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Classic Tandy Cake

Get ready for a trip down memory lane with this peanut butter tandy cake recipe.

Tandy Cake
Tandy Cake
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This peanut butter tandy cake recipe is the perfect dish to make for any occasion. It’s a great cake to serve on Sunday afternoon when your family is coming over to visit (just like grandma used to make). It’s also great for potlucks, parties and showers, and just any old weeknight.

The only disadvantage to all of these events is that you’ll actually have to share the cake with people! One bite of this tandy cake, with its light and fluffy base and thick layers of chocolate and peanut butter, and you’ll be thinking twice about sharing it with anyone.

Enjoy this delicious recipe for classic tandy cake. It’s one of our favorite vintage recipes!


Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time20 min


  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until mixture is thick and sugar is completely incorporated.

  3. Whisk in the milk and vanilla until well mixed.

  4. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until incorporated but do not overmix.

  5. Spread into prepared baking pan and bake for 20-30 until golden on top and done when a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 15-20 minutes.

  6. Combine the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread evenly over the top of the cake and let the cake cool completely.

  7. Heat the cream in the microwave or in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.

  8. In a medium bowl place the chocolate chips and pour the hot cream over. Let stand for 5 minutes then whisk until smooth.

  9. Pour the chocolate ganache over the peanut butter layer and smooth it over with an off set spatula.

  10. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour or longer to firm up.

  11. Cut into squares.

Classic Tandy Cake
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I admit that when I first saw this recipe, I misread the name as Tastykake, which is the company that apparently first did a commercial version of it, and that I remember eating growing up. Any idea why it's called a Tandy Cake? It's certainly a favorite of mine, and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is definitely a winner. I live in an area of the country where TastyKakes are widely available, and I can vouch for how delicious this cake is.


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