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Peanut Cake Squares

When I was in high school, I worked for an Irish family...and they made these yummy treats each year for St. Patrick's Day. The sweet frosting and salty peanuts are an irresistible combination. The only complaint my husband has is that I make them just once a year! -Bridget Jones, Veyo, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FROSTING:
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups finely chopped peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in milk and butter.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Cover and freeze overnight.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Frost the top and sides of frozen cake squares; roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 496 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.
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  • countrygirl64062
    Jan 22, 2020

    I have to agree about the cake. I love peanut rolls my grandma use to make them all the time. Also good with pecans. Use sponge cake or angel food cake.

  • RBarney
    Mar 8, 2017

    I could only give this recipe a 1 star. Like a previous review stated, the cake fell in the middle. I bake a lot so I am not an amateur and I would say to move on and find a cake that is a little lighter and not so eggy.

  • Judy
    Feb 5, 2017

    We were disappointed as the cake was too heavy and the frosting just not right. I was looking for something like I sometimes find in a bakery with an airy white cake and fluffy frosting.

  • 1Heart4Jesus
    Jan 1, 2017

    Grew up with these as a bake sale staple in my Dad's home town in MO. Today is his 81st BD, and I thought it would be fun to surprise him with a batch of these.Followed the directions exactly and the end result was perfection! It makes sense to freeze the cake overnight as it is much easier to work with and the icing and peanuts adhere much better.Definitely a keeper, and something to be passed down.

  • judiun
    Aug 23, 2016

    I know its cheating but I just use white cake mix when making, for those having trouble with falling cake.

  • cookinama
    Mar 16, 2015

    I had made theses several years ago for st Patricks day and they were good. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the frosting and will try the suggestions to add some softened butter. To itsnotdew. Cakes usually fall in the center due to insufficient mixing of batter. It's happened to me also. I remember one time after mixing pouring the batter in the pan and you could tell it was not fully mixed and it fell in the center. Try mixing thoroughly good luck !

  • itsnotdew
    Mar 13, 2015

    I have made these for the last 2 years. The cakes fell in the center last year. My oven was bad, temperture all messed up, so I figured that was why. I forgot to make a note of it on the recipe. Today, I made 2 more cakes, & the center fell on both of them. And I have a brand new stove, so it can't be that. I am so surprised no one else has said theirs fell too. The cake is really good, so I gave it 3 stars, but I sure don't like flat cakes in the whole center. Not even enough cake around the edges to cut out pieces. I will still frost & nut the cake, but the pieces will only be half as high. The recipe calls for 3 teas of baking powder,could that be too much? Does anyone know why cakes fall?

  • shawnba
    Mar 14, 2014

    I liked the taste a lot, but they were a little difficult to put together. I think the frosting needs to be a little thinner to adhere to the frozen cakes. Will definitely make these again, though

  • Gruevychik
    Feb 25, 2012

    This exact recipe from the same person Bridget Jones Diary is also on AllRecipes.com, if your on two sites with great reviews then it really must be good. I'm definitely going to make these in March for my work. Thanks! =o)

  • joycejjk
    Sep 18, 2011

    My family just loves these, my mother in law called them blarney stones. I would definitely make again!