Need comfort food? Peanut Butter Tandy Cake will make it all better! A soft, butter-y sheet cake is topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake (aka Kandy Kake): this took me straight back to my childhood! Even better than the Tastykake original, with soft, butter-y sheet cake, topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache. food desserts cake

Ugh, what a week it’s been.  Besides the obvious, I’ve also had my kitchen torn up with construction for what’s beginning to feel like too long.  And worst of all: no caffeine.

I rarely ever drank more than one cup of coffee per day, but I have always enjoyed it so much!  Sadly, I’ve been advised to lay off completely, after my doctor started noticing some health issues.

I’ve had a headache for ten straight days.

There comes a time in a blogger’s life, where you just have to throw your carefully crafted editorial calendar out the window, and bake what makes you feel good.

Peanut butter tandy cake.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake (aka Kandy Kake): this took me straight back to my childhood! Even better than the Tastykake original, with soft, butter-y sheet cake, topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache. food desserts cake

When I was a kid, my mom didn’t bake a whole lot.  But she was still big on dessert.  Once in a while, we had something special.  Like a lemon meringue pie from the freezer section.

But most of the time, it was either cookies from the cupboard, or a candy bar or Tastykake from the convenience store down the road.

Do you know Tastykakes?  They’re sort of like Hostess or Little Debbie, but way better.  They’re made in my hometown, from real ingredients like butter and eggs.  My favorite variety has always been the peanut butter tandy cake, aka the kandy kake.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake (aka Kandy Kake): this took me straight back to my childhood! Even better than the Tastykake original, with soft, butter-y sheet cake, topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache. food desserts cake

Still, nothing touches homemade, in my opinion.  So when the craving struck, I got out my mixer and preheated the oven.

This cake comes together surprisingly easily, with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand.  The cake is soft and buttery, with a fine, downy crumb that’s so moist it’s almost creamy.  There’s a thick layer of peanut butter on top, that melds with the sheet cake in the most delicious way.  And it’s all topped off with a sweet milk chocolate ganache.

Nothing could be better.  Except, maybe, if you had it with a cup of coffee.

But I’ll be sticking with milk.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake (aka Kandy Kake): this took me straight back to my childhood! Even better than the Tastykake original, with soft, butter-y sheet cake, topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache. food desserts cake

Lots more comforting treats on my “Comfort Food” Pinterest board:

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Peanut Butter Tandy Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Need comfort food? Peanut Butter Tandy Cake will make it all better! A soft, butter-y sheet cake is topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache.


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, kandy cake, kandy kake, peanut butter, tandy cake, tastykake
Servings: 12
Calories: 597 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (half a block)
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (smooth)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Lightly mist a 9 by 9-inch pan with non-stick spray, and line the bottom with a square cut from parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes).
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.
  4. Add the flour and salt, and mix on medium-low speed until just barely combined.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract, and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.  Cool completely.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, stir the peanut butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  8. Spread the mixture in an even layer, over the top of the cooled cake.
  9. Place the cream in a large liquid measuring cup.
  10. Add the chocolate, and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring, until the ganache is smooth.
  11. Pour over the cake, smoothing with an offset spatula as needed.
Recipe Notes

*I like to use cake flour because it produces a lighter, more tender cake.  My favorite brands are Swan's Down and Softasilk, both of which can be found in the baking aisle of a regular supermarket.  If you do not want to purchase cake flour, you can try these substitutes.

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Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Tandy Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 287mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 43g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Peanut Butter Tandy Cake (aka Kandy Kake): this took me straight back to my childhood! Even better than the Tastykake original, with soft, butter-y sheet cake, topped with peanut butter and milk chocolate ganache. food desserts cake