Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cakes

peanut butter snack cakesI love the references to snack cakes or “busy day” cakes in my 1940s and 1950s vintage cookbooks.  Even the busiest mistress of the house still needed to whip up a little something for her brood. Some fast food packaged muffin will never meet the daunting task of chasing away the horrible after-school hungries in this house.  In the spirit of the busy day cake, I  have made up my own favorite speedy snack recipes and the current favorite is Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cakes.  I bake them in a bar shaped muffin tin but standard muffin tin works fine too.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cakes
1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
strawberry jam (home-made or store bought)

Melt butter and peanut butter together in microwave or small pan and then cool slightly
Stir in milk and eggs
In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder
Add butter mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine but do not over mix
Fill each muffin cup part way, add a teaspoon of jam, and then add remaining batter covering the jam.
Bake for about 15 minutes until risen and golden brown
Serve warm or cool, plain or topped with berry frosting (below)

Berry Frosting
3 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 teaspoons milk

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4 responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Cakes

  1. Robin these are awesome! I haven’t had hostess or anything similar in 10 or maybe 15 years. Lulu bakeshop, a new bakery in NY, makes various twinkies, ho hos, and the like. I can’t wait to try them.

    • I have this secret love for twinkies (uhoh not secret any more) and that might have to be my next baking re-creation…

  2. I am a sucker for anything with peanut butter. A must-try for me, and I might make them first without frosting!

  3. I love the combination of PB&J – these snack cakes are so cute!

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