Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Today is National Bundt Day! Yes, folks, bundts do indeed have their day! I must confess that I had no idea National Bundt Day existed until I saw The Food Librarian’s tweets about her “I Like Big Bundts-30 Days of Bundt Cakes.” Go visit her site for 29 different bundts leading up to National Bundt Day. I guarantee you will be jamming to the Sir Mix-a-lot classic in a matter of seconds.

Once I started looking through Mary’s awesome bundt round-up, I decided on a cake from her site that included peanut butter and chocolate… seriously, how can you go wrong with this combination? Plus, I love the band of peanut butter filling that is visible when the cake is sliced. This cake definitely took a little time, but the outcome of the presentation is worth it. The cake baked up nicely in about 50 minutes and it released from the pan beautifully.

I sliced this up yesterday morning, drizzled each slice with a chocolate glaze and finished them with some chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Brian took these to his co-workers where they devoured each slice and proclaimed it to be very tasty!

After examining a couple of pieces for photos, I thought the cake looked like it was a tad dry. When I asked Brian his thoughts on the texture, he admitted it was a bit dry in the center, but said he did not want to tell me! No complaints from his co-workers… BUT it left me wondering how many other desserts he deemed delicious simply to appease me. I guess I need to ask more specific questions – lesson learned.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for visiting. Stay tuned this coming week for some great Thanksgiving dishes and desserts!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bundt Cake


For the Peanut Butter Filling

2/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the Cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
3 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup sour cream
12 tablespoons butter, softened
1 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

For the Peanut Butter Filling

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat peanut butter, cream cheese and butter until combined.
2. Add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until combined.
3. Mix in vanilla. Be sure to scrape down the sides.
4. Pour in sugar and flour, mix until combined.
5. Fit a pastry bag with a large plain tip and scoop the filling into the bag. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Cake

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

2. In a medium metal or glass bowl, add cocoa and whisk in boiling water. Add in chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth. Mix in sour cream.

3. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and then beat in vanilla. Alternatively mix in the dry ingredients and the cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. For example – mix in 1/3 of the flour, 1/2 of the cocoa mixture, another 1/3 of the flour, the rest of the cocoa mixture and finishing with the final 1/3 of the flour. Mixing just until combined with each addition.

4. Spray a bundt pan with a nonstick spray that has flour included (like Baker’s Joy or Pam with Flour). Spoon a little less than half of the batter into bottom of the bundt pan.

5. Using the pastry bag that has the peanut butter mixture, carefully pipe a ring of the filling over the center of the chocolate batter. Pour the remaining batter on top and gently tap the pan to remove air bubbles.

6. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched or a toothpick comes out mostly clean with a few crumbs attached – about 50-60 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.

8. Place a wire cooling rack on top of the cake and carefully turn over – remove the pan and let cool completely.


33 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake”

  1. The Food Librarian — November 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Whoo Hoo! This looks great!! Thanks so much for celebrating the big day with me! I'm going to do a round up of all the Bundts too. Your peanut butter center looks fantastic! – mary the food librarian


  2. Sherry G — November 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Yumm! This looks fabulous. I wish I had time to make a bundt for this great occasion=(


  3. brit @ landlocked bride — November 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    So glad I found your blog on FOMBN! I love to bake myself – so I'll be trying some of these out. This one looks to die for!


  4. Megan — November 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Chocolate and peanut butter – two of my favorite things! This cake looks awesome! I had no idea it was National Bundt Day. I actually made a chocolate bundt cake last night – some coincidence!


  5. Ingrid — November 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    That's kinda sweet that he doesn't want to hurt your feelings. Unlike my honey who once told the kids you need to tell your mother to throw that recipe out. LOL


  6. Leslie — November 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    oh goodness me..this cake is drool worthy!


  7. teresa — November 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    oooooh yummy! this is so pretty i could cry, and looks delicious!


  8. cookies and cups — November 16, 2009 at 7:19 am

    This looks so good! I need a slice and a big ole' glass of milk!
    Love your site!


  9. The Wife — November 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I love your blog! This recipe is making my mouth drool. Give me chocolate and peanut butter and I'm one happy girl!


  10. Smitten Sugar — November 16, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Ok so I am not a peanut butter fan…but wow would my boyfriend and sister flip for this cake!


  11. peabee_1 — November 16, 2009 at 9:39 am

    LOL I'm just like you.. When they say they liked it, I always think that they maybe they didn't really like it but won't tell me because they don't want to hurt my feelings. I'm always wondering if they liked it… but it isn't enough to know that they liked it and thought it was good. I need to know what qualities made it good LOL.

    All I want is real, honest constructive criticism so that I can improve future baking experiments hahaha

    I know that all sounds crazy but it's totally true. And only fellow baking enthusiasts can relate ;D


  12. Kerstin — November 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing, yay for bundt cake day! I always want to try some before I serve it to others too. I've found I'm harder on myself than other are though – most people are thrilled at home baked treats, I'm sure your cake was fabulous!


  13. Me! — November 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    That looks so pretty. I love peanut butter and chocolate. That's why you shouldn't trust other people to give you feedback. You have to try for yourself. I'll still save the recipe and maybe up some of the liquid to help with any dryness


  14. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — November 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I love the photos on this! I haven't eaten peanut butter in quite some time since my son is severely allergic to it, I almost don't know if I'd like the taste of peanut butter anymore…but this sure looks good!


  15. Natalie — November 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Holy Moly this looks fantastic! I love the PB center, what a great surprise this would be to bring on Thanksgiving day!


    • April — November 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Yes!! I’m bringing the traditional pumpkin dessert and then found this one for the chocolate lovers!!!

  16. Monica H — November 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Looks delicious to me. I like your garnish too.

    Happy Bundt Day!


  17. hannah | honey & jam — November 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    This looks so delicious, I love PB and chocolate. That's so sweet that he didn't want to tell you!


  18. Nina — November 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I saw this one on Mary's blog and have been wanting to make it! Yours looks spectacular. I learned that lesson recently–sample everything myself FIRST to get a real honest opinion! Your blog is fantastic.


  19. Karly — November 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Dry or not, I'm sure it was amazing! I really need to get a bundt pan…can't believe I don't own one!


  20. Jelli Bean — November 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    This is the most attractive bundt from the FL's list. Definitely the one I'll try first. Yours looks scrumptious, just like hers. Yum


  21. The Little Foodie — November 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I should not have looked at this. It's torture.


  22. Gigi — November 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    …mmm looks like the perfect dessert! YUM


  23. Girly Do Hairstyles — November 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    This looks too good to be true— yum.


  24. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — December 2, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I don't like peanut butter, but this looks so delicious, I feel like having a slice right now!


  25. Shauna — December 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Not only does this sound amazingly decadent, but it looks gorgeous!


  26. Lenora — March 3, 2010 at 1:18 am

    This cake is to die for!! Not only is it beautiful but it’s so yummy. I used Ghirardelli chocolate for the cocoa and the chocolate bar and dark reese’s for the topping.


  27. Amanda V — September 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    oh my goodness this looks so good! I was going to make some monkey bread to inaugurate my new Bundt pan, but… this is very tempting…


  28. Alison G. — May 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Maybe it was dry because you used 3/4 T of Sour Cream instead of 3/4 Cup? Or was that just a typo?


    • Jamie — May 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Yikes! That was a typo…I just fixed it. Thank you!

  29. Amy — March 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I’m upset that I wasted my time making this. It’s not a delicious cake. Looks are certainly deceiving.



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