Peanut Butter Cake

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Peanut butter cake is an old-school recipe that makes the perfect after-school snack cake!

A moist and airy peanut butter cake is topped with a whipped cocoa and peanut butter frosting that has just the right amount of salty-sweet flavor with a hint of chocolate.

A great dessert with a mug of coffee or a tall glass of milk.

A slice of Peanut Butter Cake being eaten

Why We Love Peanut Butter Cake

  • Most, tender and full of PB flavor!
  • Sheet cakes are super easy to bake and totally portable for a party, potluck, or picnic.
  • This cake can be baked and frozen in individual servings.
  • The combination of peanut butter caked with a deliciously rich frosting makes this a perfect cake for any occasion.

Ingredients and Variations

CAKE BATTER:  Real butter, whole milk, and cake flour produce a lighter, fluffier cake. If cake flour isn’t available, then whisk all-purpose flour with the other dry ingredients until is fine and aerated. PREP TIP: Let the eggs and butter come to room temperature for faster mixing!

This cake has not been tested with natural peanut butter or other nut butters.

FROSTING: This creamy frosting is a peanut butter delight, so good you’ll want it on everything!

Swirl in your favorite jam over the top of the cake, or sprinkle on a handful of colorful Reese’s pieces, chocolate chips, or banana slices.

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How to Make Peanut Butter Cake

It’s so easy to make this fluffy and delish cake:

  1. Cream butter & sugar per the recipe below.
  2. Add peanut butter, eggs and remaining wet ingredients.
  3. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk.
  4. Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake.

Frosting for Peanut Butter Cake

We love the fluffy peanut butter frosting below for this cake but a fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting is another great option.

This cake is light and moist, even whipped cream is a great topping.

steps for making peanut butter cake

Storing Peanut Butter Cake

Keep peanut butter cake covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze cooled and unfrosted portions in plastic wrap then zippered bags for up to 1 month. Frosting can be frozen in a sealed container or zippered bag for up to one month.

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A slice of Peanut Butter Cake being eaten
5 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Peanut Butter Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15
Peanut Butter Cake is sweet and fluffy with homemade creamy frosting on top. It's sure to be a treat the whole family will love.

Equipment

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk

Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.
  • Place cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • With an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, cream brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Add oil and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add peanut butter and mix until incorporated and then add eggs one at a time.
  • Alternate adding flour and milk a bit at a time just until incorporated. Be sure not to overmix.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

To Frost:

  • While the cake is baking, cream butter and peanut butter.
  • Add cocoa powder and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing slowly until incorporated.
  • Slowly add in the heavy cream with the mixer running on low speed until incorporated then increase speed to medium-high and whip for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Once cooled spread the frosting over the cake and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Ensure ingredients are room temperature before starting.
  • Brown sugar can be replaced with granulated sugar but the flavor will change slightly.
  • Do not overmix the batter, ingredients should just be incorporated.
  • Do not use natural peanut butter in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 735, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 321mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 53g, Vitamin A: 722IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
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Peanut Butter Cake on a plate and a bite taken out with a title
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Peanut Butter Cake in the pan and plated with writing
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  1. My husband is a peanut butter fanatic. Needless to say, he flipped over this recipe. I loved it too. It was delicious, and really easy to make. Thank you.5 stars

  2. I have been looking for a quick and easy cake to make. This sounds like the perfect recipe! I plan on making it for dessert for tonight!5 stars