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Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake

Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! PB & J was one of my favorite sandwiches as a kid and it still is. Whole wheat bread, creamy peanut butter, and sweet jelly or jam-classic comfort food! I never get tired of a good PB & J. To celebrate this fine holiday, I will be eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, but I also made you a special treat, a Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake. This cake tastes like a PB & J sandwich, but in cake form. Oh yeah!

This cake is easy to make and I bet you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. There is peanut butter in the cake and in the peanut butter streusel topping. I used creamy peanut butter to make the cake and crunchy peanut butter for the streusel topping because I wanted a little extra crunch. This cake is meant for peanut butter fanatics-like myself:)

The cake is tender and moist with a sweet tunnel of jelly in the middle. I used grape jelly to stick with tradition, but use whatever jelly or jam you like. The cake tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in dessert form. The peanut butter streusel topping is out of this world and adds a nice crunch to the cake.

Since this is a coffee cake it is perfectly acceptable to have a big fat slice for breakfast. And since it is a PB & J cake it is also perfectly acceptable to eat it for lunch:) Wash it down with a cold glass of milk and you are set!

This Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake is the perfect way to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Grab a jar of peanut butter and your favorite jelly and get baking!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake

Yield: Serves 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

If you like Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, you will love this PB & J coffee cake!


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup grape jelly (or jelly of your choice)

For the Peanut Butter Streusel Topping:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. First, make the peanut butter streusel topping. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar. Mix with a spoon until there are no big brown sugar clumps. Add the peanut butter and melted butter, stirring until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the peanut butter and butter until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar mix until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer to low and alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Don't over mix, beat until just combined.

4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Spoon grape jelly evenly over the cake. Take a toothpick and gently swirl in the jelly. Sprinkle the peanut butter streusel over the cake. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Slice and serve!

Note: I used grape jelly, but you can use your favorite flavor of jelly or jam! Enjoy!

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77 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake”

  1. Blog is the New Black — April 2, 2012 @ 6:04 am

    This sounds wonderful!!

  2. antique engagement rings — April 2, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    A classic combo…. I’m going to try it!

  3. I absolutely love how your keep me informed of all of the National food days. It is so much fun! And, this cake looks so good!

  4. Yay PB&J! 😀 My all time favorite sandwich! What a neat twist!!! 😀 I love this Maria!

  5. Jolene — April 2, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    PB&J is a favorite of the kids! Have pinned it (@yummyinspire) to make for them as a special treat!

  6. Heather @ Heater's Dish — April 2, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    I think I’d eat the entire thing by myself!

  7. Erica — April 2, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    The crumbly topping gets me every time!! I agree- PB&J is SO good. The only thing better is PB & banana in my opinion! Great way to celebrate!

  8. Mmm I am in love! Coffee cake freak right here :)

  9. Tracey — April 2, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Oh yum, what a great idea! Wish I had a slice for breakfast!

  10. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 2, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    YUM! This looks fantastic!

  11. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 2, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Ohhh I could do some damage to that cake! Looks deeeelicious!

  12. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 2, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Oh how this looks amazing!

  13. Kristen — April 2, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Happy PB&J day to you too! This looks delicious

  14. Marian (Sweetopia) — April 2, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Mmm, I agree, pb and jam are one of my comfort foods too! This looks amazing!

  15. Cookbook Queen — April 2, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    I’m thinking that this would be an acceptable lunch, right? If only I can get one whipped up in time!! LOVE.

  16. Jenny Flake — April 2, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I seriously need to get on these food holidays, lol! I love PB&J goodies, yours looks beautiful! Have a great day Maria! xoxo

  17. You cannot go wrong with peanut butter and jelly! Perfect for coffee (or tea) indeed!

  18. kelley — April 2, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    This would be awesome with some homemade jam! I think I have one jar left!

  19. BinomialBaker — April 2, 2012 @ 9:26 am

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  20. What a great idea! I had no idea today was PB&J Day :( This cake sounds wonderful.

  21. Ashley — April 2, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Oh my! I am all over this. Anything PB+J is a winner in my book! Yummm

  22. Audrey — April 2, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I happen to have 1/2 cup of buttermilk leftover in the fridge. Was wondering what I could do with it….this is the answer!!

  23. Shaina — April 2, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I love this! I should make this for the kids when they come home today for an after-school snack.

  24. Cookin' Canuck — April 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Fun idea, Maria! I know my kids would love this.

  25. Looks amazing! I have to give it a try! I LOVE PB&J!!

  26. Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 2, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    OMG how fun! I had no idea today was National PB&J Day, otherwise I would’ve packed myself one for lunch :) This looks like it would be so yummy!!

  27. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 2, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Just working on my own PB&J post for today and this cake looks so delish, Maria!

  28. Lauren — April 2, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I die over anything with streusel!! YUM!

  29. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 2, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    We are PB&J addicts around here! Love this!

  30. naomi — April 2, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    So creative, Maria! My boys love PB, so I’m adding this to the recipe box.

  31. Deborah — April 2, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I could seriously eat a pb&j every day and not get sick of it. I love this way to have it for breakfast!

  32. Suddenly my regular morning plate of toast and eggs doesn’t seem so appealing! This looks delicious, Maria. What a tasty looking and creative recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Do you keep a calendar of all these amazing food holidays? I’m always way late to the game! This is one heck of a delicious way to celebrate PB&J!

  34. Edel — April 2, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I love it! I’m glad I ‘m not the only one who knew it was Peanut Butter and Jelly day today! I keep a little calendar of some fun holidays like this on my blog

  35. Alessandra — April 2, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    I am gonna have to try this, my hubby would love it, with a tall glass of milk!

  36. Tesei — April 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Yuuuummmmyyyyyyy…..! This cake looks lñike adream to me, oh can’t wait for Friday to arrive, will definitely try it soon! Thanks.

  37. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — April 2, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I love ALL things peanut butter and jelly! This is just perfect…

  38. the wicked noodle — April 2, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    YUM!! I think I’ll make this with seedless raspberry jam since it’s my favorite!

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  40. This looks soooo good! My 4-year old would definitely love this (and I would, too!).

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