Chocolate peanut butter cake 

17 Jun


I have written before about how lucky I am to receive copious of amounts of cookbooks to review in my day job as a journalist. It seems every blogger and his dog has a book these days and some tomes are waaaay better than others. Putting my professional impartiality to one side for a moment I must confess that the books I enjoy reviewing the most are those published by the venerable Australian Women’s Weekly. I have been using their books for decades, as have my mum and nana. Their recipes always work and recently their books have undergone a stylish transformation.

One of their newest titles is Indulgent Cakes – and it does not disappoint. Page after page has incredible looking cakes, in a range of tastes (chocolate and coffee is one chapter, as is ginger and spice, another personal fav).


I adore peanut butter so I was instantly attracted to this number. It makes a really big cake – I had enough batter left over after filling the tin that I managed to make some mini cupcakes.

The AWW team garnished their cake with peanut butter ganache and decorated with peanut butter filled chocolate. I went for a simpler topping of dark chocolate glaze and a sprinkling of salted peanuts. I reduced the amount of sugar.



¼ cup peanut butter

1 ½ cups self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

¾ cup buttermilk

3 eggs

½ cup dutch-processed cocoa

½ cup boiling water

2/3-cup caster sugar

185g softened, diced butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a deep, 20cm square cake tin.

Stir cocoa and boiling water together in a small heat-proof jug until cocoa dissolves; set aside for 15 minutes to cool.

Cream butter, sugar and extract in bowl of electric mixer until pale. Scrape down sides then beat in eggs, one at a time.

Add cocoa mixture and peanut butter and beat until combined [it will look curdled but it will all work out fine in the end.]

Beat in sifted flours and buttermilk in two batches.

Pour into tin and bake for an hour-ish / until a skewer comes out clean.

Stand for five minutes before removing to wire rake to cool completely.

When cold top with ganache [find recipe here:  ] then scatter the top with peanuts.



48 Responses to “Chocolate peanut butter cake ”

  1. cookies and roses June 17, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    this looks incredible!!

  2. librarianeats June 17, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I am green with envy. I absolutely adore cookbooks! I read them like a bedtime story. This cake looks completely indulgent. Thank you for posting the recipe!

    • thehungrymum September 19, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      I still can’t believe how lucky I am to get so many beautiful cookbooks delivered right to my desk 🙂

  3. cheergerm June 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    This looks super, love chocolate and peanut butter. I still love the AWW cookbooks as well so will have go take a squiz at this one if you think it’s worth a gander. 🙂

  4. lapetitepaniere June 17, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    It looks really delicious 🙂

  5. Jill @ Vintage Kitchen June 17, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I love peanut butter too! I have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  6. theveryhungrybaker June 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    This looks amazing! I don’t think I bake with peanut butter nearly as much as I should.

    • thehungrymum September 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Peanut butter is such a fab thing in baking! I love it 🙂

  7. chefceaser June 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  8. ladyredspecs June 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    What a job! AWW is every Aussie cook’s backstop that’s for sure. I have used the old cake books until they are falling apart. I must check this new edition out….

    • thehungrymum June 18, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Those AWW people are legends! Most of my books are covered in stains & have pages stuck together with bits of food 🙂 Highly recommend this book – you won’t regret buying it.

  9. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence June 18, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    Peanut butter and chocolate is the best flavor combination ever. I would love to enjoy a slice of this cake with a glass of milk!

    • thehungrymum June 18, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Yes, it is amazing, isn’t it? It just works 🙂

  10. Rhonda Sittig June 18, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    That frosting looks mouth watering!! thanks!

  11. houseofbedlam June 18, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    My kids went nuts over your pictures and demanded I make this! YUM

    • thehungrymum June 18, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Result! Your kids have *excellent* taste 🙂

  12. mommycookforme June 18, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Yummy! thanks for sharing.

  13. Choc Chip Uru June 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Delicious cake, I really want to lick all that frosting right off the top 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next June 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    This cake looks divine! Love PB and chocolate so much- definitely got to try the recipe out! 🙂

  15. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward June 19, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    I would love to read more about your journalism career. It sounds diverse – and delicious!

  16. Stephanie June 19, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I have seen this cookbook and I have been so tempted to buy it! Your cake looks delicious!

  17. Culinary Flavors June 20, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Peanut butter and cocoa is a lethal combination! Delicious cake! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on! I hope to see you there!

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2014 at 3:02 am #

      Thanks – is very easy to eat! Love the weekend social, I’ll be back 🙂

  18. Liz June 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    nom and nom and nom! Looks fantastic 🙂

  19. nancyc June 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Chocolate and peanut butter are great together–this looks like a yummy cake!

  20. ButterSugarFlowers June 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Ooooh, this looks scrumptious! I love peanut butter, and the gooey chocolate frosting looks perfect!

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  22. girl in a food frenzy June 30, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    PB & chocolate are a winning combo! I too have a beautiful and very reliable copy of the AWW, they’ve really nailed it with their amazing collections over the years! 🙂

  23. Von July 1, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    Your job sounds really cool! 🙂 I love AWW cookbooks too, I’ve got a couple of them myself and their recipes always work out great for me- and their photographs are always so pretty! Your cake looks amazing!! I love the chocolate and peanut butter combination!

  24. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) July 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Chocolat and peanut butter, always a winning combo.

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2014 at 2:58 am #

      I know – it surely deserves a gold medal for being sooo delicious 🙂

  25. gottagetbaked July 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    No kidding about how EVERYONE has a cook book nowadays, eh? I love collecting them but in the name of trying to save money, I haven’t bought any in a while. Thank goodness for the internet and food blogs, like yours! I can’t wait to try this beautiful cake. I mean, PB and chocolate is a match made in heaven.

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2014 at 2:51 am #

      Yes – I think some book publishers will publish just about anything [so many of the recipes don’t appear to have even been tested, if the many fails I’ve experienced are anything to go by]. And with the gazillion of recipes on blogs you can experiment to your heart’s content 🙂

  26. Sophie33 July 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I made this glorious cake a few days ago & loved it so much,…so goooooddddddd! 😃😃😃

    • thehungrymum July 11, 2014 at 3:10 am #

      Oh yay! Always love hearing that 🙂 Choc & PB is the best. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

      • Sophie33 July 11, 2014 at 10:06 am #

        🙂 xxx

  27. chewtown July 14, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Chocolate and Peanut Butter in the same sentence is always a winner for me!

    • thehungrymum July 15, 2014 at 2:54 am #

      yes – life is good when you’re eating PB & choc together 🙂

  28. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combination! I would devour this cake!

    • thehungrymum July 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Hehehe 🙂 Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves this combo!

  29. heartandsoul974 July 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    This looks delicious and I love chocolate desserts! I had to look up caster sugar. In the US we use granulated sugar and Im not sure where I would find that. I’m guessing that you can grind granulated sugar yourself to a fine consistency.

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