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.
Melissa said...

Made this yesterday… cake was moist and yummy! Next time I will make it with white cake though and add the Reeses…. it was a bit too chocolately for me. :)

Thanks Bakerella!!

March 10, 2010 10:05 AM
Carolina said...

This is too much for me…

March 10, 2010 05:15 PM
Susan Young said...

I have tempted my co-workers with this cake – I will be making it for them to enjoy on Monday. I love your blog!

March 10, 2010 06:25 PM
Susan Young said...

I am baking this cake to take to work on Monday. My co-workers are so excited.

March 10, 2010 06:25 PM
Cam said...

I convinced my roommate to make this for me for my birthday today. It was so rich and so delicious. Thanks for this chocolate peanut butter bomb!

March 12, 2010 11:36 PM
Angela said...

I am so excited to make this for my Hubby’s 35th birthday this month! One question though.. we’re both not the biggest fans of dark chocolate.. would you suggest using a semi sweet or a milk chocolate instead?

March 14, 2010 10:33 PM
Lauren said...

I made this a week ago for my chocolate peanut butter loving co-workers. It was a huge hit!! The chocolate icing is amazing!

March 23, 2010 03:51 PM
Lauren said...

Angela, if you’re not a huge fan of dark chocolate I would recommend substituting something else. It is extremely rich. (Really yummi if you love dark chocolate like I do, but my parents who tried the cupcakes would have preferred something a little less rich.) I plan on mixing dark and milk, or maybe just using milk chocolate the next time I make one for them)

March 23, 2010 03:54 PM
Chloe said...

I (and my pancreas) can die of happiness now.

March 26, 2010 06:32 PM
Maggie said...

the cupcakes look good but that cake looks TO DIE FOR!.

March 29, 2010 09:06 PM
Lydia said...

Featured on “This is why you’re fat” :)

March 30, 2010 07:43 PM
Sara Rivera said...

made this to take to work last week and it was a huge hit to say the least! Everyone loved it and wanted more than I had. I’m making it again this weekend for Easter. Love Love Love this cake!!

March 31, 2010 03:14 PM
Dawn said...

oh wow I love it!

reminds me of a pb cake I saw in a cafe in Macon GA which was soooo awesome!

It was a hop skip and a jump from the childrens museum in Macon..I could get there again if I was there but the street name and cafe name are gone from my memory lol

April 5, 2010 05:59 AM
Heather said...

I made this LAST year as cupcakes for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m currently making it again. It’s soo delicious!!! Everyone loved it!

May 15, 2010 03:19 PM
Rachel said...

Bakerella — I JUST finished making this for my dad for fathers day, but I was alarmed at how bitter the dark chocolate was… and is. It still tasted like pure dirt even after adding the peanut butter to it … it THINK it might be slightly better once all the flavors are combined in one slice of cake, but I just want to make sure thats what its supossed to do. It looks absolutely amazing! Maybe it will settle and sweeten overnight? FYI I used an UN-sweetened dark chocolate (90%)… wow, strong stuff.
Thanks! :)

June 19, 2010 09:17 PM
Mindy said...

This was one of the best cakes ever! I modified it by using my own chocolate cake recipe, but the ganache was amazing. Peanut butter heaven. now i have to try it with nutella…

July 4, 2010 07:39 PM
Angie said...

I made this recipe as all cupcakes for a co-workers birthday at work today! They were such a HUGE hit!! And the best part – it was easy to make!!

July 30, 2010 05:24 PM
Katie said...

I made this for a friend’s birthday today and it was a huge hit. I bought a bag of mini reeses that had white chocolate, dark chocoalte and milk chocolate peanut butter cups so the cake cake out beautifully with all 3 colors on the outside decorating it.

August 1, 2010 08:27 PM
caitlyn said...

is it either coating the pans with cooking spray or wax paper and coat the paper or both?

August 2, 2010 08:47 AM
Jihanne said...

this cake is so crazy! out of this world crazy!

September 18, 2010 06:21 AM
Jena said...

I made this cake and it was a HUGE hit! Just one question, how long did you bake the cupcakes?

October 21, 2010 01:58 PM
Jordaline. said...

