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Cocoa Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting – Recipe

It’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.

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.

Cocoa Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting – Recipe

Cocoa Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting – Recipe


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


  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.
  15. Creamy Frosting:
  16. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter, until creamy.
  17. Gradually add powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  18. Mix well until well blended and creamy.


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