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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Coffee Cake

A square of Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Coffee Cake on a plate

Cake for breakfast  is an important part of my day.

Many mornings it actually saves my sanity.

I mean, I know everyone is drinking those green juice things, and while I drink those too, on occasion, I really have found that cake in the morning is better for my health.

Especially chocolate cake with peanut butter cups.

And when you call a cake “coffee cake”, it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy pre-10am.

The universe says so.  I mean, I didn’t invent coffee cake.  I just follow along with the masses.

And another thing…

Make it.

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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Coffee Cake.

The cake is super yummy, starting with a whopping 2 cups of sour cream in the batter…

A measuring cup of whipped cream

And also you use Devil’s Food Cake mix and pudding.

There is no way that this could be bad.

A box of Devil's Food cake mix and a box of Jello chocolate pudding mix

The batter is ridiculous. Stupid good.

Peanut butter batter in a stand mixer bowl

After you sample a respectable amount of the batter, spread what’s left into a 9×13…

Peanut butter batter spread in a 9x13 pan

Bake it up.

Don’t forget about your peanut butter cups.  Like that’s possible.

Chopped peanut butter cups

And when the cake is baked, sprinkle those on top of the cake…

Peanut butter coffee cake with chopped peanut butter cups on top

Then, to make it extra pretty, melt some white chocolate and drizzle that all over the toppity top.

White icing drizzled over peanut butter cup coffee cake in a 9x13 pan




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Also, eating with a mini fork is bound to enhance your coffee cake experience.

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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Coffee Cake


serves 12


  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (18.25 oz) package Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package Instant Chocolate Pudding (4 servings)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped peanut butter cups
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray or grease a 9×13 pan
  3. In stand mixer beat sour cream and butter together, add cake mix, dry pudding mix and eggs. Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes. Turn mixer to low and add in semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  4. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake approx 30 minutes until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups evenly on top of cake.
  6. Melt white chips in microwave or over a double boiler and drizzle on top of cake and peanut butter cups.
  7. Let cake cool and cut into squares when ready to serve.


I melted my white chocolate chips in a ziplock bag in the microwave and snipped off the end and squeezed the white chocolate on my cake. Makes for easy clean up!
This cake is even better the next day.

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41 comments on “Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Coffee Cake”

  1. beth - slice of southern

    You are hysterical! Just love your writing…and the coffee cake before 10am doesn’t hurt either!!

  2. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Ooo I love sour cream in chocolate cake! And sour cream coffee cake is totes okay, even encouraged, for breakfast. and pb is good for you…and goes in those icky healthy smoothies…so really adding it to this coffee cake is like adding a protein boost 😉 YUM

  3. What’s wrong with cold pizza in the morning??? I can’t wait to try this(like tomorrow morning). Actually the authorities on this subject say that eating your sweets early in the day(like breakfast) help you to lose weight because you don’t crave them so much through the day. Who knew!!

  4. Totally believing this, girl! 😉 What a great recipe! I’m guessing you’re the type that eats cold pizza in the morning too?!?!?!!

  5. You’re so amazing! Everything you come up with is even better than the last cake, cookie, etc. I can’t wait to make this!

  6. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    Oh dear, woman. This would save my sanity too. What would really save my sanity, is you just making it for me. Thanks 🙂

  7. There is a very funny old Bill Cosby video on youtube – “Dad is great. He gives us chocolate cake.” He is feeding his kids weekend breakfast. They convince him to give them cake, then sell him out when their mother shows up.

  8. Could you possibly bake the peanut butter cups along with the brownies? What would that do? As you can see, I’m pretty lazy and I’m all for skipping a step if possible. hee hee

    1. I tried that on my first attempt at this and even though the batter is thick, they all sink to the bottom and kind of burn.

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