Peanut Butter Cake

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
12 to 16 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • Peanut butter (at least 1/2 cup; if using more, decrease shortening by an equal amount)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Frosting:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, salted
  • 2 cap-fulls vanilla extract
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F if baking with a metal dish; 325 degrees F if using a glass dish.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Add graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla. Beat mixture with electric mixer on low until moistened, and then beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat for 1 minute. Bake in greased 9-inch by 13-inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes. Do not remove from pan to cool.

For the frosting: mix all of the ingredients together. Pour into a saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Cool slightly. With a wooden spoon handle, poke a few holes in the cake, and then pour the warm frosting over it.


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Here's the trick to this cake: double the peanut butter, reduce the graham cracker crumbs to 1 C, and add 1/2 mashed ripe banana. Banana is not noticeable but adds a lot of moisture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mrs Deen, I use almost every one of your recipes and they come out delicious! I'm mean SO DELICIOUS! All but this one. The taste is wonderful but I just can't seem to get it moist. It is always so dry, now I know I'm doing something wrong because all your recipes are awesome. Any advice? Please item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this cake last week and was disappointed as to how dry it was, it is one of only a few times i have thrown a cake in the garbage. I have baked for a number of years and was fortunate enough to receive a gold medal at a food show at the McCormick Place in Chicago when i was younger and baked as a profession now i only bake at home, i do not recommend this recipe to anyone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this cake on a whim tonight, and I was SO pleasantly surprised! I've never had a peanut butter cake, and I'm not even partial to p.b. cookies. But this cake tastes SOPHISTICATED! My 13-year-old loved it, as well as my husband. Neither of them could taste the peanut butter, even though I doubled the amount Paula recommends. (I only used 1/4 cup of butter, and the batter came out perfect! Great idea to poke holes with the end the wooden spoon -- I've never done that before. A reviewer stated that the cake had the texture of cornmeal, due to the graham crackers. I had only 1/3 cup on hand, and that amount added to the complexity of the cake without negatively affecting the texture. When I bake this cake again -- and I will! -- I'll make my own frosting, and go with a buttercream. The cake comes out a beautiful, multi-hued medium-brown color, and it would contrast beautifully with an off-white icing. (I could try Paula's icing, but the salty peanuts don't appeal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cooked for 30 min in a glass dish came out perfect...the kids and I luv it! ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
Haven't tasted it yet, just pulled it out of the oven.... do NOT cook it for the 30 to 35 minutes that it says! I just baked it for 30 and it's almost burnt on the edges. This is for a birthday and I'm pretty upset item not reviewed by moderator and published
Usually love all of Paula's recipe, but this one is not a keeper. The cake had a corn meal texture, which I assume is attributed to the graham cracker crumbs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for Thanksgiving and it was WONDERFUL, I wouldn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, it did seem a little thick but the texture was great. I increased the peanut butter by 1/4 cup and cut back on the butter equally (didn't have any shortening. Instead of chocolate frosting try a white chocolate ganache, YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read a lot of reviews and tried it anyway with a few changes. First I doubled it because I decided to make cupcakes and cake balls, and a double recipe makes 12 cupcakes and 2, 8 x 8 square cakes. The batter was a bit thick so I thinned it with a just over 1/4 cup of natural applesauce and added some chocolate chips. I also only used 3 cups of graham crackers because it is all I had in the house. The cake came out moist and delicious. I used a simple peanut butter and chocolate frosting and it is delicious. I don't expect it to last. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay, I am just hot enough today to be crabby and picky...here goes: capfulls? Who edits your writing?? What if I want to make a layer cake, which I assume I could with this recipe? And why is this the only peanut butter cake recipe offered by FN?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it yesterday, it's gone today. It came out moist. I will put in more peanut butter next time and maybe peanut butter chips. For the frosting, I cheated. I just used a can of frosting, zapped in micro for 30 seconds to were it's soft and just poured it on while the cake was warm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now I don't know if this is fair but I'm reviewing this based on the suggested adaptions made by previous reviewers: 1c pb 1/4 c butter No shortening and no other changes Bakes at 375 for 30 mins Cake has great flavor! I questioned the Graham crackers but they totally work. Now my cake was a bit dry however I think 30 mins was too long in my oven. Next time I'll check it at 25 mins and go from there. I used this cake to make cake balls with pb frosting (not the included recipe) then dipped in chocolate. This cake worked wonderfully for cake balls b/c frosting added back needed moisture. Hope this info helps and if you're questioning it, this recipe is worth trying! