Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
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Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

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I clipped this cake recipe from a newspaper years ago. The house smells great while it's cooking. My husband and son enjoy this slow-cooked dessert with vanilla ice cream and nuts on top. —Bonnie Evans, Norcross, Georgia
Featured In: 25 Best Fall Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 348 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the milk, peanut butter, oil and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, flour and baking powder; gradually beat into milk mixture until blended. Spread into a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa and remaining sugar; stir in boiling water. Pour into slow cooker (do not stir).
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1-1/2-2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p49

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my3pugs User ID: 3791569 264914
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"absolutely horrible. It smelled & tasted very odd."

Franniefly8 User ID: 8184685 260752
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2017

"Very good recipe, it worked well and the kids loved it. I would have liked a stronger peanut butter taste but that's me, maybe I will add some more PB next time. Whipped cream because we didn't have icecream, very good!"

plb1028 User ID: 8195819 244335
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"This was a delicious cake and so easy. Never made any cakes in a crock pot but this was very good."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 35889
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I made 1-1/2 recipe because my crock pot is larger than 1-1/2 qts. I used more peanut butter, but it still did not have a strong enough peanut butter taste. We all agreed that this was just okay. I will not make it again."

zmarie User ID: 1401063 64685
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"This is fantastic! I followed the recipe, and it was a big hit. I'll definitely be making this again; it's the perfect dessert size for two adults and a kiddo on a busy week night!"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 107312
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Wonderful! Made it 2x now. Once the way the recipe says and once chocolate version. I used nutella in place of the peanut butter and served that version with mint chocolate chip ice cream. very good :)"

Shelia Mae User ID: 3717410 43537
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"I just LOVED this but it just made a tiny, tiny bit. I think it is made in a little bitty crock pot. Is that correct? What do I need to do to increase the recipe?"

MzExpeess User ID: 3236415 80916
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Very disappointing, odd flavor. No one in my adult family liked it and we all "love" dessert. Was a waste of time and ingredients. I'll stick to the original hot fudge cake recipe."

nannyto15 User ID: 1591097 130602
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This makes a great dessert warm with ice cream yummyyy"

janstarry User ID: 2023447 43536
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Very yummy, except...I forgot to add the sugar to the cocoa mixture. DO NOT leave out the additional sugar (my big boo boo!). Next time I will try adding the chocolate chips, as well. Great dessert~"

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