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Buckeye Cake

Buckeye Cake
Makes:
8 servings
Prep Time:
30
minutes
Total Time:
120
minutes
based on
698 reviews
Decadent and rich, this moist chocolate Buckeye Cake, layered with a creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache topping is sure to delight friends and family. Elegant in appearance but easy to make, Krista Linegar of Willits, CA created this Grand Prize Winning cake because it reminded her of her Grandma’s Buckeye candies.

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Ingredients:

  • CAKE
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • PEANUT BUTTER LAYER
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • GANACHE
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 9-inch-round cake pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease.

FOR CAKE:
COMBINE
eggs and sugar in large bowl. Stir in flour, melted butter, Choco Bake, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of cake; cool for an additional 10 minutes. Invert cake onto serving platter. Remove pan and parchment; cool completely.

FOR PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:
BEAT
peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in medium mixer bowl until combined. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Spread mixture on cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

FOR GANACHE:
HEAT
cream in small saucepan to boiling; remove from heat. Add semi-sweet morsels; let stand 5 minutes. Stir; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until mixture is spreadable. Spread chocolate on top and sides of cake.

MELT peanut butter & milk chocolate morsels in resealable plastic bag on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 30 seconds. Knead bag to mix. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals until melted. Cut a small hole from corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over cake. Store in refrigerator. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.


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  •  Star(s)

    Yearly Tradition

    Lara White from Olympia

    My now 17 year old son only wants this cake on his birthdays. Of course, the rest of us don't mind! Tiny slices are all one needs... lasts longer and feeds more! Perfect Recipe.

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    Decadent!

    Vanessa Strougal from Naperville, IL

    Easy to make and a real crowd pleaser! A favorite of the hubby and kids!

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    YUM!!!

    Michelle K from Superior, CO

    If you like Resses peanut butter cups then you will LOVE this dessert! It's actually very easy to make. I made the cake and peanut butter topping first and let it cool in the fridge over night. If you break it down into two sections it doesn't seem so time consuming. Very delicious, I will definitely make this again!

  •  Star(s)

    Buckey Cake

    Christine Jensen from Minnesota

    Reading the reviews I was concerned about the richness of the cake so I cut the ganche in half and cut into 12 slices. I think you could still share a slice and get your chocolate fix. YUM!

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Heaven

    Karen Foli from

    My family loves this recipe. I have used a brownie mix when in a hurry. I have added chopped peanuts to the top. It is worth the time to make.

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    buckeye cake

    Vicki Scardanello from Mount Braddock, PA

    Made for a family get together and everyone loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    very special

    Jackay Hauldren from Winchester, TN

    My son-in-law loves peanut butter and chocolate so I made the buckeye cake for him and shipped it from TN to Wisconsin. I've gotten nothing but raves from the whole family! It looked so good and I didn't even get to taste it so...I'll make another one and enjoy it as much they did! Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome Dessert!!!

    Marjie Gold from OH

    This cake is amazing, it is time consuming, but so worth it! It was a very big hit at work.

  •  Star(s)

    Too Much Ganache

    Kevin Nyquist from Fairfield, CA

    The cake layer and peanut butter layer are very good, but there is way too much ganache. It would have been a lot better with half, if not a third. Plus maybe it wouldn't have 8,000 calories in it if you took some of the cream out. It is so chocolaty that I am trying to give it away, and I like chocolate, so that means something. In general I think it is quite overrated.

  •  Star(s)

    Decadent

    Holly Owens from Amelia, OH

    I've made this several times, always to rave reviews. I do not have Choco-Bake so I used 3 squares of baking chocolate instead. Having possible substitutes on the recipe would be helpful.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Cake

    Lisa Miller from Glen Burnie, MD

    I made this for a co-worker's birthday. It was well received! They especially liked the crunchy outside and the moist fudgy inside of the cake layer.

  •  Star(s)

    Super

    Marianne Picardi from Bronxville, NY

    It's a new family favorite since I baked it for my daughter's birthday

  •  Star(s)

    Its a winner!

    rita stangle from Carrollton, KY

    I won a cookstove in a local christmas cooking contest with this recipe. Very rich, a little bit will do ya.

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Linda Dusky from Ventura, CA

    Very rich and yummy but at 960 calories per serving, it is definitely NOT worth it!

  •  Star(s)

    Worth the effort from scratch

    Nane Shipley from Powder Springs, GA

    This cake was a hit! If I had made 4 they would still have all been eaten. So many people wanted the recipe, I am glad I came with several copies. The taste is decadent and creamy....yummo!

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    It is so much like the Buckeye candies.

  •  Star(s)

    Heaven!!

