Cocoa Cake with Peanut Butter FrostingIt’s time to celebrate yet another birthday at the office.  I have volunteered to be the  “cake baker” , but the birthday celebrant has to select his/her favorite cake.  Sometimes I even ask them to provide me with their favorite recipe, and I will do my best to create a cake.  This time the selection was a chocolate cake with lots of frosting.

Since I really love this Cocoa cake with Peanut Butter frosting, which several years ago my manager made for my birthday (she loved gourmet cooking), I decided to use that recipe.

Slice of Cocoa Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

It is the combination of the chocolate cake and the peanut butter frosting that makes this cake so decadent, as it reminds you of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Ingredients for Cake:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 ¼ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 1/3 cups water

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions for Cake:

  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 round baking pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla.
  5. Beat 1 min. at medium speed.
  6. In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  7. Add alternately with water to creamed mixture, beating after each addition.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake 35 to 40 minutes for 8 inch rounds, or 30 to 35 min. for 9 inch rounds, or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool 10 min.
  11. Remove from pans.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. Frost the cake with creamy peanut butter frosting.
  14. Cover and refrigerate.

Directions for Creamy Frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter, until creamy.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Mix well until well blended and creamy.
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12 Responses

  1. busymom

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:11 pm


    This looks delicious! If only I hadn’t given up chocolate for Lent, I’d be baking this cake this weekend!

  2. suburbangrandma

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:56 pm


    hehe…..Lent only lasts for 40 days….and we are already into the second week…Save this recipe for after Easter baking.

  3. Culinary Schmooze

    February 28th, 2010 at 1:10 am


    oh yeah this does look good. Looks very creamy and moist. i bet adapting the cream from peanut butter to coffee would taste great too.

  4. Suburban Grandma

    February 28th, 2010 at 7:53 pm


    Definitely…coffee icing is one of my favorite as well. I also have a cake recipe which I love, and that one has coffee cream icing. I will need to make it for a picture, an then post the recipe.

  5. Roxy

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:41 am


    Now I am hungry for some cake.

  6. Suzy

    March 1st, 2010 at 5:25 pm


    I’ll be giving this one a try, possibly as a cupcake. Thanks for sharing. How dod that cake work out on the diet…..:)

  7. suburbangrandma

    March 1st, 2010 at 6:53 pm


    It was a total torture to make a cake and not be able to have a piece!
    I was doing very well, until this Sunday…..I attended a very special dinner party and could not resist the temptation of soooooo many varieties of TORTS….I had just a bite of each….honestly….only a bite…but I paid the ultimate price later on…..but as they say” if you do the crime, be ready to do the time”….so I paid my dues. By the way…these torts were awesome!!!!

  8. Suburban Grandma

    March 1st, 2010 at 6:56 pm


    The only way to satisfy that hunger it to make the cake. Not difficult at give it a try and share your experience, please.

  9. Used Trucks Online

    July 14th, 2010 at 9:11 am


    almost so that i want to lick the screen haha!
    well done
    nice layout

  10. Suburban Grandma

    July 14th, 2010 at 8:03 pm


    Thank you.
    If you had some of that cake, and it spattered on the screen, I assure you that you would lick the screen…hehe

  11. lily

    July 14th, 2011 at 8:38 am


    This looks like a delicious cake.i have to give it a try for my birthday.cant wait to cook it soon.hope it will be great.

  12. Suburban Grandma

    July 14th, 2011 at 7:04 pm


    If you like the mild taste of peanut butter, you will love this cake.
    Good luck with baking, and enjoy your Birthday!

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