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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe

In my mind and, I am pretty sure, in the minds of many others, few things taste better together than chocolate and peanut butter. There is something about the sweet goodness of the chocolate and the slightly salty taste of the peanut butter that make it perfect. It's because of this that I think that this chocolate peanut butter Ho Ho cake is probably the best cake I have ever had.

The first time I had this cake was at a Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws church a number of years ago. My mother-in-law knew how much I loved this combination and she told me to make sure and get a piece from the cake table before it disappeared. Luckily I grabbed the last piece before anyone else could. I ate my turkey while eagerly anticipating the cake that sat before me. I was not disappointed.

Comprised of 3 layers, the chocolate peanut butter ho ho cake has a moist chocolate cake base, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a wonderful thick chocolate ganache-style topping. Rich and satisfying, it is not for the faint of heart. It is fairly easy to make and, while it uses cake mix and prepared frosting, you would not know it by the taste.

If you bring this cake to a party, make sure you bring copies of the recipe because everyone will be asking you for it. Once you've made this cake, it is sure to become your number one go to recipe whenever you need to bring a dessert.

I have included the recipe and instructions, but I have not included nutritional information. That is because chocolate peanut butter ho ho cake tastes far to good for anyone to need to know how many calories are in one piece. Just enjoy it with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee! Pure perfection!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake

Ingredients needed

Ingredients needed

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

30 min

2 hours

15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tub chocolate frosting

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying the bottom with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare and bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Cool completely. Do not remove from the pan. Once cooled, I put the cake into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. It makes it easier to spread the peanut butter filling.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and shortening until really well blended. Add the peanut butter, milk and flour and beat until fluffy. Spread evenly over cooled cake. Chill in the refrigerator until the peanut butter mixture firms up, approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Once the cake has cooled again, heat the canned chocolate icing in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the warmed frosting and poor evenly over the cake. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  5. Note: I always use a disposable aluminum baking pan that comes with a plastic dome top. This is a tall cake and a regular 9x13 pan is not quite deep enough. Also, when using a standard pan, the foil or plastic wrap can get stuck to the icing, which is why it's better to use a dome top.

* This recipe is from the First United Methodist Cookbook.

The Three Stages of Assembling the Cake

Cake batter ready to be baked.

Cake batter ready to be baked.

Cooled cake covered with creamy peanut butter filling and ready to be cooled some more.

Cooled cake covered with creamy peanut butter filling and ready to be cooled some more.

Cake covered with melted frosting.  Ready to go in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

Cake covered with melted frosting. Ready to go in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 17, 2015:

Hi Linda - I have to say that this is really good and decadent. It's always a hit when I take it to a party. It's worth a try! Hope you are doing well. Thanks for reading.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 14, 2015:

This cake looks sinfully delicious!! I won't bake it, but I sure wish a slice would magically appear :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 18, 2013:

Thanks Efficient Admin - I am getting ready to make this for my daughter's birthday.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on November 16, 2013:

This looks like another chocolate-peanut butter winner!! I didn't know they still made Crisco.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 13, 2013:

Hi Toytasting. Hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do here in our house. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on November 12, 2013:

This looks delicious. Cannot wait to make this, surely trying it this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2013:

Glad you are enjoying my recipes catgypsy. I can't resist this flavor combo so I have it a lot. Thanks for the comments.

catgypsy from the South on April 28, 2013:

I just saw your peanut butter pound cake recipe and now this one...yum. I have to try this one too! Thanks :D

George A. Pepper from Philippines on April 25, 2013:

Can I join in the party? hahaha.... I already made one yesterday and it taste good.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 25, 2013:

I appreciate it italianfood! This is one of my favorites that I need to make in a few weeks for a party.

George A. Pepper from Philippines on April 25, 2013:

YUMMMY!!!!! If this cake is in front of me, I guarantee you it will last only few minutes ^^

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 08, 2013:

Thanks adity5! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

adity5 from Incredible India !! on February 08, 2013:

OMG this looks so yummy !! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 29, 2013:

Thank you so much Eileen. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do!

