Tandy Cakes aka Tasty Kakes or Kandy Kakes

I’ve talked before about how my mom used to make birthday treats for my family depending on what we liked. She started getting fancy and one year made me two desserts! Some cheesecake/black bottom dessert along with the dessert that I am sharing with you today. The recipe comes from some old school fundraiser cookbook (people submit recipes and the proceeds are for the school). I have changed it up very slightly, but it still is basically the same dessert. This is perfect for sharing with you right before Thanksgiving, just in case you are looking for an easy recipe with simple ingredients that can feed a crowd. (Or not–we would freeze about half and would eat them later, only slightly worse for wear).

My mom tried to help me make it one time and I did a horrible job! You make the cake, and then spread peanut butter across the top. Well, it did not work so well for me and I ended up ripping off parts of the cake as I spread. So, my mom had to take over for that part. It has been many years later, and I am more experienced, but I did not want to make the same mistakes, so I decided to throw in some safety precautions: namely, melting the peanut butter. You can choose to do it or not. It is possible to do it without, but I was not going to take any chances. Also, you can use some cookie butter either for half of the peanut butter, or to replace it entirely if that is your speed. This dessert is designed to taste like KandyKakes which, if you’ve never had, are mini sponge cakes with a layer of peanut butter covered in chocolate. Because we are making these in a pan, they won’t be covered in chocolate, but it’s still fine and I like that you can enjoy the cake part more this way.

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