Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

My oldest son recently turned 8 years old.  Almost every year I let the kids pick a cake for me to make (with 4 kids, I need a break from cake making from time to time).  They choose the flavor cake, filling, and design, and I make it.

This year Logan wanted Captain America’s Shield, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
I have decided I hate making boxed cakes and utilize google search and pinterest to find tasty cake recipes to make from scratch.  This year I found a great recipe for chocolate cake and another amazing recipe for peanut butter buttercream frosting. SO good!

– 2 cups sugar
– 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cups Hershey’s Cocoa
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 eggs
– 1 cup milk
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 cup boiling water
– Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
– Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
– Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting. 10 to 12 servings.
– 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
– 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
– 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
– 1 pinch table salt
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon heavy cream
– Beat butter and peanut butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.
– Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds.
– Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds.
– Scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.

I’d love to hear how you like them!


  1. Those recipes really do sound amazing! YUM! If I don't make the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for my husband, it might have to be this! 😉

  2. Looks good inside and out!

  3. Mmmmmm need I say more 🙂

  4. Ooh, Justin's going to be bummed that his birthday isn't for 11 more months! {What are the odds he has me make this for Shane's next month instead?! :P}

  5. OMG.. that looks so yummy!

  6. Sandy VanHoey says

    Wow! nice job on this cake. It looks delicious and so moist. You made me hungry with this one.

  7. OMGosh.. that looks divine!! And my fave combination.. peanut butter and chocolate. YUM!!

  8. Yum! That looks so good! Now I'm hungry. LOL

  9. sounds SO tasty…might have to make this one. PB icing…never that of that, but sounds so perfect! Great job 🙂

  10. Alesha this sounds delicious! Hubby loves Reeses, so I'm thinking maybe I'll make him one of these for his birthday coming up in July. Probably not Captain America's shield though…lol!

  11. desertmama says

    I'm scared to try fondant, but it makes the cake look so good. Great job, and the peanut butter filling sounds delicious.

  12. Yum! Chocolate and peanut butter are my two fav things!

  13. Betty Baez says

    ooh i have to try this cake!

  14. Alesha, thanks for joining the cake extravaganza – I am simply blown away by all the fantastic cakes – and extremely hungry! Cheers


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