Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is a real peanut lovers treat. Lots of peanut flavor abounds everywhere. Be warned though this recipe is for those with a sweet tooth as well. It's very sweet and the Kids will love it. For the adults it's a decadent treat that goes well with a hot cup of coffee.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, plus
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, plus
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups packed brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 (8 ounce) packagesoftened cream cheese
- 1 box powdered sugar
- 1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 4 tablespoons Karo syrup
- 1 box powdered sugar (sifted)
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
- 1⁄3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- For cake: In large mixing bowl, cream butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
- Add brown sugar.
- Mix to blend.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add flour mixture to butter and peanut butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Add vanilla.
- Pour batter into 3 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
- Bake in preheated 350ºF oven until cake tests done, about 45 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack to room temperature before filling and frosting the cake.
- For filling: Soften margarine and cream cheese at room temperature.
- Cream together well.
- Add powdered sugar and continue beating until creamy.
- Add vanilla and peanut butter.
- Spread between cooled layers.
- For frosting: Melt margarine, brown sugar and Karo syrup in boiler, bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat, add milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter.
- Beat until creamy.
- Spread on top and sides of cooled cake after filling.
I fixed the cake part of this recipe and iced it with a cream cheese peanut butter frosting. The cake seemed really dense to me. It was more like a hearty bread than the light fluffy cake that I was expecting. I followed the recipe exactly, but I might have made a mistake somewhere.
If you love peanut butter, here is the cake for you! Mine turned out perfect in every way and we didn't find it too sweet. I added finely chopped peanuts to the frosting for a little added flavor and it was so yummy! My DD and her friends loved it for her birthday party! I served with vanilla ice cream and the kids inhaled it and asked for seconds!
THis cake definitely was amazing! It should be made and left to sit overnight as the flavors meld and taste so much better the next day. The only thing I did different was to use cake flour in place of the all purpose flour. Also the 9in pans did not seem to be big enough, as this left a huge mess in the bottom of the oven. I'd use either 3 10in pans or maybe 4 9in pans next time but the mess was worth the taste in the end!