, 2008 06:13 PM
Anonymous said...

I am hosting a bridal shower in july- do you have any suggestions for a dessert. I am going to serve the cupcake bites, but can you think of something I could pair it with? Thank you!

June 5, 2008 06:59 PM
Ingrid said...

Hi, Bakerella!
I’ve recently started my own blog as you’ve inspired me to be all I can be much like your dessert creations. Perhaps when you have a moment you might take a look and let me know what you think. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

Any helpful comments from the rest of you Bakerella Fan Bloggers is welcomed!

June 5, 2008 07:42 PM
chantal said...

oooooo so delicious!!! I should not be looking at your blog when I am trying to lose weight!! Tempting,oh so tempting!!

June 5, 2008 09:46 PM
madrekarin said...

Oh, my. Yep. That’s the cake of my dreams. Only in my dreams, it does nothing to my body. Nothing at all. :)

June 5, 2008 09:51 PM
Bakerella said...

Judeee – I told you you would want one.

Shari – how about a gallon?

Branderella – how cool

Leanne – thanks!

Derick & Becky – Hope you love it

Julia – those are too cute.

cupcakesordeath – I’m flattered

Lisa – if you are having trouble. Maybe try making one at a time.

LaDue & Crew – now that’s an idea.

morgana – so true.

Angela – here you go

link to

Jenny – he’ll love it.

Megan – thanks!

sarah @ Sweet Endeavors – I guess I’m it.

elizabeth – cute.

Cony & Megan – you just might.

Psychgrad – is it you?

Steph – glad you like it.

jilaneeaf – yep, the link is in the post. happy baking.

Ashley – it is.

Lisa – I just used the same as the recipe I baked the cakes first and kept an eye on them until ready. Then I baked the cupcakes.

Anonymous – you could pair it with mini ice cream bonbons. that could be cute.

Ingrid – congratulations.

chantal – sorry about that.

madrekarin – I wish! That would be great.

June 5, 2008 11:44 PM
Kevin and Katrina said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! That looks like a cake I should never even taste for fear of eating WAYYY too much of it! Looks amazing!

June 6, 2008 01:27 AM
Tarah said...

Oh my… This is gorgeous!

June 6, 2008 03:01 AM
Kacey & Chris said...

I can’t wait to try that!!!! Yummy in my tummy!

June 6, 2008 03:18 AM
rachel said...

Does this really taste as wonderful as it looks???? WOW!

June 6, 2008 03:47 AM
rachel said...

Wow!!!! Is this one of the best desserts you ever tasted or what? Looks incredible!!!

June 6, 2008 03:49 AM
Kerry said...

Oh. My. God. When I first saw the images I thought, ‘are those peanut butterrrrr…..yessssss!’. I can only imagine how this would taste, please fedex a slice to me.


June 6, 2008 04:30 AM
Chinouk said...

That looks deliciouss!! Again!

June 6, 2008 02:18 PM
Nicole said...

YUMMMMY my fav…..peanut butter cups and chocolate! can’t wait to try this one out.

June 6, 2008 02:33 PM
hayden said...

WOW! That is unbelievable!!! You’re making me want to die right now for some chocolate!!!

~Julia :)

June 6, 2008 05:00 PM
Noor said...

Oh my here you go again. I think I posted you a comment before and I was looking and looking and gave up, lol. I just love your site. I just added it to mine as my fav blogs that I love! And I do I just love it..

June 6, 2008 05:07 PM
The Alfonsos said...

I’m officially in love.=)

June 6, 2008 10:47 PM
Mischa said...

Oh my goodness! That looks absolutely amazing! I need these asap!!

June 7, 2008 12:02 AM
Megan Dinsdale said...

Oh man! That cake could be the death of me. Thanks for sharing…I think….

June 7, 2008 12:49 AM
Bakerella said...

Kevin and Katrina – You’re right

Tarah – thank you!

Kacey & Chris – it’s easy to make.

rachel – sure does.

rachel – thanks

Kerry – it’s on its way.

Chinouk – thank you

Nicole – it’s a fave of mine, too!

hayden – guess it worked. missed ya.

Noor – thank you!

The Alfonsos – glad you love it.

Mischa – it does have that kind of effect.

June 7, 2008 12:50 AM
A Mommy said...

oh my goodness! just set that in front of me and gimme a fork!

June 7, 2008 05:45 AM
Mrs. Cupcake said...

ommmmgmmmyummmm mmmmsssooogooood. That’s what it sounds like when I chew on my keyboard because I don’t have chocolate peanut butter cup cake at my house!!! Love it!

June 7, 2008 03:32 PM
DaisyMae Maus said...

Oh, my arteries!

June 7, 2008 06:42 PM
WendyB said...


June 8, 2008 06:47 PM
Deshona said...

WOW! They look so good! First time to your blog…and I am in love! I am so ready to try to bake some of those.My kids and hubby will go crazy. Trying to stop myself from running to Wal-Mart right now to get the things. Wake up kids!! lol

your blog rocks


June 8, 2008 09:02 PM
Anonymous said...

Just wanted to give you a heads up that I found a seller on etsy using your pictures of your red velvet cake balls to sell her own. I’m pretty sure it’s not you since they are in a different state and you have no link to an etsy shop. You might not even mind, but I thought you had a right to know, at least, since they are your pictures. I love your blog!

link to

June 8, 2008 09:32 PM
sugarlens said...

My husband would love this! I am making this soon. Beautiful pictures, as usual.

June 8, 2008 09:58 PM
Miss Alaska (hardly!) said...

I like your version better than the origional! I have tried a couple of your recipes now, this one might be another, at least your kicked up “hit the gym” version! Thanks!

June 8, 2008 11:17 PM
Bakerella said...

A Mommy – who needs a fork.

Mrs. Cupcake – I’ll send you a piece so you don’t damage your teeth.

DaisyMae Maus – mine too!

WendyB – thanks!

Deshona – thanks a bunch. Wake those babies up. They won’t mind after you make some goodies.

Anonymous – wow… some people… I definitely didn’t give the ok, so thanks so much for letting me know.

sugarlens – glad you think so!

Miss Alaska (hardly!) – hope you like it.

June 9, 2008 12:12 AM
Jennifer said...

Drooled over it; Made it for my Dad’s birthday; Loved it!! Thanks! It was a big hit.

June 9, 2008 05:10 AM
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