Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake is the ultimate chocolate peanut butter dessert recipe. Fudgy chocolate cake layers with creamy peanut butter cheesecake filling, overloaded with tons of peanut butter cups and silky milk chocolate ganache on top. If you are a serious chocolate peanut butter lover, they must try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe, too.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for me than an overdose of chocolate and peanut butter.
No-bake peanut butter cheesecake filling with chocolate peanut butter cups is sandwiched between moist and fudgy chocolate cake layers. An as a bonus, there is a thick layer of milk chocolate ganache on top of this goodness. All delicious layers packed in one ultimate dessert!
What more to say than who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together? This chocolate peanut butter cake recipe is so delicious. You’ll have your family and guests begging for more! But it’s very rich… so a small slice will do just fine.
If you’re one of those people who use to say, “too rich” or “too sweet”, then this is not the cake for you. But if you are one of those who truly believe that there’s no such thing as too much chocolate or too much peanut butter, then scroll down to the recipe and let the baking begin!
What’s not to love about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake?
This Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake is pure decadence! Rich chocolate cake layers are made with boxed cake mix, but they are super moist and fudgy. Fudge chocolate cake is perfect base for no-bake peanut butter filling and frosting.
No-bake peanut butter cheesecake is loaded with mini chocolate peanut butter cups. And there are more chocolate peanut butter cups and Reese’s candies on top. It’s so rich, so delicious and so fun!
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
The cake starts with moist, delicious layers of chocolate cake. For this occasion, I used a shortcut and make the cake layers from boxed cake mix. However, the star of this cake is the filling and topping.
Make the cake according to a package direction, bake in two 8 inches round cake pans and cool. Then trim the top of each cake to make a flat surface.
Next, make the filling. For a no-bake peanut butter cheesecake, beat softened cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar, then fold in whipped cream. Reserve 2 and ½ cups filling to cover the cake. In remaining filling add melted gelatin and mix to combine.
To assemble the cake, you will need cake collar or a ring from springform pan. Place a cake layer on a serving plate and then lock the ring or a collar around the cake. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter cheesecake filling and top with mini Reese’s cups, then cover with remaining filling. Cover with second cake layer. Refrigerate until firm, then cover the cake with peanut butter filling. Top with milk chocolate ganache and chocolate peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces, every peanut butter and chocolate lovers favorites.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake is the ultimate chocolate peanut butter dessert recipe. Fudgy chocolate cake layers with creamy peanut butter cheesecake filling, overloaded with tons of peanut butter cups and silky milk chocolate ganache on top.
Chocolate Cake Layers:
- 1 (15.25oz.) box super moist chocolate fudge cake mix
- ingredients listed on the box (3 eggs, oil, water)
- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 6 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 12 oz. brick style cream cheese-room temperature
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons gelatin
- 2 Tablespoons cold water
- 7–8 oz. mini chocolate peanut butter cups
Milk Chocolate Ganache:
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 4 oz. milk chocolate-finely chopped
- 2 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate-finely chopped
- 4 Reese’s-cut in half
- 1/3 cup Reese’s pieces
To make the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease two 8-inches round cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Prepare the cake mix following the instructions on the box. Divide batter evenly in prepared pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes in the pans, then remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- Trim the top of each cake to make flat surface. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and place the ring from springform pan around the cake, set aside.
To make the filling:
- In a bowl mix heavy cream until soft peaks form, then add vanilla and 6 Tablespoons powdered sugar and mix until firm peaks form.
- Dissolve 2 teaspoons gelatin in 2 Tablespoons cold water and set aside for a few minutes to bloom, then melt over low heat until gelatin is completely melted and smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and peanut butter until it’s smooth. Gradually mix in powdered sugar. The mixture will become thick and dry. So after you added about ¾ cup of powdered sugar, add half ow whipped cream and mix, then add remaining ¾ cup of powdered sugar and whipped cream.
- Reserve about 2 ½ cups of peanut butter cream cheese mixture to cover the cake and pipe the swirls on top. Cover and place in the fridge. When ready to decorate the, remove from the fridge and leave 30 minutes at room temperature.
- In remaining filling mix in melted gelatin. Spread thin layer of the filling (with gelatin added) over the first cake layer. Arrange Reese’s minis over the entire layer, then top with remaining filling.
- Place second cake layer on top and gently press with your palms to stick everything together well. Chill in the fridge for about 2-3 hours (or freeze for 1 hour).
- Run a thin knife around the cake and release the ring. Cover the top and sides of the cake with reserved filling.
To make the ganache:
- Put finely chopped chocolates in a heat proof bowl. Heat heavy whipping cream until it just begins to boil, then pour it over the chocolates. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
Drizzle the chocolate around the edges of the cake, then fill in the top of the cake and smooth it with an offset spatula.
- When the ganache is slightly firm (after about 10 minutes) arrange Reese’s halves on top and pipe the swirls with remaining frosting. Top with Reese’s pieces if desired.