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Crunchy Peanut Cake Bars

A bakery favorite inspired us to create this recipe. Individual pieces of white cake are coated with a crunchy peanut coating.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-3/4 hours Bake: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    20 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • GLAZE:
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) salted peanuts, chopped, divided

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For glaze, in a shallow bowl, mix 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Place one can of peanuts in another shallow bowl.
  • Cut cake into 20 bars. Coat the top and sides of each piece with glaze, then roll in nuts. Place on wire racks over waxed paper; let dry completely.
  • Make a second batch of glaze with the remaining confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Coat cake squares a second time, then roll in remaining nuts. Let dry completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 562 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (60g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.
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