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.
Robyn said...

I have missed popping in here! What a lovely post! Come by and visit when you can! Lot’s of hugs!

June 9, 2008 05:41 AM
Anonymous said...

i came across your cupcake pops when i was looking for things to make for my wedding I think those would be great!! I was just wondering if i made them in advance (about a month) and froze them would they be allright?

June 9, 2008 06:44 AM
SugarLoveHoney said...

OMG!!! That is Insane!!!
I have to have some of that :D
love your blog btw!

June 9, 2008 01:19 PM
Tennsley said...

Looks amazing!

June 9, 2008 06:33 PM
Megan Dinsdale said...

So I ended up making it and it was a hit. You can see it here:

Once again, not as great as yours but at least your blog is inspiring me to try ;)

Next time I want to make just long did you have to bake your cupcakes for?

June 9, 2008 09:30 PM
ainsleyandmatthewmom said...

Oh. Wow. From a woman who cannot even have peanut butter in the house at the moment for fear of eating the entire jar….just…WOW. **drool**

June 10, 2008 12:11 AM
Kristin said...

are you kidding me? amazing.

June 10, 2008 02:55 AM
Hotbuns86 said...

Oh my gosh!!!! That cake is BEAUTIFUL! My sister is getting married in a few months. She wants to have cakes as centerpieces for her tables. She looves chocolate….even better, she LOVES peanutbutter!!!!! She was going to hire some ametuer cake decorators from like Boston……Now I’ll just tell her, hire BAKERELLA!!!!!! :D Thanks it looks soo divine…..

*…growl…* (That’s was my stomach!)

June 10, 2008 03:00 AM
Bakerella said...

Jennifer – great! Glad you liked it.

Robyn – I wondered where you’ve been.

Anonymous – I really don’t know.
I haven’t frozen any yet. I need to because I get this ? asked a lot.

SugarLoveHoney – thanks Stevie!

Tennsley – tasted that way, too!

Megan Dinsdale – I’m going to check yours out now. The cupcakes, about 20 min I think. I just kept an eye on them.

ainsleyandmatthewmom – I know what you mean.

Kristin – no kidding here, just a serious sweet tooth.

Hotbuns86 – I heard your stomach all the way over here.

June 10, 2008 03:34 AM
janel said...

Thank goodness it was our anniversary on Saturday…it made for a great excuse to make this mouth watering beautiful cake. Thank you for loving dark chocolate as much as we do. (We even found “The Dark Knight” dark chocolate reese’s PB cups…score!) Thanks for an amazing anniversary treat.

June 10, 2008 04:10 AM
Jess said...

Holy goodness! That looks so yummy…my husband would just love this kind of cake! It is so pretty too. Love it!

June 10, 2008 06:45 AM
Sarah said...

That looks AMAZING!! I’m definitely making those. Love your blog!

The recipe calls for a box mix, what if I wanna make it without the box mix ie: from scratch. Do you know how should I measure the ingredients?

June 10, 2008 05:03 PM
Jaina said...

That looks absolutely divine, can I move into your kitchen? Haha. I’ll have to try that recipe sometime, it looks and sounds delicious!

June 10, 2008 06:29 PM
Laurel said...

I made this cake last weekend…it was amazing but I made my boyfriend take it with him when he left because it certainly wasn’t helping my diet at all. Thanks a ton!

June 11, 2008 12:39 PM
Deshona said...


this cake yesterday for hubby’s b-day! WOW!!! Lets just say it was the best cake we ever ate!!! The cake it self was amazing!!! And to top it off the frosting wow!!! My kids loved!! They even put there ice cream to the side!

I did jump the gun…and frosted WAY to SOON after it came out. I tried to put it in the fridge to cool on wire rack while I made frosting. So my extra peanut butter cups melted before I could cut the cake.

So it made it a little messy…BUT….messy is always better!

THANK YOU so much for this cake…we loved it! Cant wait to try more of your stuff. Wish mine came out as beautiful as your…but next time!

