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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time


You are kindly asked to step away from this post if you are not a PBnJ sandwich fan.  Please. Because if you aren’t this cake seriously is NOT for you.  But if you ARE, or at least someone at your house is, well then you are in for quite a treat because this Peanut Butter and Jelly snack cake is the epitome of the perfect PBnJ sandwich IF it were baked to warm and tender goodness and elevated to cakedom.

I am trying to think of a way to get you to imagine what my house smelled like when this was baking.  Close your eyes for a minute and picture your typical PBnJ sitting right in front of you.  Now toss it into a hot oven and inhale the warm and salty, peanut-y aroma as the peanut butter oozes and melts out the sides, and the sweet tanginess of the raspberry jam as it sizzles a bit as it touches the pan and creates a carmelized jam essence. It smelled like peanut butter and jelly heaven.

In the looks department, this cake is clearly lacking. Yeah, it may be no stunner of a cake and is not necessarily a company worthy layered cake, but it IS the best after school or work snack EVER.

Peanut Butter Streusel Topping

 This cake is exactly right after a hard day, and you or your kids are craving a bite of something sweet, but a treat that will not entirely ruin anyone’s dinner; something that has a bit of a healthful bang for the buck and won’t send them into a sugar high (no one needs that, them or you).

Spoonfuls of Jelly Are Dotted Over the Batter

It’s literally packed with oats because I found this recipe when I discovered a KING KONG sized oatmeal box sitting in my pantry as I was trying to organize it. “What was this doing here?!,” I wondered.  I would NEVER buy an oatmeal box that could feed an entire football team…no one in my family even eats oatmeal but me, and I prefer the steal cut kind.

—Yes, for those of you worriers out there (it takes one to know one), I checked the expiration date (If I were reading one of your posts…I would be screaming silently at my computer…”check the date…for the love of God, please check the date!”) and it was well within its expiration.

Sprinkle the Streusel Topping Over the Jelly

I decided right then and there that my next post MUST contain oatmeal and after perusing the Quaker Oats website, I came up with this doozy…Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack CAKE! Yippeee!  Make it for your kids…they will be so happy.  OR just make it for YOU and YOU will be so happy.  It’s just snack cake, yes, but it OOZES with peanut butter and jelly goodness.

P.S. Zoie (my daughter) advises to heat it up for 10 seconds in the microwave if you are not eating it straight out of the oven…she is so right.  Um…and I am seriously thinking of having a piece for breakfast, right now as I type this…with coffee to clarify because then it is officially a “coffee cake”.  Glad we agree. 🙂

Quaker Oats Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake
 I changed it just a bit from the original recipe by adding the Canola oil. I wanted a fluffier version than the recipe originally appeared to be.

1/3 c. Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned is fine)
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 c. peanut butter (crunchy or smooth is fine)
1 T. butter (unsalted), softened a smidge in the microwave (10-15 seconds)

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. Quaker oats (I used old fashioned, but quick is fine)
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. milk (low-fat, or nonfat is fine)
4 T. butter (unsalted), melted
1/4 c. canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. of your favorite jelly or jam.

Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray coat a 9″ cake pan.  I am wondering if a springform pan would have worked, and then I could have released the entire cake and it would look a bit prettier.  Just a thought. It may not work, so don’t try it unless you are willing to part with your cake if it crumbles to its demise and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

For the Topping: In a small mixing bowl, combine oats, flour and brown sugar.  Cut in peanut butter and softened butter with two knives, a pastry blender or what worked best for us…hands.  The mixture should end up crumbly…see photo of the topping above. Set aside.

For the cake: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour through salt; whisk together to disperse all of the ingredients and get out any brown sugar clumps.  Melt the butter in the microwave and let cool a bit.  In a large liquid measuring cup, pour in the milk and oil.  Slowly add the cooled butter and whisk into the milk mixture.  The butter will clump up a bit, but that is ok.  In your lefter over butter bowl, crack in the egg and beat.  Add your egg to your milk mixture and add the vanilla.  Whisk together.

