This classic is so easy and delicious! Peanut butter on peanut butter topped with just a little chocolate on top. This Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake will be a perfect cake for any family gathering, work party, or just because you are having a craving!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake with a slice being removed

I have made this recipe with my grandmother many times and it is always delicious! There is just something about the nostalgia of having a recipe that you made with a grandparent. That way you can remember them every time you make this recipe.

My grandma is THE BEST cook. She can make a killer biscuit and gravy breakfast, but she was never really one to bake too often. Her pies and cakes are amazing every time she bakes, but I think she prefers cooking to baking. I grew up in her kitchen learning all of her tips and tricks and observing from the sidelines.

I guess that is where I got my love of being in the kitchen! It seems like in my kitchen 90% of the time. Even now I am writing this sitting in my kitchen. My kitchen is my happy place.

step by step pics of assembling the old fashioned peanut butter cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

My kitchen smelled HEAVENLY when this cake was in the oven. The air filled with peanut butter goodness. Who needs candles and air fresheners when you bake right?

a slice of old fashioned peanut butter cake

To give the cake a beautiful finish, I added chocolate shavings as a garnish. Of course this isn’t necessary, but it does seem to make it even more special, right?

old fashioned peanut butter cake from above with chocolate shavings

Let’s get down to business shall we! Let me know below if you tried this recipe and how it turned out for you!

a slice of old fashioned peanut butter cake on a plate

Here’s the printable recipe for you:

 

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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake


  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

This classic is so easy and delicious! Peanut butter on peanut butter topped with just a little chocolate on top. This Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake will be a perfect cake for any family gathering, work party, or just because you are having a craving!


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Brown sugar
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 45 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare (3) 6″ cake pans with nonstick spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together until everything is combined.  Add in the wet ingredients and mix on low speed unit combined.  Mix for an additional 3-5 minutes on high speed. 
  3. Distribute batter evenly between the three pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Once cakes are done, allow them to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and place the cakes on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Frosting

  1. In a small saucepan. combine peanut butter and honey. Warm over low heat and stir until melted, smooth and creamy. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer and add in the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. 

To assemble

  1. Start by placing one level layer on a cake board or stand. Top with about 1/2 cup of peanut butter frosting and level. Continue with each layer. 
  2. Once you have added all layers, cover the outside of the cake in the frosting and smooth. Add chocolate shavings to the top if you wish and enjoy! 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter, cake, peanut butter cake, dessert

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17 Comments

  • Jeannie Eschle-Bell

    October 6, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Would be great if your recipes were in ounces or grams too. We don’t use cups in the UK.

  • Taylena Rubin

    October 6, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks soooooooo much, gonna slap myself after I make that peanut butter cake??
    Yummy

  • Barbara

    October 7, 2019 at 4:16 am

    LOVE this! I just have a question about the frosting recipe. The first step uses a small saucepan….are we to heat it? If so, is it on medium heat? If we don’t heat it, then I was curious what we needed the saucepan for… Thanks in advance for the clarification!

    1. Rose

      October 7, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Hey Barbara – This recipe was on the blog before I bought it and I’ve not had time to test it but I assume that yes, you’ll want to warm it just enough to mix it well. I’ve reached out to the previous owner for clarification!

  • LaDonna

    October 7, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    On the frosting. Do you heat the peanut butter and honey just enough to soften it?

    Also, do you have a caramel icing and a chocolate icing recipe for a thin layer cake?

    1. Rose

      October 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Hey LaDonna – This recipe was on the blog before I bought it and I’ve not had time to test it but I assume that yes, you’ll want to warm it just enough to mix it well. I’ve reached out to the previous owner for clarification!

      1. Rose

        October 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

        I have a chocolate buttercream recipe on my other blog here: http://rosebakes.com/chocolate-buttercream-frosting/. You can probably cut that recipe in half and have plenty. I also have a caramel frosting recipe on this post: https://rosebakes.com/caramel-filled-cupcakes-with-whipped-caramel-frosting-recipe/

        1. LaDonna

          October 8, 2019 at 2:13 am

          Thank you for your reply.
          I am sure these recipes will come to use by me? but I am looking for the ones that are kind of thin and easy to spread over the thin layers.

  • Pam Hull

    October 7, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    does this recipe have NO SALT?? Just checking

    1. Rose

      October 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      Hey Pam – This recipe was on the blog before I bought it and I’ve not had time to test it. I have seen recipes with no salt, so it’s absolutely possible. Maybe the salt in the peanut butter is enough? I’ve reached out to the previous owner for clarification!

    2. Rose

      October 8, 2019 at 1:54 am

      The verict is in – she said no salt! 🙂

      1. Pam Hull

        October 8, 2019 at 6:51 pm

        Thank you Rose, however didn’t have your answer in time so I added about 3/4 tsp salt, oops! But it actually turned out great! I made cupcakes out of this recipe and then added my own touch by filling them with chocolate ganche and topped the buttercream with ganache as well….OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good!!!!!

        1. Rose

          October 13, 2019 at 9:09 pm

          So happy to hear that!

  • Cheryl Myklebust

    October 10, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I want to use two 8 or 9” pans, adjusting the baking time, of course. Any advice?

    1. Rose

      October 13, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      I’d still start checking at 30 minutes and go from there. Maybe lower the temp to 325°F.

  • miriam idarus

    October 18, 2019 at 9:20 am

    super awesome

  • Meg

    October 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Tnx so much

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