I made this cake a couple weeks ago, and it was delicious! And next week I’m making some pillow cookies. :3

November 4, 2010 01:51 AM
buttercups cupcakes said...

buttercups cupcakes
If you’re using mini marshmallows, try the colored marshmallows. They add that little bit of color to your s’mores. You can also sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the marshmallows.
buttercups cupcakes

November 13, 2010 11:11 AM
Erin said...

This cake is delicious! When I made it, I put the reese cups on the sides, but piped peanut butter frosting on the top. It was awesome, and the contrast from the chocolate ganache and the pb frosting was fantastic!

November 14, 2010 02:14 PM
buttercups cupcakes said...

buttercups cupcakes

I think I’ve loved s’mores ever since I was in Brownies back in the first grade. I remember going to a Girl Scout camp and loving the taste combination of the chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers. After that first trip I fell in love with camping. I think it was more for the s’mores than for anything else.
buttercups cupcakes

November 24, 2010 09:50 AM
Merlot Dalton said...

These cupcakes are amazing! everytime i make them people rave about them! who doesnt love PB cups!!!!??? You rock!

December 2, 2010 02:17 PM
Kennedy said...

This was honestly the most delicious cake I have ever made! Thanks for the recipe.

December 8, 2010 10:38 AM
Denise said...

I wonder how this would be with White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups? Hmmmm???????

January 23, 2011 07:45 PM
4littleones!! said...

Making this today!!! SOOO excited :)

January 27, 2011 01:27 PM
Kara said...

Love, love, love this cake! I have made it for my husband’s birthday the past 3 years and it is phenomenal! You definitely need a little vanilla ice cream with it. Making it for him again this weekend – Happy Birthday!

February 19, 2011 07:44 AM
Emily said...

I made this cake! But I made cupcakes and with a box mix :/ I’m not that great with homemade batters. But it was such a hit! I made my own peanut butter frosting and piped a little on top. They were gone in no time!

March 18, 2011 08:52 PM
Anonymous said...

Would the icing turn out ok with semisweet chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate?

March 23, 2011 08:22 PM
Blake Ann said...

I made this cake today for one of my best friends birthdays, and let’s just say its tastes even better than it looks! ABSOLUTELY TO DIE FOR! Thanks for an awesome recipe! xo

March 24, 2011 05:00 AM
Alicia Dorgan said...

This looks amazing!
Thatsmy dads birthdayake sorted!

March 24, 2011 07:55 AM
stephanie said...

I made this and it was DELICIOUS and so easy to make!!!!!!

April 4, 2011 02:24 PM
Susan said...

I have to make this for my brother! Thanks for the inspiration!

April 6, 2011 07:46 PM
Chalet said...


May 7, 2011 06:12 PM
Sarah said...

Oh dear, this cake could well spell the end of my relationship. Because now I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it, which means I HAVE to make it for my peanut butter-addict boyfriend. Or else…

Only trouble is, I hate peanut butter :( Oh, decisions, decisions.
It all comes down to which I dislike more; a cake I can’t eat, or being dumped. Damnit.

May 26, 2011 03:20 PM
Courtnie said...

WoW!! All I have to say is peanut butter is me and my husbands favorite, im in the process of making it now its his birthday today!:) IM SO EXCITED I can’t wait to eat this tonight!! And it was easier to make than i thought! thank you so much!

June 18, 2011 11:31 AM
Ashley said...

Omg this cake is amazing!, it is always a huge hit!

July 18, 2011 04:44 PM
mona said...

Hi bakerella. The cake pictures look phenomenal! Although i wish my dad wasn’t allergic to peanut butter. I wanted to know if you would mind also posting a recipe for just chocolate cake and also vanilla cake for like a birthday event from scratch. Thank you.

July 21, 2011 09:20 PM
Jaden R said...

This is the best cake ever. My wife made it for on Fathers Day and I barely shared it. It was awesome.

July 28, 2011 11:19 PM
Ellen said...

I made this last night for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was the most delicious cake I’ve ever made, and so easy!

September 16, 2011 09:15 AM
Chane Stevenson said...

When I saw this cake in your archives, I about fell off my chair. I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. WOW. I made the cake like 2 days later and brought it to work and my coworkers ate-it-up. What a great recipe. My son, away at college, can’t wait to get home to try it.
Thanks for the great recipes!!!
God Bless.

