I love coming up with recipes. This cake was inspired by my brother's wedding. He has always been a big fan of peanut butter!
The Perfect Peanut Butter Cake
Some people like peanut butter, and some people LOVE peanut butter. If you are one of the peanut butter lovers, then you have probably always imagined the perfect peanut butter cake. Well, I've got it for you.
I have baked several of these cakes in the last few months in order to perfect the recipe for a big event. Well, I did it. I mastered a cake that is moist and yummy, and I even mastered peanut butter frosting that is light and fluffy without being greasy.
Give this cake recipe a try with your favorite frosting (peanut butter, chocolate, or otherwise.)
This recipe is as easy as it gets and yields a unique peanut butter cake. I created the recipe and have made it on several occasions, changing it slightly this way and that. I took it to work and family and church functions and requested the most honest feedback, before ultimately I making it for a wedding cake. It got all thumbs up on this version. Give it a try!
- 1 box of Pillsbury "Butter Recipe" Cake Mix (this is a powder ingredient do not follow directions on the box!)
- 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Real Butter
- salted (soft if possible)
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup water
- Start by creaming butter (best if room temp) for 30 seconds to one minute (more if not soft to start with.)
- Add peanut butter and cream together until well-blended with butter. (I use creamy peanut butter, but if experimenting with chunky, I would add 1/8 - 1/4 cup extra as the chunks will not cook into the batter.
- Add eggs one at a time.
- Add powdered mix and water in parts alternating mix and water until all is in there.
- Place in two 8" or 9" pans and cook for 28 minutes (or as time is directed on back of box, if you use different brand Butter Cake Mix.)
- A toothpick should come out clean when the cake is done done.
- The box of "Butter Cake" is an ingredient—do not follow directions on the box!
- The batter will appear much thicker than a regular cake batter—this is normal.
- I suggest using an electric mixer as this is a thick batter. I use a Kitchen Aide stand mixer.
- I use creamy peanut butter, but if experimenting with chunky, I would add 1/8 - 1/4 cup extra as the chunks will not cook into the batter. Instead, they will remain as chunks, but that might be cool . . . I never tried it. Let cake cool completely before frosting (as with any cake.)
- Frost with the best peanut butter frosting ever.
My Inspiration for This Cake
This cake was inspired by my brother's wedding. He has always been a big fan of peanut butter. He loves peanut butter cups and everything else peanut butter flavored. He really was not a chocolate lover, but could tolerate a little if combined with a ton of peanut butter!
For his wedding (which was a wild pirate theme), I made this cake. It contained ALL the peanut butter ingredients I could find.
If you love this flavor as much as my brother, especially if you love peanut butter without a bunch of chocolate, this is your cake!!!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 11, 2017:
Sounds so good!
Gayle Dowell from Kansas on August 11, 2012:
Sounds delicious. I've made peanut butter pie and have a recipe for it on one of my lenses, but I've not tried making a peanut butter cake. It's got to be good if it has peanut butter!
Lorna from USA on June 08, 2012:
I never heard about peanut butter cake before, this looks yummy!
collectors-corner on April 01, 2012:
I love peanut butter, anything with peanut butter really
Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on February 17, 2012:
Oh yum!!! I love PB, maybe Mum could make a variation for me!
JoshK47 on February 16, 2012:
This sounds positively wonderful! Blessed by a SquidAngel!
MintySea on November 11, 2011:
I do like peanutbutter had it today but I want to make some peanbutter candies
anonymous on November 07, 2011:
I love peanut butter cake, and your recipe looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. :)
K Bechand (author) from NY on September 07, 2011:
@Lady Lorelei: if you like the cake, you will love the frosting ! check out the frosting recipe with PB2! To die for !
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on September 07, 2011:
Ooooh we love peanut butter in this house. I think my dad started it when I was a kid as the first thing he would grab after work was some peanut butter toast. Lovely cake :)
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 22, 2011:
Your brother's cake looks fabulous and the cake recipe sounds delicious! My family loves peanut butter. I suspect we will be trying your pb cake soon :) (and frosting)
K Bechand (author) from NY on July 12, 2011:
@anonymous: you betcha ! check out the link above :O) I used this cake and that frosting for my brother's wedding cake (grooms cake) - that was the cake in the picture !
anonymous on July 11, 2011:
Your peanut butter cake must, of course, be frosted with your special PB2 frosting!