One night recently when my husband took my daughter to dance class, my son and I were at home wondering what we should do. We’d been swimming all afternoon, were sort of tired, and we wanted a snack. But what snack? We had no idea, so we hit the grocery store and brainstormed on the way.
Ultimately Carter couldn’t decide between pound cake and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, so we got both and hatched a plan to combine them into one yummy dessert. And yes, we bought more than we needed so we could eat the ingredients as we played.
Now I just shared my Red White And Berry Pound Cake Pile recipe, and this delicious peanut butter dessert uses a similar approach — pile up pieces of pound cake as the base and add yummy toppings to make a killer dessert.
First, we cut the pound cake into small squares so we could snack on it while experimenting with our new dessert idea! We started with the white chocolate Reese’s and wanted to really make this about the peanut butter. So we crumbled up a couple of the white chocolate peanut butter cups and melted some peanut butter (adding some butter to thin it out).
Assembling the final dessert was a piece of cake!
We simply made a pile of pound cake pieces on the plate, poured the warm, melted peanut butter over the top, placed a few large pieces of the white chocolate peanut butter cups on top, sprinkled it with the crumbles, and voila, it was done.
Let me tell you, it tasted even better than it looked!
With the White Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup And Pound Cake Piles under our belts, we moved onto another version of the dessert with milk chocolate. Now this is what I wanted, as I’m not a big fan of white chocolate.
While crumbling a couple of the white chocolate peanut butter cups was a good idea, the crumbles stuck together and weren’t very easy to work with. So this time, we just chopped up the milk chocolate peanut butter cups — much easier!
Again, assembly was easy and fast. We simply topped a pile of pound cake squares with melted peanut butter and added the chopped peanut butter cups. We used less peanut butter this time because as it cools, it gets thicker. Too much thick peanut butter makes it harder to eat.
I shared photos of both of these dessert experiments via social media, received great feedback, and a suggestion to add ice cream! Luckily because my daughter is an ice cream fanatic, we had some on hand and made a third version of this delicious dessert with ice cream.
Of all three peanut butter cup and pound cake dessert recipes, the milk chocolate peanut butter pound cake pile with ice cream was the winner — and my daughter got home from dance class just in time to devour it before we all went night swimming.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup And Pound Cake Piles
A variety of chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, pound cake, and ice cream make this build your own dessert the perfect family treat.
- 1 family size Sarah Lee pound cake
- A variety of different Reese's Peanut Butter Cups candies — milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp butter
- Hot fudge or chocolate sauce
- Ice cream
- Cut the pound cake into small bite-size squares and chop the peanut butter cups into different size pieces, some small and some large.
- Make the peanut butter sauce by melting the peanut butter and butter, stirring constantly to blend.
- Place a pile of pound cake squares in a bowl or on a plate for each person. Invite everyone to make their own dessert, adding ice cream if they like it, and using their favorite sauces and candies.
If you don't want to bother with making your own peanut butter sauce, you can find a pre-made peanut butter sauce with the ice cream toppings at the grocery store.