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe exactly according to the directions, adding additional peanut butter and reducing the shortening accordingly. The cake was moist and delicious. The frosting was tasty too. If you thought the frosting was grainy you did not follow the directions. If you thought the cake was dry and crumbly you did not crush your graham crackers finely enough. I used a food processor and ground them to the consistency of flour. My family loved it and asked for it again. People should also not confuse personal preferences for an inferior recipe. Some people are way to fussy about food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always follow a recipe exactly so I can decide if it's one I want to keep. This cake is delicious! It is moist, peanutty and the icing is great! My whole family loved it! I wouldn't change a thing about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the following changes to the recipe: 3/4 cup vegetable oil instead of shortening, and I had no peanuts for the icing, and I threw in a 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips for extra chocalatey goodness. I cooked it for 30 minutes in a metal pan @ 375. It is DELICIOUS! It literally tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter cup! My daughter instantly said it was a peanut butter cup, and my brother said it was awesome. The texture is even just like a peanut butter cup. Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the comments--1 c PB, 1/4 c Butter, bake for 30 minutes. I still found the cake to be quite dry. I'll experiment again, because I like the idea of a peanut butter cake, but I think it needs 1/4 cup oil also, or a bit of pudding mix (maybe exchange the vanilla for vanilla pudding?) We'll see . . . item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very excited to see a peanut butter cake as I love peanut butter and chocolate together, but this was simply terrible. It was not the consistency of a cake at all. I had to throw most of it away. It was simply too dry and I am wondering if the recipe was even typed correctly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this last night for my boys and myself and we LOVED it! Use 1c. of peanut butter and 1/4c. of butter instead of shortening. Also, bake for a few minutes less than called for. I used a metal baking pan and only baked mine for about 30 minutes. We loved how this tasted like eating a big peanut butter cup....only in cake form!! I will definitely make this next time I have company, too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this cake about half an hour ago for my sister who's coming home from college for the weekend. She's the kind of girl who ate pb and j for lunch from 1st grade straight through her senior year of highschool...this cake is perfect! I used 1 C peanut butter and 1/4 C of butter, no shortening and it turned out great. This was my first time baking with Paula's recipe and I'll definitely be coming back for more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HAVE BEEN READING THE COMMENTS AND I COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU MUST READ AND FIGURE SOME OF THE RECIPES OUT BEFORE BAKING. IF YOU ARE A BAKER YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THAT SHORTEN WILL DRY A CAKE OUT. I PLAN TO REDUCE THE SHORTEN AND THE COOKING TIME. I FEEL THAT 40 MINUTES IS TOOOO LONG. IF THE INGREDIENTS SOUND REALLY GOOD. READ FIRST. PAULA SHOULD HAVE REALLY TESTED THE CAKE EVEN PASS DOWN RECIPES NEED HELP. I DO AGREE THAT PAULA'S RECIPES ARE A LIKE IT OR HATE IT. SANDRA OF WILSON NC item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made the cake in a bundt pan and used a different icing recipe, but the cake itself just didn't taste right. A little dry, salty tasting or something...not sure what I didnt quite like about it but I wont make it again... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all the reviews before making this, but I had a hard time believing that something Paula would make would be so bad. I'm glad I tried it. FANTASTIC!! I subbed in 1 full cup of peanut butter, no shortening and 1/4 cup butter. I also did peanut butter in lieu of peanuts in the frosting. Absolutely delicious. The bad reviews had to have done it wrong -- no way anyone would say this cake was anything but superb!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a recipe for a graham cracker cake from years ago which I like and thought the addition of peanut butter would be a nice change. What I got was not only a cake that was dry but sorely lacking in flavor as well. I used 1/2 cup of peanut butter but don't think the addition of any more would have made it either more appealing or flavorful. I frosted it with my own recipe for peanut butter frosting and that was it's only 'saving grace'. It was like biting into a forkful of ground up cardboard. I won't be making this again. For me, I find Paula's recipes either a LOVE or HATE situation. There are many that are really wonderful but, more often than not, I end up feeding my garbage disposal. In this situation, I gave my daughter and her family some of the cake to see if maybe I was wrong about the flavor but she said they couldn't eat it either; it was 'four thumbs down'. I guess 'one man's feast is another man's famine'. Sorry, Paula....this one's a 'miss'. