Raise your hand if you love peanut butter! On its own, peanut butter already has the distinction of being one of the most delicious creations in the world. But when peanut butter comes together with chocolate, something truly magical happens. Recently, we’ve seen new products such as peanut M&M’s peanut butter and a build-your-own 1-pound Reese’s peanut butter cup filled with candy to help satisfy fans’ cravings.
If you’re looking for a peanut-butter-filled dessert to wow family and friends, you’ll want to check out this recipe for a cake roll that takes its inspiration from the classic buckeye.
In case you’re not familiar with the buckeye, it’s a cookie made in the image of the nut that comes from the state tree of Ohio: the buckeye. A buckeye cookie has a peanut butter center with a rich chocolate coating on the outside.
This peanut butter cup cake roll from Crazy for Crust is a fun twist (literally!) on the buckeye treat beloved by Ohioans and many others. While this dessert looks fancy and complicated to make, recipe creator Dorothy Kern promises the process is easy. She even writes, “Why did it take me so long to make a peanut butter cake roll??!!”
In addition to peanut butter and baking ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen, you’ll need some Reese’s peanut butter cups, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream and brewed coffee — though if you’re missing that last ingredient, you can sub in water.
You will also need jellyroll pan to make this cake. This special baking pan keeps the cake thin enough to roll around the yummy filling you’ll spread on the chocolate cake.
Don’t be intimidated by this recipe. Kern not only gives clear step-by-step directions but also includes a video and tons of helpful tips to make the cake roll assembly simple.
Once you’re done, you’ll have a decadent dessert of rich chocolate cake with a creamy swirl of peanut butter and then topped with a chocolate ganache and peanut butter cups. This buckeye roll will surely meet any peanut butter lovers’ expectations.