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This Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe Is a Candy Lover’s Dream

Calling all chocoholics and peanut butter lovers! This cake is your dream and tastes like a giant Reese's cup.

Forget the PB&J … this is the ultimate way to eat peanut butter. Our chocolate peanut butter cake recipe features layers of chocolate cake with a creamy peanut butter center. It’s like a giant, melty Reese’s cup, but in cake form— what’s not to love? Plus, whip up a batch of glossy chocolate frosting for a classic, dripped topping. This cake makes a great centerpiece at any special occasion or whenever you need a serious dose of chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness.

For this chocolate peanut butter cake recipe, use a creamy peanut butter that’s easy to stir. Avoid using natural peanut butter that separates, as it can make the center too oily (we have a trick for preventing separation). If your peanut butter leans a bit stiff, microwave it for a few seconds to soften it up. Be careful not to overheat it though, or it will lose its flavor. Tell us your favorite way to bake with peanut butter in the comments! And try our recipe for these 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.


12 servings

Total Time

Prep Time


  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Orange concentrated food coloring
  • 2 (8") round baked chocolate cake layers
  • ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream


On medium, beat butter and peanut butter 2 min. On low, add sugar and vanilla; on medium-high, beat 2 min. Tint orange. Place 1 cake on plate. Spread with 11⁄2 cups frosting. Top with remaining cake. Spread top and side with remaining frosting. Chill for 1 hr. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and cream in 15-sec. intervals, stirring, until smooth. Let cool. Pour over cake, letting some drip down. Let set, about 10 min.


  • Calories: 780
  • Fat: 49 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 23 gram
  • Protein: 9 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 82 gram
  • Fiber: 2 gram
  • Cholesterol: 125 mg
  • Sugar: 65 gram
  • Sodium: 280 mg


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