Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Melissa on November 10, 2008

I have actually made this cake several times, but I am just getting around to posting it! My go-to chocolate cake recipe is the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake, but the first time I made this I tried Dorie Greenspan’s Cocoa Buttermilk Cake. I love Dorie’s Baking Book, but I honestly didn’t really like this cake. Maybe I over-baked it, but I found it to be very dry compared to Hershey’s cake, and the chocolate flavor was not as strong.

So, I have since made it with the Hershey’s recipe and it is amazing! I love the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter together and this cake is perfect. The chocolate cake is moist and fluffy, and the peanut butter frosting is so rich and creamy. Make sure you have a big glass of milk handy if you make this cake!


Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 10 to 12 servings.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

You will need to double the above frosting recipe to frost, fill and decorate the cake. Decorate the cake with mini peanut butter cups.

Inspired by Annie’s Eats and Smells Like Home.

Cake recipe from Hershey’s Kitchens, frosting recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie November 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

Wow! What an impressive looking cake! And so decadent!


Brooke November 10, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I made this too, but my camera was broken so no proof. Check out my blog — I have something for you.


priscilla November 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

yummy, this looks delicious! your cakes are great looking, you frost them perfect!


Becca November 11, 2008 at 11:52 pm

I love chocolate cake and I love peanut butter…I might have to try this!


Candy November 12, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Oh my! This looks so scrumptious! And almost sinful…


Annie November 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Glad you enjoyed it! Too bad Dorie’s cake didn’t come out well for you. I love the Hershey’s cake too, but I like Dorie’s even more. Maybe try it again sometime and see if it comes out better.


Vivian September 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I made this cake last week for my mother’s birthday. It sure didn’t look at pretty as yours, but it was delicious! I going to try it as cupcakes this weekend.


Julia May 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Yum! I can’t wait to try it out! and it is so simple, yet a beautiful bounty to be in possession of. And then gobble down. I thought it would be very complicated and hard, but it’s not! Perfect, absolutely perfect.


Julia May 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm

How long does it take to make it?


Melissa May 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have never really kept track, but probably about 2 1/2 – 3 hours, including time to cool the cake.


Michelle November 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

This one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. So many are still raving about it! I didn’t have the 9″ round pans so I made a bundt cake instead. So delicious!


Melissa November 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

So glad you liked it!


Rebekah Piunti September 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love Hershey’s chocolate cake too! My husband has a bit of a peanut butter obsession. So I’ll be trying this one too! Thanks for sharing!


Lmorel June 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

This recipe was so good, I made this cake twice in one week! Thanks for sharing;)


Nikki Smith September 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi! I am making this cake as cupcakes for my 11 year olds birthday. I am making them a day ahead. Do you think they would be stable on the counter if I left them out or should I refrigerate?


Melissa October 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I would refrigerate :)


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