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Grandma's Tandy Kake Recipe

Grandma's Tandy Kake Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 24 servings.

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JacquelynK User ID: 2532187 264555
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

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

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 257988
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6831824 255771
Reviewed 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 7262948 248721
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3426126 243933
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016


MSGTwifeUSMC User ID: 4679769 243853
Reviewed 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!"

Chargett User ID: 7747932 238885
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"Haven't tried this recipe yet...However, I thought it very important to mention, please if you're going to put a jar of peanut butter in a microwave, make sure you've removed every scrap of foil from the jar or you WILL have fireworks!"

Kayoert User ID: 8235014 219139
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Made this for my husband to take to work...was gone in no time...guys loved it...they said he was one lucky man....this is much better than another tandy cake recipe I have....."

angryparent55 User ID: 8197244 216798
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This recipe is terrible! The cake is dry and it falls apart! I DO NOT RECOMMEND"

Briadona User ID: 5500759 198086
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"Made this for a luncheon on Monday. Yellow cake part Ok but not the best a little dense. Watched closely while baking. Also found the peanut butter dominated could hardly taste any chocolate. So all in all just average wouldn't make on a regular basis."

yuehching User ID: 224401 188057
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"easy and delicious. I dropped spoonful peanut butter on warm cake as others had suggested and used dark chocolate candy. It turned out beautifully. I will be making this again."

Loralie657 User ID: 3780416 125683
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"This recipes sounds great - has anyone tried it as a jelly roll? If not feasible I'll certainly make it as shown, can't wait! (PS there should really be a place we can ask questions without having to rate the recipe we haven't made yet because doing so simply skews the rating. Just a suggestion!)"

Pamwh User ID: 6744885 189514
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014 Edited Mar. 23, 2014

"When we moved from Nj to Ky we lost all tastycake rights I've had this same recipe since 1988 . It is just like the real thing!!!"

conshanty User ID: 435252 213450
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"I was disappointed in this cake overall. The cake itself was on the dry side. The peanut butter added to the dryness to the point that I had to have milk just to wash it down. We are peanut butter lovers in my family, so I had higher hopes for this recipe."

K.A.KARASNEH User ID: 6993562 139313
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"I tried this and it's delicious. I had no problem with the PB on a warm cake plus it's simple. I wished if people try before rating. It's not fair. And besides if they are professional they should know more then me. I'm not professional but I use common sense."

dondi1958 User ID: 7324836 152859
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"I've tried this cake under another name. I know it as Tasty cake. It's very goo."

AuntieSkippy User ID: 4755530 198630
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I haven't tried this cake yet but looks yummy and simple. I appreciate the comments suggesting ways to spread the peanut butter. My only complaint is to the raters PANELLA and SAVEALOTGAL who rated this recipe with only one star because they had to give it some sort of rating just to comment. My suggestion would be, if the recipe looks and sounds good enough to even be of interest to you to want to ask a question, in all good faith, should receive 5 stars. Now this recipe has a lower rating average due to the 1 stars it received for the wrong reason. Just a thought."

meet2186 User ID: 6287673 125682
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"This tastes just like the packaged Tandy Cakes from the market..It doesn't matter if you put the pb in the microwave or if you let it sit on top of the hot cake. Either way it is delicious!!!

PS: If you find Herhey Kisses on can use a 7-10 oz bag and get the same chocolate results..Always look for sales on the chocolate."

panella User ID: 4412051 198085
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014 Edited Jul. 13, 2017

"when you put the peanut butter on the cake right out of oven you can spread the pb in just a minute, no need to microwave, I put spoonsfull of pb in different parts of cake and let sit half a minute and it spreads easily"

MountainMamaPA User ID: 115514 195796
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"bakersqueen - I melt the peanut butter slightly in the microwave, and put it on the cake as soon as I take it out of the oven. It makes it much easier to spread."

bakersqueen User ID: 5652390 152858
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"Just a question...had to rate this even without making it in order to ask this question. (seems unfair since I haven' t tried it yet) I would love to try it hard to get the peanut butter to spread over the cake without getting a ton of cake crumbs mixed in with the peanut butter, seems that would be the case."

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