Peanut Butter Cake or Cupcakes

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

For peanut butter addicts only.

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealdinner, snack

Taste and Texturebuttery, nutty, rich, sweet

Type of Dishcake, dessert


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup white or firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cream the butter, and cream in the sugar and peanut butter. Beat in the eggs until fluffy (medium high speed on a mixer). Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk and vanilla to the first mixture. Blend just until smooth. If using an electric mixer, set at lowest speed and add flour, then milk and vanilla. Mix until well blended, and use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl.

  2. Turn into 12 to 18 well-greased cupcake pans or frilled paper cupcake holders set in muffin pans; or bake in two 8 or 9 inch layers or a 10 × 14 × 2-inch sheet pan. Grease and flour the cake pans. Bake in a moderate oven, 350 degrees, 15 to 25 minutes for layers or cupcakes or 35 minutes for sheet cake. Test by pressing lightly in the center of the cake. If it springs back, it is done. Cool the cake a few minutes, loosen it from the pan, and turn out on a wire rack to cool. Frost, if you like, with butter frosting, to which ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts have been added. Or use peanut butter instead of butter in the frosting.


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We eat a ton of peanut butter in our house, and this cake sounds like it would be something everyone would be fighting over to get the last piece. Thank you for adding the instructions on how to use peanut butter instead of butter for the icing. I have a friend whose daughter used peanut butter and marshmallow creme to make an icing for her cake once. It was very delicious.


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