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Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Halloween is over and most of us are probably still loaded with candy. We had a decent amount of trick or treaters, but we still ended up with leftover candy. Someday I will learn to not buy so much:) I was digging through our bowl of candy to see what was left and pulled out all of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There were enough leftover to do a little baking. I decided to make a Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love peanut butter and banana together. I’ve made ice cream, cookies, so why not a cake?

I used Dorie Greenspan’s Classic Banana Bundt Cake recipe, from Baking From My Home to Yours, as the base-I love this cake. It is simple to make and a great way to use up your brown bananas. The banana flavor isn’t overpowering, which makes it perfect for playing around with.

I jazzed up the banana cake by adding chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Β I also swirled in peanut butter into the cake batter before putting the cake into the oven. Our house smelled like peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. It doesn’t get much better than that. When the cake was cool, I added a thick and creamy peanut butter glaze to the top of the cake. The glaze alone is amazing. I would have been perfectly content sitting down with a bowl of the glaze and a spoon:) Don’t worry, I didn’t let the cake go to waste, I cut myself a piece and enjoyed every single bite.

The cake is tender, moist, and full of flavor. Each bite is bursting with peanut butter banana goodness. And just when you think the cake can’t get any better, you get a chunk of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Pure bliss! I sure hope you have some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups leftover from Halloween because you really need to make this Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It is calling your name, trust me, I can hear it:)

We’ve gotten lots of questions about what our “little pea” was for Halloween. I wanted to dress him up as a pea pod, but couldn’t find a small enough costume. So instead, he was a frog. Our talented sister-in-law, Whitney, makes the cutest little beanies and sent Caleb a froggy. Β It was the perfect costume for his first Halloween. Thanks Whit!

Check out all of Whitney’s beanies at her Etsy Shop. There are so many fun beanies for the kiddos! I am going to get Caleb an aviator beanie for this winter, he will look so handsome! I am also in love with the owl beanies and the darling flower beanies for girls. Check them out! It’s getting cold and every little one needs one of these stylish beanies to stay warm this winter.

Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: 1 bundt cake

Cook Time: 65-75 minutes


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 Sticks) unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs,
4 ripe bananas, mashed (you should have 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups chopped up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

For the Peanut Butter Glaze:
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Generously butter a 9- to 10-inch (12 cup) Bundt pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients all the sour cream and then the rest of the flour mixture.

4. Carefully stir in Reese's peanut butter cup pieces. Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Swirl in half of the the peanut butter, using a toothpick. Add the rest of the batter and smooth the top. Swirl in the remaining peanut butter, using a toothpick. Pound the pan on the counter so the cake batter will settle and even out.

5. Bake the cake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after about 30 minutes - if it is browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature.

6. While the cake is cooling, make the peanut butter glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. When the cake is cool, drizzle glaze over the top of the cake. Cut into pieces and serve.

Banana Bundt cake recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours

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93 Responses to “Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. Jessica — November 2, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I may or may not be considering going out and hunting down some 50% off Reeses for this! …..who am I kidding…I totally am! :-)

  2. Julia — November 2, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    I made her banana cake recently and fell in LOVE with it. I think I decided it’s the only banana cake I’ll ever need! And then I saw this… I love EVERYTHING about this cake. And your little froggy Caleb, ahhhh, so cute!!!! I’ll have to check our Whitney’s beanies for Waverly…

  3. Jessica — November 2, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    This cake looks fabulous! Love banana and peanut butter!!

  4. Natalie — November 2, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    This looks so moist and delicious! PB and banana go so well together!

  5. Cupcake Activist — November 2, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Cake with Reese’s? Yum! Creative idea for using leftover candy. And your little guy is so adorable!

  6. Danielle — November 2, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Looks delish! If I wanted a more chocolaty glaze could I use Nutella instead of peanut butter?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 2nd, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

      Yes! Nutella would be delicious!

  7. Oh my! This looks so good!!! I want some NOW!!!!! Now I know what to do with my left over reeses cups! Thanks!!

  8. Shauna from Piece of Cake — November 2, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    Oh my word! Now if only I ever had any extra Reese’s peanut butter cups lying around… :)

  9. This is a great use for peanut butter cups – this cake sounds absolutely delicious! Too bad my 6 year old is hoarding his candy! Give it a few days and he will forget about it, and I can dive in and make something!
    Love the froggy hat – such a cutie!

  10. Pam — November 2, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    Oh my. I would love a slice of that cake right now – it looks wonderful!

  11. gailllc — November 2, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Sounds delicious — can’t wait to use the glaze on… everything?
    And hey, I have that polka dot fat quarter!

  12. marla — November 2, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    LOVE the frog hat on your little guy :) The cake is looking great too!

  13. Laura @ GotChocolate — November 2, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    OMG!!! I LOOOOOVE this!!! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have to be my absolute FAVORITE candy bar. What a clever use for them!!! YUM!!!! THANKS!!! πŸ˜€

  14. chinmayie @ love food eat — November 3, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    Your little froggy looks so cute!! Precious :)
    Banana, chocolate and peanut butter is a deadly combo… I am sure it will be great.

