Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Why are Sundays so exhausting? Seriously. I’ve never liked Sunday. At best, it feels like a last gasp of freedom all day, and it’s also consumed by errands or playdates or birthday parties or other activities that make my feet hurt.

If Friday is the best day (which I believe it is, since anticipation is the key to all pleasure), Sunday is the worst for the same reason. So I try to have a nice Sunday treat to look forward to, or even a few. My husband and I do date night on Sundays because even though we’re too tired to go out, we get a second wind (or a fifteenth?), and I love that. And it’s always great to have a food treat around, too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Like this peanut butter cake. With amazing, fudgy peanut buttery chocolate icing. It’s seriously the best.

The cake is so dense and moist, too. A word of warning: I’m a notorious underbaker. Not in the dangerous sense, but in the sense that I don’t like things to get too dry. But feel free to keep yours in longer! The crumb will not be the same, though.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

And this icing is BEYOND anything reasonable. It’s made on the stove top, and it’s ridiculously wonderful. You’ll make the cake just for an excuse to make the icing!

I meant to use a bundt cake, but I couldn’t find it. I have the eerie feeling that one of my kids is using it as a hat these days. So I used my spiky silicone funky pan, and it turned out well. The smaller pan just needed more baking time!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

I’m telling you, people, Sunday is rough. This frosting (oh, and the cake too) will ease the pain!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used Jif natural)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice



  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (again, I used Jif natural)
  • 5 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar



Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a bundt pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large pot, bring the butter, peanut butter and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. When the mixture is smooth, remove the pot from the heat. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk and lemon juice and stir again until the mixture is well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir once more, making a smooth batter.

Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert the pan over a plate and cool completely.

Once the cake is cool, make the icing. Bring the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons of water to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pot from the heat and add the remaining 3 tablespoons of water and the powdered sugar, stirring until a smooth icing forms.

Spoon the icing over the cake, letting it run off the sides. Cut into slices and serve.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh my gosh that icing. None of it would make it to the cake. And Sundays, I totally get you! Mornings I’m all happy, by the afternoon I’m just tired and dreading Monday!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, I ate some with a spoon and then made myself stop. It was hard! Sigh. Monday.

  2. Mary Frances

    Same here. Sunday nights make me tired just thinking about them. They definitely need chocolate and peanut butter! You aren’t kidding, this is beyond anything reasonable and completely and utterly worth every bite. Just wow!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mary Frances! I made a non-dairy version too with margarine and almond milk. Still beyond reasonable!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I hate Sundays, too! Fridays are the best day of the week and then I often get the Sunday blahs. Is it bad that I’m already counting down until Friday again? This peanut butter cake looks amazing! I am so impressed with the texture of this cake. Looks so dense, moist and full of flavor. And that icing, wow! I wish I had this for lunch today! 🙂 Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Not bad at all, Gayle! Just human. Fridays rule my happy world!
      I wish I could share with you, because I’m in food blogger world with too much dessert! Serious problem, no? 😉

  4. Annie @Maebells

    Oh goodness I have never thought about Sundays like that! I have always loved Sundays, they are “lazy” days around here! This cake looks like a great treat! You can never go wrong with a chocolate+peanut butter combo!
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    1. Mir

      Good! Keep loving Sunday! I’m probably a weirdo. 🙂

  5. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    Holy cow, that is a WALL of peanut butter. Best Sunday ever!
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    1. Mir

      All PB treats should be a wall. I love that line of thinking, Erin. Thanks!

  6. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat

    Oh, this cake looks amazing. I’m somewhat of an underbaker as well. It drives my mom crazy. However, PB & chocolate are her favorites and her birthday is this month, so this cake looks like a definite winner!!
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    1. Mir

      I’m sure you can force yourself to overbake it for her! But man, I know it’s hard. I like things underdone! Thanks, Shannon!

  7. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    That icing is KILLING me Mir! So decadent! And I love how you can see how dense and fudgy that cake is – perfection!
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    1. Mir

      It killed me, too! So much so that I can never make this again. So dangerous! Thanks, Trish!

  8. Shanice

    Yum Chocolate! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Shanice! I will stop by!

  9. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    That sure looks amazing!!! I love me a nice dense cake. I really need to plan date nights with my husband more often. Good for you!
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    1. Mir

      It’s completely necessary. Otherwise, we just talk about logistics all the time!

  10. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Seriously, I want to face plant into this amazing cake. Like seriously. 😉
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