Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake — This peanut butter poke cake is a super easy cake recipe. It’s packed with peanut butter flavor and topped with a mix of peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. Poke cakes don’t get tastier than this!

slice of Peanut Butter Cake on white plate

The BEST 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.

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 peanut butter poke cake is really somethings special. It’s so easy and ready in about 30 minutes.

Start by making a yellow cake and after the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes with the blunt end of a wooden spoon over the surface.

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.

slice of Peanut Butter poke Cake missing a bite on a white plate

What’s in This Peanut Butter Cake? 

To make this easy Reese’s peanut butter cake, you’ll need:

  • Boxed yellow cake mix
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Caramel topping
  • Whipped topping
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Mini peanut butter cups

How to Make Peanut Butter Cake

This easy peanut butter poke cake comes together with minimal prep work on your part.

You’ll first need to make a boxed yellow cake according to package directions (you’ll likely need to add in eggs, oil, and water) and bake as directed in a 9×13-inch pan. While the cake is baking, add the peanut butter to a large bowl and heat in the microwave to soften.

Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping, then set aside. 

When the cake is out of the oven, use the blunt end of a wooden spoon to poke holes over the surface of the cake. Slowly pour the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk mixture over the holes. Place the peanut butter cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Remove the poke cake from the fridge and evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface, followed by the peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. Cover the peanut butter poke cake and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

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!!

Do I Have to Use Boxed Cake Mix? 

No, I used a boxed mix but you can double use this scratch recipe if you’re so inclined.

What Type of Peanut Butter Should I Use? 

When making baked goods, I find store-bought brands like Jif or Skippy work better than homemade peanut butter

Tips for the Best Poke Cake

The main thing to remember when making this peanut butter cake is to poke holes all over the cake. You want to make sure there are no major gaps in the cake where you’ve forgotten to poke a hole. Poke the cake close to the edges too — remember, you want all the peanut butter goodness seeping down into the cake! 

You also need to be careful when pouring the peanut butter mixture onto the cake. Use the back of a spoon if necessary to spread the mixture into all of the holes. 

As for the poke cake topping, feel free to use a mixture of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips if you can’t find mini peanut butter cups at your grocery store. 

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake

This peanut butter cake is a super easy poke cake recipe. It's packed with peanut butter flavor and topped with a mix of peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. Poke cakes don't get tastier than this!

Yield: 16
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • one 16.50-ounce box yellow cake mix*
  • 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

Instructions

  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.


Notes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 375mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 8g

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

  1. Ok cool! I made the yellow peanut butter cake and it was amazing! Next time I’ll add the poke portion. I think it will be out of this world!!!! Thanks!! I love all your recipes so much!!!!

  2. So – the “yellow cake” that we can make from scratch is actually a peanut butter cake? Is that right? Just want to make sure that the link is correct and you’re recommending a super PB cake filled with more PB goodness in the holes!!

    • I’m not sure I understand your question but this is a cake that starts with yellow cake mix and gets filled with a PB mixture.

      • There’s a link for a yellow cake from scratch – and if you click on the link, it takes you to a recipe for a peanut butter cake, not a yellow cake. That’s why I was asking. It’s a peanut butter cake with a strudel topping. I was checking if the link is wrong or if you actually meant for it to be a PB cake poked and filled with more PB.

        In your blog part, you say you started with a box mix but you could do it from scratch and the link takes you to a PB cake. That PB cake happens to be delicious, by the way! But it’s not a yellow cake recipe.

        Thanks!

      • Well it’s a yellow-ish/peanut butter cake in my opinion, knowing that cake, it would be a good alternative if you’re looking for a scratch version of this recipe. So yes, I meant to link it. I have other yellow cakes but that is my pick for this recipe. Most people though are just going to use yellow cake mix and honestly, that’s what I do, but sometimes I get questions about scratch alternatives, so that’s my suggestion.

  3. I tried a variation of this. I used chocolate topping instead of caramel, but next time I will use syrup instead of topping. The mixture was too thick and did not pour into the holes easily. Most of it sat on top. I would also recommend allowing the cake to cool slightly before poking the holes.

  4. 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” ❤️

  5. 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!

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

    Simon

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 :)

  11. hey girl this looks really good!

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

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

  14. It looks delicious! thanks for your sharing.

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

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

    Thanks for all your great recipes

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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….

  20. 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!

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