Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake

filed under: Cakes on March 28, 2012

I love butterscotch.  I love cake.  And that is the inspiration for this Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake! If you want more Cake Recipes, I’ve got you covered.

Peanut Butter Cake

I made a peanut butter cake.  It’s a GOOD peanut butter cake! Soft and moist and full of peanut butter. The ingredients are simple:

  • butter
  • chunky peanut butter
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs brown sugar
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • buttermilk

All of that sugar and buttermilk and eggs guarantee that you will have a moist and flavor-packed Peanut Butter Cake! These are BIG layers of cake. You could also make this is 3-layer cake using the same 9-inch cale pans. Just make sure to evenly disperse the batter between the pans. You will also want to check baking time to make sure they are not over-baked.

How to Make a Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake

Bake cakes and let them cool.  Place one cake on cake stand and spread an entire 7ounce jar of marshmallow fluff.  Place the other layer on top.  Marshmallow will ooze out the sides.

This is good.  Very good.

Next, make the butterscotch sauce. (recipe below)

Put a thin layer of the sauce on top of the cake.  (This is to help the mini marshmallows to stay in place) Then disperse mini marshmallows all over the top of the cake.  (I used about half a bag)

Pour more sauce over cake.  Now, at this point in the picture, I had poured about half the mixture.  This is plenty for the cake.  The remaining mixture you can put in an 8×8 pan and make butterscotch bars! (Just make sure you mix in the remaining marshmallows first)

I highly recommend you do that instead.  Or you could just half the recipe.  I mean, whatever works for you.

But I did not do that.

I kept pouring.  And scooping out the chunky bits.  And pouring.  And I made a HUGE mess.

I just couldn’t stop.

Don’t be like me.

But do grab some of those butterscotchy peanut butter chunky bits from the bottom of the pan and spoon them over the top of your cake.

Then, out of seemingly nowhere,  I had visions of butterscotch hot chocolate with mini marshmallows but did not want to do that if it was 75 degrees outside.  Maybe on the next nice cool day, I could.  And then the temperatures went from 75 to 30 in one day and I actually made myself hot cocoa.  And then I felt bad and figured I caused the cold temperatures so I didn’t tell anyone.  Except now I am telling you.  Don’t be mad.  It will get warm again.  I think.  I mean, I can’t say for sure.  I live in Minnesota.  We are known for weird weather.  So yeah.

Moving on.

5 from 4 votes
butterscotch cake
Peanut Butter Cake with Butterscotch Topping
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

I love butterscotch. I love cake. And that is the inspiration for this Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter cake
Servings: 8 people
Author: Amanda Rettke
Peanut Butter Cake
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Butterscotch Topping
  • 1/2 c chunky peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 bags 11 oz butterscotch chips
Peanut Butter Cake
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter, peanut butter, vanilla, eggs (one at a time) and brown sugar in mixer. 
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with buttermilk. As in, add 1/3 flour mixture then 1/2 cup of buttermilk, another 1/3 of the flour mixture, remaining buttermilk, then remaining flour.
  4. Bake in two prepared 9-inch round cake pans at 350°F for 25-35 minutes.

Butterscotch Topping
  1. Melt butter and peanut butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. 

  2. Once they are fully melted and combined, add in butterscotch chips. Stir continually until mostly melted. There will be chunks in the bottom of the pan, this is ok.

Or save some of that awesome sauce and drizzle it over a slice.  I wish I could say that I had thought of that before pouring rich thick butterscotch sauce all over my white linens and table.

Did I mention I made a big mess?

It was sorta worth it.  This cake is delicious.

