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Peanut Butter Pound Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

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

Peanut butter pound cake with peanut butter frosting

Peanut butter pound cake with peanut butter frosting

Moist, Dense, and Satisfying Pound Cake

Sometimes there is nothing better than a glass of milk and a slice of pound cake. The dense texture of this cake can satisfy almost anyone's sweet tooth.

Pound cakes are one of my favorite desserts to make because they are usually not too sweet, and a small piece goes a long way. They are also easy to take to parties and are always a crowd-pleaser.

Peanut butter–flavored treats are another favorite of mine, and peanut butter pound cake makes for one of the best desserts you will ever eat.

This recipe produces a dense, not-too-sweet pound cake that packs plenty of peanut butter flavor. It is also rich and moist.

For a simple, traditional pound cake, just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and serve. For even more peanut butter flavor, add a peanut butter frosting. For those of you who love peanut butter and chocolate together, add chocolate to the frosting for a taste that can't be beaten.

Whichever way you choose to serve this cake, you will not be disappointed.

Note: This recipe is adapted from A Cook's Quest blog.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

12 - 16 slices


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour, all purpose
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk, whole or low fat
First things first. It's important to take the time to prepare the cake pan properly.

First things first. It's important to take the time to prepare the cake pan properly.

Step 1: Prepare the Cake Pan

One of the keys to a successful cake is preparing the pan correctly. Everyone has had a cake stick at one time or another, and it is not fun.

  1. Make sure your cake pan is completely clean. Using a paper towel or a piece of wax paper, spread a layer of shortening on the inside of the pan. Coat the entire inside of the pan, including any crevices found on fancier pans. Don't forget the center of tube/bundt pans.
  2. Pour in a generous amount of flour and carefully spread it around the entire pan. You'll need to roll the pan around a lot. Do this over the sink because the flour will spill out. Tap pan to get flour to spread around. To get the center of tube pans, pour a little flour on your hand and sprinkle where needed. Tap out excess flour.
  3. Make sure that every area is covered. If you miss a spot, just use your finger to add a little shortening and tap the pan to cover with flour. If there is a corner where there is too much flour, tap it out so the cake does not bake with a lump of flour in one corner.

Even if your pan says it has a non-stick coating, take the time to prepare it. Cakes tend to stick to any pan. There are other things people use, like sprays, or the wrappers from sticks of butter, but after many years of baking, the method above has never let me down.

Step 2: Make the Pound Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Prepare a large tube or bundt pan by greasing and flouring it. Set pan aside. Update: A couple people have commented that their cake overflowed while baking. This recipe makes a large cake and I used a large tube pan. Only fill your bundt/tube pan up about 3/4 full. Don't let the extra batter go to waste though, make some muffins or a small loaf.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. On medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and peanut butter and continue mixing. Add the eggs, one at a time. Wait until one egg is fully mixed in before adding the next one. Add vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and the milk to the creamed mixture. Alternate between the flour mixture and the milk, using about a fourth of the ingredient at a time. Always begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix completely.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60 - 70 minutes. Start checking to see if it is done at 60 minutes using a wooden toothpick. Continue checking every 5 minutes to make sure it does not overcook. When the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.
  6. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then remove it from the cake pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar or frost as desired.
  8. Note that this recipe makes a large cake. For smaller pound cakes, use loaf pans or even mini bundt cake molds. Adjust the cooking time accordingly since they will not need as much time to bake.

Step 3: Make the Frosting (Optional)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk (amount varies based on consistency desired)


  1. Cream butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk while the mixer is set on low. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you are happy with the consistency.
  3. Pour over the top of the cake.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Variation

  1. Cream butter and peanut butter.
  2. Melt 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate squares. Cool slightly.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the butter and peanut butter mixture.
  4. Add powdered sugar and milk while the mixer is set on low. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you are happy with the consistency.
  5. Pour over the top of the cake.

Note About Consistency

Don't worry if the frosting is too thick or thin, just add small amounts of milk to thin, or powdered sugar to thicken.

Step 4: Decorate the Cake (Optional)

Jazz up your peanut butter pound cake by:

  • Chopping up peanuts and sprinkling on top.
  • Drizzling melted chocolate chips on top of the frosted cake.

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© 2013 Claudia Mitchell


Winni on November 27, 2019:

Great recipe. I would like to bake it.

