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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Volcano Cake

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8-10



  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 (18.25 oz) box white cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
  • 2 cups chopped roasted and salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cream cheese mixture: Beat the cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, peanut butter and 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar together with an electric mixer. Set aside until ready to use.

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake pan with nonstick spray.

Mix the cake mix, 1 cup of milk, vegetable oil and eggs together. Beat for about 2 minutes using an electric mixer. Fold in the chopped candy. Line the bottom of the prepared pan with the chopped peanuts and pour the batter into the pan.

Evenly space dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake. When the cake cooks, the cream will sink down to the bottom. This will be your “volcano” of flavor. Place in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes.

For the glaze: In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and add 1/2 cup milk until you get a thin consistency. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and bring the butter and milk mixture to a boil. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract; the glaze should be thin. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before using.

While the cake is still hot, spread the glaze evenly over the cake.

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