You may also like these amazing cakes:

Best Chocolate Cake

Mint Chocolate Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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  • Jenna says:

    I just made this cake and had some issues:
    At first I put 1 and 1/2 cups of butter in the bowl because it didn’t specify cups/sticks in the cake recipe… luckily I read thru the comments before I actually mixed it, so I pulled out the xtra butter, but it was still a pain in the neck. (you may want to correct the recipe becuz not everybody reads the comments)
    Then we put the cake in the oven, everything looked great, but when we pulled it out the cake had fallen in the center. So disappointing. When we removed it from the cake pans, we realized that between the pnut butter and the butter it was too heavy for the center to rise. It’s super yummy and we don’t care how pretty it is so we put it together anyway with the marshmallow creme, butterscotch sauce, etc. It’s literally falling apart but we’re going to tear into it tomorrow anyway. I’d love to make this again but am not sure what to adjust. Less pnut butter, less butter? Or, maybe I’ll just cut it into chunks and layer it in a glass dish with the marshmallow and sauce and top it with whipped cream next time.

    • Amanda says:

      Hum. I didnt have those problems, but I am just bummed you did! I would be happy to go back and make some adjustments upon your recommendations. 🙂 Thank you for the honest and constructive feedback!

    • Stephanie says:

      I also had the same problem! The cake fell in the center. 🙁

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} says:

    You definitely know how to satisfy a craving! Oh my word! 🙂

  • Melissa Heath says:

    This is amazing!! As a kid I always ordered the butterscotch ripple ice cream!!

    I am making this cake for my Hubby’s early birthday celebration this weekend!! Cannot wait 🙂

    One question can you use smooth peanut butter (it’s all I have in the house) oh and how many cups is 1.5 sticks of butter?

    Thanks Sooo very much!!!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    You get a big, gigantic WOW for this one. Any cake that has butterscotch drizzling down the sides is pretty much big time WOW for me 🙂

  • amy says:

    Some Reasons Why Cakes Sink or Fall In The Middle:

    Cakes will sink or fall because:

    1). Overbeating – too much air is incorporated into batter.

    2). Underbaking – Oven temperature too low and/or too short a baking time.

    3). Over or under measurement of liquid or under measurement of flour.

    4). Using too small or large of a baking pan.

    5). Moving or jarring cake before sufficiently baked or opening the oven door before cake sets.

    Note: Only open oven door if absolutely needed, one-half to three-quarter’s way through baking.

    6). The most common error has to do with the oven temperature. Make sure you have an oven thermometer to test your oven for accuracy.

    7). Depending on the recipe if you fold in egg whites, if not beaten fully or folded in too harshly, the cake could fall.

    8). Even creaming the butter and sugar too much or too little can cause problems.

  • Brenda says:

    The recipe didn’t say sticks or cups of butter, but since everything else was in cups, I went with cups. Yeah, big mistake. The cakes didn’t cook in the middle and after ten extra minutes in the oven, they baked, but the edges got too brown and the middles sank.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh dear! I am so sorry Brenda. I corrected the recipe to say “sticks”. Not sure why the cakes didnt cook as they should have. What size pans did you use? Was your baking soda fresh? Is your oven calibrated? Those are all problems I have encountered in the past, that is the only reason I ask. Again, so sorry there was any issue. I do hope they at least tasted good. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with from this point on. Blessings~

      • Theresa says:

        I realize this comment is older, and the recipe has been corrected to say “sticks”, but in case someone goes by this, 1 1/2 sticks is not the same as 1 1/2 cups. 1 1/2 sticks is actually 6oz, or 3/4 cup. So for those using 1 1/2 cups, that most likely explains the issues they had.

        • Amanda says:

          Actually… 1 stick equals 1/2 cup here. 1 stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, or 1/2 cup.

          • Lorna says:

            1 1/2 sticks is 3/4 cup. Like you said “1 stick equals 1/2 cup here. 1 stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, or 1/2 cup” which is correct. Adding a 1/2 stick more is half of 1/2 of a cup which is 1/4 cup. Adding the two is 3/4 cup.

            With all that said, this recipe sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

          • Amanda says:
      • Sharifah says:

        1 1/2 stick is of butter does NOT equal to 1 1/2 cup of butter
        1/2 stick = 1/4 cube / cup of Butter
        2 sticks = 1 complete cup / cube (the one dat u get at supermarkets 225grams blocks)
        THAT is what I have been adhering to all this while

        • Amanda says:

          In America, 1 stick= 1/2 cup. Maybe it is different where you are, but that is the measurements here.

