Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake

20 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

This Tastykake Tandy Cake Copycat is the best recipe for an iconic Philly treat! Easy white sponge cake with creamy peanut butter covered in hard chocolate.

Whether you call them Kandy Kakes, Tandy Cakes, or Tandy Kakes, this Copycat Recipe about to be your new favorite Vanilla Cake!

Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake serving on plate


Tastykakes, part of the Tasty Baking Company, has been a Philly favorite for snack cakes for over a century! They are slowly making their mark across the rest of the country, but those who grew up on the East Coast have been loving their treats since childhood.

One of the things that sets Tastykakes apart from other brands is their commitment to real ingredients. This makes recreating their signature snacks, like Peanut Butter Tandy Kakes, a wee bit easier. Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes were originally introduced in 1931, as Tandy Takes, and almost 90 years later they are the best selling Tastykake treat. One bite and you’ll understand why!

To make a copycat Tastykake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake, you’ll need a few hours of time, but it’s not because it’s a hard cake to make. There are three layers to a Tandy Cake, and you need to chill each layer so they stick together. While it might be easier to spread peanut butter on a hot cake, not chilling first will cause the chocolate layer to not meld properly.

Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake with peanut butter layer applied

Instead of a round disk completely covered in chocolate, these sheet cake bars are more like Scotcheroos (a no-bake classic) with just a thin layer of Chocolate Ganache on top. If you want to make them look more like Kandy Kakes, check out the variations section for instructions to get that iconic look.

This easy sheet pan Tandy Cake recipe is great for parties and potlucks, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! The tasty cake doesn’t need any extra topping, but you can always serve with Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream on the side. Check out the variations below for more ways to easily change up this recipe to match other Tastykake flavors!


Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake top-down in baking dish


  • Coconut Kandy Kake: Use Coconut Cake batter with 1 cup shredded coconut flakes folded in and make the chocolate topping with melted dark chocolate chips.
  • Salted Caramel Kandy Kake: Instead of peanut butter, cover the cooled cake with a thin layer of Salted Caramel Sauce and freeze until hard.
  • Chocolate Kandy Kake: Make a Chocolate Cake mix instead of the white sponge cake. After it is cool, top with a layer of Stabilized Whipped Cream (it will hold shape better). Make a dark chocolate ganache. 
  • Cake Mix Tastykake Tandy Cake: Substitute 1 box of white or yellow cake mix, along with ingredients called for on the box cake mix recipe plus 1 extra egg.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can make the chocolate topping with dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips. Melt two kinds of chocolate (separately) to make a decorative swirl.

Kandy Kake Look-A-Likes

  • With a little extra time, you can make your Tandy Cakes look just like Kandy Kakes.
  • Bake cake and then cool cake, top with peanut butter layer, and chill a second time as usual.
  • Using a 2-3 inch round cookie cutter, cut cake into rounds.
  • Add about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter to the center of each cake round, making a small mound.
  • Freeze cake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Melt chocolate as usual and dip each cake round completely into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool and harden on a cooling rack 



  • Serve: You can keep Tastykake Tandy Cake at room temperature for up to 5 days covered with plastic wrap. If it’s hot out, refrigerate so the chocolate doesn’t melt.
  • Store: Cover the cake pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil (or transfer to an airtight container) and refrigerate up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: This cake can be frozen up to 6 months. Place in a sealed container with parchment paper between layers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving at room temperature.

Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Tandy Cake in baking dish with slice removed

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Tastykake Tandy Cake (Copycat)

This Tastykake Tandy Cake Copycat is the best recipe for an iconic Philly treat! Easy white sponge cake with creamy peanut butter covered in hard chocolate.
Yield 20 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10x15 baking dish.
  • In stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat on high speed until light.
  • Sift together flour and baking powder and add to the stand mixer in increments on low speed.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter about 2 minutes, until it begins to bubble. Fold milk butter mixture into cake batter until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool to room temperature before spreading peanut butter evenly over entire top of the cake.
  • Refrigerate to set, about 1 hour.
  • Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for additional 15 seconds until fully melted.
  • Spread melted chocolate evenly over peanut butter layer. Allow chocolate to harden and set before cutting and serving.


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I want to thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Tastycakes were my absolute favorite treat as a kid and the thing I miss almost most (second only to real pizza) about living on the west coast. For the naysayers – yea, this is real food so it’s not going to taste 100% exactly like processed/packaged candy cakes, but it’s close enough to get this east coast gal super excited and wanting to eat the whole thing! Thanks again!

    1. Aww…loved your story and your sweet comments. Made my day! And Kelly, thanks so much for your 5 star rating.

  2. This Tandy Cake is the best! The batter is easy to make and has a nice bite! With the textures of the peanut butter and the ganache, the bite is perfect! Yes. I said ganache! Mmmm! I did add some heavy cream to the Sabrinas chocolate topping recipe so it had a better bite and sheen to it. This will be my go to Tandy recipe. Thanks Sabrina!

  3. I would 100% recommend cutting the cakes into slices before topping with the chocolate!!! Learned this the hard way.

  4. Has anyone made this using milk chocolate chips instigated semi-sweet? That seems more like the original peanut butter tandykakes (they do make dark chocolate now but the classic ones have milk chocolate).

    1. Hi Kim, let us know how milk chocolate chips work for you! Our research for this copycat recipe used semi-sweet chocolate chips but milk chocolate sounds amazing as well!

  5. This Philly gal had been making a different copycat recipe for TastyKake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes for years but decided to try yours last night and it’s simply perfect! My son loved it, too, so it’s definitely a keeper!

  6. I love this cake. It’s easy to make and delicious to eat ?. I only have salted butter can I still use or can this replace the salt.?

  7. I love this cake. It’s easy to make and delicious to eat! I only have salted butter can I still use or can this replace the salt?

    1. There’s no salt in the recipe, but if all you have is salted then you can still make it but the flavors might be a little saltier but hopefully still delicious!

  8. My cake came out fantastic. Tasted like the real TastyKake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes. Everyone in my family loved it.

  9. I love this recipe- and I love tasty cakes! I used wow-butter (it’s the smoothest peanut butter alternative I’ve found) and microwaved it to soften so it pours and spreads- I can imagine trying to spread peanut butter on this without softening it. Also takes me 30 mins to bake m.

  10. From Philly area. This does not taste like the tasty cake. Just a plain peanut butter chocolate cake. None of the distinct flavor of a tasty cake. texture on peanut butter layer wrong. No wonder – there isn’t even a step to add anything to soft jar peanut butter. Made this for a themed party of copycat recipes. Majorly disappointed. My dish tasted least like it’s original.

        1. There are three layers to a Tandy Cake, and you need to chill each layer so they stick together. While it might be easier to spread peanut butter on a hot cake, not chilling first will cause the chocolate layer to not meld properly.

  11. I am thinking about making these tonight, but have no shortening. Is there a substitute that works?
    Love your recipes!

    1. So sorry about that. You only need 2 tablespoons for this recipe. I originally was going to use butter to mix in with the chocolate at the end but ended up using shortening. I hope you enjoy it!

  12. Perfectly delicious and super easy to make. The best recipe I have tried. Made about 7 different posted recipes and this one has “taken the cake”!!!

  13. You cannot go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate in my book! So fun to crack into the hard shell and hit a creamy layer of peanut butter. 🙂

  14. I’ve never had anything like this before! It’s DELICIOUS. Thanks always for your tried and true classics as well as new recipes to try. I LOVE your website and easy to follow instructions.