missy's peanut butter passion cake

★★★★★ 177 Reviews
mdommert avatar
By Melissa Dommert
from Baytown, TX

I have never shared this specific recipe until now. It’s a wonderful cake and has been a prizewinning blessing to me. It won a 1st place ribbon and $100 prize in the 2010 Kroger Employee Holiday Baking Contest and a 1st place medal in the adult dessert category at the Texas Rice Festival cooking contest held in Winnie, Texas, last weekend. It’s a blessed cake! Nothing would please me more than to hear from one of you telling me that you tried it and liked it too! Hope you enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We are lost for words... This cake is pure peanut butter heaven. It's a classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Adding coffee really enhances the chocolate flavor. The cake is dense but so moist. The frosting is light and fluffy, almost like a creamy mousse. This showstopper dessert is almost too pretty to eat!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 177 Reviews
serves 10-12
prep time 30 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For missy's peanut butter passion cake

  • CAKE
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    cocoa, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1 c
    coffee, room temperature (water can be substituted for the coffee but its purpose is to enhance the chocolate flavor of the cocoa)
  • 1 c
    buttermilk
  • FROSTING
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 c
    peanut butter, creamy
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 12 oz
    non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 c
    chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 2 c
    chopped peanut butter cups
  • 1/4 c
    prepared fudge frosting (any brand) or
  • chocolate syrup (optional)

How To Make missy's peanut butter passion cake

  • Sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
    1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13x2-inch pan, 2 9-inch round pans, 3 8-inch round pans or 1 10-inch round pan and set aside. Using an electric mixer, combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; beat 1 minute.
  • Remaining ingredients added to the batter.
    2
    Gradually add remaining ingredients (alternating wet and dry) and beat for 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed.
  • Pouring batter into the pans.
    3
    Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
  • Cake's baking in the oven.
    4
    Bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes or so until cake is done. Cool for 5 minutes and carefully remove from pan(s). Note: 8-inch and 9-inch cakes will bake in less time than 10-inch and 9x13x2-inch cakes so check for doneness.
  • Mixing the frosting ingredients together.
    5
    Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, salt, and peanut butter until smooth.
  • Folding in the whipped topping.
    6
    Using a spatula, gently fold in whipped topping until smooth. Chill frosting for about an hour (even overnight is okay). This frosting tastes like a creamy peanut butter mousse.
  • Frosting the cake.
    7
    Spread cake with frosting.
  • Missy's Peanut Butter Passion Cake decorated with chocolate, cookies, and candies.
    8
    Sprinkle all over with chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs. Garnish with chopped peanut butter cups and warmed fudge frosting or as desired.
  • 9
    For the cooking contest, I carefully cut each peanut butter cup in half and placed it on the cake (as shown in the photo) but what I really like to do is buy 2-3 packages of individually wrapped peanut butter cups (I think there are 8 in a package) and chop them up into chunks. This is easier to do if they're slightly chilled. Pile them onto the top of the cake (broken pieces, crumbs and all) and drizzle that with the softened fudge frosting (first soften it in the microwave for about 10 seconds - just long enough to thin it). Chill until serving time. For a gourmet touch, I like to split the layers or sheet cake in half and spread frosting between the layers as well. If you do it this way (and it’s worth it to do it), the cake is much easier to work with if it’s very well chilled. Who doesn’t like extra layers of frosting? You could also sprinkle finely chopped peanut butter cups on top of the frosting between the layers.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT