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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake with DOVE Chocolate

What’s not to love about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake? This stunning cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

**This post is sponsored by DOVE® Chocolate. As seen on packaging of Dove candies!**

This stunning Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Why this Recipe is Best

From the homemade layers of chocolate cake to the luscious peanut butter cheesecake, who could resist this stunning masterpiece?

We partnered with Dove Chocolates to make this decadent treat.

  • Two layers of rich chocolate cake.
  • Creamy peanut butter cheesecake.
  • Peanut Butter Frosting
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Dove Chocolates

How to Make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake

This stunning Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Today’s cake is covered in a thick layer of creamy peanut butter frosting and a dark chocolate ganache.

I’ve teamed up with DOVE® Chocolate to create a few recipes this year! Did you know that you can melt down their creamy chocolate and make the most rich and decadent ganache?

  • First start by making the cheesecake. Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a large, shallow roasting pan, fill with about 1 inch of water and place on bottom rack of oven.
  • Place a circle of parchment paper in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in peanut butter, salt, and eggs. Beat well.
  • Beat in sour cream and heavy cream, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Allow to mix on high for two minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Pour into prepared springform pan and place in bottom 2/3 of oven (one rack above the roasting pan). Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled, refrigerate (in pan) until ready to use. Or, remove from pan and freeze until later use (thaw in refrigerator if frozen).

Next, bake the cakes.

This stunning Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

In a measuring cup, combine cooled coffee with milk*. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients and alternate with the coffee/milk mixture (about 3 additions of each).

Once all the ingredients are added, beat cake mixture for about 2-3 minutes until fluffy (scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed).

Divide cake batter into the two cake pans. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool about 10 minutes in pan. Invert on a wire rack and cool completely.

Prepare the frosting.

Beat butter for about 3 minutes in an electric mixer until pale in color, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in peanut butter, sugar, and milk. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes until frosting is fluffy and well blended.

Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of frosting for the garnish and spoon into a decorator bag with tip. Set aside.

Make the Ganache.

This stunning Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Unwrap 15 Dove® Dark Chocolate PROMISES and place in a microwave safe glass bowl. Add the cream and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Using a whisk, quickly stir this until it’s smooth.

Set aside and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. You can do this while you refrigerate the frosted cake.

Assemble the cake.

On a cake platter, place one layer of chocolate cake. Add the cheesecake on top of that (be sure to remove parchment paper!) and top with your second layer of chocolate cake. If needed, trim the edges to make sure they are all the same size.

Spread peanut butter frosting on the sides and top of cake in a thick layer. Refrigerate cake for about 15 minutes while you prepare the ganache.

Pour cooled ganache over the center of the cake and smooth out to the edges, allow the ganache to drip down the sides of the cake.

Using your reserved frosting, pipe a few swirls to the top of the cake and add your unwrapped Dove® Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate PROMISES. You can also pipe some stars of frosting to the bottom edge of the cake. ENJOY.

Keep cake refrigerated until ready to enjoy!

This stunning Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Tips for making Cheesecake Cakes

Read the directions carefully before starting.

If you’re making it the same day, start early, as you want to give the cheesecake time to chill and set. If you have time…I suggest making the cheesecake the day before and refrigerating it until you’re ready to assemble the cake. You can even make it days in advance and freeze the cheesecake!

You will want to use the same size cake pans as your springform pan for the cheesecake. Otherwise, you’ll be doing some “shaving” of one of the cakes to make them equal.

I used 9-inch cake pans and a 9-inch springform pan.

If you absolutely must, you can substitute your favorite boxed chocolate cake mix. However, once you try a homemade, from scratch, recipe…you may never go back! TRY IT.

Don’t be afraid to use the coffee in the cake recipe. It doesn’t make your chocolate cake TASTE like coffee…it just gives the cake a deep, rich, fudgy flavor. Trust me.

