Peanut Butter Cake

The world poses no problem we can’t remedy with a hefty slice of Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze.

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze

  • Out to dinner and looking to attract the attention of your super-cute waiter: Leave a slice of Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips on the table, along with your number (and the tip.)
  • Messed up royally at work and desperate to humor your boss: Drop Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips on her desk.
  • Need a slam-dunk dessert for a dinner party: Serve Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips.
  • Owe your girlfriend an apology: Say it one with Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips.
  • Congressional partisan divide: We might not make progress, but at least we’ll eat well trying.

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips is not shy; it is loud and proud about its big-time, diva-style peanut butter flavor. Even unfrosted, this cake bursts with peanut butter flavor, and the necessary smother with a shiny, smooth peanut butter glaze makes this cake as a peanut butter lover’s dream dessert.

 Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips

Have you ever eaten peanut butter directly from the jar with (or without) a spoon? If yes, I baked this Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze just for you.

As for the semi-sweet chocolate chips: What would a peanut butter cake be without the very life partner of peanut butter itself, chocolate? Sad. Incomplete. Longing. I simply could not subject our peanut butter cake to the absence of chocolate, thus into the batter it went.

 Peanut Butter Cake

Plus, as we established with my Avocado Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chunks, I have an irrepressible desire to add chocolate just about anywhere it makes sense, and putting chocolate in a peanut butter cake has to be the most reasonable idea I’ve heard since Ben proposed doing his own laundry (he doesn’t approve of how I fold his t-shirts.)

Today, let’s take charge of our problems with a big, bold slice of Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze. We might not solve them all in one sitting, but that is why God gave us second helpings.

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips-shot from above

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze

A decadent peanut butter cake loaded with chocolate chips and topped with peanut butter glaze. Ultra moist and packed with peanut butter flavor.

Yield: Serves 10-12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


For the Peanut Butter Cake

  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, roughly chopped


Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Imperial Sugar compensated me for my time to develop and photograph this recipe. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

49 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cake”

  1. Caitlin — August 26, 2013 @ 8:49 am (#)

    this looks likes heaven!! I will make for my next, “need a day that includes everything i love”

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      You are a doll and you definitely deserve/need this cake in your life!

  2. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — August 26, 2013 @ 10:40 am (#)

    oh my my. i call this food porn

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      lol. This comment cracked me up. Thanks so much!

  3. koukla76 — August 26, 2013 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Yummy! I want please! Looks gorgeous. Pinned to make asap. :)
    Tina at

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

      Thanks so much Tina! Hope you love every peanut buttery bite :)

  4. Ashley — August 26, 2013 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    I absolutely eat peanut butter right out of the jar … probably more often than I should admit : ) And peanut butter and chocolate have to go together – this cake sounds perfect!

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

      Let’s raise our PB spoons in solidarity, then dip them right into the jar. I’m all about it :)

  5. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — August 26, 2013 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    Your pictures are stunning! You do justice to this cake:) Peanut butter and chocolate – hello happiness!

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much Mary Frances! “Hello happiness” has to be one of the best ways to descibe the combo of PB and Chocolate I’ve heard yet!

  6. Ashley Bee — August 26, 2013 @ 12:29 pm (#)

    I was never the biggest pb & choc combo lover (I know, right? I’m weird) but all the men in my life adore it. I need to make this for them :)

  7. Valerie — August 26, 2013 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    So photogenic, but I know it tastes even better!

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

      Thanks so much Valerie! And eating it is definitely the fun part :-)

  8. Julie @ Table for Two — August 26, 2013 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    I am going to need more than one slice of this gorgeous cake!!

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      Perfect Julie, because I saved you three! ;-)

  9. DessertForTwo — August 26, 2013 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Yum! it’s the two best flavors in the world combined! Thanks :)

    PS Tiny orange spoon!!!!!! xo

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      Long live baby spoons forever and ever! Thanks lady :)

  10. Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic — August 26, 2013 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    I am pretty much at a loss here, because you seem to have finally stumbled upon the meaning of life… the secret of eternal happiness…the perfect peanut-butter-chocolate-dessert vehicle. I cannot make this soon enough!!

    • Erin Clarke — August 26th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      Oh my! And I thought I’d just baked a cake ;-) Thanks so much Nora!

  11. Monet — August 26, 2013 @ 10:05 pm (#)

    Hi Erin! Wow! Yes, I think you are absolutely right…there isn’t anything this cake can’t fix! Thank you for sharing, my friend! I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog (for one of Ryan’s cross-stitched necklaces!). You should stop by if you get the chance. Have a wonderful week!!

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      Thanks for your comment and for the tip Monet! Have a wonderful day!

  12. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — August 26, 2013 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    Things I approve of: Cake, and men doing their own laundry. Amen.

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      Hallelujah! Glad I have your blessing :-)

  13. Luv What You Do — August 27, 2013 @ 8:40 am (#)

    Oh i totally agree! This cake could create world peace : )

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      Doesn’t cake just sound like the perfect life plan? ;-) Thanks so much!

  14. Sarah — August 27, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#)

    oh my–this cake looks incredible! so much pb chocolate goodness!!!!

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      Thanks lady! I’m glad you approve.

  15. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 27, 2013 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    Chocolate and peanut butter are on my top things I love list. You nailed this recipe girl!

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

      Mine too Nicole! The two are just better together. Thanks so much!

  16. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — August 27, 2013 @ 3:50 pm (#)

    Erin, this cake looks KILLER! Your photos are totally making me drool, too. So bright, vibrant and full of life. I want to just grab a piece through my screen! :D

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

      You are too sweet Georgia! That means a ton, because I adore your photography. Don’t you wish they’d invent a screen to mouth transport system already??

  17. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — August 27, 2013 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    This cake looks terrific, and I’m sure it tastes delicious too… so much peanut butter wow, this stuff must be amazing, I’m drooling over here :D

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much! And where I’m involved MORE peanut butter is always better than less ;-) Thanks Consuelo!

  18. Maegan @ The BakerMama — August 27, 2013 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    This is the kind of cake I dream about! Peanut butter perfection! I would give anything for a HUGE slice right now! :)

    • Erin Clarke — August 27th, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much Maegan! And I’ve got the biggest slice of all set aside for you :)

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  20. Shashi @ — August 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am (#)

    I have nothing else to say…

    • Erin Clarke — August 29th, 2013 @ 7:42 am

      And there is no better way to express this cake!

  21. begem — August 29, 2013 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Looks great Erin! I wish that you could send me a huge slice!

    • Erin Clarke — August 29th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

      I wish I could fly YOU here and we could split the whole cake! Thanks Bege!

  22. laurasmess — September 3, 2013 @ 9:50 am (#)

    Oh wow. Peanut butter and chocolate are my besties. That means that you, for putting them together, are my third bestie (well, maybe after Mr Hershey’s but you know what I mean!). Ahem. Now that my weirdness is out of the way, let’s just say that this cake recipe looks amazing. Loving that gorgeous shiny glaze. On my to-bake list xx

    • Erin Clarke — September 4th, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

      Good to know where I stand ;-) Thanks lady and cheers to chocolate and PB!

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