Family-Favorite Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
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Family-Favorite Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

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My grandmother and aunts made this for family gatherings to go along with fresh homemade ice cream. I now share it with my family and friends during special gatherings. —Keith Gable, Goddard, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 220 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring peanut butter, butter and water just to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat; stir in the flour, sugar, buttermilk, applesauce, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, salt and baking soda until smooth.
  2. Pour into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter over medium heat; add milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over warm cake. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Peanut Butter Cake in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p19

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pamela8701 User ID: 7264237 125370
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"I made this cake today and it was awesome. I will definitely make again. I substituted the buttermilk for 2% milk and it still came out great. And my kids love it:)"

pamela8701 User ID: 7264237 195467
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"I just made this cake and its amazing. I forgot to get buttermilk while at the store so I used 2% and it still came out great. I will definitely be making this cake again:)"

jek0099 User ID: 4691582 196458
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"I wouldn't rate it as healthy or diabetic friendly, but it sounds very tasty.....I might try it for a church fellowship, that way we can enjoy a piece and the rest will be enjoyed by others."

maryvandorin User ID: 1430948 151269
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"This was very easy and very good. I sprinklrd mini chocolate chips on top of the frosting."

Pam Mosher User ID: 6803948 120599
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"We love peanut butter in our house, and this is a wonderful cake. Just the right amount of peanut butter taste~cake and frosting!"

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