Peanut Butter Coffee Cake is a heavenly mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, and Nutella all under a crunchy layer of peanut streusel and a dark chocolate drizzle.
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Do you ever see a recipe that you just can’t get out of your mind? Well, this Peanut Butter Coffee Cake Recipe was that recipe for me.
I picked up a copy of a magazine called “Southern Cast Iron” Winter 2017 edition. I’ve never seen this magazine before but the recipes looked amazing including the one for Peanut Butter Coffee Cake. I just couldn’t wait to try my hand at it.
From the title and the photograph, I knew I was going to be using chocolate and peanut butter. What I didn’t realize is that it also has a layer of Nutella. The streusel on this baby makes it one delicious peanut butter crumb cake.
The only problem I have with this whole darned thing is that I didn’t come up with it first!
When I was young(er) my mother made a delicious coffee cake and we ate it for breakfast!
I don’t know that I would feed this Peanut Butter Coffee Cake to my children for breakfast because they’d be bouncing off the walls once they got to school. I would surely eat it any time of day, however.
What is a coffee cake?
Coffee cake is cake flavored with or intended to be eaten with coffee.
It’s delicious any time but I tend to think of it as a legal way to eat cake for breakfast! The American version is a variety of a crumb cake like this Peanut Butter Coffee Cake recipe.
What you may need to make this Peanut Butter Coffee Cake Recipe:
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- Cast Iron Skillet – I use cast-iron skillets whenever I can. There isn’t anything like them when it comes to browning food. They last forever, and they’re our favorite pan for camping too.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Coffee Cake recipe:
- Flour – All-purpose flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
- Sugar – both white and brown sugar. My favorite brown sugar is dark but either is fine.
- Peanut Butter – I used creamy but crunchy would be delicious too.
- Dry Roasted Peanuts – Salted is what I chose. You could use lightly salted or nonsalted. You can also substitute peanuts for your favorite nut such as pecans, walnuts, or cashews.
- Butter – I used unsalted. Since the peanuts and peanut butter contain salt I didn’t feel additional salt was needed in this recipe.
- Sour Cream – This gives this recipe a creamy consistency. You could use lite but I wouldn’t use non-fat.
- Milk – The recipe calls for whole milk and that’s what I used. I believe 2% would work as well.
- Nutella – This creamy hazelnut spread is amazing in this recipe but you could substitute it for another chocolate or peanut butter spread.
- Vanilla – I only use a pure vanilla extract.
- Baking Powder – Leavening agent for the cake is necessary.
- Eggs – I use large for all my recipes.
- Salt – leave it out if you use salted butter.
- Dark Chocolate – I use at least a 60% Cocoa
Storing and reheating Peanut Butter Crumb Cake Cake
The best way to store coffee cake
Coffee cake is best stored at room temperature. You can keep it in the cast iron skillet and cover it with foil for up to 3 days.
I don’t recommend refrigeration it. The coffee cake can absorb extra moisture making it soggy or gummy.
Coffee cake can be frozen as a whole or in individual serving sizes. To thaw chocolate coffee cake, let it sit at room temperature.
Reheating Peanut Butter Coffee Cake
Reheat the coffee cake in the microwave. Start at a 30-second interval.
Coffee cake can also be thawed using the microwave. Again, I’d start with 30-second intervals until warm.
No, you don’t. You can bake this recipe in a 9-inch round or square cake pan or a baking dish. Cast iron holds the heat so if you use a different pan make sure to check it before the cooking time has expired.
Yes! You can make this coffee cake a day in advance. I recommend that you apply the drizzle on the day of serving, however.
Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffee Cake
- If you don’t care for Nutella (someone actually said this!) you could substitute it for any creamy spread. I would definitely use chocolate or chocolate peanut butter spread.
- I used a 10-inch cast-iron skillet instead of the 3 6-inch cast-iron skillets which is what the recipe called for. As a result, I had to bake mine 20 minutes longer until it tested done.
- If you are going to freeze or make this recipe for peanut coffee cake, I’d leave off the chocolate drizzle until it’s thawed or you’re ready to serve it.
Chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, streusel…what’s not to love? I need to get me some little skillets so I don’t have to share the next time I make it.
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Sunday 28th of March 2021
Oh Lordy this was a good coffee cake! It is now added to my list of fave coffee cakes to make! My husband loves peanut butter on just about everything, but with the chocolate it was very much a "WOW"! Thank you so much for this recipe, your pictures made this recipe look so good that I had to make it right away, thank you!
Sunday 28th of March 2021
Thank you so much, MaryAnne for letting me know you enjoyed it! I'm a coffee Cake lover too. It's a great excuse to have sweets for breakfast. Peanut Butter and Chocolate are a match made in culinary heaven!
Tuesday 13th of October 2020
Can I use cashews instead of peanuts in this recipe? Thanks so much again and sorry if it's a dumb question, cause I know this is a peanut butter cake! haha! It's cause all I have in my kitchen are cashew nuts.
Wednesday 14th of October 2020
Absolutely Isabel! That's not a dumb question and I love hearing from you.
Wednesday 9th of October 2019
This really looks excellent I could really dive right into these delicious flavors!
Monday 14th of October 2019
Thank you Claudia!
Monday 7th of October 2019
I would love a slice of this coffee cake for breakfast! I love the addition of the peanut butter.
Tuesday 8th of October 2019
Thank you Sophie!
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