Today I am adding another Crazy Cake flavor to my Crazy Cake collection – Chocolate Peanut Butter Crazy Cake!
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRAZY CAKE – A vintage, Depression era cake, also known as Wacky Cake, Depression Cake, Poor Man’s Cake, War Cake and more. A super moist chocolate cake topped with a dreamy peanut butter frosting, sure to cure that chocolate peanut butter craving! Best of all, it’s budget friendly, made with everyday items found in the kitchen. This is also a fun activity to do with kids! And if you’re looking for an egg-free option, add this one to your recipe box, there are no eggs in this delicious cake!
**You can skip the peanut butter frosting and use your favorite frosting or simply dust with powdered sugar for a delicious chocolate cake.**
Read great reviews from people who tried this recipe on Pinterest!
This cake combines my family’s favorite chocolate cake (Crazy Cake, No Eggs, Milk, Butter Or Bowls) and my favorite peanut butter frosting, making one amazing dessert!
Unlike all of my other crazy cake flavors, that do not call for eggs, milk or butter, the frosting for this cake calls for milk and butter. If you are looking for a dairy-free or vegan cake, please check out the dairy-free/vegan peanut butter frosting options below, in the tips section.
Looking for wonderful cakes that are egg, dairy free and vegan? Be sure check out my Crazy Cakes page with all my Crazy Cake flavor options!
My girls thought this cake should be called Buckeye Cake because it tastes like a Buckeye in cake form…but being from Michigan, that was never going to happen. GO BLUE!
One thing is for sure, if you love peanut butter and chocolate, you will love this cake!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crazy Cake
- 1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
For a step by step photo tutorial on how to make Crazy Cake, head over to my Chocolate Crazy Cake post.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.
Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool. Top with the Peanut Butter Frosting below!
Peanut Butter Frosting
Frosting recipe from Allrecipes.com – Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature (be sure to use real butter, not margarine)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
*Very Important – before making, be sure all ingredients for the frosting are at room temperature.
Place butter and peanut butter in a medium to large size bowl, beat using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Next add two cups of confectioners’ sugar, beat until blended well and it begins to thicken, then add vanilla (optional) and 1 tablespoon of milk at a time (3 tablespoons total) – mix for approximately 3 minutes, until it’s lighter, fluffy and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, add a little more milk and beat. When ready, frost cake – enjoy!
If you are looking for dairy-free or vegan peanut butter frosting to make this cake, here are a few great options:
- Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Frosting from The Spruce Eats
- Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse from The Minimalist Baker
- Vegan Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting from Allrecipes
Thanks for stopping by!
Tried this for the first time today. The cake is really good, but I found the frosting was clawingly sweet! I scraped off about 2/3 of it and still found it to be too much. I’m a sweet lover, but this was too much for me. I need to find a lighter frosting, because I really liked the cake.
Followed directions, wasn’t impressed. The frosting was very good.
Kelly, sorry to hear, the cake portion of the recipe has been around since the Great Depression, cherished by so many. My site alone has hundreds of rave reviews for the chocolate crazy cake. . I agree, the frosting is VERY VERY good 🙂
This cake was so easy to make. And the peanut butter frosting is yummy!
I made this cake exactly as written for my brother-in-law‘s birthday. It was perfect. Everyone raved about it!
I make this for my partner’s daughter who is egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free due to allergies. I substitute chickpea flour for the white and it always turns out great! The peanut butter frosting works with a plant based substitute for the butter and almond milk. Everyone enjoys it!
OMG ! I anticipated the cake would be tasty. I grew up with a version my mom made. But honestly THAT FROSTING IS TO DIE FOR! I’ll be using that frosting recipe for other baked treats too. Even my husband who isn’t a peanut butter fan loves it!
I made this recipe and also used the vegan peanut butter frosting from what spruce eats and what a hit it was ! It was easy and delicious ! I can’t wait to try the other varieties . No one could believe it was dairy free ! I wish I took a picture but we ate it to fast
My mom and gram made this cake for yrs and they did the same thing. The only reason I can see is you are able to tell if you have all the ingredients in the batter before you mix it up, when you make the depressions. My family never told me why they did it and I do it too. Best guest.
Valerie A Beck
So I have a question….first of all, I made this cake…Terrific!!!!…I actually made it twice cause the first one went so fast and everyone wanted more. My question is… Why make the three depressions…to pour the vinegar, vanilla, and oil in. I did it like this, but as I was doing it I kept thinking why can’t you just pour it all into a bowl and mix it up??? Just curious. I will make this again…next time I want to try a buttercream frosting on it….Thanks@@
I want to know about those depressions also. It seems like the greased pan wouldn’t be greased anymore after mixing the ingredients well in the pan.