When baking the cheesecake, I put a large 15x12x2-inch broiler pan in the bottom of my oven with about an inch of water. I place this on the bottom rack while my oven preheats (and keep it in there the entire time).

I then place my cheesecake in the springform pan on the next shelf up (still in the lower 2/3 of my oven). The moisture from the water helps prevent cracking in the cheesecake, and also results in a very moist cheesecake!

Once your cheesecake is done baking, turn your oven off and leave the cheesecake in there for about 25-30 minutes. This completes the baking process, and also helps reduce cracks.

For the frosting, you will want to beat your butter for about 3 minutes with an electric mixer, until it’s very pale in color.

THEN add your remaining ingredients and beat an additional 3-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

This is a very smooth, rich and thick frosting. I reserved about 1 1/2 cups to use for garnishing at the end. Place this in your decorating bag with tip and set aside.

The ganache on this cake is truly the masterpiece.

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It’s what makes this cake go from delicious to extraordinary! I used DOVE® Dark Chocolate PROMISES.

Use your remaining frosting to decorate and add some DOVE® Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate PROMISES to the top of the cake! Keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve. Then dig in, my friends!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. What you do each day is hard work and deserves to be recognized. I wish I could share this cake with all of you, but you’ll just have to make one for yourself. It’s worth it, I promise. I DOVE® PROMISE, hahahaha!!!

More Cheesecake Cake recipes

I’m a big fan of combining cakes with cheesecake to create a delicious, mile high, cheesecake cake recipe! Here are a few of my favorites:

  • The BEST Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake recipe starts with two layers of homemade red velvet cake with a layer of cheesecake in the middle. Topped with delicious cream cheese frosting and white chocolate curls, you’ll want to make this cake for friends and family every holiday!
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting!
  • Two layers of homemade spice cake with an eggnog cheesecake filling. This Eggnog Cheesecake Cake is topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream frosting!
  • The most beautiful, delicious layered cake! Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake! This is exactly what you were looking for, right?
  • This Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake is a showstopper! Layers of homemade carrot cake, a cheesecake center and it’s all topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting!
  • If you’re looking for a delicious dessert, give this Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake a try! Layers of homemade cinnamon cake and cinnamon cheesecake topped with a sweet, cinnamon frosting!
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake: double chocolate layer cake with peppermint cheesecake center and peppermint frosting!!
Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 10 hours

What's not to love about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake? This stunning cake has layers of homemade chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake. Topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and dark chocolate ganache, this cake is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 packages (8 ounce each) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream

For the Cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • ½ cup milk

For the Frosting:

  • 1 ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons milk

For the Ganache:

  • 15 Dove® Dark Chocolate PROMISES (about 4 ounce)
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 Dove® Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate PROMISES, for garnish

Instructions

For the Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a large, shallow roasting pan, fill with about 1 inch of water and place on bottom rack of oven.
  2. Place a circle of parchment paper in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in peanut butter, salt, and eggs. Beat well.
  4. Beat in sour cream and heavy cream, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Allow to mix on high for two minutes until thick and creamy. Pour into prepared springform pan and place in bottom ⅔ of oven (one rack above the roasting pan). Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled, refrigerate (in pan) until ready to use. Or, remove from pan and freeze until later use (thaw in refrigerator if frozen).

For the Cake:

  1. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine cooled coffee with milk*. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients and alternate with the coffee/milk mixture (about 3 additions of each).
  5. Once all the ingredients are added, beat cake mixture for about 2-3 minutes until fluffy (scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed).
  6. Divide cake batter into the two cake pans. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool about 10 minutes in pan. Invert on a wire rack and cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  1. Beat butter for about 3 minutes in an electric mixer until pale in color, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in peanut butter, sugar, and milk. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes until frosting is fluffy and well blended.
  2. Reserve about 1 ½ cups of frosting for the garnish and spoon into a decorator bag with tip. Set aside.

