Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. This recipe has been a favorite for birthdays in my family for years. The cake is very moist.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
1 -9 x 13 inch cake
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and white sugar.

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  • To the sifted ingredients, add the 10 tablespoons butter or margarine, vinegar, and warm water. Mix thoroughly, but do not beat. Pour batter into ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove cake from oven, but keep it in the pan.

  • Cream together peanut butter, brown sugar, milk, and 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Spread icing onto cake. Place under broiler until brown and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

314 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 51.9g 17% DV; fat 11.3g 17% DV; cholesterol 24mg 8% DV; sodium 354.7mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Disappointed. After all the great reviews, I can't say this was a hit. Peanut Butter topping was nothing special. The cake itself was very good and quite moist. By the way 10 tablespoons of butter is a smidge under 2/3 of a cup. UPDATE: I just frosted the cake with Butter Cream! MUCH BETTER! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2011
I'm only rating the frosting here ( I used another wacky chocolate cake recipe). As written I found the frosting recipe yields a grainy texture not to mention the peanut butter taste was a bit intense. It just wasn't creamy enough for me and I didn't want to put the entire cake back in the oven to broil so instead I followed the recipe up until the last step then added 1/2 package cream cheese. Creamed this together then frosted the cake (obviously omitting the broiler). It was delicious this way. Read More
(7)
90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Disappointed. After all the great reviews, I can't say this was a hit. Peanut Butter topping was nothing special. The cake itself was very good and quite moist. By the way 10 tablespoons of butter is a smidge under 2/3 of a cup. UPDATE: I just frosted the cake with Butter Cream! MUCH BETTER! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2003
Very good once I followed the recipe in full. I tried to get off easy by not broiling but the icing was much too grainy that way. I also stirred chocolate and peanut butter chips into the cake batter and sprinkled some on the top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2003
WOW! This cake was fantastic! I've never hade a home made cake turn out so moist. Almost fudgy! I will definately make it again but will pass on the frosting. It was just too gooy and did't look that good.It really doesn't need anything at all. I added peanut butter chips and it was even better.Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
This cake is so moist!!! I made it for my mother's birhtday and my grandmother came over and said that it wasn't too sweet but not too sour either it was just right!!! All of us my grandmother mother and I all LOVE peanut butter and the only thing better than peanut butter is peanut butter with chocoate! THANKS!!!!!!!! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
My family and I really liked this cake. I didn't make the frosting. The cake was moist and not overly sweet. The texture had a fudgey feel. I can't wait to make this with a cream cheese frosting. Or maybe caramel and pecan topping. The possibilities are endless. With the cake not being too sugary it allows to play with different toppings that may be heavy on sweetness. The prep time was quick and it's kid friendly too. I think a little cinnamon in the batter would give it a little zing! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/28/2011
I'm only rating the frosting here ( I used another wacky chocolate cake recipe). As written I found the frosting recipe yields a grainy texture not to mention the peanut butter taste was a bit intense. It just wasn't creamy enough for me and I didn't want to put the entire cake back in the oven to broil so instead I followed the recipe up until the last step then added 1/2 package cream cheese. Creamed this together then frosted the cake (obviously omitting the broiler). It was delicious this way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2003
I just made a Devil's Food cake from a mix and then spread on the peanut butter icing and sprinkled with mini-chocolate chips. Sooo yummy! My family of 8 gobbled it up in one sitting. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2006
I want to give this a lower rating but people at work claimed to have liked it so I guess I can give a little credit. I followed this recipe word for word whereas I typically make my own changes. I was terribly disappointed when the cake began to darken around the edges and the middle was still raw. The frosting was a mess too- I didn't have much trouble with managing it under the broiler but I was not impressed with how runny and grainy it was. It ran everywhere and just didn't seem at all frosting-y. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2003
I had a small gathering which the neighbor kids helped me prepare for. The 12 year-old girl made the cake and it was delicious. We decided to get REALLY wacky and added chocolate and peanut butter morsels to the cake and the peanut butter topping. We also threw in some marshmallows and toffe bits. It was delish! Read More
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