What’s Cooking: Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

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St. Louis has a bunch of tasty treats that are big hometown hits: toasted ravioli, provel cheese, slingers, pork steaks, and my favorite… gooey butter cake.

Now while the traditional recipe is OH SO GOOD, my family likes to add a little twist…

chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cakeCHOCOLATE – PEANUT BUTTER – GOOEY BUTTER CAKE.
Just a little something I like to call “The Three Pointer”.
Swoosh. Yep, that just happened.

Let me just tell you that this cake is a slam dunk. And if you’re a huge fan of REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cups like me, then this is your new weakness. Seriously, the best dessert ever.

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Mid Layer:
REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, chopped

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar

chocolate gooey peanut butter cake ingredientsDIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix, egg and melted butter. Mix well with electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9×13 inch pan.

chocolate gooey peanut butter cakeNext chop the REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures into small pieces. Spread over the first cake layer.

the best reeces peanut butter dipFor the filling, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Next add the eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Mix together. Add the powdered sugar and beat together.

reeses peanut butter cup gooey butter cakePour the filling over the over the REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures layer and then spread evenly using a rubber spatula.

chocolate peanut butter gooey cakeBake for approximately 50 minutes. Make sure you do not over bake as the center should be gooey. Let set for about 30 minutes or until the peanut butter layer cools and thickens.

chocolate peanut butter gooey cakeSo what’s with all the basketball references? Well, I’m excited to say that my recipe was chosen to be in the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge this March! There are a total of 32 fun game day REESE’S® recipes, but I would LOVE your vote to win!

Fans who vote will be entered for a chance to win a daily prize $100 Walmart® gift card! Plus when you visit you can see all of the 32 Game Day Recipes. You can vote once a day for my recipe too!

So do you think this recipe is a slam dunk?
Are you obsessed with anything chocolate and peanut butter like me?

chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake

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  1. Judy I, St. Louis MO says

    That sounds absolutely awesome. I love gooey butter cake and I love peanut butter. And of course I had to vote for a fellow St. Louis gal. Good luck.

  2. Chris k in Wisconsin says

    This sounds really good! Could you list how many peanut butter cups are to be used? Thanks so much !!!!

  3. kw says

    i see your knack for having delish desserts…. as this is on the heels of your yummy reese dip :)
    thank you for sharing!!

  4. Angie G says

    Made this yesterday for a family get together and everyone love it and had seconds or more. It was so awesome! Love, love it. :) Do you store it in the fridge? I had a little left and put it in the fridge and it tasted pretty good cold but does make it less gooey for the top part, so wasn’t sure if supposed to or not.
    Also put a vote in.

  5. Bonnie says

    Do you think it’s possible to use less than 16oz of Confectioner’s Sugar? Or is it needed to hold it all together?

  6. Susan Bailey says

    This sounds delicious since I am a lover of Reese Peanut Butter cups. I am looking forward to making it. I’m off to vote.

  7. Beth says

    This recipe sounds great, but I do have a question. I prefer to make homemade cakes and seldom use a box mix. Could I mix up my own cake recipe and use that on the bottom instead of the box mix? I’m guessing you didn’t make the box mix according to the box directions, so would my batter be too soupy to work?

    Thanks for your help,

    • says

      I’ve never made my own cake mix before so not quite sure how it would work. I know that the bottom layer is not liquid, more of a crumble that you press to form the crust.

  8. jessica says

    Hi. Looks good. Does it taste like cream cheese? I’m looking for a birthday cake recipe for a PB lover but he dislikes cream cheese. Sometimes he can’t taste it in recipes though. Please let me know! Thanks!

  9. Tauba says

    I am from St.Louis and introduced everyone to gooey butter cake when I moved to S.C.yrs ago. I miss toasted Ravioli soooo much.thanks for new twist on gooey butter cake

  10. says

    Just made this recipe, as it looked fabulous, but I used left over Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs that were from Easter. Can’t wait to take a bite!!!

  11. Bethany says

    I made this last night. After taste testing it, here are my suggestions. I also want to add that I followed the instructions thoroughly. I suggest reducing the bake time and checking on your cake. I would say check on it at 40 minutes. I set the timer for 50 like she says and find it to be just slightly over cooked. Also, add the whole bag of reese’s. I used just enough to sprinkle the top but will add the rest of the bag next time for more reese’s flavor!

    Everyone loved this. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t as gooey as I had hoped but nobody else knew what to expect so they loved it! So, even if you slightly over cook it like I did, it will still be great as long as you don’t burn it.

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