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very hesitant to try this cake after I saw all the mixed reviews, but I am so glad that I did! The cake was delicious. I used 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of shortening, which gave the cake the perfect peanut butter flavor. I frosted the cake with my own chocolate frosting and would also consider using a peanut butter frosting recipe (you can never have to much peanut butter in my book!). This cake is a must for anyone who loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS HAS BECOME THE MOST REQUESTED CAKEIN MY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS!!! THANKS PAULA FOR THIS RECIPE, IT IS A KEEPER - MARY IN ATLANTA, GA. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After retiring and become a home hubby I've had to learn to cook as I go. I was looking for a reward for my grandson that comabined his two favorite foods; cake and peanut butter and found this recipe right off. Never having bakes a cake from scratch before I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull this off, but he's worth the effort. The recipe was in a simple enough form for me ( thank you for that because me and cooking terms need help). I followed the recipe exactly and baked the darned thing with my fingers crossed. What came out of the oven shocked me. This cake is so awesome that I have to bake another and quickly or risk mutiny! My wife has done most of the cooking for years and says it's the absolute best cake she's ever tasted. Thank you Paula for making a rookie pull one off. I Highly recommend this cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Surprisingly moist and easy! I frosted the cake with Tyler Florence's peanut butter icing, though. I will make this cake often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also made this from a Paula Deen cookbook. It was bland and visually unappealing. The frosting in the cookbook included 1 stick of butter, 2 c. sugar, some cocoa and milk. It was thin and did not set up completely to a fudgelike texture. I salvaged it by dusting the top with confecioner's sugar after the cake had cooled. It has potential, but not enough that I will try it again. Glad to see I wasn't the only one who was unimpressed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After 55 yrs on this good ole earth, I finally found a cake I hate more than fruit cake.....this is it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is so quick, easy, and tasty. It turned out very moist. I did sub peanutbutter for peanuts in the icing, and I also added chocolate chips. All of my family and friends LOVED it, and want me to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you bake this as the recipe calls for, this cake is wonderful! The only changes I made was an increase of 1C of Jif Peanut Butter and reduced shortening to 1/4c of butter flavored crisco. I also added one container of milk chocolate frosting, melting it in with the frosting recipe, and then finally topping the cake with peanut butter chips before it cools. I live in a house full of boys and let me tell you, I have never seen a cake disappear as fast as this one did! Great job Paula, as usual =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Leave out the shortening add more peanut butter... lessen cooking time. Makes a big difference item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful light, moist peanut butter cake. My family loved it. I didn't ice the cake though. I make a vanilla sauce that my youngest daughter called "Cake Gravy" as a child. Next time I'll try the icing recipe Paula used on her cake. Although I think if it was up to my family it will always be topped with "Cake Gravy". item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm glad I didn't look at the reviews before I made this cake because they would have talked me out of it. It seems everyone either loves it or can't stand it. I think the cake was a bit dry, but most scratch cakes are a little on the dry side (in my limited experience anyway). I think this is a unique and delicious cake adding whipped cream to each piece as you are serving it makes it moister. I will definitely make this again and I can't figure out why this cake received so many bad ratings. If you like chocolate and peanut butter you will love this cake... if you DON'T like chocolate and peanut butter... WHY WOULD YOU MAKE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE? Paula is still the Queen in my eyes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is not what I expected. It's not overly sweet and maybe just a tad bitter. I loved the holes filled with chocolate icing and peanuts. It was much better when served warm but, good none the less. item not reviewed by moderator and published
do not waste your time on this cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
NOT A HUGE FAN OF PEANUT BUTTER. MADE THE CAKE FOR HUBBY WHO LOVES PEANUT BUTTER. I ENDED UP EATING MORE OF IT THAN HE DID! EASY TO MAKE, ALSO BIG PLUS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this cake several times now, and it always disappears fast. It is just delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is just altogether delicious. I like to use 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of shortening. Sometimes I use vanilla wafers instead of graham crakcers. Either one, this cake is delicious to any peanut butter lovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, Paula, Paula This cake is what I expected it to be. I am not understanding the neg reviews, but I made it and it was delicious. I did do as another reviewer and put 1 cup brown sugar and 1 T of white sugar. I also chopped my peanuts. It was the best. Paula I love you and your show. My son does to as well. Thank you!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for my adult children, and none of them cared for it. Actually it was better the second day after they had all gone home. