Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Looking to offer up something new and different for your next holiday get together? Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? It’s a combination that’s good any season. Try this decadent recipe for chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting:


Chocolate Layer Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed strong hot coffee
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoon milk or heavy cream
2 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons heavy cream


In a stand mixer with the beater blade, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until it is smooth, creamy and nearly white in appearance.
Add in the salt and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the heavy cream, a tablespoon at a time, mixing slowly until it is the consistency that you’d like.
Beat for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Cake Making Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans.
For the cake, put flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well.
In a stand mixer, mix buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla together. Slowly add in the mix of dry ingredients while the mixer is on low. Add the coffee and make sure everything is combined. The batter will be very thin.
Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. While the cakes are cooling, make your frostings.
Make the Peanut Butter Frosting:
In a bowl, blend together peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, and milk 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Make the Chocolate Buttercream:
Now it’s time to put your cake together!
Frost the top of the first cake with the Peanut Butter Frosting. Then layer the other half of the cake on top. Frost the outside of the cake with the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Pipe flowers on top with the leftover Peanut Butter Frosting and/or decorate as desired with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

We are sure this will be a hit at your holiday gatherings. Of course, if you don’t feel like making it yourself, call Sea Captain’s House, right here in Myrtle Beach, and we can whip one up for you to pick up!

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