    Norma Cahill from ,

    I have made this cake at least 10 times. It is without a doubt one of the best cakes ever. It's more like a pie. It's not as difficult as it looks, takes a little time but soooooo with it. I have to have the recipe with me if I take it to an event because everyone wants it!

  •  Star(s)

    MMMMMMMMMMMMM

    STACEY J from Beech Grove, IN

    This turned out to be a big hit from adults to children. Everyone wanted the recipe! Delicious and very rich.

  •  Star(s)

    Fantastic

    Linda Herrington from Matthews, NC

    This was a great recipe. Taste was amazing and presentation was very impressive. A definite keeper!

  •  Star(s)

    buckeye cake

    mary meek from Toledo, OH

    I made this cake for Easter. It was a huge success. Although it takes a little bit longer to make, it was well worth it. Thanks!!

  •  Star(s)

    Very Rich!

    susan vaksman from Bethel Park, PA

    This was the first thing I made with my new Kitchenaid. It turned out great but it is so rich. A serving would be a very small piece, so it would serve about 12, maybe.

  •  Star(s)

    buckeye cake

    rebecca fester from ford city, Pennsylvania

    this recipe is WONDERFUL!!!! it is definately hard to stop at one piece. i've taken it to work and they keep asking for it over and over again.

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Linda O from Beverly, Massachusetts

    My daughter made this recipe and it was a lot of work, but the end result is well worth the effort. It was simply the best dessert I have ever had at home!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Roxann Clute from Cohoes, NY

    I made this for Valentine's day for the family. What a treat. It was so easy to make. Very rich and chocolaty too. Perfect for a very special dessert or just for the family to tell them you love them.

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome Cake

    Deborah Ringel from Casco, MI

    Made this for my husband for his birthday, he loved it. My sister always makes buckeye candy for us for Christmas, we plan on making this for her birthday. The only thing I changed was I let the ganache cool for about 15 minutes, then I poured it over the peanut butter layer while the cake was sitting on a wire rack. This seemed easier than trying to "frost" it. I thought that might pull up the peanut butter layer.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    MARIA DENOYELLES from WALLKILL, NY

    An excellent recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Great!!

    Gina B from CA

    My niece and I made this for Christmas, we added baking powder so it wouldn't be as dense. When we made the ganache, my niece thought it would be better with milk chocolate chips, so we made another one! She loves to change recipes around and see how they come out~this was a major hit!! It was much sweeter that way & went farther because all you needed was a very small slice (we had 27 people!). Hers was gone by evening, mine stuck around for a few days!

  •  Star(s)

    Making it gluten free is a snap!

    Sarah Distel from oxford, OH

    This recipe is very good when the flour is substituted with all purpose gluten free flour. As long as you make sure the peanut butter, vanilla, ect., are gluten free it's an easy dessert to convert. My father and daughter have celiac and they really enjoy sharing a dessert the whole family loves.

  •  Star(s)

    YYYYYUUUUMMMMMMMMMM!

    Kate Cotten from

    Wow! What a great cake! My family LOVED it! We will be making this again! We did find it to be very rich, did 16 servings instead of 8 and it was as great as it could be!

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    S chance from Indiana

    This was fantastic. I was suprised how easy it was to make. It turned out perfect.Everyone loved it. Make sure to serve it in small pieces because it is very sweet.

  •  Star(s)

    This is sooo good and soooo easy

    melony hoefer from omaha, NE

    This is absolutely fabulous...don't be scared off by the number of steps or the advanced level==it is easy, easy, easy and so very worth the couple of extra dirty dishes. Just follow the instructions step by step and then enjoy with your family and friends. This does make enough for a dozen or so people to have a smaller slice.

  •  Star(s)

    Tastes great!

    Bonnie Ihrke from Hayfield, MN

    This is scrumptuous! Just be sure to allow enough time for cooling between steps.

  •  Star(s)

    So Delicious!

    Dorie Sifford from Colorado Springs, CO

    I made this cake to change things up a bit for Thanksgiving! It was such a hit. I did do two layers of the cake because I can never get enough chocolate - it was fantastic! Even better was to heat it up a little bit and add a scoop of ice cream!

  •  Star(s)

    Everyone Loved It

    Mary Booth from Siloam Springs, AR

    I made this for Thanksgiving this year, my whole family loved it. The grandchildren asked me to make it again for Christmas. Thanks

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Donna Moore from Conover, NC

    I showed this pictured recipe to my husband and he said, "let's go to the store and get some peanut butter & nestles". Anything chocolate with peanut butter, he goes crazy for.

