Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake . . . two layers of chocolate cake with creamy peanut butter frosting and a generous dose of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Chocolate peanut butter perfection!

slice of peanut butter chocolate cake on a white plate


If you like chocolate and peanut butter like we do at our house, you have got to give this cake a try! The first time I made it, I used a recipe for homemade chocolate cake. For some reason, it was not as moist as I wanted. Now when I make it, I use a Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix. It is perfect!

My son loves this cake so much he requests it for his birthday every year. If you have a Reese’s peanut butter cup fan at your house, this cake is sure to bring a smile to their face!

2 Layer Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Not only does this cake taste divine, but it makes a wonderful presentation. Who could resist all those Reese’s peanut butter cups decorating the top? I’m glad I have a glass cake cover so my kids couldn’t walk by and pick them off. πŸ˜‰

And of course there’s the frosting. Oh the frosting. Creamy, luscious layers of sweet peanut buttery goodness. You will have a hard time not eating it by the spoonful! It is sinfully delicious.

chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups

How to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake:

This cake starts with a basic cake mix. I like Duncan Hines brand the best, and I usually use devil’s food, but any of the chocolate flavors work just fine. Prepare the cake as directed and bake in two round 9″ pans. Let them cool completely. You can even wrap them up in plastic wrap and freeze them ahead of time.

Whip up the peanut butter frosting by beating together peanut butter, butter, vanilla, salt, powdered sugar, and enough cream to get a creamy consistency.

Place one layer of cake flat side up on a cake plate. Spread with about 3/4 cup of frosting, then sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups.

Gently place the second layer on top, round side up. Spread remaining frosting on sides and top of cake. Cut the Reese’s peanut butter cups in half and press them into the frosting to decorate the cake.

How do I store my peanut butter chocolate cake?

You can store the cake at room temperature, you just need to make sure it’s covered so it doesn’t dry out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter layer cake

Handy supplies for making peanut butter chocolate cake:

9″ round cake pans – I have these Chicago cake pans and they hold up really well, even when I wash mine in the dishwasher.

Baker’s Joy – I always use this stuff when I make layer or Bundt cakes. It works much better than regular non stick spray.

Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – I buy the big bags on amazon because the price is right and they are delivered right to my door. Score!

reeses peanut butter chocolate cake recipe collage


Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Yield: 16 servings

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
Two layer chocolate cake with decadent peanut butter frosting and Reese's peanut butter cups.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes



  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream


Prepare cake according to directions on box. Bake in 2 greased and floured 9" round pans. Cool completely.

For frosting: Beat together butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar and enough cream to reach spreading consistency.

To assemble: Place one cake layer on a plate, flat side up. Spread with a layer of frosting. If desired, sprinkle with a few finely chopped Reese's peanut butter cups. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake. Decorate with halved Reese's peanut butter cups. Finely chop any remaining peanut butter cups and sprinkle them in the center.


You will have leftover peanut butter cups if you buy the 40 oz bag of peanut butter cups, but I find the smaller bag doesn't have quite enough.

-Originally posted June 25, 2010, updated 2/2019.

Love this cake? Here are a few more chocolate peanut butter recipes you need to try!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Pie
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

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  1. Just wondering if you whip the whipping cream before or can I use cool whip as well?

    • No, you do not whip the cream, so Cool Whip would not work as a substitute. I have tried using milk, but it didn’t work as well as the cream.

  2. Kennedy Cherry says:

    This is the first cake I ever made and I’ve made it two years in a row now for my boyfriends birthday! Its delicious!! The only problem I had was that this year I used organic peanut butter and it did not taste right at all. It was also not the same color as the first time nor was it as thick. So I suggest finding a decent peanut butter. (: all in all very yummy.

    • Thanks for the tip! I’ve never tried organic peanut butter, but I have definitely found that high quality peanut butter does tend to work better for baking. Glad to hear that this has become a favorite recipe at your house!

  3. Helen Marie Quick says:

    I had a friend make this for me last year for my birthday and I love it so I made it for myself this year! I put peanut butter chips in the cake batter and topped it off with the frosting of this recipe.

  4. Christina says:

    Do you refrigerate this because of the icing or is it ok at room temperature?

  5. I do not bake. I can barely fry an egg. But I made this for my wife’s birthday to surprise her and she absolutely loved it. And it was so simple! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Just made the frosting ahead of time and OMG it is AMAZING. My whole family loves it. Thank you for this!

  7. Erin Foreman says:

    What kind of whipping cream?
    Like whip cream, heavy whipping cream
    or half and half?

  8. Stephanie says:

    I made this cake for my son last year for his birthday. It was wonderful. His birthday is tomorrow and he asked me to look up that PB cake again. Thanks

    • Oh yay! I’m always thrilled to find out that one of my recipes becomes a family favorite. Hope your son has a very happy birthday!

