The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser: Apple Peanut Butter Cake

apple peanut butter cake

When my kids are looking for a sweet treat, I prefer to feed them something that I've made myself, so I know exactly what is in it. Using seasonal ingredients is also a plus. And at this time of the year, there's nothing better than crisp, fresh picked apples. This Blondie-like cake is full of apples and drizzled with a sweet peanut butter glaze—perfect for a special afternoon snack.


Prep: 30 minutes

Bake: 35 to 40 minutes at 350°F

Cool: 5 minutes


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup peanut butter-flavored pieces
  • Peanut Butter Glaze (below)



  1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8x2-inch square baking pan with Reynolds® Parchment Paper*.
  2. WHISK together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and allspice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. CREAM the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a medium bowl about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat to combine. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add in the flour mixture. Stir in apple and the peanut butter pieces. Spread into prepared pan.


  1. BAKE 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. REMOVE from oven and cool 5 minutes in the pan. Lift the cake out of the pan using the parchment paper. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Using the parchment paper, transfer the cake to a cutting board.
  3. DRIZZLE with Peanut Butter Glaze. Allow cake to stand until glaze is set before slicing.

Peanut Butter Glaze

In a small bowl, stir together 2/3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, and 2 to 3 tablespoons milk to make a thick glaze of drizzling consistency.

*To line pan: turn pan upside down and press a sheet of parchment paper around it. Remove parchment paper, flip pan over and drop parchment paper inside. Crimp the edges and you're ready to cook!


Apples with peanut butter – one of those go-to snacks most everyone enjoys. But whip them up into this delicious cake and your family will be begging for another piece! Make sure to line your pan with parchment paper when prepping this or any other cake. Parchment paper allows you to simply lift the cake out of the pan when done baking by holding onto the parchment paper. Let it cool, slice your pieces with ease and just toss away the parchment when you’re done for the easiest of cleanups!

Number of Servings: 16

Nutrition Facts (per serving) : 149 cal., 5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 16 mg chol., 109 mg sodium, 25 g carb., 1 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 3 g pro.

Daily Values: 1% vit. A, 1% vit. C, 3% calcium, 4% iron

Moms, what are your favorite sweet treats to make from scratch for your family?  



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