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.

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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. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    This is freakin’ awesome! When I finally find time to make this cake, I have a feeling I am going to be outrageously happy.

  2. 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?

  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This is amazing. And I want peanut butter cups so bad right now. I just bought a big lot of peanut butter today ( I buy peanut butter in bulk – haha) so this cake is in my near future!

  4. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    Oh boy. This cake looks dangerously good!! Chocolate and PB and cookie dough?? Heaven! I want a slice right now for snack!

  5. Ashley @ wishes and dishes

    Happy birthday to your mom!!! This cake looks awesome – I’m speechless!!!

  6. 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!

  7. Heather Christo

    oh lord help me. Peanut butter chocolate is my favooooorite. You pretty much made a huge reeses- into a cake. gah!!!!

  8. 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.

    1. Jenny

      It’s edited Diane, no Butterfingers in this recipe, that was from my last chocolate cake 🙂 Thanks for the note.

  9. 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!

  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    This is one of those cakes where you want to risk getting caught by sticking your finger in the frosting lol. Such a fun idea!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

    Jenny, this has got to be one of the most amazing cakes, ever! I mean, cookie dough filling?? Mmmm. 🙂

  13. Julie @ Table for Two

    holy cow! this looks amazing!! can you bake me a cake like this for my bday? haha 🙂 happy birthday to your momma!!

  14. carrian

    That sounds amazing! Come make it for me next year for my birthday, no one eats cake but me so we never celebrate with it.

  15. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    Oh my goodness!I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these amazing recipes but don’t ever stop!

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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!

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