TWD: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt

This week’s recipe is actually supposed to be called Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes. However, that posed a small problem for me.

1) I don’t own a mini bundt pan
2) I didn’t have any milk chocolate
3) No corn syrup for the glaze
4) Things are tight right now, so pantry diving is becoming my specialty

I hate to miss a Tuesdays with Dorie. I love the group, the book is fantabulous, and Dorie? Well, she goes without saying :) So instead of skipping, I did a little subbing by using up some stuff I had on hand.

The recipe calls for 7 oz of good quality milk chocolate. I had some white chocolate chips and some peanut butter chips left over in the pantry. Combined, they weighed in at 6.8 oz. Close enough!

I also didn’t have any whole milk. Now I know I could have used skim or 2%, but Dorie says in the “Playing Around” section that you can use buttermilk instead of the milk, just add an 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda to the dry ingredients. I had buttermilk, so that was perfect!

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I also decided to leave out the nut swirl, as Dorie’s notes said that was perfectly fine.

Everything else was on hand, but I didn’t realize until after I made the batter that I probably should have doubled this to get a full size bundt cake. At this size, using the portions in the recipe, it took 32 minutes to bake.

So I ended up with half a bundt, a shorty cake if you will. Okay! So it looks more like a giant donut than a cake. Who cares?

When I made the glaze, instead of the corn syrup, I added in a tablespoon of unsalted butter. That didn’t work to well, it thickened the glaze too much, so I added in some heavy cream and ended up with a thick ganache. I blobbed it on top and added some nonpareils. There’s some magical about nonpareils that attracts children. So when my kids got home, naturally they devoured it!

This cake, even though it’s a peanut butter white chocolate cake, instead of a milk chocolate cake, was fabulous! Very moist, tastes wonderful, and a perfect after dinner treat. It was very simple to make too, a definite keeper!

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Oh, and I have to throw in a comment about the plate that this cake is resting on. See, I picked it up a thrift store for $4.00. Isn’t it gorgeous? Problem is, I think it must have had a little dip cup or something that sat in the middle, as there’s a “cup holder type indent” right in the middle of the plate. I kept thinking “what the heck am I going to put on this besides cookies or crackers? A cake will definitely sink in the middle…”

HA! Not a bundt! So, this is my new bundt cake plate. :)

If you would like the recipe, visit this week’s host, Kristin of I’m Right About Everything or you can turn to pages 188 and 189 in Baking From My Home to Yours.


  1. Susan says

    I have started pantry diving myself. I did have everything on hand to make these according to the recipe though. Yours sounds (and looks!) really good. I will be posting later.

  2. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

    That looks good cake for a party, I like the wet look icing with colourful sprinkles. Bundts are very pretty.

  3. cookies and cups says

    So great! See, you invented a new dessert..the giant donut ;)
    Also, that plate is perfect.
    Great job with your "pantry diving" ~ love it!

  4. Katrina says

    Awesome, lil' bundt, big sister to the baby bundts I made! (I actually wouldn't have known it isn't the mamma if you'd have not pointed that out.)And all your pantry changes sound awesome. In a couple of my minis, I put cut up Reese's in the middle and those were the best ones, so I know pb would be great!
    AND LOVE your plate. I really want to go shopping with you!

  5. LDH says

    Amanda, your "shorty" cake is fabulous! So pretty even if it wasn't on such a lovely thrift-store plate with the indent in the center :)

    I knew when I read the glaze it was not going to work. I proceeded anyway and it totally seized-up. Tossed it out and then, I added some shortening to fresh chocolate and gently microwaved until combined.

    Wish I liked the cake better… mine was dry (very dry).

    Nice visiting with you!

    Kindly, ldh

  6. myfamousrecipe says

    I'm so impressed — it takes some imagination and confidence to be able to substitute so easily and successfully. Well done!

  7. Kayte says

    Love the plate…so pretty. And SPRINKLES…why didn't I think of sprinkles, it's always a party when you get sprinkles out. Very pretty.

  8. Sue Sparks says

    I never get tired of the chocolate/peanut butter combo! That's so funny, I thought right away..This looks like a giant, scrumptious donut…then I read your post and you noted that same thought:) YUM!

  9. Debbie says

    Looks delicious Amanda and you are right about nonpariels… there is something magical about them. They always look so good to me and make most cookies and cakes irrestistable!!

  10. Lauryn says

    your "shorty cake" looks fabulous!! And that plate is gorgeous! I can't believe it was 4 bucks! It looks like it could be from Tiffanys! Amazing!

  11. Mimi says

    Great substitutions! your cake looks awesome, the nonpareils are the perfect finish. Beautiful plate, what a steal!

  12. Sweet and Savory says

    We must call you Amazin' Amanda. Your substitutions seem to have created an even better bundt cake.

    I would take bets that most of us go pantry diving. Actually, it is fun. We can be more creative.

  13. cindy says

    Love your substitutions! Isn't it fun to use what you have, especially when it turns out wonderful. I will be making these yummy treats again, soon!

  14. Cakelaw says

    Cute cake! I oiled up a bundt pan and realised that I was not going to have enough batter to do a full bundt – so ended up having to wash up and extra pan. Love your new bundt cake plate :)

  15. Gabe's Girl says

    Ingeniuos all around! You are right about the nonpareils. Kids love them. I remember I did too. Now, I think they are horrible! Hard on the teeth. You did great with the subs. I think buttermilk was the way to go on this one. Lovely!

  16. margot says

    Brilliant substitions! I have never heard "pantry diving," too funny. All the baking ingredients really add up, don't they?

    You have amazing thrift store luck, another great plate!

  17. Teanna says

    Your changes are AWESOME! Like, seriously. Seriously, seriously. I would eat that big donut in one fell swoop! You are pure brilliance! I need to learn pantry diving from you because I am horrible at it! And I love your new bundt cake plate!

  18. AmyRuth says

    A Eureka moment on the cake plate, Amanda. That is a really pretty plate. I love our goodwill shop this time of year. Eveyone, me included is cleaning out and getting rid of unwanted household items. Its a great score you have there. Plus you scored and winner with your kids too. They will be asking for that donut cake again, I would wager.

  19. alvarosa says

    white chocolate and peanut butter – wow, great ideas to substitute some of the ingredients!
    i will definitely re-do them and your ideas sound like I should try them!

  20. The Queen of Quite a Lot says

    Your giant "donut" looks great. I'm glad you were able to find enough stuff to substitute to bake with me this week! Thanks!

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