Peanut Crunch Cake Recipe
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Peanut Crunch Cake Recipe

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"Here's a recipe that dresses up a plain old box cake mix," says Sue Smith of Norwalk, Connecticut. "Peanut butter and chocolate chips add fun, yummy flavor to this yellow cake."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup peanut butter chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 378 calories, 21g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, peanut butter and brown sugar on low speed until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup. Add the water, eggs and oil to remaining crumb mixture; blend on low until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup each chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine the peanuts, reserved crumb mixture and remaining chips; sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Peanut Crunch Cake in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p12

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KristiBenshoof User ID: 4930503 247016
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"Excellent cake. My family enjoyed this immensely."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 242728
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Chocolate and peanut butter: great combination. I love that it makes its own topping without frosting"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 226692
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"I do not use boxed cake mixes often, but thought I would give this recipe a try anyway. I am glad I tried because my husband especially enjoyed it. He said it did not taste like a boxed cake mix. I plan to make it for our Memorial Day cook-out."

MaiTai1214 User ID: 6425834 44943
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I make this cake every time I have dinner guests and it always the biggest hit of the meal!!! Everyone thinks I make it from scratch because it tastes like nothing like any cake they have ever had. It's so easy and so tasty!"

lor1s User ID: 2985155 44942
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Everyone likes the recipe. It's a nice change from traditional cake and frosting."

gparker User ID: 1245472 47500
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"This cake is easy to make and has a great peanut butter taste. However, I suggest using a binding agent like maybe butter to hold together chips on top. They immediately fall off when slicing and eating just making a mess."

Dianne_Mc User ID: 3572394 21242
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"If you love peanut butter you are sure to love this recipe. I have been using it for years and no one seems to get tired of it."

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