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Peanut Butter ‘N’ Jelly Cake

I made this fun and flavorful peanut butter and jelly cake for my son's first birthday. He just turned 33, and he still has to have his favorite treat. Kids of any age have a hard time turning down peanut butter and jelly—especially when it comes tucked into cake and frosting! —Linda Graybill, Sebring, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1-3/4 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  • Dry roasted peanuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the vanilla, confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with jelly. Top with the remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of cake with frosting. Garnish with additional jelly and peanuts, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 434 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Adena
    May 31, 2020

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  • ShawnVV
    Sep 25, 2012

    My daughter requested this type of cake for her birthday. I hadn't made anything like it before, so I found this recipe on TOH. It was a big hit at her party. Delicious and very easy to make. My only issue was that it wasn't easy to get the cake out of the pan. The frosting covered the mistakes though.

  • jamieberkoben
    Jan 1, 2012

    i made this cake last month for my brothers birthday. everyone loved it! best cake i ever made im actually making another right now but using half strawberry jelly and half blackberry jelly!we are not all that big on peanut butter. we basically only like it on pb&j sandwiches but i made the cake bc it was an inside joke. so i was kind afraid how it would come out thought it would be too peanut-buttery but it wasnt at all! it was just the right amount of peanut butter. i def recommend making this cake to anyone who wants to try something new! everyone is requesting this cake for their birthdays now lol

  • cadamsorama
    Sep 3, 2009

    What a fun cake to make and delicious to eat.