My favorite kinds of cakes to make are the low-fuss variety. I don’t always need lots of layers and thick frosting. A good, simple cake is more than fine with me.
This cake is a perfect example of a delicious cake without all the fuss. It’s simple to make and full of amazing flavor!
The cake itself is a simple one made with a good dose of peanut butter. I used crunchy peanut butter to get those crunchy bites of peanuts in the cake. Creamy peanut butter will work just fine, too.
That’s topped off with a cream cheese frosting partially sweetened with maple syrup. The combination of peanut butter and maple is a recent favorite of mine. I just love what those flavors do for each other!
This is the kind of cake that you can serve straight from the pan. Just cut a slice whenever you get a craving. It works well for an afternoon snack or for a simple dessert.
14 Comments on “Peanut Butter Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”
What an interesting flavor combo, I’ve never had it before. But I’ve never made a recipe from this blog I didn’t LOVE. Pinned!
Peanut butter? Check. Maple syrup? Check. Flavour combination I’d never thought of? CHECK!
Looks delicious, would try it soon!
Ooo peanut butter and maple aren’t paired together often enough for my tastes. This sounds wonderful!
This sounds so good. I love peanut butter, and the hint of maple sounds just perfect.
Peanut butter cake sounds so good right about now. I’ve been jonesing for something sweet lately and I might just have to make this. Yummy!
I think Peanut Butter, Maple and Cream Cheese has to be the best combination ever! I will be making this for sure! Thanks so much for posting!
if I want to make this in. 9/13″ cake pan, do I just double it?
Yes, a 9″x 13″ is roughly double the volume. You may need to bake the cake just a few minutes longer.
Is the batter supposed to be somewhat thick? Making sure I’ve done this right… lol
Hi, Britni. It is a bit thicker than something like a standard yellow cake batter but not as thick as a coffee cake batter.
I’m not sure how many have actually tried this recipe or if the comments are based on the photos. But like one user says, the batter is way too thick. The “cake” even comes out of the oven with the ocean wave marks from the spatula. It is more of the texture of a dry coffee cake, dry biscuit or bread. Not sure why the 8×8 or 9″ pan either. Most cakes are two 9″ pans or 9×13″. I beleive this recipe was originally written for a 9×13 or layer cakes and there were some translation errors along the way. Frosting also, 3 tbsp of maple syrup makes the frosting dark and muddy like the syrup itself. One cup of confectioners sugar is totally not enough for the cream cheese and butter and I’d recommend a tsp of vanilla, a dab more cream cheese and a tad less butter. Just my opinion but I’ve made this recipe and I’ve been around the block once or twice when it comes to cakes in general and especially variations of cream cheese frosting.
… And 12 to 16 servings from an 8×8″ cake is really stretching it. You actual get a out 6 servings.
I’m sorry you had troubles, Rich. The cake you see here was made with the recipe as written. If you didn’t change anything about the recipe, then I’m not sure what could have gone wrong. My first suggestions when something goes wrong are to make sure your ingredients are accurately measured, that your ingredients are fresh, that your oven temperature is correct, and that you’re not substituting low-fat or non-fat ingredients. With this recipe, I’d also recommend that you not use natural peanut butter. Also, keep in mind that the frosting is made with maple syrup, not pancake syrup. If you’d like the frosting sweeter, it’s simple enough to add more sugar to suit your taste. As for the servings, that’s a matter of preference, too. Personally, I’m more likely to serve 2″x2″ slices than something closer to 3″x4″.