Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake

Recently I made a Better-Than-Anything Chocolate Cake and it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had.

I knew I wanted to recreate a peanut butter version because I love all things peanut butter.

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake - A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups!! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that's drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it's name and tastes AMAZING!!

I have a peanut butter cake in my first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, circa 2012. I also have this Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel. It’s an awesome cake and I forgot about it for the last three years. Whoops. And there’s a Peanut Butter Loaf Cake with Nutella and a Peanut Butter Blender Cake.

But this cake is really somethings special. It’s so easy and ready in about 30 minutes.

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Start by making a yellow cake (I used a boxed mix but you can double use this scratch recipe if you’re so inclined) and after the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes with the blunt end of a wooden spoon over the surface.

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake - A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups!! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that's drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it's name and tastes AMAZING!!

The holes absorb a mixture of peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, and caramel sundae topping that’s poured over the cake before finishing it with whipped topping, peanut butter chips, and mini peanut butter cups. Because the sauce seeps into the holes, this is one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever eat.

Between the peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter cups, peanut butter lovers are going to love the bold peanut butter flavor. I love that the cake itself is super soft and tender, the whipped topping melts in your mouth, and there’s texture from the peanut butter chips and cups. Better than anything, indeed.

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake - A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups!! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that's drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it's name and tastes AMAZING!!

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake

This cake is really somethings special, it’s so easy, and ready in about 30 minutes. Start by making a yellow cake and after it’s done, poke holes in it. The holes absorb a mixture of peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, and caramel sundae topping that’s poured over the cake before finishing it with whipped topping, peanut butter chips, and mini peanut butter cups. Between the peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter cups, peanut butter lovers are going to love the bold peanut butter flavor. I love that the cake itself is super moist, soft and tender, the whipped topping melts in your mouth, and there’s texture from the peanut butter chips and cups. Better than anything, indeed.

Ingredients:

  • one 16.50-ounce box yellow cake mix (I used Duncan Hines but you can use this scratch recipe)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, softened
  • one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces caramel sundae topping (I just eyeball it and use half of one 12-ounce jar)
  • one 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed (I used fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • about 3/4 cup mini peanut butter cups, halved

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Make cake according to package directions (likely adding 3 eggs, water, and oil) and bake as directed.
  3. While the cake bakes add the peanut butter to a large, microwave-safe bowl and heat to soften, about 15 to 30 seconds.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk, caramel topping, and whisk to combine; set aside.
  5. Remove cake from the oven when it’s done (probably about 23 to 28 minutes) and using the blunt end of a wooden spoon, poke holes over the surface of the cake. I didn’t count but I estimate I poked about 60 holes, evenly spaced over the surface.
  6. Slowly pour the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk mixture over the holes, taking your time to evenly distribute it so that all the holes receive some. Place cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool slightly before adding the whipped topping so it doesn’t melt.
  7. Remove cake from the fridge, evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface, and evenly sprinkle the peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. Cover cake and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best) before slicing and serving. Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Better-Than-Anything Chocolate Cake

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31 comments on “Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake”

  1. Man, do I love PB cake. The one in your cookbook is incredible!
    I made a poke cake like this one a few years back, and it was also amazing. That SCM with the peanut butter is like caramel and it just oozes in everywhere. Heaven!

  2. Peanut Butter ~ yup yup, don’t go a day without it. Maybe I can get my mom to make this for me? Or maybe I just need to make it myself. Either way…..this one is going down easy….

  3. Your peanut butter version looks every bit as good as the chocolate–and it would take a coin toss to decide which to make. This one looks like it has PB baked into the batter—the sauce drizzled over the top gives it a rich color and I bet the taste is amazing.Have a nice Memorial Day weekend!

  4. Just thinking about this cake makes my thighs get wider.  Yum!

  5. Just today we were invited to a black party, I think this will be my potluck contribution.

    Thanks for all your great recipes

  6. I love a good poke cake! Thank you!

  7. It looks delicious! thanks for your sharing.

  8. Stunning pictures as always! Should work with almond butter too, right? 

  9. This cake sounds absolutely incredible! Your photos have me swooning! 

  10. hey girl this looks really good!

  11. This is my heaven, seriously!!

  12. Found this on Pinterest & after the sheer joy to my taste buds from this AWESOME recipe, I’ve been going through your website finding other equally wonderful sounding things to try! My husband is not a peanut butter fan, and snobbishly turned his nose up while I was making this. However, after one hesitant bite, he fought me over the “good spots” (where the poke holes were). We didn’t bother with plates…who has time for that…and ate the entire thing in two days, out of the pan, without daring share with our kids 😆 (Okay, I gave my three-year-old one little piece to try! That’s less selfish, right? 😉) Thumbs up…way up. Outstanding recipe.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! I love that you ate it right out of the pan AND that your husband who’s ‘not a peanut butter fan’ demolished it with you :)

  13. Found this recipe on food gawker and it was amazingly delicious and for the topping I added caramel syrup with KitKat chunks :D at it went awesome!

  14. This cake looks over-the-top delicious!! I wish I was eating a slice right now :)

  15. Going to make this for my husbands birthday tomorrow, do I have to line the pan with foil? What’s the point for that? Thanks!

  16. This sounds so good. Cant wait to try making this, thank for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

  17. Found this on Pinterest! This cake looks delicious; I will definitely try this recipe, got too many kids that will enjoy this cake. Thanks for posting!

  18. I’ve actually made this before lol not from your recipe but my gma and I just thought of it one day. Except we put a cup of peanut butter in the cake mix and it makes the cake a lot more moist and it legit tastes like a “peanut butter CAKE” ❤️

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