Kathy on November 01, 2018:

I accidentally rated this recipe and haven't made it yet. I am so sorry.This looks like a really good recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 18, 2018:

Hi Donna D - I'm so glad you let me know that people liked it. It's definitely a winner.

Donna D on July 16, 2018:

Made this for a church cookout and it was perfect, not a crumb left, I will definitely be making this again. We have a lot of peanut butter lovers at my church...lol Already have had requests for the recipe, thanks for sharing this

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 10, 2018:

Great, I hope you enjoy the cake.

Caroline on July 09, 2018:

I’m making it right now just waiting on the butter to get soft

Ralph on November 02, 2017:

Nice recipe I just finished baking waiting to cool so I can put the icing on.


Janice on August 18, 2017:

Thanks for the wonderful cake & icing my 2 grandchildren love coming to my house because we always bake & they love peanut butter I can't wait for them to try this thanks again for a wonderful cake

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 16, 2016:

Thanks Beata.

Beata on April 04, 2016:


Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 18, 2016:

Hi Diana - Glad you liked the recipe. It's still one of my favorites. Hope you give it a try.

Diana Abrahamson on February 13, 2016:

Thanks for the fantastic recipe. Love the peanut butter edition.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 08, 2016:

My pleasure Glimmer. I will. :-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 08, 2016:

Thanks Kristen - This is one of my favorites! Enjoy.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 06, 2016:

This looks delicious, Glimmer. I would have to bookmark this recipe to make sometime this year. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 22, 2015:

Peachpurple, you can halve the ingredients, but be careful with the baking time since the cake will be smaller. Enjoy the cake!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 19, 2015:

is it possible to cut the measurements into halves?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 27, 2015:

Hi Mels - It makes one large tube pan cake, but if you want to divide into regular loaves, I would guess, but I really don't know...2 or 3 regular loaves. You could probably do mini loaves as well. This would be good like that, but definitely watch the cooking time closely. Mini loaves (and even regular loaves) would bake much faster than the whole cake. Thanks for stopping by!

Mels on September 26, 2015:

How many loaves does this make? Can you do mini loaves? Thinning bake sale...

Thanks! Looks yum.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 13, 2015:

Hi Lois - Glad you and your family loved the recipe! It's one of our family favorites too. Thanks so much for letting me know and enjoy making this cake!

Lois on August 03, 2015:

I love this recipe! My husband loves this, his dad loves it and I love it! I didn't frost it because of calories but I will next time. I stumbled across when I found some peanut butter, organic I bought months ago. I checked the internet and there it was.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2015:

Minicarmen - I did not publish your comment because the links to the websites were in it. Thanks for letting me know about the copies. Unfortunately this recipe and my photos have been copied a number of times.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 13, 2014:

Hi Yona - Glad you enjoyed the recipe! It's a good one in my opinion, but then I love everything peanut butter and chocolate. Hope you make it again and thanks for your kind comments.

Yona on October 09, 2014:

i finally stopped drooling over your picture and made one today! I kind of tweaked the recipe here there, but it came out perfect! Yummy PB pound cake! Thanks for the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 09, 2014:

Thanks so much Dusko Jazic. Enjoy the cake!

Dusko Jazic on September 08, 2014:

Great recipe. Thanks, can't wait to try it out.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 06, 2014:

Thanks fillyourheart! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it.

Fill Your Heart Edible Memories from USA on August 04, 2014:

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 04, 2014:

All purpose, not self-rising. This cake rises a lot so make sure the pan used is big enough. Thanks for asking.

misty on July 04, 2014:

Do you use plain or self rising flour?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 04, 2014:

Hi jenp123 - Hope you enjoy the cake. It's a good one. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 04, 2014:

Thanks so much Crissylite!

jenp123 on July 03, 2014:

Thanks so much for the recipe! I was looking for something fun to make for a 4th of July party, and I just might try this. Very clear instructions. Thank you for sharing.

Crissylite on July 03, 2014:

That's looks very tasty!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 02, 2014:

Hi Peg - Thanks for stopping by and pinning. This is still one of my favorite recipes, but then I love pretty much any pound cake. Have a great day!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 30, 2014:

What a wonderful twist to the traditional pound cake that I love so much. How can I resist when it combines chocolate and peanut butter? I'll save this recipe and post it to my Food Ideas board on Pinterest. Thanks so much for sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 31, 2014:

Thanks marieloves - I hope you enjoy the cake!

