December 8, 2012


Dom’s Random Recipe Challenge back in October was “storecupboard finds” - to use ingredients found lurking at the back of the cupboard.  A rummage in my cupboard turned up a can of Carnation Caramel and a jar of peanut butter.  I remember buying the Carnation a while ago for some recipe that never got made but is long since forgotten – but why the peanut butter was there is a total mystery !!

I spent a happy half hour or so looking through my cookbooks for a recipe using Carnation caramel or peanut butter.  There are plenty of recipes for peanut cookies but I really fancied making a cake.  Eventually I found one in my most recent treat to myself, a book by Rachel Allen called “Cake” and luckily it required both of my storecupboard ingredients.  (It’s a lovely book and there are lots of other recipes I can hardly wait to make….I just need the opportunity.)


So with good intentions I took the jar of peanut butter, the tin of Carnation and the recipe with me to France in October but ……… time ran out and I brought them back home again, unused !!  We seem to do that quite often – i.e. take stuff all the way across the channel and bring them back home again, untouched.  C’est la vie !!

A few weeks later it was time for our Children in Need cake stall at work with the perfect opportunity to make lots of cake  so I fished my tin of Carnation caramel and jar of peanut butter back out of the cupboard again and set to making the cake.

It was dead easy to make and I can vouch for the fact that it tasted very peanutty!  I used a smooth peanut butter (because that’s what I had) and I think I would do that again – I’m not sure I would have liked the cake quite as much with crunchy bits in it.

peanut2The icing is made by beating cream, caramel and peanut butter into melted chocolate – almost like a chocolate ganache, something I have never knowingly made before.  Very nice it was too and the cake looked gorgeous.

Except that the top layer slid very slightly off the bottom layer while my back was turned, making the cake look a little wonky.  Once the filling had set there was nothing I could do about it – but I don’t think anybody noticed !!


I decorated the top with some chocolate covered peanuts and it looked, even though I say it myself, really nice with a caramel coloured crumb and glossy icing.  It sold well at the Children in Need cake stall and I cut myself a small slice just in time to see what it was like before it sold out.  It was perfectly yummy so I would definitely make it again, even though peanut butter is not usually one of my favourite things.  I bet kids would love it.

Here’s my version of Peanut Butter Cake:


200g softened butter

75g peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, as you prefer)

200g caster sugar

4 eggs, lightly beaten

200g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

For the icing

100g milk chocolate

3 tblsp double cream

50g peanut butter

100g Carnation caramel


Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/gas mk 4.  Grease and base line two 20cm sandwich tins.

Beat the butters together until creamy, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Sift the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.

Divide evenly between the tins and level the top.  Bake for about 30 minutes until done.  Leave in the tins for 5 minutes then remove and cool on a rack.

To make the icing, break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of gently simmering water.  Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.  Remove from the heat and beat in the cream, peanut butter and caramel.  While it’s still warm use half to fill the cake and half to ice the top.

Decorate with a few chocolate peanuts, chopped peanuts or just a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Cuts into 8-12 slices.


  1. Hope you enjoyed this. Neither of us can stand peanut better so I will not even give this a try!! Have a good weekend Diane

  2. Diane, I didn't think I liked it either, which is why I'm mystified how a jar of the stuff came to be in the cupboard !! But the cake was scrummy !!

  3. I've got to admit that peanut butter is not one of my favourite things, but this does look lovely. Personally I'm strongly in favour of slightly wonky cakes.

  4. Will you please STOP posting all this scrumptious recipes, Jean?:-) This cake looks wonderful. Yet another one to ass to my must-try list......

    1. Perpetua, your grandchildren would love this, I'm just have to try it !!

  5. That looks gorgeous. I'm going through a peanut butter phase at the moment and the combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate sounds really good - I'm usually more of a dark chocolate lover, but milk sounds just right here.

  6. Yum...this looks and sounds like a really interesting cake! I hope the cake stall went well...a great cause and I'm sure your cake was very popular! :-)

  7. Jean... the Staff lives on Peanut Butter... but it is not one of the Staffettes favourites, either... to my knowledge, I've never tried the stuff... but the Staff does give me little bits of his bread and butter things... occasionally... if I look longingly at him... so I might have... possibly... er?

    The Staff just said... No!

    1. Ron Ron, I'm sure if you were to be especially nice to the Staff he would make you this cake. It's so easy to make and he would love it and I bet the Staffette would find it quite pleasing too !!