Buckeye Cake

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 8 servings


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.


  • 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
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 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


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

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.

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.

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.

Yearly Tradition

by L. Lara , Olympia on Mar. 2011

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.


by V. Vanessa , Naperville, IL on Mar. 2011

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


by M. Michelle , Superior, CO on Feb. 2011

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!

Buckey Cake

by C. Christine , Minnesota on Sep. 2010

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!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Heaven

by K. Karen , on May. 2010

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.

buckeye cake

by V. Vicki , Mount Braddock, PA on Mar. 2010

Made for a family get together and everyone loved it.

very special

by J. Jackay , Winchester, TN on Mar. 2010

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.

Awesome Dessert!!!

by M. Marjie , OH on Feb. 2010

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

Too Much Ganache

by K. Kevin , Fairfield, CA on Feb. 2010

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.


by H. Holly , Amelia, OH on Feb. 2010

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.