Marie from Canada on May 30, 2014:

Great recipe. I love peanut butter desserts!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 27, 2014:

Hi Hezekiah - Sorry you don't have a large enough oven, but you could make it in smaller pans and check it carefully to make sure it doesn't overbake or burn. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for reading.

Hezekiah from Japan on May 27, 2014:

Looks delicious. It's a shame here in Japan, you don't have big baking ovens in the kitchen for that.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 17, 2014:

Thanks peachpurple. Pound Cakes are pretty dense, but I really love them and that texture. I don't make them very often because I don't need to eat a lot of pound cake for my waistline. But this one is oh so good. Thanks for the vote!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2014:

i seldom make pound cakes as they uses lots of eggs. However, your recipe is worth to try out. Voted up

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2013:

I hope it turned out too. Thanks.

Scat on December 16, 2013:

I have this bakingin a grooved bundt pan right now. I hope it turns out!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

I'm not sure what to tell you Lynne. I hope it turns out, but it should definitely be a thicker consistency batter, a little bit like pudding. Good luck.

Lynne on December 10, 2013:

Why is my batter thin? It's not fluffy and thick like your picture!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Jenni P. - Thanks for letting me know the cake turned out so well for you. I'm glad. Also, thanks for the tip about adding unsalted/salted butter. I just always use unsalted butter in everything I make so I never really think about it. Enjoy your poundcake and have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Crystal. I was lucky, people seem to like this recipe a lot. Hope you give it a try. Glad you stopped by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Hi Silva - Thanks so much for letting me know. I'm glad your granddaughters like it. Now there is always a reason to visit! Have a great weekend. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

NornsMerchy - If you like a dense cake, you'll love poundcakes. They are among my favorites. Good luck with the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Hi Bobbi - I love making poundcakes too. I think it's a texture thing for me. Hope your cousin likes it. Have a nice December too and thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Thanks Rebecca! Have a great weekend!

Jenni P. on December 07, 2013:

Made this exactly as described, except used two 4x8 coated metal bread pans, baked for 60 minutes, came out perfect. NOTE: recipe should specify whether salted or unsalted is used for pound cake batter. Takes the guesswork out. I used 1 stick salted, 1 stick unsalted to make up the cup of butter.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 06, 2013:

I practically salivated just looking at the photo. From all the pins, I'm guessing this is a hit hub for you! Congrats!

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on December 06, 2013:

I've made this several times and it is fabu . . . my granddaughters love it.

Chace from Charlotte, NC on December 06, 2013:

I'm definitely bookmarking this. I've never made pound cake before but these pictures are irresistible! I can't wait to try it out :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on December 06, 2013:


You got my attention---with two of my favorites treats---peanut butter and pound cake. I will share this one with my cousin---she makes the best pound cakes.

This cake is great for the holidays, parties, birthdays or anytime---thanks for sharing this one.

You have a wonderful December.

Bobbi Purvis

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 06, 2013:

Ummmmm! Shared and pinned!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Thanks so much for your feedback Lynne. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have not made this in a little while, so I may have to make one this week.

Lynne on September 13, 2013:

I made this pound cake today.....with the exception that my icing wasn't creamy enough, which is my own fault, it is a very good cake!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 18, 2013:

Sorry I was not able to respond to your question sooner MaMa Suzy. I was away from my computer for a while. I don't know if one can replace sugar with splenda. I have never cooked with it before. Perhaps their website or the package has some instructions about that. Thanks for reading and I am sorry I was unable to answer your question.

MaMa Suzy on August 12, 2013:

Can you use splenda for sugar. My husband is diabetic.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 04, 2013:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it mjfon324. I bet the cupcakes were good too. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day!

mjfon324 on August 02, 2013:

I made this cake today and it has became my favorite cake, it is so moist and wonderful, melts in your mouth. And the helpful tip that it makes to much, not to overfill your pan, sure saved my oven, I made cupcakes with my left over batter. I have shared this recipe and gave it great reviews, I am sure more people will be making it now. Thanks so much.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 28, 2013:

No - Sorry you had a bad this experience with this recipe. I have made this many times without any problems. I don't live at a high altitude though.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 28, 2013:

Hi Betty Sue - I don't know if it could be made in a 9x13. You would definitely have to adjust the batter amount and the cooking time. Since it bakes slowly, it might not work well because it would be thinner. Good luck if you give it a try.