Add the butter and milk mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.  Combine using a rubber spatula or such just until mixed together and moistened.  Don’t overmix.  Pour into the prepared cake pan.  Dollop teaspoons of the jelly over the batter.  See photo above.  Then sprinkle the streusel on top of the jelly and bake for 40-45 minutes.

I was able to tell when it was ready by jiggling the pan a bit.  At first, the cake seemed to jiggle with the pan…not ready. Then, I let it bake for the full 45 minutes and did the jiggle test and it was firm…ready.  Let it cool for about ten minutes before serving because the jelly is burning hot straight out of the oven, but tastes delicious!  One scalded tongue was worth it for me!  😉

31 thoughts on “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

  1. This is MY kind of cake! PB & J is that kind of snack I can have ANY time of the day and never get sick of it…oh my gosh I can imagine the house probably smelled like heaven when this was baking! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Any dessert when paired with coffee in the morning=appropriate! I like your style. I love PB&J, and I am dying to try this!!

  3. This sounds so delicious! The only way I eat PBnJ sandwiches is if they are toasted – so this would more than take care of that. Yum!!!!

  4. This cake is AMAZING! Your post is also really fun and great.

  5. Yummy! I love pb&j deserts!

  6. OH. MY. GOSH. You just made my day and I guarantee this cake will rock my son’s world for his birthday. He requested a PB&J cake last year and it turned out awesome. I can’t wait to tell him that I have a new PB&J recipe for his cake this year! Your cake looks fantastic. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    • I must tell you that it is very “oaty”. So if your son loves a good oatmeal cookie, then this will do the trick but if he is not into the oat texture, you may want to try a different cake. I think of this cake as a snack cake or coffee cake and the flavor is yummy and crumb is tender but it’s definitely “toothsome”.


  7. Wow, Geni—this is my kind of cake! Looks wonderful — what a fun summer cake…. Love love love anything PB&J…have not seen one like this before. Thank you for posting this one!!

  8. You had me and PB&J (one of the best combinations ever!) and then to make it into a cake?!? Seriously! And it’s definitely a must for breakfast. 🙂

  9. Pour me a cup of that coffee and cut me a slice of that cake! You certainly don’t need to be a kid to love this one! I’d even call it kinda healthy too, it’s oatmeal after all.

  10. How yummy! PB and J is always a winning combo.

  11. I’ve made PB&J bars, but not with oatmeal in them. These look great!

  12. OMG..My daughter would go crazy if I made this..I can totally imagine how amazing the house smelt when this beauty was baking
    I LOVE it..and love everything about it..

  13. I would eat the top off the whole cake before anyone had a chance at a slice!

  14. The imaginary smell is making me drool. I’m the biggest pb&j fan–I literally lived off of pb&j sandwiches back in college. They hold a special place in my heart. 🙂 This cake looks way too good, great job Geni!

  15. My kids would flip for that cake! My son’s fave breakfast is peanut butter, jelly and a waffle sandwich, he’d love that cake!

  16. Oohh, Ooohh, that cake is for ME!!! I love all things PB&J. By the way, the CCC winner will be announced next week Monday. It was supposed to be tomorrow, but, well, there was just one more recipe that I absolutely HAD to try and it was really delicious too.

  17. Would you believe I’ve never had a PB&J sandwich before? I know, I’m not even sure how its possible but its true.

    This cake sounds amazing though. 🙂

  18. We love struesel cakes! Yours with jelly filling and peanut butter streusel looks really divine.

  19. That’s funny you made a pb&j cake, I made some pb&j muffins for my boys a few weeks back. I love struesel cakes and can’t wait to try your vesion!

  20. I’ve never tried peanut butter and jelly together before so it’s a first for me. I just know the kids will go crazy for it, thanks!

  21. I’m pretty sure I NEED this for my next birthday cake. real serious need. But I can’t wait that long. Maybe my half birthday? that’s coming up imminently.

  22. I love pb&j in any form and this looks to die for! A while ago I made pb&j cupcakes and I realized it’s been way too long since I made them again. I’d love to try this recipe next!

  23. “Carmelized jam essence” – that’s my favorite thing ever! And I’ve never had a word for it, so thanks for coining the phrase. This is one seriously awesome cake.

  24. I think it’s a perfect “coffee cake” also, looks delicious.

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