  •  Star(s)

    Way baove Excellent

    Anne Kelley from RUSTON, LA

    I really enjoyed making this recipe. It is a fun and interesting cake. I have no complants about it, great taste, not really to sweet

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Delight

    Elizabeth J. Belanger from Acushnet, MA

    This cake is so delicious. I have made it twice for family and friends and have received raves about the rich taste and beautiful presentation. It doesn't mention adding a leavening agent, but I add one teaspoon of baking powder so that the cake can rise a little. I found the recipe very easy to make. You must try it. I will be baking this again for Thanksgiving , Christmas then for our New Year's celebration.

  •  Star(s)

    Great twist to an old favorite

    Belinda Fisher from Oquawka, IL

    This is a great twist to an old favorite that our family loves. If you love peanut butter this is the recipe for you. My boys ask me to make this over the regular buckeyes.

  •  Star(s)

    prefect dessert

    June Evans from ALBANY, OR

    my daughter loves buckeye candy so this was the prefect recipes to try she loved it .thank you so much for this recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Oh My Buckeye!

    kim mcloughlin from Fort Myers, FL

    I love it! I'm a huge buckeye fan and this is wonderful. I can't wait to make it again for my family for the holidays! Not too difficult and well worth the effort.

  •  Star(s)

    AMAZING!

    jennifer bennett from kittery, ME

    This is so decadent!!! My family loves peanut butter and chocolate! You couldn't ask for anything more!!

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Tom Ogden from Pittsburgh, PA

    Peanut butter and chocolate lovers dream. The texture of the cake with the creamy filling and smooth glaze is a perfect combo. I added a layer of fudge under the peanut butter layer and it just added a little more depth. Great recipe ! Pretty rich, so don't let your eyes be bigger than you stomach.

  •  Star(s)

    OMG

    Timothy Robertson from Shreveport, LA

    This dessert was such a hit. I made it for a family gathering last sunday and it disappeared. The great part is that it looks so complicated but it's so easy. I took everyone's advice and doubled the peanut butter layer and i highly recommend that, but the ganache was perfect. Definately give this a try.

  •  Star(s)

    Amazing!!

    Kathy Apple from Russellville, AR

    This cake was amazing. Everyone just absolutely loved it. Love the peanut butter layer - totally makes the cake!

  •  Star(s)

    easier than it looks

    NANCY KELLER from Columbus, OH

    I made this with two layers (doubled the recipe- put the Peanut butter mixture in between the layers)-- VERY rich, but a great cake as a special treat- awesome with a glass of cold milk !

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye cake

    Carolyn McMasters from Norwalk, OH

    It was superb, I too double peanutbutter layer, cut in smaller peices and shared with neighbors and family, as it looked rich, surprisingly enough didn't have trouble putting it away. I will make again and again and again, we are all buckeye fans!!!!! Yummy and thanks so much. Carolyn M.

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Pauline Johnsey from North Stratford, NH

    This was very easy and very good.I made this for a shut in friend and she hasn't stopped thanking me.This is a very sweet dessert but just great for something special.

  •  Star(s)

    Buckeye Cake

    Vickie Hemmelgarn from

    This was made for a family gathering, and it disapeared right away. Everyone, was quite impressed. Will definitely make again.

  •  Star(s)

    Great!

    Michelle Hernandez from STAFFORD, VA

    Great dessert! Guests raved about it. I couldn't find Choco Bake, so I melted chocolate chips instead. I might try making a thicker peanut butter layer and cutting the ganache in half, as it was quite rich. But even as is, it's quite delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    Family Get Together

    Lynnette Jones from EAST FLAT ROCK, NC

    Made it for a family get together. Was quite the hit so it looks like it will make it to all the family gatherings.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 960
  • Calories from Fat: 550
  • Total Fat: 61g (95% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 32g (159% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 130mg (44% of DV)
  • Sodium: 210mg (9% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 95g (32% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g (22% of DV)
  • Sugars: 72g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Vitamin A: 20% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Buckeye Cake

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • PEANUT BUTTER LAYER
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • GANACHE
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 9-inch-round cake pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease.

FOR CAKE:
COMBINE
eggs and sugar in large bowl. Stir in flour, melted butter, Choco Bake, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of cake; cool for an additional 10 minutes. Invert cake onto serving platter. Remove pan and parchment; cool completely.

FOR PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:
BEAT
peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in medium mixer bowl until combined. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Spread mixture on cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

FOR GANACHE:
HEAT
cream in small saucepan to boiling; remove from heat. Add semi-sweet morsels; let stand 5 minutes. Stir; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until mixture is spreadable. Spread chocolate on top and sides of cake.

MELT peanut butter & milk chocolate morsels in resealable plastic bag on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 30 seconds. Knead bag to mix. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals until melted. Cut a small hole from corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over cake. Store in refrigerator. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

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