Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Meet the Cook: In our chocolate-loving house, this cake disappears very quickly! My husband and I have a 6-month-old son. We enjoy the peacefulness of country living. -Dorcas Yoder, Weyers Cave, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 365 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 308mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually beat into egg mixture until blended. Stir in coffee (batter will be thin).
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter in a bowl until smooth. Beat in sugar, milk and vanilla. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake in Country Woman May/June 1996, p29

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Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"Love this go to recipe. I make this a lot when I crave Chocolate and Peanut butter."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"Coffee as an ingredient is what caused me to make this cake. My oldest daughter believes I have serious issues when it comes to coffee. She may be right! I didn't start drinking it until my early 40's. Now there is no way I will be stopping. This cake is very moist. The coffee definitely brings out the chocolate flavor. I would add the mini chocolate chips, they are a cute touch."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"These were delicious. I was a little worried with how thin the batter was, but they turned out fantastic. I turned the cake into cupcakes (makes 20 cupcakes) and doubled the icing."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Awesome cake and frosting. Will be a "keeper" recipe."

Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"It's the truth--coffee really does enhance chocolate, like all the pro chefs say. That's the difference in this cake compared to others."

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