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake tasted OK, but my recommendation would be to double the frosting recipe and to put in more peanut butter, as the recipe suggests. The presentation is not the best either, so I cut mine up in squares like brownies. The only problem was that it was crumbly. The overall taste was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this cake to be very dry. The flavor (not nearly as intense as the yummy aroma while mixing!) and texture were okay, but honestly the cake was one of the driest I've ever made. However, I thought the icing was great! After chilling overnight, it got a fudgy consistency. I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder, and it gave the icing an intense chocolate flavor. I love Paula, but all-in-all, not one of my faves from her. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live at high altitude, and this cake was the most successful cake I've made since moving here! I used an entire cup of peanut butter and it had great flavor. It doesn't look all that nice with the holes in it, but it's worth it once the chocolate frosting oozes down inside. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had no problem whatsoever making this cake and having it taste wonderful! Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is fantastic. I made it for a family dinner and everyone loved it served with vanilla ice cream. I used 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of butter because I don't use trans fat (shortening) when I bake. Also, I only had about 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs and it turned out very moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy. Enough said!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the cake but needed to bake at 350 and I doubled the frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for my uncle and he ate it all the first day item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took the advice of other reviewers. I used 1 cup of "Teddie Natural Smooth" peanut butter and 1/4 cup of shortening. I used 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of white sugar. I put about 1 cup of salted peanuts in the food processor and covered the top of the cake with the chopped peanuts. The cake was moist, just the right amount of sweet and we all loved it. It was nice and light, more like a snack cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My,my, my Paula has done it again, that is one of the best cakes I have ever tasted. My family wiped it out. Better than a reeces peanut butter cup item not reviewed by moderator and published
Miss Paula Dean: You are an amazing cook! I have a picture of the peanut better cake that I will be sending to you soon! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A co-worker Mr. Evans asked me if I knew how to make a peanut butter cake and I said no, but decided to search and found this recipe. I read the reviews first and decided not to use the frosting and serve it as a frostingless cake and increase the PB/decrease the shortening. Long story short, I came out great! I Received praise for the PB taste and moistness. It was a hit! This is a cake to make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for a peanut butter cake recipe for years. This is the first one that I've come across that I was interested in trying. I don't understand all of the negative reviews, except that maybe they didn't follow the directions exactly! If you're looking for peanut butter taste, increase the PB to 1 cup and decrease the shortening to 1/4 cup, as Paula suggests. As for some of the reviews who commented on gritty texture, perhaps they didn't process the graham cracker crumbs to a fine consistency - I used my food processor for the crumbs and the cake was light and moist. I did double the frosting recipe. One batch I poured over the top to fill in the holes. The second I let cool and I spread it over the top to cover the holes. I'm going to try making cupcakes with this recipe - it would make a great snack for the kids! Awesome cake!! I know I'll be making this one again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i watch the food network every single day.. my favorite show is Paula's Home Cooking.. the first recipe from Paula's show i ever made was this cake.. it was last May and i decided to make one for my mom, and one for my boyfriend's mom on Mother's Day.. it was UNBELIEVABLE!! i ended up having to make another one just a week later.. it was THAT gooood! i'm about to make probably my 8th one in 7 months.. i have family and friends begging me to make this cake on a regular basis... TRY IT! you will NOT be disappointed! ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for work as my supervisor had seen the recipe and wanted one. I love to bake and decided to make it. It was gone in about 2 hours with employees sampling it. Great Cake item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great cake,gooey and soft. A little crumbly but alltogether good. Easy instructions great recipe. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the peanut butter cake from Paula and was very upset with the results with the recipe. The cake was very dry and tasted more like the graham cracker crumbs than peanut butter. I wish I had read the reviews before I made the cake. I took it to a party and brought about 3/4 of the cake home. I refuse to throw anything away, so warming it in the microwave makes it moist enough to eat. The rave reviews must have used a different recipe because I am a seasoned cook and I went right by the recipe. Sorry Paula, this recipe will not go in my recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this cake so much. Next time I make it I will use a store bought milk chocolate frosting. I didnt like the frosting that was featured with this receipe, it wasnt smooth enough I thought. Another thing I will try with this is making 2 layers and filling it with Jelly! Yummie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My cake was very moist, but I did not like the denseness and texture. I do recommend changing the peanut butter measurement to 1 cup and shortening to 1/4 cup and oven temp to 350. I do not recommend using a straw to poke holes (too small diameter). Follow Paula's show demonstration to make the frosting vs. the written recipe and it's flawless. I did not include the peanuts into the frosting instead I chopped them and sprinkled over top which helped when pouring the frosting into the holes (I used a ladle). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't waste your time or the ingredients. I am a very experienced baker and use a Wolf professional range, but this cake was so dry that it was hard to swallow and it went directly into the trash after a few bites. Absolutely horrible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! I made this for two different events within a week and it is incredible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love peanut butter & thought this would be a great cake. Did not care for it at all, too dry & gritty, like graham cracker crumbs item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a big peanut butter fan, but this cake was awful. It lacked in peanut butter flavor, or any flavor at all for that matter. Plus, it was so dry that you probably could not look past that point to even begin to enjoy it. Don't waste your time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best cake, it was moist and rich. You have to follow the directions for beating the mixture, I really believe this is what makes it moist. I did add 3/4 cup peanutbutter and less shortening, I also doubled the glaze. You have to make the holes with a wooden spoon, so the glaze goes down inside. If you love richness you'll love this cake. Try it for yourself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must say that after reading the reviews on this cake I was a little reluctant to try it. But since I have a 5-year old son who loves p.b. and choc. I decided to go ahead (kids are pretty forgiving when it comes to desserts). I used 1c. p.b. to 1/4c. shortening. I also replaced half the sugar with brown sugar to help keep it moist. I also let the cake cool awhile before icing it and poked it with a chopstick so the holes weren't so big. Ithought it was really good, reminded me of a p.b. cookie in cake form item not reviewed by moderator and published
I generally swear by Paula Dean's recipes, but this one was TERRIBLE. A family full of cake loves and we threw it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I gave this cake 5 stars but I made a few changes. The "frosting" I made was different but I followed the recipe in Paula's cookbook "The Lady and Sons". It calls for 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 8 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 cup milk. You cook this the exact same way specified in the online recipe. The frosting I made is more like a chocolate sauce that runs down in the holes but doesn't really cover the cake. I didn't think a cake full of holes looked too nice, so I covered it with cool whip and sprinkled chopped reese's peanut butter cups on top! It was amazing! The cake gets even better as the chocolate sauce soaks in the cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to do and so very delicious.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family for Father's Day. It was a big hit with the Grankids. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't like the texture of the cake and the frosting was too sweet. Probably wouldn't make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom always made chocolate cake with peanut butther icing so i thought this would be a nice change and it is lovely on the taste buds!! Just make sure you have help and dont have to eat the whole cake yourself!! Ha ha item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it. The cake was slightly dry, but could have been due to my oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was actually able to substitute Smart Balance for the shortening in the cake and for the butter in the frosting and this cake came out wonderful. I also substituted fat-free Half 'n' Half for the milk in the cake and the heavy cream in the frosting. I was trying to make this a more heart-friendly cake and it worked. The graham cracker crumbs in this cake give it a wonderful taste and texture. This is also an incredibly moist cake and it is super-easy to prepare, especially if you are like me...a full-time working mom who does not have too much time to spend on baking cakes from scratch. Highly recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