For the Ganache:

  1. Unwrap 15 Dove® Dark Chocolate PROMISES and place in a microwave safe glass bowl. Add the cream and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Using a whisk, quickly stir this until it's smooth.
  2. Set aside and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. You can do this while you refrigerate the frosted cake.

To Assemble:

  1. On a cake platter, place one layer of chocolate cake. Add the cheesecake on top of that (be sure to remove parchment paper!) and top with your second layer of chocolate cake. If needed, trim the edges to make sure they are all the same size.
  2. Spread peanut butter frosting on the sides and top of cake in a thick layer. Refrigerate cake for about 15 minutes while you prepare the ganache.
  3. Pour cooled ganache over the center of the cake and smooth out to the edges, allow the ganache to drip down the sides of the cake.
  4. Using your reserved frosting, pipe a few swirls to the top of the cake and add your unwrapped Dove® Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate PROMISES. You can also pipe some stars of frosting to the bottom edge of the cake. ENJOY.
  5. Keep cake refrigerated until ready to enjoy!

Notes

  • The coffee in the cake does NOT give it a coffee flavor, it just boosts the chocolate flavor. If you desire, you can replace the ½ cup of coffee with an additional ½ cup of milk instead (making the total amount 1 cup of milk)
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 624Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 49gProtein: 16g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on April 25, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. The cheesecake portion of this is currently in my oven. Smells like PB heaven. Can’t wait to try it but I had to settle for reese cups for garnish because I went to 2 different giant eagles and both of them didn’t have the dove pb squares (but they had every other flavor you could imagine. Go figure!) 

    1. Oh the horror 🙂 Well, this is a cake you WILL make again, so keep your eyes out for those DOVE PB squares 🙂

  2. This is a dumb question. Do you put BOTH of the cheesecakes on the middle then top with second layer of cake?  

  3. Are these U.S. Measurements?
    I’m in Australia , should I just use normal cups here?
    Fantastic recipe!!!

  4. This cake looks soooo delicious. Have a question can I substitute gluten free all purpose flour for regular flour?

    1. I’m not good with gluten free substitutions, so if you’ve done it before successfully, let me know!

  5. This mamma definitely wants this for Mother’s Day, it really is the mac-daddy of desserts!  That filling is incredible!

  6. This cake is absolutely gorgeous, Aimee! I don’t think I’ve ever had a mashup of cake AND cheesecake before. I love the DOVE chocolate and peanut butter, too. Just perfect!

    1. Oh my gosh, I first had a cake/cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory years ago. Been obsessed ever since!

  7. Crikey! I feel like I have a contact sugar high just from looking at the pictures…and I like how it feels. WOW!

  8. I LOVE those dove chocolates! I bought a bag of those exact ones and they were gone so quickly 🙂 Pinning!

  9. Holy heck this is one serious cake. I think I am going to make this for Mother’s Day and then just sit down with a fork and eat the whole thing myself 🙂

  10. We are HUGE Dove chocolate fans! I love their dark chocolate!!! This cake is fantastic! 

  11. I read this after a day of gardening, and I am warn out. We worked last weekend and this weekend and finished today. Wishing I had this cake right about now!

    1. You go girl! Gardening is exhausting and SHOULD be rewarded with a slice of this cake 🙂

  12. Now that’s one decadent looking cake!  I would gladly do yard work if that was waiting for me to dig into afterwards!!!!  Love it girl!!!

    1. Well, since you’re a huge chocolate peanut butter fan, I’m not surprised you would love this 🙂

  13. I legit don’t think you  could make anything more delicious than this! Chocolate, peanut butter, cheesecake and cake?! This has it ALLLLLLLL! Pinned!

  14. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! Seriously. This cake. AIMEE! Okay, I’ll stop screaming in caps. But it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I just need a way to teleport it to DC. Can we work on that? It’s gorgeous, and PB and chocolate is my favorite combo in the entire world.

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