SimplyGrand Dishing with Steph: Party-Trick Peanut Butter Cake

Stephanie is back with another #SimplyGrand Molly Yeh recipe.

My family loves to pick up sweet treats at the Town Square Farmer’s Market that takes place every Saturday morning during the summer in downtown Grand Forks.  Our favorite homemade goodies are the strawberry and Nutella crepes made by Warren Sai at his stand, French Crepe, and the whoopie pies made by the Baker’s Wagon from Fertile, MN.

We were looking for a mid-week dessert to tide us over until the next Farmer’s Market.  The Party-Trick Peanut Butter Cake, found on page 265 of Molly Yeh’s cookbook, Molly on the Range, looked delicious, and I had all of the ingredients available.

Tools and Ingredients:

The only ingredient I was missing was buttermilk.  I didn’t want to make an extra tip to the store, so I taught my kids the old-fashioned trick of mixing vinegar in to the milk and letting it sit a bit.  Voila, improvised buttermilk.

Making the Party-Trick Peanut Butter Cake:

My daughter, Helen, loves to bake.  This recipe was easy to follow, Helen was able to make the cake almost entirely on her own.  The cake came together quickly, and we only needed two bowls to put it together.  I love a recipe that makes cleanup a snap.

While the cake cooled, I made a simple whipped cream topping.  I used 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla.  I topped the cake with the whipped cream and fresh berries right before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

Have all the ingredients laid out before you start baking.  Clean up and put ingredients away as you use them.  By the time the cake goes in to the oven, you’ll almost be finished picking up the kitchen


The cake was beautiful.  If you want to have an impressive looking cake that’s easy to make, go with this recipe and top it with the berries and cream.  My family loved the combo of the peanut butter cake with the fresh blueberries and raspberries.  My husband asked me to make the cake again, which is the biggest compliment I can get for a recipe.

The cake was an 8x8 but it was still more servings than we needed, so I called my neighbor, Lori, over and sent her home with a few slices for her family.  Later I got a cute video clip of her daughter, Addy, giving her two thumbs up review.

Please let me know if you’ve tried this recipe or tell me your favorite Molly Yeh recipe.  You can reach me at or post to VisitGrandForks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.