  • Zoe says:

    My God!!! I just tried this and I am going crazy right now!!! I love this cake and I am going to eat the whole thing probably before my boyfriend gets home…
    *drizzles fingers in butterscotch-peanut butter sauce*

  • Harry says:

    I have no idea what went wrong. I made the recipe exactly as stated but when baking in my oven, the batter bubbled over the cake pans and made a huge mess in the oven. After I cleaned it out I still tried to bake the cake but it never reached a cake-like consistency, more of a chewy pie or custard. 🙁

    • Amanda says:

      oh no! So sorry! That is the worst. Wish I could be there to help! 🙁

    • Ellen Edgar says:

      I had exactly the same problem. The bottom of my oven was a mess and even though the sides were nice and brown, the insides were a liquid mush. Very disappointed! Think we need measurement in grams etc, I have no idea where I am with cups and sticks etc. So annoying, because the cake looked absolute heaven and I’ve never failed at baking before!!

  • Emily @OurAwesomeAdventuresAbroad says:

    oh no. i have everything to make this one! which means i must make it!

  • Dana says:

    Amanda you burrescotch peanut butter cake looks GREAT! Ive been reading the posts here regarding the buter used int he recipe. As you mentioned, 1 1/2 stick of butter. So if 1 stick is 1/2 cup, then the 1/2 stick is 1/4 cup of butter. Which means the 1 1/2 stick of butter int he recipe makes 3/4 cups of butter only and not 1 1/2 cups of butter.

    I’d like to try this one………..looks really YUMMY!

    • Amanda says:

      You are right!!! Thank you so much.

  • Jennifer says:

    I just found your site from Pioneer Woman and THIS…. there are no words for… So excited to make this, but even more excited to eat it!

    • Amanda says:

      HI Jennifer! SO nice to “meet” you! Hope you enjoy the cake! 🙂

  • Tania says:

    Took out my pans as soon as got the post…..yum. Question though .here in Greece we only have butterscotch sweets or I found caramel droplets ..would I get the same effect with the caramel …or nestle Caramel treat dairy dessert filling and topping ( from s. Africa ) ? Thanks

  • Celebrations Kart says:

    Yummy butter scotch cake.

  • Janae Rios says:

    I made this cake for the first time for Thanksgiving and it was a big success! I never knew that peanut butter and butterscotch could taste so good together!

  • CakenGifts.in Faridabad says:

    This looks awesome!!! This recipe is also perfect. Next tomorrow on my birthday we will surely make it.

  • Erin says:

    I had to attempt this cake recipe twice. The first time I used 2 pans and there was way too much batter. It overflowed and left my house full of smoke. Also, the center fell. Both cakes went into the trash. I attempted it again and used 3 pans. Much better fit. However, these also fell in the center.

  • Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky says:

    I’d love to make this butterscotch peanut butter cake for my family New Year morning. Do you think it would be possible to make this the 30y, let it cool and then seal up and then reheat New Year?

  • Zach Davis says:

    Wow this is amazing. I love to make this butterscotch peanut butter cake for my family and my wife and son loves it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Noida says:

    It looks so wonderful and tasty, well i was thinking to make something special during the weekend but now I am sure what to make in the weekend to make it special. thanks to you i was able to learn this awesome recipe

  • Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy says:

    Absolutely love your creative idea with butterscotch peanut butter cake! Never seen something like this! Thanks in advance and also for sharing 🙂

  • Robin Hamilton says:

    Oh my! This butterscotch peanut butter cake was delicious – and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much!

  • Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit says:

    That butterscotch peanut butter cake looks so zesty and tasty! Absolutely love your creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sue says:

    What is the center melted marshmallows?
    the recipe never stated what you filled the cake with….

  • Janet says:

    Can you tell the measurements in grams?