No on July 28, 2013:

I just made this and it turned out terrible. I was skeptical at first since this recipe uses baking powder (baking powder causes cakes to collapse in the middle) and that is what happened. I am at a high altitude but I adjusted the leavener and it still blew up in my oven and collapsed. Besides that it did not have much of a peanut butter flavor at all so I will not be making it again.

Betty Sue Bruckner on July 27, 2013:

Do you think this could be made in a 9x12 pan as well?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2013:

Hi randomcreative - I bet you'll love this recipe if you like the pb and the cake. It's a nice dense poundcake that serves a big crowd. Thanks for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2013:

Thanks epbooks. It is definitely sinful, but so worth it. A small piece goes a long way too. Glad you stopped by and hope you give it a try sometime.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 23, 2013:

I don't know how I missed this recipe! I am a huge fan of both peanut butter and pound cake and will definitely have to try it sometime. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 23, 2013:

Wow- this is ridiculously sinful and looks absolutely delicious! I love pound cake. I never had it with peanut butter, however, I think I have to bookmark this recipe. Is it as good as it looks? Can you just lie to me and tell me it is awful? LOL! Voted up. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 23, 2013:

Thanks so much Vivian. I appreciate your kind comments.

Vivian-tmt-hnp from USA. on July 21, 2013:

3:56pm Sunday 21 July 2013

Wow! What what a delicious recipe.

Thanks a lot.


Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 21, 2013:

Thanks mse - I appreciate it and I hope you give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 21, 2013:

Hi jlpark - hope it turned out ok. Thanks for trying this recipe.

mse from texas on July 17, 2013:

Anything peanut butter catches my attention. This looks great!

Jacqui from New Zealand on July 13, 2013:

Making it right now - the raw cake mix is yum so if that's anything to go by I can't wait for the cake!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 12, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting MSGolden51. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

MSGolden51 on July 08, 2013:

Yum, I bet it's sooooo! good. Thanks great recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 08, 2013:

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe maja dali. I hope you enjoy the cake too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 08, 2013:

Thanks so much Diana Lee. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 08, 2013:

Hi lesliebyars - Thanks so much for the nice comments and I hope you give this cake a try. It's really yummy and has lots of peanut butter flavor.

Maja Dali from Slovenia on July 07, 2013:

Yummm! This sounds delicious. I have to try it out!

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on July 07, 2013:

This looks good. Voted up.

lesliebyars on July 06, 2013:

I am so excited to try this recipe. I like the thought of a peanut butter flavor. I will share this recipe with my friends and family. Voted up and awesome.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2013:

Thanks so much tastiger04 - I hope you enjoy it.

tastiger04 on July 04, 2013:

This looks great, I will have to try this someday soon!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 07, 2013:

I appreciate it wyomom123. Hope your mom enjoys it!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 07, 2013:

Thanks Barbara R. Glad you enjoyed it!

Allison Felton on June 05, 2013:

Oh my goodness, this sounds so good, and just the ticket for mom's birthday!!! Thanks.

Barbara R on June 01, 2013:

Very good. Recipe yielded a bundt cake and a small loaf pancake.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 25, 2013:

Thanks Doris Henson! I hope you enjoy it.

Doris Henson on May 24, 2013:

This will grace my table this weekend. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 13, 2013:

Thanks for reading Jealith - I hope it turns out well.

Jealith on May 13, 2013:

This sounds so good! I love to bake but I avoid actually eating any of what I make by giving them to the local police and fire departments. I also have new neighbors-3 college guys. We all know they eat anything, especially if it has peanut butter in it. I am making this today- I may have to make two full size and use any excess batter to make smaller cakes for the boys next door. I also plan on making the chocolate peanut butter icing. I may add chocolate chips to the batter instead :) Sometimes things just evolve, lol. Thanks for the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 10, 2013:

Hi rose-the planner - This is an easy and yummy recipe. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for commenting.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 09, 2013:

I have to confess that I love peanut butter. This recipe doesn't look complicated at all and it looks totally delicious. Definitely a must try! Thank you for sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2013:

I appreciate it Peggy W - Unfortunately when I make it I gain a bunch of pounds. Oh well, it is worth it. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2013:

Hi catgypsy - This is definitely a yummy cake and it makes my mouth water too. I just can't make it too often or I would gain far too much weight and I am trying to take it off. Thanks for commenting.

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