Failure Rebound {Recipe: Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Jelly Glaze}

Food blogging isn’t always pretty…not everything I make comes out in the nice little package I envision when starting a new recipe.

Take this Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Jelly Glaze. I make bundt cakes all the time and think they are one of the most beautiful cakes around. I don’t always blog the cakes I make, but this cake… this cake I had big plans for. My friend Cindy over at Once Upon a Loaf is hosting Project PB&J where she has challenged bloggers to create a baked good of some sort representing the classic PB&J.

Over the weeks I’ve been envisioning a peanut butter bundt cake with a beautiful jelly glaze drizzled over it. What I got was…


Turned this…

What my kids got was an earful of curse words as I swore at the stupid bundt cake pan that held on to huge chunks of my delicious peanut butter cake!

Not so pretty, right?

When life hands you chunked up bundt cake and jelly glaze that has cooled because you’ve been sitting around cussing for to long, what do you do?

You make a parfait, of course! So now, instead of a beautiful Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Blackberry Jelly Glaze, I give you Peanut Butter Bundt Cake & Blackberry Jelly parfaits. Yummy idea turned failure turned rebound success.

Either way you make it, this bundt cake is a PB&J Lover’s Dream. If you are a big PB&J fan make sure to check out the details and prizes surrounding Project PB&J over on Cindy’s blog. I hope you’ll join in on the fun!

Recipe: Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Blackberry Jelly Glaze

For the cake:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (can sub vanilla extract)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup blackberry jelly (or flavor of your choice)
  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 10 inch bundt cake pan. (Take it from me… do this really thoroughly)
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla paste; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until well incorporated. Add milk, increase speed, mixing until batter is smooth and incorporated.
  4. Bake at 350 F until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan 15 minutes on wire rack. Carefully remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. For glaze, simmer jelly in a saucepan until liquified. Drizzle warm glaze over cooled cake. Serve.


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    • says

      Happy accidents are always a great thing, right? Someone on twitter said they won a contest because of a happy baking fail turned recipe success. Gotta love that!

  1. says

    Snort. I have so been there. It was Christmas. My stubborn self made another one right there in the middle of a full-on family celebration. Perfectionist much?

    Peanut butter and jelly cake sounds like a divine treat.

  2. says

    ohh! that sucks! that really sucks! I hate it when that happens, and trust me, i’m sure it happens to me more than you… a lot more! Indeed, it’s never easy when you’ve placed such high hopes on one cake.. Nevertheless, the pictures you take are amazing! Amazing! I am so adoring you right now!

  3. says

    This is one reason that I’m always very wary of bundt cakes, the potential for them to mess up is just too high! I love how you managed to save this recipe though, the parfait looks just wonderful!

  4. says

    I’m sorry about your cake :(
    However, the little parfait, yaaaaa, that little guy looks DANG good! I’m going to have to make this cake, HOPE it sticks to the pan, and then make a little parfait out of it!

  5. says

    i think those parfaits look gorgeous :) i’ve had my fair share of cakes sticking to the pan – as long as it still tastes good, it’s a success!

  6. Pat Wogan says

    I am just wondering where you learned the curse words……surely it wasn’t when you were growing up in my house, was it???? Believe it or not, I had an angelfood cake do the same thing the week before you were here. And yes, it was one I was taking somewhere for a dessert for a dinner we were invited to attend. I just stuck the broken part together and went on. (I may have used a few bad words at that time.)

  7. says

    What a great way to save a cake! I don’t have kids, so I don’t have to worry about cursing after something didn’t come out right from the oven, but I’m afraid for my neighbors’ kids. I bet they can hear me through the walls, hehe.


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