Sunday 13 May 2012

Suzanne’s Peanut Candy Bar Cake

Get out the Captain Morgan and Bits & Bites – it’s Caker Cooking’s first year anniversary!

It seems like, well, only a year ago I picked up a can opener, some coil-bound cookbooks and set out on my caker journey. And what a dark fascinating journey it’s been! There have been a few highs (like this), a few lows (like this) and a few WTFs (er, like this.)

As with most celebrations in my life, I’m spending my anniversary with a stranger. I don't know who Suzanne is, but make no mistake – this lady knows her way around a 9x13 like nobody's business. Her Peanut Candy Bar Cake kicks butt. It’s sweety, salty, crunchy, chewy, cakey and squarey. In other words: deliciousy.

Thanks to everyone who visits Caker Cooking. If I've helped you come to accept your caker heritage, I can only hope that flag is waving proudly.

1 package yellow cake mix
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2/3 cup light corn syrup
¼ cup butter
2 cups peanut butter chips
2/3 teaspoon vanilla extract (See note)
1 ½ cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, 1/3 cup butter and the egg. Press into greased 9”x13” pan and bake in the preheated oven for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with miniature marshmallows. Bake for 1 minute more or until the marshmallows start to puff.

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook corn syrup, ¼ cup butter and peanut butter chips until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cereal and peanuts. Spoon mixture over top of marshmallow-topped cake and spread to cover. Allow to cool before serving.

(Note: I've never heard of a 2/3 teaspoon before. Either it's a typo or Suzanne has the world's most comprehensive measuring spoon set.)

Source: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 99


  1. Congratulations on your first anniversary! Let's see, that's the Dream Whip anniversary, right?
    Quite frankly, mister, I couldn't get through a week without this blog. Hubs and I have tried many of your creations and lived to tell the tale. And heaven help us, this cake is definitely on the agenda.

  2. I believe the first year anniversary is Minute Rice, veg-o-matic. Tenth anniversaries are reserved for Dream Whip.
    Thanks for making the blog part of your week. I hope you've discovered many magical dishes. You really should make Suzanne's Peanut Candy Bar Cake. It's not as "cakey" as the name suggests. It's more like bars. I brought them into the office and they went pretty quickly with two requests for the recipe. That's usually the best indicator of a caker recipe's success - and one that always brings a tear to my eye. If Suzanne only knew!

  3. Congratulations! I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I had no idea that I grew up with and continue to make dishes that qualify as caker until I started reading your blog. It's pretty awesome.

    1. Thanks, Bluefunk! I appreciate that. The more we cakers stand united, the stronger we are as a people. And the stronger we are, the better the chances of global caker domination.

  4. Happy anniversary! I worry about your 5th anniversary though, I imagine you in a Hoveround scooter weighing 600 pounds with an oxygen tank. Good thing I know how you eat during the week - yogurt and prunes, tuna wraps and salads, etc.

    1. I'm going to end up as a TLC special, I just know it. They won't be able to move me out of my bedroom. The commercials will show me screaming at the paramedics, "Gimme another piece of that Impossible Pah!"

  5. Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for bringing the joy of Caker Cooking into my life. BTW--I have a WW-friendly "Cakerish" recipe from the 1970's I can send you. It is legendary. Interested?

  6. Thanks, Mimi! And yes, absolutely interested.

  7. Happy anniversary! keep it going. I need the weekly dose of CC.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Would you believe CC is approaching its third anniversary now? If everyone dreams small, look at what you can accomplish!