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on January 29, 2013:

Oh this looks delicious - must give it a try at the weekend

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 29, 2013:

Thanks so much Victoria! I hope you like it. I might have to make it this weekend for the big game on Sunday! I have not planned a dessert yet.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 29, 2013:

I appreciate it NMlady. I hope you enjoy it. I also love all of the things I find here at hubpages.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 29, 2013:

Thanks so much Kelly! We can't make it too often because it gets eaten far too quickly. So it sort of is illegal in our house unless a special occasion comes along.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 29, 2013:

Thanks so much Susan! Now you have me craving to too. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do. I appreciate all of the support.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

OMG! This looks incredible. I'm pinning it to my desserts! I have to make this sometime!

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on January 29, 2013:

How did I miss this? This is a great recipe. In fact it is exactly my kind of recipe. I get so much from other Hubbers....Thanks!~ (one Susan to another!)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 29, 2013:

OMG this looks like it should be illegal!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2013:

OH MY! I've been craving chocolate cake and happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Making this today. Thanks!

Voting, sharing and pinning.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 13, 2013:

Thank you lemonkerdz. Home made peanut butter sounds really good.

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on January 13, 2013:

This looks a pretty stonkin good chocolate cake and a great idea of how to use my home made peanut butter. Thanks

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 30, 2012:

This will be the hit of your upcoming events! Thanks for commenting and Happy New Year!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 30, 2012:

This sounds like something my family will enjoy...a LOT. We have so many events coming up in the next few weeks that this will be a welcome addition. I like using shortcuts and find that we can glam up a box cake mix so that it no longer resembles itself. Thank you for sharing...

Sending Angels to you and yours...:) ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2012:

Thank you GoodLady! I cannot keep this around the house or it gets eaten too quickly!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 19, 2012:

I'm coming to your house instead! Please me me this and then again for breakfast it is to die for. Great stuff and it gets pinned so I know where to find it and make myself!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 18, 2012:

Thanks Austinstar. It is definitely a crowd pleaser and I love real ganache too.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 17, 2012:

This looks like one of the most delicious cakes I have ever seen. There are some ways here to lower the sugar and fat content without sacrificing much of the flavor, so I might try that. Ganache is a magic word requiring the use of dark chocolate and cream. I would prefer this true ganache to melted frosting I think.

For sure, it's a crowd pleaser!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 06, 2012:

Thank you sgbrown. I appreciate your support and you won't be disappointed in this cake!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 06, 2012:

OMGosh! This looks and sounds so delicious! I do love peanut butter and chocolate. I think I am drooling right now! Great information and pictures. Definitely going to make this very soon! Voting up, useful and pinning! Have a wonderful day! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 31, 2012:

I appreciate the comments Veronica! It does not seem like a lot of pb, but boy does it pack a punch. So does the chocolate frosting. Enjoy!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on October 31, 2012:

3 layers & I think it'd still need more pb & chocolate. Hehe :)

Sounds delish. Im definitely saving this to give it a try!

Susan Ream from Michigan on October 29, 2012:

Hunker close and be safe Glimmer .. sending prayers your way.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

Mekenzie - I hope you give it a try and let me know how you like it. We are hunkered down during this nasty hurricane and have no chocolate in the house so I hope I don't start craving it. Thanks for the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

Thanks so much for the support tillsontitan! Is there any way it could be modified so that you can enjoy it too? I hope so.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

I love your hubpages name Thundermama! You definitely need to try this if you are a fan of this combo. I appreciate the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

Tracy - I'm glad you like the recipe. In my book, this combo can't be beat! I usually swipe my daughter's peanut butter cups that she gets for Halloween. (I leave her a couple). :) Thanks for the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

Thanks so much lovedoctor! It is such a wow dessert and it really is easy. Nice way to impress guests!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2012:

I really appreciate your support ChristyWrites. I hope you like it. I think you'll like it!

Susan Ream from Michigan on October 29, 2012:

Oh my goodness .. you just made me crave this decadent chocolate cake. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Thanks for the share.

Mekenzie

Mary Craig from New York on October 29, 2012:

Another recipe that really makes me unhappy about being a celiac! However, I know my family will love it. It sounds delicious and looks delicious. Your photos are great!

Voted up, awesome, interesting and pinned.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on October 29, 2012:

I NEED to try this cake. I am a ridiculous chocolate and peanut butter fanatic. This sounds like nirvana to me. Will be trying this in the next few days. Thank you for sharing!

