I spent a lot of time making this cake yesterday and it was so dry we could not eat it. It didn't pour out of the bowl into the cake pans, I had to spoon it out because it was so thick. The frosting was good and the peanut butter filling was also good although it made too much. I will not be trying this recipe again
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
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vsmailinsc Posted: 02/21/10
ShellyV Posted: 11/06/09
Wonderful (yet sinful) cake! The peanut butter filling is amazing! I needed to pull the cakes out of the oven a bit sooner than the directions called for...could be specific to my oven. I will make again! I would be interested in trying a different chocolate frosting that others mention.
sonora Posted: 07/24/09
A peanut butter lover's dream. I made this for a birthday, split each moist layer in half, allowing me to use more than twice as much filling! I did use a chocolate ganache recipe (Epicurious, Double Chocolate Layer Cake) instead of the frosting mentioned here, so can't comment on that. This is a gorgeous cake, great consistency, great flavor.
Raine0204 Posted: 01/15/10
I made this yesterday and it is so dry it's hard to eat without putting a little of the filling or frosting on the fork with a bite of the cake. The filling was quite a bit more than needed but I'll use the leftover on toast. The filling and frosting was very good. Does anyone have any idea why the cake turned out so dry? I would like to try it again. I followed the recipe exactly.
DiscoMom Posted: 08/17/09
This cake is everything it looks like in the picture, a true and worthy homage to the peanut butter cup. The cake is just right, neither moist nor dry. The filling is so indulgent and creamy! The frosting is a good chocolate frosting, though like the previous rater could use ganache for even more decadence. Don't forget to top with nuts and pb cups! This is really a rich, decadent special-occasion cake - wonderful!
1ddudrick Posted: 01/11/10
This recipe is truly outstanding. I made it around Christmas time and it totally out-shined everyone's cookies, mine included.
bakerlady63 Posted: 01/18/11
I also had the problem with very thick batter -- it was more of a "bread" than a "cake". Still pretty good - but I wonder if I could have put some sour cream or some other liquid type ingredient. I will try it again and add something - maybe some oil?
tucsontoni Posted: 04/11/11
I had trouble with it being more like cookie dough than cake batter too. The baked cake is kind of dry but the filling helps make up for of that.
CindyButts Posted: 08/11/11
Every time I make this cake I get nothing but rave reviews. One woman was even eating the crumbs off of the plate the last time I made it. I did increase the water just a bit the second time I cooked it, but don't add too much or it just falls to pieces.
CookingCrazy Posted: 10/14/11
I haven't tried this, but with all the reviews about the cake being dry, I think I am going to try it with my own home made chocolate cake and use the peanut filling along with the chocolate icing and the toppings. Will update later after trying.
stimply Posted: 07/04/12
The cake is definitely on the dry side. I would tweak it and keep the recipe. Overall it's a good recipe for this combination. I really appreciated the peanut butter being in the cake, and not just part of the icing/filling. I hope to play with this recipe some. I'd ditch the cream cheese in the filling and go for a basic 'buckeye' peanut butter concoction. I thought the cream cheese gave the filling a slightly odd flavor. Sour cream or greek yogurt may be a better option. Like I said, a good starting recipe but the semi-experienced baker should feel willing to play around with this.
78jessica Posted: 02/02/13
I used all purpose flour instead of cake flour. Also used all natural low sugar low sodium peanut butter. Then made cupcakes and left out the filling. I beat my pb, butter, and sugar a very long time (more than 5 minutes, I think). This turned out great! I didn't it find it dry at all, as other reviewers mentioned. I'll definitely be trying it again and next time adding the filling.
khloemichelle Posted: 02/02/13
in all honesty my family hated this recipe
westkayla1221 Posted: 03/19/13
Made this for a birthday party and everyone loved. I was a bit nervous about my cake becoming dry, so I turned my oven down about 20-25 degrees. Then I kept a careful watch over my cake after about 25 minutes. It didn't turn dry at all. Hope that helps.