Peanut Butter Layered Chocolate Cake

Sharing our favorite Homemade Chocolate Cake today! My Peanut Butter Layered Chocolate Cake makes the perfect cake to celebrate your loved ones!

homemade chocolate cake

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Oh boy, this homemade chocolate cake is a dream. I made it for my sweet Mom’s birthday…..and it’s safe to say we LOVED it 🙂 You’ll find eggless peanut butter cookie dough layered between 2 homemade chocolate cakes topped with my double chocolate frosting. Find a special occasion to make this cake ASAP! Enjoy friends!

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homemade chocolate cake

Bake your cakes and let them cool.

How Do You Make Chocolate Cake?

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray two 9 inch cake pans with cooking spray and the bottoms lined with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl until hot, about 45-60 seconds. Remove and add chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 minute then stir to melt.
  3. In a stand mixer, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda to combine. Slowly add the eggs, sour cream, oil and melted chocolate mixture until combined. Divide batter between the two prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool. Remove cakes from pans.

homemade chocolate cake

While your cakes are cooling, make the peanut butter cookie dough layer. Start with some flour!

homemade chocolate cake

Add your peanut butter, butter, sugars, vanilla and milk.

How To Make Eggless Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. To prepare cookie dough, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, flour and milk mixing until thick and cookie dough consistency.

homemade chocolate cake

Yes please!

homemade chocolate cake

Let’s start the frosting shall we?

How To Make Double Chocolate Buttercream

Double Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 20 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  1. To prepare frosting, beat butter until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and cocoa until thick. Beat in melted chocolate. Stack one cake on top of a cake plate and top with peanut butter cookie dough layer. Top with second cake and Frost entire cake. Top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layered Chocolate Cake-9

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You’ve got to try a taste!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

How To Assemble Layered Cake

  1. Stack one cake on top of a cake plate and top with peanut butter cookie dough layer. Top with second cake and Frost entire cake. Top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Frost all sides of this baby!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Unwrap 20 or so of these little bites and top them on the center of your cake if desired.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Layered Chocolate Cake

This homemade chocolate cake is layered with peanut butter cookie dough and topped with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! The perfect cake to celebrate your loved ones!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 1034kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 10
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Ingredients

Homemade Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup canola oil

Eggless Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk

Double Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips melted
  • 20 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray two 9 inch cake pans with cooking spray and the bottoms lined with parchment paper.
  • Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl until hot, about 45-60 seconds. Remove and add chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 minute then stir to melt.
  • In a stand mixer, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda to combine. Slowly add the eggs, sour cream, oil and melted chocolate mixture until combined. Divide batter between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool. Remove cakes from pans.
  • To prepare cookie dough, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, flour and milk mixing until thick and cookie dough consistency.
  • To prepare frosting, beat butter until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and cocoa until thick. Beat in melted chocolate. Stack one cake on top of a cake plate and top with peanut butter cookie dough layer. Top with second cake and Frost entire cake. Top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Nutrition

Calories: 1034kcal | Carbohydrates: 161g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 120g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 5mg
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71 Responses
  1. peanut butter cookie dough layered between 2 homemade chocolate cakes topped with my double chocolate frosting = SOLD, sold, sold!! Jenny this sounds amazing! It was my bday 2 weeks ago and what I would give to have a cake like this appear! Each and every layer and item could stand alone – and together, heaven! Pinned!

  2. Gayle Cherry

    Hi,
    I think there is an error in the recipe as it states in the last paragraph to top each layer with crushed butterfingers bars??? Where did that come from….I know it may just be a typo from another recipe, but I thought I would bring it to your attention…I can’t wait to make it!! My hubby’s b-day.is this Sunday and he is a total peanut butter fanatic so I think I have the perfect opportunity!!
    Thanks!
    Gayle C 🙂

  3. Paula

    Hi Jenny! It looks like maybe the directions on the “recipe card” for this cake accidentally included the last past of your Double Chocolate Butterfinger Layered Cake instead of the directions as you describe them in your step by step instructions for this cake. Both look like wonderful recipes though!

