Dump cakes… One of the simplest ways to make a quick and delicious dessert. I’ve made them using canned fruit with a box cake mix and fresh fruit with a homemade cake mix. So, when I came across a recipe for a Peanut Butter Brownie Dump Cake I knew I had to try it.
When I read the reviews for these brownies I had some reservations about making them, but, I realized that the issue most people were having was that they weren’t reading the directions properly. They kept saying that they added eggs to the mixture, but, nowhere in the ingredient list were eggs mentioned. After a few more seconds of thought I realized what most people were doing wrong. They were preparing the batter for the brownies as the directions on the box instructed them as opposed to just using the flour mixture itself. That’s the key to dump cakes. You are not preparing the batter for the box mix, but, just using the flour mixture from it.
I began by melting together semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter and milk in the microwave. I heated it for about 2 minutes and then whisked the mixture until it was smooth.
I then poured the mixture into a 13×9-inch baking dish that I sprayed with cooking spray. Next, I sprinkled the brownie mix over the melted chocolate.
Finally, I drizzled melted butter and milk over the brownie mix. I also used a fork to smooth down the top of the brownie mix to level it off.
I then baked it in a 350 F preheated oven for about an hour.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics of the brownies once I had sliced up. I’ll admit that the picture above doesn’t make them look too appetizing, but, trust me, they were delicious. Everyone who tried them said the same thing as well. One thing though, I decided to use a chewy fudge brownie mix, next time I make these I will use a milk chocolate mix. I think using the chewy fudge mix increased my baking time and I ended up brownies that were too soft. When I sliced these I honestly thought that were going to fall apart, even though I waited for them to cool before doing so. After slicing them though they did firm up a little more. They tasted great warmed-up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Peanut Butter Brownie Dump Cake
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate baking bar*
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/4 cups milk, divided**
1 pkg. brownie mix (18 to 20 oz. size / 13×9-inch pan size)
3/4 cup butter, melted
Whipped cream or ice cream for topping
*I used 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips in lieu of the 8oz. chocolate
**I used whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 13×9-inch with cooking spray and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate, peanut butter and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir the contents together until they are melted and smooth.
Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the dry brownie mix over the chocolate mixture. Drizzle the top of the brownie mix with the melted butter and then the remaining milk.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out with fudgy crumbs.
Let cool completely and then slice into pieces.
Recipe from Betty Crocker