  15. JennKnee — November 3, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    so creative!!! and delicious looking!! Peanut butter and banana is one of my all time favorite combos!!
    and your little pea?? He’s an absolute precious little lamb!!! (Or…I guess in this case..frog :) )

  16. Jen — November 3, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    This recipe looks really good…but…I’m allergic to bananas. :( I don’t suppose I could substitute something like pumpkin puree or applesauce for the bananas? I might have to experiment with that.

    • Two Peas replied: — November 3rd, 2011 @ 9:50 am

      I haven’t tried the recipe without the bananas, but I am sure you could tweak the recipe. Let me know if you try it!

  17. Kim in MD — November 3, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Ok- I thought the bundt cake photo was over the top until I saw the picture of Caleb! Is is so adorable in that froggy hat! :-) Oh, and the bundt cake looks so delicious! :-)

  18. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — November 3, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    You did NOT! This is just brilliant.

  19. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — November 3, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I wish I had the things to make this cake. It looks fantastic. The Reese’s are always the first candies gone from our Halloween candy dish.

  20. alex — November 3, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    your cake and baby are both yummy!

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  22. Lorie — November 3, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    This cakes looks so moist and decadent. Great job!

  23. Georgia Pellegrini — November 3, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    His first Halloween! He looks so adorable!

  24. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — November 3, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Oh goodness….this looks wonderful! Now I’ll need to raid the kids’ Halloween candy stash. πŸ˜‰ Great post Maria and the little pea sure is cute as a button!


  25. Jeanne ODonnell — November 4, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I made this cake yesterday and it tasted as good as yours looks. Mine did not come out of the pan very well, but I still frosted it and it was delish!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 4th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

      Glad you liked the cake!

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  27. TidyMom — November 5, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up Maria!!

    I featured your post in my wrap up!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      Thanks Cheryl:)

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  29. Shevon — November 7, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    I rushed home and made this cake…yummy! Everyone loved it. Of course, I thought I greased my bundt pan enough (or I may need a new one), but it got stuck in there. I pieced it back together and covered the damage with some glaze. My glaze did not come out as thick as your glaze looks. The cake wasn’t going anywhere but in our bellys, so looks didn’t matter. It tasted great.

    • Two Peas replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the cake!

  30. Carolyn — November 7, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Aw, your little guy is so cute! And that is one heck of a cake. Wow!

  31. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — November 9, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    What a cute hat! That glaze is mouth watering!

  32. Kimberley — November 15, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    I made this cake yesterday to rave… and I mean RAVE reviews. It was one of those shining moments that even I could not deny how fabulous a cook I am. πŸ˜‰ I took one bite and fell in love. There were shouts of exclamation, moans of ecstasy and near tears from all who had some. Of course I’ve given credence to your website. Amazing… just amazing!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 15th, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

      So happy the cake got rave reviews!

  33. Missy Max — November 16, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    What a great way to use up Halloween candy! And who doesn’t love peanut butter and bananas together?

  34. Shelby — November 25, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    Your little pea is so adorable!

  35. Amber — December 29, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I made this and brought it in to work today for my co-workers birthday (I am the resident birthday baker) and everyone LOVED. I was worried since I had never made it before so I made red velvet cookies as back-up but I didn’t even need them. This was such a fabulous cake and the perfect ratio of bananas and peanut butter. My roommate can’t eat bananas so he was super bummed he could have any because he loves peanut butter and reeses. Does anyone know if there is something I can substitute the bananas for?

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  37. Christie — February 26, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Just made this with leftover Valentine Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. We LOVED it. I’m not sure that there will be any left after tonight with my family of five. This recipe is definitely a repeat! Thank you!

  38. Ando — March 19, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    Hey, just wanted to say that I made this cake right now and it came out delicious. Excellent for any PB fans πŸ˜€

  39. Suzi — April 15, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I made this last night – so delicious! I didn’t have full fat sour cream, and had to substitute 1/2 cup low fat sour cream + 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt. I’m pleased to report that it came out just fine – moist, rich, delicious. I generously buttered and floured my bundt pan and it mostly came out perfectly, except for a chunk where a peanut butter cup welded to the pan. I just patched it back together and the glaze covered it up! πŸ˜€

    • Two Peas replied: — April 15th, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the cake!!

  40. Tam — May 18, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    I made this. Make sure to grease all parts of your bundt pan really, really well. Mine stuck to the inner part of the pan, so I had to piece it back together. The recipe directs you to cool the cake on a wire rack before transferring it to a serving plate, but I wouldn’t . Mine stuck to the wire rack and threatened to break apart from the bottom too. Luckily I made this for my family, because I had to serve it from the wire rack.

    Next time I think I’ll either incorporate the peanut butter into the batter or leave it out all together, because I didn’t like the taste of the peanut butter streaks in the finished cake. I also think that between the glaze and the candies, the cake was peanut buttery enough. My son loved it, though!

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