June 11, 2008 04:16 PM
Bakerella said...

janel – great, I’m glad it worked for you. And actually, I’ve just recently become a fan of dark chocolate. Now, I even get my m&ms in dark chocolate too.

Jess – thanks

Sarah – no, but you could probably just use a recipe you already like and add the pb cups to it.

Jaina – I think you’ll like it.

Laurel – I know, I had to take some to work so I wouldn’t eat it all.

Deshona – Wow, they gave up ice cream? They did like it. Yay!!!!!!

June 12, 2008 03:51 AM
Leah said...

Bakerellla: I made this amazing cake last night for my Top Chef Finale Party, and it definitely was a hit! The only problem I had was that my frosting wasn’t quite as smooth as yours, it turned out a bit grainy once I added the peanut butter. Any suggestions for next time?

June 12, 2008 01:24 PM
yolanda said...

OMG is what I said when I saw this picture. I went straight to the market to buy buttermilk and reeses pb cups and made these that same night. YUMMY!!! Got Milk???

June 12, 2008 04:58 PM
Amber said...

Oh my sweet goodness! My mouth is watering and I HAVE to try this recipe! It looks divine. I adore peanut butter and I’m obsessed with chocolate. YUM!

June 13, 2008 04:04 AM
Bakerella said...

Leah – maybe your chocolate wasn’t hot enough and the two were not able to blend together enough. If it happens again, just cover it with more peanut butter cups.

yolanda – good, huh!

Amber – me too! I think you’ll like it.

June 15, 2008 01:01 AM
Gail Aguiar said...

OMG! Just made and ate your wonderful cake! It was delish! The whole thing is gone. Made it for my son’s 11th birthday family get together and there was not a crumb left. Thanks for sharing – I love your ideas!

June 15, 2008 10:42 PM
Carole said...

Made this for Father’s Day today and it was a hit! I think it was a bit too rich for my littler kids but it wasn’t about them anyways! I posted my results if you are interested. Thanks again for the inspiration!

June 16, 2008 01:50 AM
Bakerella said...

Gail Aguiar – I’m glad you loved it. Happy Birthday to your son!

Carole – Yay! Glad you made it. And that’s ok. Just means more for you and your hubby!

June 16, 2008 02:55 AM
mom@home said...

I made this cake for Father’s Day. Yummy!!! I love your blog. I first saw you on Martha Stewart and since then regulary check your blog for new ideas. I made the cupcake pops (except I didn’t put them on a stick), made this cake and plan to make the chocolate chip pie. I need a good recipe for Chocolate pecan pie…do you know of one. Thanks for being so willing to share your awesome talent with us.–Amanda

June 16, 2008 07:44 PM
Kendalls Mom 3 said...

Awe, I’m in love!!

June 17, 2008 01:59 AM
Bakerella said...

mom@home – thanks and you’ll love the choc chip pie. I may have a recipe for a chocolate pecan pie. I’ll see if I can find it.

kendalls mom 3 – thank you!

June 17, 2008 03:09 AM
Becky said...

Delicious and just to die for. If your a fan of peanut butter and chocolate paired together, you’ll be in heaven. YUM!

June 17, 2008 01:15 PM
Véronique said...

OH MY GOD! I dont know what to say about that! It seem so yummy! You are really insane!

June 17, 2008 11:02 PM
Bakerella said...

You’re right Becky and actually so are you Veronique.

June 18, 2008 01:01 AM
yeo said...

I’ve been reading thru your posts and those are amazing!! I’ve 1 question and I really hope you can help me with it :)
How do you make your cupcakes so full? How much do you usually fill them? Thanks.

June 18, 2008 04:09 PM
Melinda Zook said...

Oh My GAWD! This looks delicious, I am making it this weekend!

June 18, 2008 05:55 PM
Patti said...

omggggg. :) That is a work or art, right there. A work of art that deserves to be devoured obscenely. This is definately on my summer baking list. :)

June 18, 2008 07:09 PM
Bakerella said...

yeo – I usually do them about halfway to 2/3 full.

Next time you bake them, split your cupcake tray into thirds and fill the cups at different heights to experiment.

Melinda Zook – hope you like it.

