Peanut Butter Fudge Cake


Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces (about 1 & 1/2 cups) creamy peanut butter
For the icing:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Comments

  1. Going to try this...looks delicious!!

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    1. Because she changed her mind after eating one

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    2. Because she changed her mind after eating one

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    3. I'm confused, is it just plain peanut butter on the cake?...shouldn't it have confectioners sugar and even cream cheese..

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    4. it does have confectioners sugar, look at the ingredient list for the icing.

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    5. Looking at the recipe it is just peanut butter. The powder sugar is for the chocolate icing.

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    6. I haven't made it yet but I plan on it soon..it looks delicious. .I'm guessing the plain peanut butter cuts some of the sweetest from the cake and frosting..and might be a good contrast with a little bit of the saltiness from the peanut butter? Will see:)

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    7. I haven't made it yet but I plan on it soon..it looks delicious. .I'm guessing the plain peanut butter cuts some of the sweetest from the cake and frosting..and might be a good contrast with a little bit of the saltiness from the peanut butter? Will see:)

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    8. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, spread the peanut butter over the cake. Allow to cool completely. looks like plain peanut butter to me . . . but it certainly looks good!

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  4. This is very similar to a cake I have made many times without the addition of PB, but this sounds great. I've never seen a recipe for icing that called for buttermilk! Very interesting! :) Thanks.

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  5. Ok to use buttermilk substitute? Milk w/vinegar

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    1. Yes, but I use lemon juice. Mine turned out great

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    2. I don't have buttermilk. How much lemon juice did you use? Is that the only ingredient to substitute?

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    3. 1 Tbsp lemon juice per 1 c. milk, that's it.

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    4. Thanks for this info. I rarely use buttermilk,,,okay, I never use buttermilk, and the milk/lemon juice sounds good. Thanks again.

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    5. I somtimes use apple cider vinegar to make butter milk also 1Tbsp

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  6. Chocolate and Peanut Butter is always a winning combination. Thanks.

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  7. Hubby will LOVE this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  8. We make this minus the peanut butter and bake in a bar pan. Mom called them buttermilk brownies. They are delicious. We always bring home an empty dish when taking these to a carry in.

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  9. We make this minus the peanut butter and bake in a bar pan. Mom called them buttermilk brownies. They are delicious. We always bring home an empty dish when taking these to a carry in.

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  10. Looks delicious have to make it.

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  11. Looks delicious have to make it.

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  12. Is their a printer friendly version?

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    1. Go to the last button, which is for more options. Click on that, and you will see "printer friendly version". I had to hunt around for it.

      Mary C

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    2. no printer version on the MORE button

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    3. No printer friendly version on the more button

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    4. Amazing. Will make it regularly!

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  13. This looks soooo delicious....I'm hungry now...darn it...lol. :)

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  14. Can this be done with salted butter?

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  15. Chocolate and Peanut Butter married!! The Best!!

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  16. Chocolate and Peanut Butter married!! The Best!!

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  17. Okay I had a huge issue with the icing. I had no idea how to fix it but it wasn't smooth at all. I yelled checked the recipe and food it right. Any ideas?

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    1. One, make sure you sift the confectioner sugar. 2. Make sure the liquid is boiling, and let boil for a minute or two before you add it to the sugar. 3. Stir liquid into sugar with a whisk.

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  18. Okay I had a huge issue with the icing. I had no idea how to fix it but it wasn't smooth at all. I yelled checked the recipe and food it right. Any ideas?

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  20. Can't wait to try this!!! The perfect looking cake!!!

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  21. Sounds good, but going to give half away otherwise my husband will eat it all. Not good idea!

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  22. Agreed, will have to give half of it away as my husband would polish it off in a weekend! But sounds wonderful!

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  23. What can you substitute the buttermilk with? Please looks so good want to try it

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    1. You can either 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk. They also make dried buttermilk that you reconstitute with water. Its kind of like dried milk. Look for it in the baking section of your grocery store. I use it to make pancakes and waffles all the time.

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  24. oooooooooooo yummy! Also substitute plain yogurt for the buttermilk!

