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

Yield: 10 - 12 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
A decadent peanut butter cake loaded with chocolate chips and topped with peanut butter glaze. Ultra moist and packed with peanut butter flavor.


For the Peanut Butter Cake:

  • 1 cup sour cream — at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs — at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — (1 stick) 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
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Homemade Cake Recipe, Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter Glaze

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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.

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


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

  2. Yummy! I want please! Looks gorgeous. Pinned to make asap. :)
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  3. 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!

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

  5. 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 :)

  6. So photogenic, but I know it tastes even better!

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

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

    PS Tiny orange spoon!!!!!! xo

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!!

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

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Maegan @ The BakerMama Reply

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

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  19. scrumdiliumptious!!!
    I have nothing else to say…

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

  21. 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

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  28. can u leave off the glaze and do powdered sugar instead???? do u think i can serve this bundt cake for breakfast???? 

  29. Not sure how this cake could be done in 40 minutes at 325. At 30 minutes, it was still almost batter. Pretty sure I did this right.

    • Hi Jules, everyone’s oven is different, and baking time can vary depending on the oven and the pan used, so the toothpick test is always the best way to check doneness rather than going by time alone. I hope you enjoyed the cake!

      • I completely understand what you’re saying. I’m an experienced baker and just was surprised at the state of “undoneness” ant 40 minutes. I raised the temperature to 350 and baked another 15 minutes (roughly). Came out just fine. A beautiful cake!

        • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jules! And I do appreciate your chiming in about how the recipe went for you. It’ll help other readers if they have questions as well!

  30. Just curious as to why you state NOT to use natural peanut butter.

    • Hi Tami, because it separates at room temperature, natural peanut butter (the kind that you have to refrigerate after opening) often doesn’t behave well in baked goods, so I can’t recommend it for this recipe. I would stick with the shelf-stable variety here.

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