Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

I originally was going to call this a breakfast cake but was worried no one would buy this as a breakfast cake since it’s full of candy.  I suppose if you want it for breakfast, you could.  Chris and I certainly did munch on this for breakfast with our coffee and it was delicious!

Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

The texture was dense and all you could taste was the peanut butter cups and cake! And don’t feel bad about consuming this for breakfast.  I scaled back on the sugar so it’s not excessively sweet.  This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover chocolate Halloween candy.  Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

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  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of mini peanut butter cups (not miniatures) + extra to sprinkle on top (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 12 snack size peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top

Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick baking spray.  Line it with a sheet of parchment paper leaving a generous overhang for easy removal; set aside.

In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Using a stand or electric mixer (or mix by hand) cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla extract.  Continue to beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Then add sour cream and milk and beat until smooth.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just moistened.  Batter will be thick.  Fold in mini peanut butter cups.

Scrape 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan.  Smooth it into an even layer.  Then place the snack size peanut butter cups in an even layer and cover the remaining 2/3 of the batter over the top.  Sprinkle extra mini peanut butter cups on top along with some turbinado sugar.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the snack cake cool in the pan on the cooling rack completely before serving.

Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

I’ve teamed up with some of my fellow spooktacular bloggers today to bring you a list of Halloween candy inspired recipes. There are 9 delicious treats and I think you’ll love all of them as much as I do. Be sure to check these scrumptious goodies out. And if you’re grave diggin’ sweets then check out #TrickorTreatBlogHop2013 on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

Candy Shop Rice Krispie Treats from The Land of Milk and Cookies
Healthy Nutella Spider Truffles from Honey and Figs
Kit Kat Cupcakes from Spoonful of Flour
Pumpkin Patch Chocolate Reese’s Mini Cupcakes from Life Made Sweeter
Pumpkin Rolo Blondies from Flavor the Moments
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Butterfinger Sides from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Reese’s Crescent Rolls from Spicy Southern Kitchen
Snicker’s Deep Dish Cookie Pies from Spoonful of Flavor

Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2013

64 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Snack Cake

  1. A peanut butter breakfast cake sounds marvelous! I would definitely love to have a few of these gorgeous beauties for my breakfast right now 🙂 I love that there’s so much peanut butter/chocolate goodness in these and the added crunch from the turbinado sugar sounds amazing! Pinning! Happy Halloween and enjoy the rest of the week Anne:)

  2. This looks so yummy and it would be such fun to make with my Candy-Lovin’ grandchildren. I’m not only going to Pin It, as usual, but I’m also going to post the link on Facebook because it’s such a delicious way to use up all that Halloween candy!

  3. I’d definitely love this for breakfast… and lunch and dinner and even as a pre workout snack too, darn it looks that amazing!

  4. I just bought a HUGE bag of peanut butter cups to give out as Halloween candy …. and if there is any left this is definitely what I’m making! And I will absolutely eat it for breakfast : ) Totally acceptable.

  5. Ah, my man would love these and would definitely eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner. peanut butter cups just are the best!!

  6. Oh, you’re killing me here, Anne! I’m away from home for a week and I told Joe not to give away all the Reeses Peanut Butter cups so I could make this when I get back.. Oh, it looks so good!

  7. Peanut butter? Chocolate? Yes, please. 😉 I might not have this as the main event for breakfast, but what’s wrong with dessert after breakfast? Good stuff – thanks.

  8. That’s got to be a mouthfull of goodness in every bite. Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter. I don’t think there’s enough reese’s pieces at Halloween since people are afraid of children’s allergies. I bought a bag and I’m totally holding some back for myself (I mean, for my son!). ; )

  9. These sound soo good, Anne. I’d have them for breakfast, no problem. The problems would arise when I’d enjoy them at lunch and dinner, too, not to mention a few more while watching dinner. 🙂

  10. I’d seriously eat this for breakfast! I think peanut butter and chocolate have got to be the best combo going. Whether we call this breakfast cake or snack cake, I need this cake in my life. 🙂 I need to wipe my mouth from the drool. 😉 Awesome creation!

  11. I’m sitting here staring at an overflowing bowl of PB cups! I would love to turn them into this irresistible cake! Perfect timing Anne! I’d happily munch on it all day long.

  12. I adore snack cakes and I LOVE Peanut Butter Cups. As a matter of fact, Anne, I have a whole bowl of cups sitting right by my side which I am strongly resisting. Why oh why did we not have any trick or treaters tonight? Oh well, now I know what to do with them all, Snack Cake!

    Thanks for sharing, Anne…

    P.S. Looks like a festive round-up too:)

  13. These look amazing! All that peanut-buttery goodness! Pinning! Thanks for sharing! I’d love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop and/ or It’s Fall Y’all Linky Party. Hope to see you there!

  14. Anne, you have timed this perfectly- a great solution to the leftover candy! I love that the batter contains sour cream- always adds such a nice flavor and texture. 🙂 Thanks for all the extra idea links at the end of your post!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Love, Joy @ Yesterfood

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