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  25. Made the cake part...it was gross. I followed the directions exactly so I'm not sure what happened. I melted the butter, added the cocoa, water and buttermilk....all was fine........... then I added the egg. As I cooked it over medium heat as recipe states to do (while continually stirring) , the eggs cooked.... resulting in little scrambly bits. Little scrambly bits in chocolate cake look like maggots..not very appetizing! I ended up throwing it out because it didn't have much flavor anyway. Big disappointment because the picture looks amazing!

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    1. I noticed this right away, Luckily, and skipped the whole boiling part. I added all my dry ingredients, then added my liquid ingredients. (butter was melted but NOT hot) Will comment on how it turns out.
      There is no reason for the boiling step in the icing directions either as long as you have your butter melted!

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    2. I wondered about that too!! No tempering?? Why does it have to be brought to a boil anyway? Can't you just melt the butter and add all wet to the dry???

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    3. It turned out absolutely great! It took twice as long to cook as called for though. But overall its a good cake!

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  27. Sunday August 30th~~~Made cake with some advice from previous comments {cooked eggs and Dry ingredient no boil ~~~ didn't raise well was Very Moist Frosting much darker brown than picture will try some baking POWDER NEXT time for a better raise, Good Luck ~~~~~~~

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  28. Not sure whether to make this now or not. A little scared to make it like it says too and take the chance of losing all those ingredients. Don't have the money to mess up and then try to go by all of it again. It looks amazing and yummy and I want to fix it.

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  29. Followed instructions to a T...and this cake turned out wonderful!!! I made it for Pot Luck at church :)

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  30. Followed instructions to a T...and this cake turned out wonderful!!! I made it for Pot Luck at church :)

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  31. That cake looks amazing...but I think I gained a pound just looking at the picture :)

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  32. I made this tonight, exactly according to directions, it was a hit! Thank you!!

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  33. My mouths watering! I gotta have this NOW!!!😍

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  34. My mouths watering! I gotta have this NOW!!!😍

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  35. I followed the recipe and this cake turned out so well I did add some chocolate chip morsels to the cake batter and to the frosting I did add another half teaspoon a vanilla to the batter and to the frosting I did add I have a teaspoon of baking soda my family love this cake I will make this cake again very delicious

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  36. I followed the recipe and this cake turned out so well I did add some chocolate chip morsels to the cake batter and to the frosting I did add another half teaspoon a vanilla to the batter and to the frosting I did add I have a teaspoon of baking soda my family love this cake I will make this cake again very delicious

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  37. Made cake. Waiting 10 min to cool to put on peanut butter. "Allow to cool completely "? Is that after the peanut butter?

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    1. Before peanut butter. If you don't the peanut butter will be a melted mess. I would cool completely.

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    2. Before peanut butter. If you don't the peanut butter will be a melted mess. I would cool completely.

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  38. Made cake. Waiting 10 min to cool to put on peanut butter. "Allow to cool completely "? Is that after the peanut butter?

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    1. Yes the directions say to cool 10 minutes then spread on the peanut butter after that cool completely

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  39. I made this and it was delicious. It was gone within 4 hours by 8 people lol

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  40. Looks good. Can't wait to test out my new diabetes medicine!!!!!!

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  41. Any sugar free versions? Love chocolate.

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  42. Ill find some one to bake it for me

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  43. Looks delicious, will need to try

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  44. A friend make this for her husband's birthday party. It was DELICIOUS!

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  45. Temper those eggs first or they will scramble...I had to put batter thru sieve to put in pan! My instincts told me not to just put in hot liquid....

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  46. Can't wait until i make it yummy

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  47. This looks delish and it makes my mouth water.

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  48. This looks delish and it makes my mouth water.

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  49. This looks yummy!! I'll have to make it this weekend!! Can't pass up Peanut Butter and Chocolate!! :)

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  50. Is it okay to mail to someone? Any suggestions are helpful.

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  51. This is very delicious. I have made it several times since seeing it posted on Facebook.

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  52. Was worried about adding the eggs while on the burner so I took it off the heat after I mixed in the cocoa powder and added water and buttermilk, then whisked in eggs. Seemed to work as I didn't end up with egg drop soup! Put it back on heat after mixed together and boiled.

