Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake – Peanut butter cake layers with homemade strawberry jam and peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake on a cake stand

Peanut Butter Obsession

By now, you probably know my deep love for peanut butter. Correction – obsession for peanut butter would be more accurate! I could eat it with just about anything. Once, I even had it on a burger at Lucky 13 in Salt Lake. And it was so good! 

Woman setting up a cake photoshoot.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter is in a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My go-to method is with smooth Skippy peanut butter, strawberry jam and white bread. Hmmm. (I’m having flashbacks to my childhood just thinking about it). I never get tired of a PB&J sandwich! So, turning it into a cake was the obvious next move for me.

Woman in kitchen with cake.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

A couple years ago, I tried a couple peanut butter cake recipes, but wasn’t impressed with them. The recipes I tested came out dry and didn’t have enough peanut butter flavor. I decided to come up with my own recipe by combining ideas from others and adding a few things of my own. I’m so pleased with how the cake layers came out! 

Woman placing peanuts on top of a cake.

To make sure the cake layers came out tender, I used cake flour. From the other recipes I tried, I noticed that all-purpose flour with the peanut butter created a cake that was too dense. In my recipe, I also use buttermilk, a generous serving of peanut butter and a teaspoon of cinnamon! Oh man! That cinnamon is a game changer. It’s just a hint but I think makes the cake what it is.

Cake on a cake stand with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich next to it.

The cake is also moist with the perfect peanut butter flavor.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Peanut Butter Buttercream

For the filling, I use my mom’s homemade strawberry jam. There’s nothing else like it, if you ask me. If you don’t have homemade jam on hand, don’t worry. Your favorite store bought jam will work great too.

Cake on a cake stand.

For my peanut butter frosting, I adapted one I already use and love from Annie Eats. Instead of whipping the cream and folding it in at the end, I just added a little cream at the end and whipped the frosting mixture like I usually do. It’s still creamy and smooth, and just as delicious – it just has a little more stability to it. 

Woman cutting a cake.

One bite of this cake and I think you’ll agree, it’s definitely a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in cake form! What could be better than that? Look at these layers!

Woman holding a cake slice.

Slice of cake on a plate.

I can’t wait for you to try it out! If you love peanut butter, you’re going to go nuts for this cake!

slice of cake on a plate.

And here’s a quick look at how to assembly this cake:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

5 from 4 votes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake.
Peanut butter cake layers with strawberry jam and peanut butter frosting.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 23 mins

Ingredients
 

FOR THE CAKE

  • 3 cups (345 g ) cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons (12 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5.6 g) coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) cinnamon
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 g) peanut butter
  • 2 cups (400) g granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 g) buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) vanilla extract

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • 5 cups (625 g) powdered sugar, measured and then sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups (339 g) unsalted butter, slightly chilled
  • 1 cup (250 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (57.75 g) heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • *This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping you’ll want to make an extra ½ batch.

Extras

  • Seedless strawberry jam
  • Lightly salted peanuts optional

Instructions
 

FOR THE CAKE

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch or four 6-inch pans with nonstick spray, line the bottoms with parchment paper and spray again. Set aside.  
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and peanut butter until creamy. Add in the sugar and mix on medium for about 3 minutes. 
  • Decrease the speed to low and add in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • With the mixer on low, add in half of the flour mixture, then stream in the buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Add in the remaining flour and mix until combined. 
  • Evenly divide the batter between the cake pans and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans.

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • In the bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and peanut butter. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 45 seconds.
  • Add the powdered  sugar to the bowl and mix in, slowly at first until incorporated, then increasing the mixer speed to high. Blend in the vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream, and continue to whip on high speed until very fluffy, about 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  • To remove air bubbles from the frosting, use a wooden spoon to stir and push out the air bubbles.

ASSEMBLY

  • Place your first layer on the cake board. Spread about ½ cup of peanut butter frosting on the cake and then pipe a border of the peanut butter frosting around the edge to create a wall for the jam. Fill the center with about ½ cup strawberry jam and carefully spread it around. Don’t add too much jam or the cake will be unstable as you continue to stack and frost.
  • Place the second layer of cake on top of the first layer and repeat step one.
  • Place the third layer of cake, bottom side up, on the second layer and spread a thin layer of frosting around the entire cake to create a crumb coat. Freeze the cake for 10 to 15 to set the crumb coat.
  • After the crumb coat is set, continue to frost the cake with the remaining frosting. 
  • If you use a cake board on top of the cake like I did in my video above, you’ll want to freeze the cake again for another 20 to 30 minutes after you’ve frosted the sides and before you take the cake board off the top. This will ensure you get sharp edges when you cut it off with a knife. You’ll then add frosting to the top of the cake after you’ve removed the cake board.

Notes

I added an extra half of the recipe and made three, 8-inch cake layers.
Cuisine Cake
Course Dessert

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

Get my free cake decorating guide
Everything you need to know about decorating a cake like a pro!

You Might Also Like

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




Comments

  1. Hi Courtney,

    This looks delicious!! Do you remember about how many cups of batter this will yield? I am planning on trying a different pan size, possibly a 10″, and I know it would drastically change the volume. Thanks!!!

  2. Hi Courtney, this cake looks like a dream come true. Could you please clarify the peanut butter frosting ingredients? The link to the recipe you adapted doesn’t work, and the recipe nor instructions does not state how much (one third of how many cups?) of heavy whipping cream is used. Thanks a bunch!

  3. So, this recipe as written is for three layers? Also I was wondering how to adapt this for 3 9 inch pans? I am excited to try this for my daughter’s birthday!

  4. Hi Courtney! I am so excited to get this cake in my Cake Club box next month! I wondered when you stack your cakes, do you always do the bottom 2 layers right side up and the top layer bottom side up? I am making 2 of your cakes (Vanilla and the PB Dream) for 2 friend’s special occasions this weekend! Thanks!

  5. Hey Courtney, I am new to your blog, but I tried this cake out yesterday and it was everything I could have dreamed of. Excited to try some of your other recipes in the future!

  6. HELLO COURTNEY THANKS FOR YOUR EXCELLENT PAGE AND CAKES

    PBJ CAKE, PLEASE CLARIFY YOUR CAKE FLOUR AMOUNTS. 3CUPS 3T IS NOT 366.5GRAMS WHAT CONVERSION CALCULATION ARE YOUR USING? ALSO IS THIS CAKEFLOUR SIFTED OR UNSIFTED PRIOR TO WEIGHT CALCULATION?

    THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.

  7. Hi. I noticed that there were comment about there being a missing link to this recipe. Any updates on when it will be available?

    Thanks.

  8. Where is your recipe for peanut butter and jelly cake. Seee all pictures but can’t find the recipe

  9. Hey Courtney,

    I am planning on making this cake and was curious, if I could put in the entire dough into a 10-inch springform instead of the 3 8-inch cake pans? I only have 2 cake pans of that size and my oven isn’t big enough for 3 pans at the same time. Thanks!

    1. No it would be too much batter. But you can leave batter out at room temp while you bake your other layers.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this cake today and it was delicious! The cake layers were a little crumbly and very delicate. Two of the layers just about cracked in half. But very yummy. I added strawberries in the layers also.