Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range • #cake #peanutbutterdessert #mollyontherange

Peanut Butter Cake from Molly on the Range

Written by Becky

I love finding a jewel of a recipe that after making just once you know you’ll be making time and time again.  This Peanut Butter Cake Recipe form Molly Yeh’s book Molly on the Range is exactly that.  It’s easy, it’s addictive, and it’s totally a crowd pleaser.  Since making it the first time, I’ve made it 2 more times, hardly finding time to photograph it before running out the door to bring it to a party or gathering.  I made it for girl’s night, for a friend who just had a baby, and for a blogger potluck. I guess there’s a reason she calls it Party-Trick Peanut Butter Cake. Each time it was served, there wasn’t a slice left!  Today I’m giving away a copy of Molly on the Range so leave comment below with your ‘party trick dish’ to be eligible to win.

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

Many of Molly’s recipes are like this.  You make them once and they quickly go into the regular rotation. Her Cauliflower Shwarma Tacos are also a new favorite at our house and I can’t wait to try some of her hot dish recipes too.

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

Molly’s Cookbook, Molly on the Range, is loaded with recipes I earmarked but honestly, the best part of her book was reading it.  She recalls childhood flavors and funny experiences along with many trends of the 80s and 90s like north face jackets and white bread.  I borrowed my friend’s copy of the book while she was out of town and, once the kids were in bed, I devored it, laughing and loving every word.

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

My charge for you, make this cake, then, go buy the book.  Once you taste the cake and also see how easy it is to make, even on a weeknight, buying the book won’t even be an option.  Or at least it wasn’t for me.  I just had to have it!  Thanks Molly!

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

Comment below with your favorite go-to party dish or dessert for a opportunity to win a copy of Molly on the Range.  Winner will be announced on Friday of this week.

Peanut Butter Cake from Molly on the Range

A super easy, super satisfying, peanut butter cake recipe that doesn't even require a mixer to make. Start to finish you can make this cake in 35 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flavorless oil (canola or avocado both work well)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 8 inch square or round cake pan.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and all of the wet ingredients in another bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (don't over mix, stir just until there's no flour clumps). Pour into the cake pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean (25-27 minutes). Let cool for 10 minutes then invert onto a serving dish.
  • I like to top this cake with lightly sweetened whipped cream and berries, date caramel or dulce de leche. You can also just sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve with black coffee for an afternoon snack.

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe from Molly on the Range Cookbook • #peanutbutter #cake

Comments (12)

  1. This looks amazing! I’ll definitely try making it next time. I can never decide on just one party dish, but I do love making chocolate fudge!

  2. I’ve had luck with bringing homemade candy! The last party I went to (Halloween) I made vegan peanut butter toffee type things and covered them with chocolate. None came home!

  3. This cake sounds addictively good!! My favorite go to dessert for a party is homemade yellow sheet cake with chocolate frosting. Classic and delicious.

  4. Considering the fact that my two favorite foods are peanut butter and cake, I will most definitely be giving this a shot! My favorite party dish is buttery breadsticks. They go great with any meal and people also just like to snack on them.

  5. My favorite go-to party dish/dessert is chocolate cupcakes with a ganache center. It’s actually a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for the delicious looking recipe, and the giveaway!!

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