VERY SIMPLE RECIPE. MADE IT FOR MY 11YR OLD BIRTHDAY PARTY. HIS FRIENDS LOVED IT AND HAVE REQUESTED FOR THEIR OWN BIRTHDAYS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake and took over a frinds for dinner, and got nothing but RAVES!!!!! Some of the reviews said it was dry. WRONG! If people would READ the recipe and follow to the letter, your cake will come out SUPER MOIST!!!! You have to put the frosting on the way the recipe reads, and it will be FLAWLESS! I doubled the frosting, and added more pb less shortning, and it was GRRRRRREEEEAAAATTT!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, once agian, a great cake recipe. My whole family loved this. The grahm crackers (I used cinnamon)really make this cake. I omitted the peanuts and added a little salt in the frosting. Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this while visiting my four grandchildren in New Jersey. They went wild and the cake was eaten up in two hours! They knew Paula Deen is my favorite and as a gift for birthday and mother's day, they gave me two Paula Deen's cook books. Mary item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very sweet and delicious cake. The other reviews that say to use double the icing are accurate. After you cover the cake with the first batch of icing it all sinks into the cake. Make a second batch, let it cool a little bit so its a little firmer and cover the cake with it. Also leave out the peanuts and use some fresh whipped cream on top. Oh, and increase peanut butter by 1/2 cup and decrease shortening bt 1/2 cup and it is very peanut buttery!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was almost afraid to make this after some of the bad reviews. I did make it for Mother's Day and everyone loved it. I did substitute pecan butter for the peanut and unsalted butter for the shortening. Turned out incredibly moist and delicious! I did have the problem of the holes in the cake showing through the icing so I just whipped up some cream and put over it! Problem solved, I will definitely be making this cake again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
try w/ other butters like hazlenut or cashew item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake looked way better than it tasted. The graham cracker crumbs give it a gritty tast that I really didn't like. I think the shortening should also be replaced with more peanut butter. I didn't like that taste in there either. Sorry Paula. I love you and I do cook a lot of your recipes, but i just didn't like this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this cake--as did my family and co-workers. I did use substitute nilla wafers, add about 1/4c more peanut butter, and added a little extra water. I also was careful when I poured the icing over the cake. I poured about half--let it set for a few minutes then poured the rest. This was so that the cake didn't soak it all up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
omg, this recipe was awesome. i rarely make cakes from scratch, but i saw this one online (didn't even see the show) and i just had to try it even tho a lot of people said it was too dry. it came out great! since it cools in the pan and continues to cook somewhat, leaving it in the oven too much longer than directed could be the culrpit. also, i used 1 c peanut butter to 1/4 c shortening, which may have helped. awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took this cake to a ladies get together and they all loved it! Some even had seconds. Janelle Danville, CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
great!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
a little dry, but still good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
...the cake came out pretty good. I doubled the peanut butter, reduced the shortening accordingly, and used about 1 1/3 cups of milk. I also added some extra coco to the frosting and excluded the peanuts. I might make it again, but still think it needs something else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I made the cake batter I wasn't sure that it was going to be that great, but to my suprise I liked it and so did my family. I increased the peanut butter by 1/4 cup and decreased the shortening by a 1/4 cup and it was very good. The only thing that I would do different next time is make a little more frosting. Also it wasn't too sweet and that to me is what made it great!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake isn't sweet, it isnt very peanut buttery, and the batter was so dense it turned out really strangely. I was not impressed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for company last night and they loved it. My husband loves peanut butter and I love chocolate, so this was a great dessert for both of us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for friends and we all went wild for it. I followed the recipe according to Paula's directions. I will increase peanut butter next time around because my family loves peanut butter. The frosting was the best part and there was plenty of it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! Life can go on now-I have just found the recipe I fell in love with when it aired in August. Paula's Peanut Butter Cake-My life is complete once again... Thank you-Peggy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. It is so moist. It just melts in your mouth. It is also easy to make. It is wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake sounded wonderful but was such a disappointment. It had barely a peanut butter flavor, it was dry and gritty and the texture was not right for poking holes in it. There was not enough icing to cover the cake and fill the holes. I whipped cream to cover the top and make presentable and then tossed all but 3 pieces. Glad I didn't take it any where. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had looked forward to baking this cake. But with all the comments about it turning out dry I decided not to chance it..Your rating system is helful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe. The grahm crackers gave it a great texture and taste. Very moist. It's quick to make and it disappeared quickly when I took it to work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised to see how dry this cake was, which was disappointing. That recipe will go in my out box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was so very dry, no one in my family could eat it! We all love peanut butter, but this was a diaster! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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