Easy Peanut Butter Cake is mixed in one bowl and bakes in about half an hour. Simple and quick and your family will love it!
In the kitchen, cool fall afternoon, peanut butter cake from scratch, love mixed with butter, baking in the oven. The back door bursts open and little feet run across the hardwoods, the rapid staccato punctuating the afternoon quiet, peacefulness of the day rendered obsolete by the Tasmanian devil, otherwise known as a hungry boy after a long day at school.
They come like ping-pong balls, one after the other, impossible to grab as they whiz by…
“Mom, guess what we did today?”
“Mom, have you ever heard of Mesopotamia?”
“Mom, I’m starving!”
“Mom, where’re my shoes?”
“Mom, what’s for supper?”
“Mom, where’s my football?”
“Mom, can I go play?”
“Mom, I’m starving!”
The tantalizing smell of warm peanut butter cake teases as the whirlwind flies by in a flash of books, coats, shoes, backpacks, one after the other, strewn from door to bedroom leading the way like Hansel’s pebbles. He runs out of his bedroom quickly, only to go back in, admonished to don play clothes and soon reappears in the ratty, torn jeans and t-shirt that was last season’s good clothes.
At the table, glass of milk, peanut butter cake ready, homework commences.
“Mom, can you help me?”
“Mom, do I have to do it all right now?”
“Mom, I just want to go play! My friends are already outside!”
“Mom, I’m done! Can you check it?”
“Thanks, Mom! See you later!”
Easy Peanut Butter Cake
I love this cake so much because you mix everything right in the same bowl then pour in a dish and bake for about half an hour. It’s so simple, yet so addictive, like slurping down a jar of peanut butter in cake form. You probably have all the ingredients right in your pantry—peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour—no chopping and no fancy things. Your kids will love this as an after school snack!
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350. Cover an 8 x 8 dish with tin foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter halfway. Add peanut butter and melt for 30 seconds. Whisk together until well mixed and creamy.
Whisk in brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until well blended.
- Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for about 25 minutes, until edges are set but there is still a little gooeyness on toothpick tester in the center. Do not over bake.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for ten minutes, then remove from dish using the tin foil as handles. Place foil on wire rack and allow to cool completely.
- You can add a dollop of jelly for a peanut butter and jelly snack or just sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.