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on October 29, 2012:

I only read recipe hubs that seem great and this one certainly does deliver. I love your description of the chocolate and peanut butter taste experience. I am hands down the greatest lover of peanut butter that I know and when you top it off with chocolate, it is too die for. Anyway, I hope to try this recipe soon, great hub and descriptive photos as well. Voted up!

lovedoctor926 on October 29, 2012:

Wow! This looks delicious! recipe is not at all complicated. thanks

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 29, 2012:

I love chocolate! I am bookmarking this hub and plan to make the cake. I love both chocolate and peanut butter so it is a win-win :) Thanks! Vote up and sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 28, 2012:

Thanks so much Jamie. I'm bummed that the one I made for this hub is gone. Hopefully there will be an occasion soon so I can make another one.

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 27, 2012:

OH my goodness!! This sounds awesome..mouth is watering! Love that it is super easy too.. Thank you for sharing :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 26, 2012:

Anyone can do chocolate and peanut butter. It should be a law that these 2 tastes are combined. Thanks for the visit!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 26, 2012:

Thank you Armchair Builder!

Dianna Mendez on October 25, 2012:

I can tell by your first photo this cake is really moist. I am so ready to eat this! I think I can do it, chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate .. can it get any better?

Michael Luckado from Hawaii on October 25, 2012:

Mmmmmmmm. That sounds fantastic!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 25, 2012:

Thanks so much Carol. There are only about 2 pieces left in the fridge. This always goes fast!

carol stanley from Arizona on October 25, 2012:

This looks yummy and who could resist with the great photos. Thanks for sharing this great dessert idea. Voting UP.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 25, 2012:

I appreciate the visit catgypsy. This cake makes my mouth water every time I open the fridge and see it there.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 25, 2012:

Thanks Victoria! - It's amazing how the melted chocolate frosting ends up tasting like chocolate ganache. Yum. I appreciate the support.

catgypsy from the South on October 24, 2012:

My mouth is literally watering! Thanks for the great recipe.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 24, 2012:

OMG--melted chocolate frosting!!! I love this! Pinning!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Thank you Eddy. I know you'll love it!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

I appreciate the visit ptrg777 and you are right, can't go wrong with this combo!

Peter from New York on October 24, 2012:

Looks really good and simple to make. Can't go wrong with Peanut butter and Chocolate!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 24, 2012:

Another for that recipe book of mine.

Thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Thanks so much lovedoctor! I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Bill - You could always make this cake and enjoy it for next next days to come. That way when you get a hankering for chocolate and/or peanut butter you will be set. Thanks for the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

It's already 1/2 gone and I only had one piece so far MHatter! It's probably better for my waistline if I just look at the pictures anyway. Thanks for commenting!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Thanks so much for the support Janine. You won't be disappointed when you make this one. Enjoy!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Hi pstraubie - I wish they were 2 of the major food groups! LOL. At least peanut butter has protein in it. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Jackie - Kids of any age love this one and I know when I am in a bad mood, chocolate does the trick! Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2012:

Thanks Rebecca! - It gave me the munchies, but luckily I made it so I could eat a big piece when I was done writing this! I appreciate the visit.

lovedoctor926 on October 23, 2012:

Wow! This looks delicious!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 23, 2012:

I can't imagine anything tasting better. This was so cruel of you to post this at this time of day.....well, any time of day now that I think about it. :) Wonderful recipe; five stars all the way and that's only because there wasn't a ten star vote!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 23, 2012:

I bet if there is any left over, it gets a lot of midnight visitors. Thank you

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 23, 2012:

I am done once I see peanut butter. So of course I have pinned to try this one and thank you for supplying me another great recipe. Have of course voted up and shared too!!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 23, 2012:

oh, my....this looks decadent...I want to reach in and have a taste. Chocolate and peanut butter...two of the major food groups thanks for sharing :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 23, 2012:

This does sound delicious. I love chocolate and peanut butter and as as you say who doesn't? For sure all kids will love it and what woman does not love chocolate anything? Thank you, I will sure fix this!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 23, 2012:

Looks yummy. These photos have definitely given me a bad case of the munchies...chocolate ones at that . I vote tasty...well that's not up there, so awesome and shared all around!