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  53. Making this for Easter desert. YUM

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  54. I had a lot of problems with this cake. I had to make the batter twice, after the first one had little pieces of cooked egg in it. I followed the recipe exactly as stated. The second time I brought everything to a boil, but waited for it to cool a little then added it to dry ingredients. After that was mixed well I added the egg last. Had to bake Linder but seemed to turn out ok. After baking I let cool 10 mins then spread the peanut butter on. It melted all down the sides of the cake and didn't stay on the top well. Did anyone else have this problem? So much for a layer of peanut butter. The icing turned out very tasteless and very runny. I made sure I did everything correctly. Am I the only one who experienced this many problems? Suggestions please? Was hoping to give it as a gift, but turned out bad :(

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  56. i had the same problems with the p.b. melting. Maybe its supposed to be served warm?? It wasnt as good as i hoped and it was my friends birthday cake. I do not generally bake cakes so i followed the directions exactly except that i did not bring the mixture to a boil because they did not seem to make sense to me with the egg in it. you are not alone. I will never attempt this cake again.

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    1. Also i felt the same as you as far the flavor. It was rather bland for all those amazing ingredients.

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    2. I ended up giving the cake to someone but didn't try any myself. I told them if it tasted bad to just throw it out. He said it was a very moist but heavy cake. Not sure how it tasted but they said it was good. Maybe sparing my feelings but not sure. Probably won't make it again either. I doneed understand how others said theirs turned out perfect. I thought I did something wrong, but since you experienced problems I guess I wasn't alone. Thanks for your input.

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    3. I saw this and thought it looked delicious, so I wanted to try it. Once I started reading through the recipe, I realized that it is one that I've used for years, but just has the layer of peanut butter added. This really does make a wonderful cake, but my directions are different, and it turns out great everytime. Here are the instructions I have:
      1. Combine the sugar and flour with a whisk in a large bowl and set aside
      2. In a saucepan over low heat, combine vanilla, butter, water and cocoa. Do not boil. Just heat until hot and combined (basically until the butter is fully melted).
      3. While that is heating, in another bowl, mix the buttermilk, eggs, and baking soda (I do this in a Pyrex measuring cup - measure the buttermilk, then add the rest and whisk it to blend)
      3. Pour chocolate mixture over the flour mixture and stir
      4. Then add the buttermilk/egg mixture and continue stirring until fully combined.
      5. Pour into greased & floured 9x13 and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

      I hope this helps - good luck...another tip on the icing is to always sift the powdered sugar or you'll have little white lumps. It doesn't really affect the flavor, but looks weird :)

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    4. Leah, thanks for posting this. I was nervous about making this cake after reading the comments. I made it following your instructions and it was very good and easy. Thanks for the advice!!

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  57. I put this on FB and after reading the problems people have had, I deleted it. I know from watching Ina Garten that raw eggs in hot liquid = scrambled egg. Eggs into a warm liquid need to be tempered. As far as the peanut butter 'melting' try putting the cake in the fridge for 15 minutes before you spread the peanut butter. That may help. If all else fails, just make the Hershey's cocoa chocolate cake recipe and finish it off with the peanut butter and the icing in this recipe. Problem solved.

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  58. I have a question regarding the 'peanut butter' used - I only buy unsalted organic (peanuts only) and I know most store brands contain a bunch of other ingredients. Does this make a difference?

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  59. Oh how I wish that were on my table right now.

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  60. where is the directions for thisa yummy cake?

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  61. Making it right now for work can't wait to try it.

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  62. Shouldn't the eggs, buttermilk, etc. be added AFTER you've mixing the boiling hot cocoa mixture in with the flour? (That's how it's done for Texas Sheet Cake) I followed your instructions and ended up with chunks of cooked egg in my mix. It's been a long day and I wasn't paying attention as well as I should.....too tired to start all over again....

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  63. Mmmmmm! Fudge and Cake!!! Heaven? Is that you???

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  64. Should this be stored in the fridge??

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  65. I tempered the egg before I added it to the hot mixture and mine turned out great!

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  66. I did as well it was sooooo runny but as the air got to it and it cooled in the fridge then it became icing that normally is used for Texas sheet cake

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  67. Made this tonight and the icing didn't even stay on top, it was runny and ended up seeping into the sides of the cake

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