September 22, 2011 12:36 PM
Shelly said...

Did you use mini PB cups or regular sized cups?

September 25, 2011 11:51 PM
Kristin said...

I. Love. You.

September 27, 2011 09:35 AM
Amy R said...

I made this recipe as cupcakes along with the Oreo cupcakes for a “cupcake fundraiser” this weekend. They all sold! And, these are just divine. I like them both, but you can get much better than chocolate and peanutbutter! Thank you :)

October 11, 2011 09:27 PM
Mary said...

So I LOVE this cake and I’ve made it several times since you posted it. This cake has had a loyal band of male followers! I now will be making it as a groom’s cake to feed 100 people for a wedding this weekend…any suggestions? I’m thinking tiered (obviously), but not sure about the details. Round or square? Does it need a piped border (maybe a peanut butter buttercream)? He wants it to “outshine” the wedding cake…I’m getting nervous…please help

October 18, 2011 07:11 PM
b said...

made this and it. is. to. drool. for.


December 13, 2011 12:29 PM
Anonymous said...

To much chocolate

December 18, 2011 06:10 PM
watering mouth said...

so good !!!!!!!!!

December 19, 2011 05:11 PM
dansus said...

Looks yummy but what is ‘devil’s food cake mix’ ? Is that an American brand of cake mix?

January 22, 2012 10:46 AM
Cara Kapson said...

Making this for my fiance’s birthday! Thank you!

January 31, 2012 02:38 PM
Ashley said...

Because I crave chocolate and peanut butter like crazy, I will absolutely be making this. Thanks!

April 23, 2012 02:20 AM
stacey said...

This looks absolutely incredibly unbelievably delicious! I cant wait to make one – thanks for sharing the recipe…I’ll let you know how mine goes x

May 2, 2012 04:42 PM
Anonymous said...

OMG this cake was A-MA-ZING!!! Very sweet though, of course :P

May 8, 2012 07:45 PM
Candace said...

I have been eyeing this cake up for a while now and finally an occasion has come up for me to bake it. Oddly enough, you posted this 4 years ago to the day we will be enjoying it for my Moms 50th birthday. Now thats what I call Destiny. Thanks for the recipe.

June 3, 2012 02:04 PM
Diana said...

Can I skip the wax paper?

August 17, 2012 06:39 PM
Sherry said...

Just had to share that it’s been about 3 years since i first made this cake and my son and husband still request it every chance they get. I came on tonight to hunt the recipe down again (lost it again..) because I’m going to make it for a church cake auction – with a notecard crediting bakerella, of course. :)

August 27, 2012 12:34 AM
lauren said...

I just made this cake for my room mate’s birthday!! AHHH wow was it a hit! definitely going to make it again soon! Was thinking about a thanksgiving variation with the decorations and making a pb cup turkey with pretzel sticks!!

November 10, 2012 03:01 PM
Brittany said...

I can’t wait to try this. I am making it for thanksgiving for my family. but I am doing cupcakes and reese peanut buttercups and just regular chocolate cake mix. it looks amazing thanks for the tips!

November 19, 2012 03:01 PM
Samantha said...

I made this last night and WOW! You were not joking about the glass of milk. I have never been beaten by a slice of cake before! had troble getting the peanut butter cups though. The british havent quite cottoned on to the joys of them yet. Eventually found them but at a price!
I have only just discovered your website and have already written myself a ‘bake’ list. Loving every mouthwatering recipe!

December 13, 2012 05:26 AM
Amber said...

These are the best. Everyone loves them. I do the cup cake version. This is my 4th time making them! Thanks

February 1, 2013 02:53 PM
Michelle said...

Wowzas!!!!! Made this today for my mom’s birthday…. WONDERFUL!!! So rich, so good!!

April 27, 2013 07:55 PM
Kacey Barnes said...

So confused!! In your blog, you said that you used 6″ pans instead of 9″. I used 6″ too. In the recipe part of your blog, step 3 – it says to bake the 9″ pans for 30 minutes……. I baked my 6″ pans for 30 minutes and the cakes are still completely uncooked cake batter in the middle. Did I do something wrong? I wish there was a help line to call.. lol =)

November 15, 2013 07:58 PM
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