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 247016
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"Excellent cake. My family enjoyed this immensely."

ms11145 242728
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

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

NanZim 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 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 44942
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

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

gparker 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 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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