Patti – good description

June 19, 2008 01:14 AM
Jenny said...

I made this for my husband for Father’s Day and he LOVED it! I posted pictures on our family blog here:

June 21, 2008 02:13 PM
Bakerella said...

I saw your pics. Boy, was he lucky.

June 22, 2008 02:35 AM
Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Boyfriend’s birthday cake for next year…check! Fabulous, this is the perfect way to have your Reese’s peanut butter cups and eat your cake too!

June 23, 2008 08:58 AM
Bakerella said...

mevrouw cupcake – I totally agree. Hopefully he’ll do something sweet to deserve it before next year.

June 24, 2008 03:56 AM
Mandy said...

Yummy! If you’re a chocolate & peanut butter fan, check out my recipe for chocolate fudge cake w/ peanut butter icing. I worked on the recipe for a year after having the cake at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. It’s divine!:)

July 1, 2008 11:59 PM
pam said...

Love it, I just made this for my son’s 16th birthday, thanks for sharing.

July 7, 2008 01:19 AM
Bakerella said...

Mandy – ooh yum! thanks.

Pam – glad it was a success.

July 7, 2008 03:15 AM
vicki said...

Heaven on a plate!!

July 12, 2008 06:18 PM
Anonymous said...

I made this for peanut butter and chocolate loving friend’s birthday! It was very rich, and she loved it! Eight regular size PB cups equals one cup. I used one cup of PB cups and one cup of chocolate chips. Garnished the top with four chopped PB cups.

July 27, 2008 02:15 AM
Bakerella said...

vicki – thanks

Anonymous – you’re a good friend.

July 28, 2008 03:04 AM
Sarah said...

Whoaaa! Sugar shock… I’ve gone to heaven and I ain’t comin’ back!

July 30, 2008 09:43 PM
Bakerella said...

It’s a good way to go.

July 31, 2008 03:45 AM
dishesanddiapers said...

I made this yesterday, and my cake turned out dry. What could I have done wrong?

August 20, 2008 04:06 PM
bakingforthecure said...


September 3, 2008 11:25 AM
Anonymous said...

You said you doubled the amount of pnb cups. Was that in the cake itself or just to deocorate the finished cake?

September 10, 2008 08:48 PM
Marie @ Make and Takes said...

Ahhhhhh! I can’t know about this! Too good! I think a moment on the lips is worth the lifetime on the hips with this one!!!

September 10, 2008 09:29 PM
Bakerella said...

dishesanddiapers – maybe you overbaked.

bakingforthecure – thanks

Anonymous – I followed the recipe amounts for the cake and then I think I used another bag for the decoration.

Marie @ Make and Takes – it’s yummy!

September 11, 2008 01:39 AM
french kiss said...

So beautiful! I would love to make these in cupcake form for my boys this week. How full did you fill the cupcake liners? Thanks for an amazing, inspiring, scrumptious blog!

January 4, 2009 12:47 AM
Bakerella said...

french kiss – it as about 2/3 full. Not more than 3/4 full, though.

January 6, 2009 01:18 AM
Anonymous said...

This cake was amazing…Not that it needed it, but I used dark chocolate peanut butter (“I love Peanut Butter Co.” brand) in the icing. Ice cream was definitely necessary to cut the rich taste.

April 5, 2009 02:45 PM
Steph Johnson said...

I made this cake a couple days ago, and it seemed a little dry. Any suggestions? Did I just bake it a little too long? When warmed up in the microwave for about 10 seconds, it is gooey and delicious.

May 10, 2009 02:08 AM
Angie said...

This link will not open up for me. Is there anyway you can post this recipe please?

June 21, 2009 03:02 PM
Bakerella said...

I'll look for the recipe and try to post it tonight.

June 22, 2009 01:49 PM
Nikole said...



August 20, 2009 05:06 PM
Latrice said...

I’m so making this when we get to Hawaii in a few weeks! YUM!O

September 22, 2009 07:11 AM
amal said...

mmmmm, this looks delicious. im gonna try it for my competition…(loooooks goooooood)….

October 2, 2009 04:41 AM
Adrienne said...

