If you’re a peanut butter lover like I am, this is the cake for you! A family favorite from an old southern cookbook given to me in my early 20s, this peanut butter pound cake gets requested time and time again for birthdays and special occasions at our house. We’ve even worked it into our holiday baking rotation too. It’s my mom’s favorite cake so I usually bake it for her birthday in October.
For this recipe, you use peanut butter for both the cake and the icing. The pound cake has a nice, dense, moist texture with a more crunchy outer edge. And for the icing, it’s basically peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar. I mean, what’s not to love about that? The mixing is pretty straight forward and the baking time typical of a pound cake, and well worth the wait.
The recipe is authored by Elizabeth Smith of Bethpage. I do not know her, but if my memory serves me correctly this cookbook was complied by a community in my hometown of Concord, NC. It may have even been church related. I received the cookbook as a gift in my early days of cooking and baking. As you can see from the image below, this has been a well used and loved resource over the years.
I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do. Please drop me a note letting me know how your cake turns out. Happy baking!