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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a chocolate layer cake, a center of peanut butter cookie dough, and topped with peanut butter frosting.

    All homemade Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake with a cookie dough center.

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a chocolate layer cake and a center of peanut butter cookie dough and topped with peanut butter frosting.

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    This cake has been on my mind since January. You see, my husband is a HUGE peanut butter and chocolate fan! He love, love, loves it! So, this was ultimately his very belated birthday cake. And what a cake it was!

    Decadent Chocolate Cake with a two cup disk of peanut butter cookie dough sandwiched in the middle. Then I made a peanut butter frosting and added mini chocolate chips to the outside. It turned out wonderful!

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a chocolate layer cake and a center of peanut butter cookie dough and topped with peanut butter frosting.

    I was taking photos of the cake around noon and offered my husband a slice. He usually passes on my desserts or just takes a small bite, but for this cake, he got a fork and a glass of Ice Wine and just devoured it! He commented that he had a mouth-gasm! Or was it mouthgasmic? Either way, I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it. This cake turned out even better than I ever expected. We didn’t sing Happy Birthday and there were no candles for Mr. Quart, but he loved his cake. You have got to try this combination!

    I was torn between a chocolate frosting and a peanut butter one, but I sure am convinced that I made the right choice.

    I was so proud of myself when I sliced into this cake to see the perfect center of cookie dough. I had never done this before, but I think from now on, this is the only way I’m going to “frost” the center of a cake.

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a chocolate layer cake and a center of peanut butter cookie dough and topped with peanut butter frosting.

    To slice the perfect piece of cake, place the entire cake in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Then immediately slice. I don’t think I’ve ever cut a cake and had it turn out this perfect before. Cheers for Karyn!!

    Now, make this cake and serve it up with a sweet dessert wine or a big glass of milk!

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a chocolate layer cake and a center of peanut butter cookie dough and topped with peanut butter frosting.

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    This recipe is part three of a three part series including the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Chocolate Cake recipes.

    Simple Chocolate Cake with a layer of Peanut Butter Cookie Dough in the middle and then topped with peanut butter frosting. Mmmm! So good!

    Yield: 12

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    This rich chocolate cake stands up to the peanut butter cookie dough center and frosting.

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes


    Optional additions

    • mini chocolate chips
    • mini peanut butter cups
    • chopped peanuts
    • chocolate curls


      1. Beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth. Gradually add in milk and powdered sugar.
      2. Place one chocolate cake on a cake platter. Add the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and top with second chocolate cake. Frost cake with an offset spatula and decorate as desired.
      3. Add mini chocolate chips or mini peanut butter cups. Serve with a tall glass of milk.


    The cake pictured was made in 6 inch round pans, and the cookie dough was formed in a 6 inch springform pan. The recipes make a full 9 inch cake. If you reduce the pan size, you will have leftover cake batter to make about 10 cupcakes.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    37 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake”

    1. Oh my gosh. That looks amazing. And my husband really loves peanut butter/chocolate too (though I’m the Reese’s fan). He likes an intense PB flavor with an intense dark chocolate flavor. I prefer the over-processed, supersweet stuff instead. 🙂

      1. I think that the frosting adds a lot of sweetness to the cake. The cookie dough is sweet as well. I have a feeling that both of you would enjoy this cake!

    2. The cake is beautiful and the flavor combination is great! What I like best is how your break down a time consuming process into very manageable chunks. Thanks! I am going to try to adapt your individual parts of this cake into cupcake form for an event that requires transporting the treats.

      1. Thanks so much. This cake could be done in one day, but I have so many other things going on that it’s just easier to break it down over three days. Good luck with your cupcakes. I’d love to have you share them on my Facebook page!

    3. Oh my goodness.. You have no idea how badly I want a slice of that! I bet it’s just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders! Hope you’re having a great start to your weekend!

    4. I’m so gonna try and make this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cake. It looks delish…Thank you for the recipe.. Will make it for my hubby first to see if I can get it right..:)

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    6. I am crazy about this recipe. I love it. So. Muuuuuch. that it hurts. I’ve made it three times, following the instructions to the letter, but I never seem to have as much cookie dough in the middle as you do. Any suggestions?

      1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad that you love it! What size pan are you baking the cake in? For this post, I made the cake and the center PB cookie dough in 6-inch pans. If you are making a larger diameter cake, it would make sense that your center wouldn’t be as thick. If you need the larger cake, and want that big center, I’d suggest making more cookie dough. Hope that helps.

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