  9. This was by far the best recipe my family loved it

    • Taneshia Huck says:

      I had a hard time getting the right consistency for the frosting so far. Have not ate the cake or slice yet. But luckily somehow manage to make it work the texture.

    • Me too! Any idea why?

  10. I just made your cake again today for the second time and omg, just love it! Thanks so much fornthe recipe. Glad I found this.

    • Glad you like it so much. I’ve actually been craving it lately. Hopefully I can talk my son into having it for his birthday next week. πŸ˜‰

  11. Just found this and it solved the mystery of what kind of birthday cake I’m making for my boyfriend!! Maybe I’ll get a ring out of it!! LOL!! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • That is awesome! I’m pretty sure that if you get a ring out of it, you owe me a piece of cake, right? LOL!

  12. thank you, when i saw this i already made the cakes lol but i let it sit since yesterday and i’m going to cover with chocolate buttercream and use the frosting for filling. hope it comes out good i’ll share pictures if you want :] also the peanut butter cups stick to the bottom it was not a good idea :3

    • I wondered if the PB cups would sink to the bottom. I’ll know now not to try it. Bummer! I bet it will be yummy with chocolate frosting as well. I love me some chocolate buttercream!

  13. i hope you get to answer this, how does this cake hold up? i want to make it to decorate with fondant. you think it’ll be ok?

    thank you

    • I’ve never used fondant so I’m not sure. My guess is that if you are just adding smaller pieces of fondant as decoration, it would be fine. But I think that for layers of cake with fondant covering the whole thing, a more dense cake works better than a cake mix cake. Sorry I’m not much more help than that.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    It was delicious!! Here is a link to my blog of your recipe:

  16. do you mean whipped cream like cool whip?? i’m going to make this for my grandma’s birthday.(:

  17. Joyce Canfield says:

    I’d love for some of the chips to be IN the cake itself. Now that Reeses has new little unwrapped minis I plan to try this that way for a special peanut butter cup friend of mine.

    Will let you know how it works out.

  18. I am making this this week as a thank you for our bishop. He loves chocolate and peanut butter. I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks.

  19. Kara, Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’m doing a birthday dinner for my mother- of- three daughter tonight, and I always ask her what kind of cake she wants.
    She has always loved Reese’s peanut butter cups, so I can’t wait to see her face when she sees her birthday cake! I was wondering, since you are from Utah, are you LDS? I am! Thanks again! Have a great day!

  20. Kara, thanks for this great recipe! I made this yesterday for my dad’s 60th birthday, it was a huge success. Decadent! And the perfect dessert to celebrate a man who always “taxed” our Halloween candy by nabbing a few peanut butter cups from our piles.

  21. Thanks so much! They don’t eat whipped cream (I think they’re insane, but hey) so, I can just use milk, right?

  22. Hi! I would love to make this for my boyfriend and dad for Valentine’s day but, what kind of cream do you mean in the frosting?

    • I updated the recipe to say whipping cream.
      I usually use regular whipping cream, but heavy whipping cream would work too. If you are in a pinch, you can use milk, but the frosting won’t be quite as creamy. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  23. Thanks for such a great recipe! I made this last night for my husband’s birthday and have blogged about it and your recipe.

  24. Looks much too yummyh!

  25. Thanks for posting! I love so many of your recipes! This will be perfect for my son’s birthday! Thanks!

  26. Hi Kara, I lost the picture link I had on my side bar to your blog. I’ll look around for another button, you must have changed it. Sorry, I haven’t had time to visit my favorite blogs and I’m out of the loop.

  27. Karalee says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. My son & i LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I’ll have to give this a try the next time i bake a cake for him. <

  28. My husband would love this!!! I’ll have to make this for him sometime soon!

    Your chocolate lovers bundt cake would be more to my liking! πŸ˜‰

    I’m giving away a $40 CSN Stores gift certificate:

  29. You are KILLING ME! I just started my no sugar week;) (from mmb)

  30. Yum! This looks amazing. I think that I would need to make this when I have people over, otherwise I might eat the whole thing myself.

  31. Danielle @ Life on Dahlia Lane says:

    This sounds like PURE heaven. There will be one of these in my house next time “that time” rolls around.

  32. No fair to post this in front of a hungry pregnant woman! I need it now!

  33. April Harris says:

    I had something like this in a restaurant in California recently – but it didn’t have the peanut butter cups on it. It was delicious, but I think I like your version better πŸ™‚

  34. This looks DELISH! Reese’s are my hubby’s favorites — so I will definitely be giving this little recipe a try. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  35. The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says:

    Oh, you must have heard my conversation with my 5 (soon to be 6 year old) yesterday! Her birthday is coming up next month & I always decorate a fun cake for my girls. I was asking her what kind of cake she wanted & she said a cake with PB cups in it (she loves Reeses!) and I told her I didn’t know if I could find a way to put them IN the cake – but this cake solves my problem! She loves anything PB and it looks delish – so I’m excited to show her!

    • JOSIE D. says:


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