Peanut Butter Explosion Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and peanut butter layers with Reese's peanut butter cups makes an impressive cake for any party.

I wanted to stop in today
and let you know how my journey with P90X is going.
We are half way through week 2…
woo hoo only 10 more to go!
Doesn’t sound as exciting that way, does it?
Let’s stick with HALFWAY through week 2!!!

Chocolate and peanut butter layers with Reese's peanut butter cups makes an impressive cake for any party.Align Center
Some things that I have discovered while doing these videos…

*It wasn’t as hard as what I was afraid of…now don’t get me wrong…
it is super tough and I am panting and sweating my way through each video.
*Yoga is for the birds. I have been doing the extra cardio video in place of it.
Anyone out there that likes yoga? More power to ya! I would rather be moving.
*New sore muscles each morning are just going to happen. Imagine the pain
I am feeling right now after about a billion girly push ups…and that was 2 days ago!
*Those of you who warned me of the superman and banana…uuuuggggg is all I have to say!
*You will actually gain weight the first week of doing this! Believe me NOT COOL!!!!
I realize that it is just muscles growing so that they can shrink…but come on already…
with all the sweating going on I should have lost some right?
*Determination is needed to keep yourself going each morning…
or even just to push play each day :-)

Chocolate and peanut butter layers with Reese's peanut butter cups makes an impressive cake for any party.

 Personally I would rather dive into a big slice of this yummy Peanut Butter Explosion Chocolate Cake

but probably not in the diet guide.
So if you make this cake…
remember me and my sugar deprived body
while you are enjoying it!

I was looking through some old pics and realized that I never
shared this cake from my birthday.
Yes, I made my own cake if you were wondering.
Believe me it is better that way!
My hubby handles dinner and I do all the baking!
We work well together!!!
Plus I knew exactly what I wanted in it,
and I like doing it!

If you don’t like peanut butter,
you probably should stop reading right now.
This cake is not for you!

Otherwise onward to the deliciousness…

Chocolate and peanut butter layers with Reese's peanut butter cups makes an impressive cake for any party.

Peanut Butter Explosion Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 1 - 10 inch cake

Peanut Butter Explosion Chocolate Cake

Layers of chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting, chocolate frosting, and Reese's makes an impressive cake for any party.


2 chocolate cake mixes
1 bag of the Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
12 Reese's Peanut Butter cups (for top)
Honey Peanut Butter Cream
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
3 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate Butter Cream
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make up each cake mix individually and stir in half a bag of mini Reese's in each mix. Bake in two 10x2 inch cake pans that has been greased and floured for 28 minutes. Follow your baking instructions on the back of the box. After each layer has cooled completely, cut each one in half.
  2. Start making the peanut butter frosting by creaming the butter and peanut butter. Add the whipping cream, salt, honey, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Fill each layer with the honey peanut butter frosting. Save at least a 1/4 cup for decorating the top.
  3. Make the chocolate butter cream by creaming the butter, vanilla, whipping cream, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Cover the outside with a very thick layer of chocolate frosting. (I used a fun frosting comb tool on the sides, but fork prongs would work too.) Pipe some fun swirls of peanut butter frosting on top and accent with the extra 12 peanut butter cups. Store in a sealed container on the counter.


*Make sure your cake pan is 2 inches tall, so the batter does not overflow into your oven.

Chocolate and peanut butter layers with Reese's peanut butter cups makes an impressive cake for any party.

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  1. says

    My P90X DVD’s haven’t arrived yet. Reading your story makes me that much more aggravated! I am chomping at the bit to start! CHOMPING! Maybe I’ll just chomp on some of this delicious cake instead!! Scrumptious!

  2. says

    I’ve been doing a combo of p90 and Insanity. Cuz I’m like you, yoga is for the birds, bring on the cardio and extra movement! Keep with it, it’s how I lost my baby weight in record time. My husband can’t stop complimenting me :) Um, and please continue to make such tasty treats, this one is a sure fire winner!

  3. says

    This looks amazing! I am making a Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake this weekend, and will be implementing the Honey Peanut Butter Cream. I have been wanting a good recipe…but haven’t found one. Now I have! Thanks!

  4. says

    Yum! I wish I could have a big old slice of that cake right now. Chocolate and PB together are the best :) I hope you can stop in and show it off at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day :)

  5. says

    Stick with it! i am on week 8…I almost have a 4 pack belly! Seriously I am not even following their food guide and at this point I need a new wardrobe because my clothes are falling off me!

    Stick with it and a slice of this cake can be enjoyed GUILT FREE!

  6. says

    That cake looks amazing! My husband is all about anything peanut butter, so I will have to make this for him sometime. =)

    Also, I have not done P90x, but I’m about to start and now I’m a little scared, haha! Good luck with your P90x journey! Hopefully it gets easier as you go along. =)

  7. Team C says

    I have to say. The Yoga is so where it’s at. I know it seems like 30 min. of Downward facing dog. ( I did P90 last year) It is so helpful in stretching your muscles out and my flexibility was amazing!!! Really try it. It’s only 1x a week.

  8. says

    Oh. My. GOODNESS! I am drooling, and going into sugar shock just reading this! I’d love for you to come over and link this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party if you get a chance. I know my readers would love this!

  9. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says

    I’m seriously drooling right now. You have no idea how my addiction to peanut butter and chocolate has taken over my life 😉

    I’m going to feature this in my next Sunday Stalker edition (5/29/11). Please stop by, check it out, and grab a featured button.

    Thanks, Jessica

  10. says

    Woo Hoo for you! I have been training for a hike with my hubby in Yosemite (this weekend), so have been going on local hikes with a 25 lb. backpack and I have lost 11 lbs. in three weeks:) I’m on my way:) Your workout sounds a lot harder!
    Just looking at this gorgeous cake is satisfaction enough~for now:)

  11. says

    Oh my goodness…. this looks heavenly! I love peanut butter and chocolate! And it was great to get an update on p90x, maybe someday I will dare to try it! Thanks for showing off on my blog, I am going to be featuring this, Monday… or tuesday!


  12. says

    Looks yummy. I don’t think I can get Reece cups here in Australia, so I’ll have to improvise. I’m your newest follower. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    x Marnie

  13. says

    I’m enjoying following your P90X journey. Perhaps it’ll motivate me at some point to put down the fork and get my buns moving. In the meantime, I’ll muster all the restraint I can not to make my own Peanut Butter Explosion Cake!


  14. says

    Just found you from Ladybird Ln. I love your insights on the p90x. I’ve been on week 6 for about 4 months now. Hehe. I started all gung ho- but now I just do it on my own in no particular order. The yoga stinks. But everyone says stick with it, it makes a big difference even if it doesn’t feel like it. As for the one-handed pushups- good luck (I think those are week 4). I’m your newest follower!
    -Aimee @ shugarysweets

  15. Jill says

    I made this cake last week for my husband’s birthday cake. My whole family loved it! The frosting was soooo good. I found the honey peanut butter cream frosting was sweet enough with only 3 cups of powdered sugar though. Regardless, it was probably the best cake I’ve had in a long time and really, it all comes down to the frosting recipes!

  16. says

    Hello! I’m stopping by from the Cake vs Cheesecake Challenge Link Up – your recipe looks so yummy! I just l adore peanut butter and chocolate together. I”m pinning this for later, my friend!
    Happy Monday!

  17. Sharon says

    I have a question. The recipe calls for 12 peanut butter cups. Is that the regular size, and what do you do with them?

  18. auntiepatch says

    Looks good but why do you have to grease and flour the cake pans for 28 minutes??? It takes me 2 minutes tops! LOL!


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