  4. Diane

    Jenny: A little confused here. Your recipe states to spread a thin layer of frosting on each cake layer and top with crushed butterfinger candies, then after stacking the two layers and frosting the entire cake, add more crushed butterfingers to the top of cake. That sounds absolutely phenomenal, as butterfingers are my favorite candy, but I’m seeing miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, which sounds pretty good too! Looks like you could use either candy.

  5. Maegan @ The BakerMama

    This is the kind of cake I have dreams about! It sounds amazing, looks amazing, and I have no doubt it tastes AMAZING! You have a lucky mom!

  6. donna

    Looks Amazing! But in the pics you show flour as the beginning of ther peanut butter layer, but there is none listed in the recipe?

  7. Dawn Kelm

    Getting ready to go to the store for the ingredients!! Making this for my husband’s 50th birthday today!!! Can’t wait to try it…oh and taste test the cookie dough and lick the frosting batter!! LOL

    Thanks Jenny!!

  8. Vera

    I’m confused!! The captions for the filling state to start with some flour. However, I am not seeing the flour in the filling ingredient list, nor the filling directions. Am I missing it?

  9. Debbie

    Hi Jenny! Love your recipes – I have a question, though. My peanut butter layer turned out more like cake batter than cookie dough. Suggestions? Ideas? Thanks for your help – I am taking it to a party tomorrow!

  10. Emilee

    Hi Jenny,
    I apologize if I’m missing this…for the frosting, are you using the milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet? It wasn’t specific…
    Thank you:)

  11. Emilee

    Hi! I REALLY want to make this cake and get it right…..can anyone tell me if the chips in the frosting are the same as the cake (milk choc) OR semi sweet?
    Thank you:))

  12. Leigh

    I made this cake today for my mom’s birthday. It looked so good I couldn’t even wait for her before digging in! It was so good! Luckily she didn’t mind me checking to make sure it was good before giving it to her :-).

  13. Melissa

    I made this cake for my son’s birthday over the weekend and it was AMAZING! Everyone just loved it!

    I did have some of the same issues as other people with the printed version listing incorrect instructions 🙂 Also, I found in my oven I needed to cook the cake for almost 40 minutes instead of just 30. Over all, great cake and I will be making it again FOR SURE! Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. Amanda M

    I am making this cake right now and the batter is delicious. It’s in the oven. For the frosting is that semi sweet Choco chips or milk chocolate again?
    Thanks.

  15. Ana

    OMG!!! This is death by peanut butter and chocolate!! I bake on a regular basis and have tried a great many cakes – this beats them all!! I melted PB cups into the frosting and chopped up PB cups into the middle layer for extra yumminesss. Wow wow wow!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! Xoxoxoxoxo

  16. Samantha

    I made this for my sister’s birthday recently. It’s only the 2nd homemade cake I’ve ever made. This cake changed my life. I LOVE chocolate, and I’ve never had a chocolate cake this good. I doubt I will ever find a cake as satisfying (or addicting) as this. Next time I’m going to make it without the peanut butter cookie dough and I’m sure it will be equally amazing.

    My birthday is next week and I just know any cake I have will be disappointing after having this cake!

    1. Samantha

      I wanted to add, I made this recipe with a whisk, because I don’t have a mixer. Don’t let not having a mixer deter you from making this cake.

  17. Danielle

    Hi! Im going to make this for my daughters 2nd bday/thanksgiving! Question: in the frosting it says 2 sticks of butter… im in Canada and was wondering if a stick is 1 pound ( about 2 cups), i wouldnt doubt that there is that much butter in there but wanted to make sure!! Thanks alot!!!!!!!

  18. leanne

    this looks amazing!i will be making it for a friend’s birthday this week- quick question, i need to make it ahead of time, can i just leave it in the fridge? i’ll probably be making it the night before or the morning of. thanks!!

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