This was amazing! I made it for my room mate’s birthday and absolutely everybody loved it. And it has simple ingredients for us poor college students. Even my health-nut room mate had to try a piece!

October 14, 2009 01:29 AM
Amelia said...

looks amazing!

October 14, 2009 07:06 AM
Crystal said...

I made this yesterday for my moms birthday and it was a huge hit!!!! Everyone could not stop gushing about how amazing it was. Warning: cut a small piece because it is super rich. It also requires a big glass of milk!

October 18, 2009 11:28 AM
Kristy said...

Making these for a Halloween Party tonight…if they last that long.

October 23, 2009 11:26 AM
Emelie said...

My brother, sister, and I were looking for a chocolate cake recipe for a birthday cake. I thought, “Bakerella!” So this is the one we decided on! Looks good! We’ll replace the Reese’s with pecans, chocolate chips, and Heath Bar. Hope it ends up great!

November 4, 2009 01:19 PM
Emelie said...

Just a few minutes ago, my siblings and I made this cake. It is very fun for younger kids to do. (I didn’t say not messy, just fun.) It is in the refrigerator and my mouth is watering! Thanks for giving us all this fun!

November 5, 2009 01:41 PM
Lena said...

I’m baking these as cupcakes as I type.. couldn’t get my hands on peanut butter cups (geographically challenged..:/) so I used chopped snickers bars instead..
…. and the first batch is DIVINE.. ;)
I’d eat them all,.. but I am baking them for my sons birthday tomorrow.. ;)
Thanks for the great recipe..

November 6, 2009 04:49 PM
Kelly Atwood said...

I totally made this cake!!! Holy Freakin Cow!!! It was amazing and crazy delicious, if you want a WOW dessert I recommend making this awesome cake. Thank you Bakerella

November 9, 2009 01:05 AM
Hannah said...

This was amazing! I used Martha Stewart’s devils food cake recipe and baked it in 9″ cake pans.

November 21, 2009 12:54 AM
jennie said...

I think i just gained 10 pounds by reading this. I want some RIGHT NOW!!!

December 6, 2009 08:08 PM
Jamie said...

I just made this cake. It came out great. But, I can’t get the peanut butter cups to stick to the sides of the cake as well as you did. They seem to be too heavy. I applied a bit more frosting which helped, but it doesn’t look perfect like yours. Any advice?

Thank you. I CAN’T WAIT to eat it!

December 31, 2009 02:39 AM
Lulu said...

I just made this for my dad’s birthday….people were amazed by it! I have never had such a good cake like it! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

December 31, 2009 02:46 PM
megan said...

I have thought of this cake every since you posted it and I’m happy to say, I’m back for the recipe! I will be making this cake for my daughters 15th birthday party tomorrrow.. Her friends will think I’m over the top delious when I bring this cake out!

January 7, 2010 06:02 PM
Keelin said...

I love you.

January 13, 2010 06:21 PM
Angie said...

I am so making this for my daughters 16th Birthday she is here freaking out and now counting the days on the calendar. Thank You.

January 29, 2010 02:44 PM
Ashley said...

This is either very sinful or a little piece of what Heaven is like!!!!!! I think i can taste it just looking at it… YUM

January 29, 2010 05:18 PM
kris said...

i can’t find any word to describe how delicious this look likes…OMG…

February 17, 2010 06:45 AM
AlteredGrace said...

Wow! I’ve been lurking around your site for weeks now but had to post my praises! This is unreal!

February 18, 2010 12:40 AM
De said...

I do not like peanut butter and I’m sitting here drooling!

I am SO Making this for my hubby’s birthday (he loves PB cups and dark chocolate) :o)

on a side note…this site is dangerous! LOL.

February 18, 2010 11:41 AM
Lauren said...

I think I just gained 5 lbs looking at the pictures…and it was totally worth it

February 18, 2010 09:48 PM
Tana said...

I made this cake for our Boy Scout Cake auction, and it was the highest selling cake. Everyone commented on how delicious it looked. Thanks for a great recipe.

February 20, 2010 02:14 PM
Maybe said...

What a cake !!! It looks amazing… Btw, here did you buy your cake stand ?

February 20, 2010 02:24 PM
karen p said...

WHAT? Where do you get his stuff from! I made this Friday night. OMG You are awesome. The last piece is calling me…… Thanks! Keep baking!

February 22, 2010 01:34 AM
melktart said...

I saw this link on your website, and I just HAD to make this cake over the weekend. I went out and specially bought the 6″ cake pans (since I didn’t have any) as well as all of the ingredients. Everything tasted absolutely delicious, but I found that the cakes sort caved in on themselves when they were cooling. When you take them out of the oven, do you let them cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pans, or do you remove them right away? I ended up taking two cupcakes, mushing them up with some frosting, and “filling in” the holes in the sunken cakes. No one really knew, and like I said, it was absolutely delicious! Would love you advice on how to avoid the cakes sinking in when they’re cooling.

February 22, 2010 02:55 PM
michele said...

I think my son will say he has died and went to heaven when I make this cake….UNBELIEVABLE

February 22, 2010 05:03 PM
juliann said...

wow!!! this looks fab!!!

February 23, 2010 06:03 AM
Joy said...

Heavenly days! I just found your website and will become one of your biggest (literally) fans! Had to pass it on to my sister, nieces, and cousin! This cake looks sooooooo yummy! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

February 23, 2010 11:41 AM
Stacy Lebbon said...

I am a new reader of your blog. I love everything! My dream is to own a bakery bookstore and you are giving me great recipes to try. I cannot wait to try this!

February 24, 2010 03:24 PM
Simone C said...

Oh my gosh! this looks sooo yummy! I’m definitely making this for my boyfriend for his birthday…he will love me forever!

February 26, 2010 07:27 PM
Amy said...

INSANE! That is pretty much the word to describe my reaction when I looked at the pictures. There may just be some saliva on my computer screen…lol! OMG that looks so delicious, my son ran to the computer screaming I want that one for my bday!! :)

February 28, 2010 12:55 AM
Emily said...

Ok – I just made this for a night in with the girl friends. This is one of the richest and yummiest cakes I have ever had. Fantastic!

February 28, 2010 01:19 AM
mini bites said...

I like it so coooooooool >> Thanks

February 28, 2010 10:07 AM
Laura said...

I am eating one of these cupcakes now and I think that I might just faint with joy. Ah-mazing.

February 28, 2010 05:16 PM
Emily said...

Bakerella! Thank you for this cake! I want to make it as cupcakes for my sons birthday next weekend. Suggestions or tips on making sure they come out right?

March 1, 2010 02:15 PM
Julie said...

I’m trying this! I’m going to do the cupcakes because the portion size looks more managable for my WW points system. (A system all my own that doesn’t really work.)

March 2, 2010 12:33 PM
Amber Newkirk said...

Just made this for my husband for his birthday it was awesome so good. Thanks for the recipe.

March 2, 2010 03:24 PM
Sonia Garciarebollo said...

That looks like it’s going directly to my hips!

March 5, 2010 06:08 PM
PastryPrincess said...

A perfect cake in my eyes! PB & chocolate = deliciousness! this would make for a great cake for my sis’ upcoming b-day… i’ll let you know how it goes but it surely looks delectable! ;)

March 6, 2010 06:31 AM
Ash said...

I made this cake for my friends birthday and it was amazing…but I used snickers instead cause he doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate (weird!) He thought I was a genius :) and so did the rest of the party.

March 8, 2010 01:12 AM
Jaime Poulin said...

OMG! I just made these as cupcakes last night as well as the red velvet cupcakes…They were both AWESOME! Thanks for the recipie! :) It’s definately a keeper!

March 8, 2010 11:27 AM
Lindsay Mc said...

A-Mazing!:) i made it with the 6″ pans and 6 cupcakes — it was PERFECT!!!!!:) I took it to a dinner party and served it with vanilla icecream, and one of my friends, said “got milk?” … I laughed!:) so wonderful!:)

March 9, 2010 04:15 PM
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