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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake

Updated on November 30, 2014
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe
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4.6 stars from 18 ratings of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake

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!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake

Ingredients needed
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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 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 gets 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. | Source
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. | Source
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. | Source
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ho Ho Cake Recipe | Source

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      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!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      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 :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      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!!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Wow! This looks delicious!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much lovedoctor! I appreciate the comments.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another for that recipe book of mine.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Peter 4 years ago from New York

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Michael Luckado 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmmmmmm. That sounds fantastic!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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?

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Armchair Builder!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

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

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      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!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      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.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

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

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

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

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      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! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      OMG this looks like it should be illegal!

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      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!)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      adity5 4 years ago

      OMG this looks so yummy !! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      George A. Pepper 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

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

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      George A. Pepper 3 years ago from Philippines

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

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      catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

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

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

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

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

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

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      Linda Bilyeu 17 months ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 17 months ago

      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.

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