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Peanut Butter Layer Cake

My husband loves peanut butter, so this cake is his favorite. Sometimes I switch frosting recipes and use a chocolate frosting garnished with peanuts. —Carolyn Hylton, Covington, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in melted peanut butter chips. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat melted chips, cream cheese, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 467 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • mariegel
    Mar 27, 2015

    I made this cake for a meeting and it turned out great! However, I used 5 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons peanut butter in the batter to cut down on cholesterol from the butter and to give a richer peanut butter flavor and the cake still came out moist. The frosting also came out great!

  • BakerDelores
    Jul 25, 2014

    This did not turn out for me. I used rice milk for the cake. Made 4 cupcakes that seemed fine, and baked the rest in 2 - 8 inch pans. They didn't rise. I made the icing as directed, and as soon as the melted chips hit the cream cheese, I had bits of the chips throughout the icing. Family said it tasted okay, but will not make it again.

  • smigett
    Mar 28, 2013

    the kids loved it

  • kotton
    Oct 7, 2011

    love it, hadn't had it since i was a child