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Grandma’s Tandy Kake

My grandmother made this for all our family gatherings. Everyone loves it now I make it for every party we attend or host. —John Morgan III, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in milk and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack. Spread peanut butter over top; cool completely.
  • In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Gently spread over peanut butter. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 290 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • barry
    May 11, 2019

    I am a tastycake fanatic. I live out of the US for several years and once a year have a case shipped to me. I keep them frozen. I made this recipe a couple of months ago and I was sure it would not work, boy was i wrong. These tasted just like my tastycakes. I have made them several times now and have experiments with several kinds of chocolate. Today i made them was a chocolate base. This is one of the few copycat recipes that is as good as the original.

  • hchambers
    Apr 29, 2019

    This was really good, it reminded me of the Tastycakes I ate as a kid.

  • Frank
    Feb 27, 2019

    This is a copycat version of Tastycake Tandycakes. I grew up on Tastycake and can tell you this is spot on!!! For those of you that gave it a low rating, you haven't tasted the original. The cake is not supposed to be cake like. It's more dense and spongy. If you love Tastycake, you'll love this.

  • Baking Diva
    Nov 6, 2018

    I made this recipe over the weekend and was very disappointed. The cake was tasteless and oddly textured. No one at my house will eat it and I will end up throwing it away. My husband and son are lifting off the peanut butter and chocolate, eating that and tossing out the cake. I will not be making this recipe again and that is rare as I usually love TOH recipes and give them glowing reviews.

  • JacquelynK
    Apr 11, 2017

    My children absolutely love this recipe. It is easy and so good!

  • Cook_aholic
    Dec 11, 2016

    I thought this was a great cake and relatively easy. As much as I love to cook I hate baking and always lean toward the "I can't mess up" recipes. I think this is one of them. Also, the tip about getting all of the foil off of a peanut butter jar is a great one but I sure don't think the fact that it isn't mentioned in the directions should make the rating be low.

  • lynchbb
    Oct 22, 2016

    Made this tonight for dessert... followed the recipe exactly. Came out terrific! Loved by all. This is a keeper recipe - my thanks to the contributor!

  • catmgoed
    May 28, 2016

    I have made this cake numerous times. Everyone loves it. In fact my mother prefers this over the TastyKake version. I always use a foil cookie sheet to bake by cake. ThenI can leave it wherever I go and not have to worry about the dish getting returned. It it the perfect size for the spongy textured cake. I apply the peanut butter right out of the oven, and it melts and spreads so nice. I then place it in the fridge for 15 minutes then get my chocolate going. I prefer the chocolate melts from Weis. Then I spread out the chocolate, but you have to do it quickly or you will have a peanut butter chocolate mix. Back in the fridge it goes...

  • ahmom
    Feb 16, 2016


  • MSGTwifeUSMC
    Feb 15, 2016

    This cake was amazing! It tastes exactly like the original Kandy Kake! I wouldn't change a thing to the recipe at all! I had NONE of the issues other reviewers had at all.The only thing I have to do for my pan is use lard or butter because everything tends to stick to it. Cooking spray didn't let the cake release very well but that was MY PAN, not the recipe. If you have a pan like mine, that's my suggestion to help you with this awesome cake!