Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Inspired by southern butter cakes, this delight is blessed with lots of butter and made easily with a foolproof cake mix.


20 servings


1 box devil's food cake mix (e.g. Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1 cup peanut butter chips (from 10-ounce bag)
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
3 3/4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
hot fudge topping, if desired
chopped peanuts, if desired


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour (do not use dark or nonstick pan).

In large bowl, mix cake mix, butter, milk and 1 egg with spoon until dough forms. Spoon into pan. Place plastic wrap on dough; press evenly in pan. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle dough with peanut butter chips and peanuts.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla and 3 eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar on low speed. Pour mixture over chocolate mixture in pan; spread evenly.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until topping is set and deep golden brown. Cool at least 30 minutes to serve warm, or cool completely. When cutting serving pieces, wipe knife with paper towel after cutting each row. Top each piece with hot fudge topping and chopped peanuts.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Additional Information

Southern cooks have been making ooey-gooey butter cakes for generations. This version uses popular chocolate and peanut butter flavors.


Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 330; Calories from Fat 140; Total Fat 15 g; Saturated Fat 7 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 65 mg; Sodium 300 mg; Total Carbohydrate 42 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Sugars 32 g; Protein 5 g; Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat; Carbohydrate Choice 3

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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