Heavenly Chocolate Cake Recipe for Dessert Lovers

If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you’re going to love this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake recipe. This cake is named after the famous candy bars from my childhood, and it tastes just as delicious. The cake is four layers of decadent chocolate cake smothered in coconut filling and frosted with a rich, creamy chocolate icing that tastes like a candy bar.

The recipe has been passed down through generations of my family and is now a staple at our gatherings. Whenever I bring this cake to events or potlucks, people always rave about it and ask for the recipe. I know that once you try this cake, it’ll become one of your go-to dessert recipes.

One thing that sets this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake apart from other cakes is the coconut filling. It’s not too sweet but still adds a nice burst of flavor and texture to each bite. And don’t be intimidated by the four layers; they’re easy to make and stack, creating a beautiful presentation that will impress your family and friends.

Whether you need a dessert for a special occasion or just want to indulge your sweet tooth, this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake recipe is perfect. Trust me when I say that you won’t regret giving it a try. Get ready to wow your taste buds with this delicious and decadent dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Peter-paul Mounds Cake
Peter-paul Mounds Cake

Indulge in a blissful escape from your daily routine with this decadent Peter-Paul Mounds Cake recipe. If you have a sweet tooth, then trust me, this recipe is going to be your new obsession.

With four layers of rich chocolate cake smothered with coconut filling and frosted with a rich creamy chocolate icing that tastes like your favorite candy bar, this cake is a sinful delight. The combination of the soft, moist texture of the cake with the chewy marshmallows and sweet coconut flakes sprinkled throughout each layer creates an impeccable experience for your taste buds.

Not to mention, this recipe is easy to follow with readily available ingredients. Just imagine walking into your kitchen and preparing this mouthwatering cake in no time which will surely impress and wow anyone who takes a bite.

Whether you’re craving a bit of comfort food or have been meaning to try something new in your baking world, this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake recipe is the perfect solution for all of your dessert needs. Trust me; once you’ve tried it- you will thank me for sharing this little slice of heaven with you.

Ingredient List

 Sink your teeth into this delicious Peter-Paul Mounds Cake!
Sink your teeth into this delicious Peter-Paul Mounds Cake!

Before we start with the Peter-paul Mounds Cake Recipe, let’s go through the list of ingredients you will need. Make sure to have all the ingredients on hand to avoid any delays.

Dry Ingredients

  • cake mix 1: chocolate cake mix
  • flour 1: all-purpose flour
  • sugar 1: granulated white sugar
  • baking powder 1: baking powder
  • baking soda: baking soda
  • salt 2: salt

Wet Ingredients / other ingredients

  • 1 peter: Peter Paul Mounds Bar
  • milk sugar marshmallows: a mix of milk, white sugar, and marshmallows
  • coconut filling: a mixture of sweetened shredded coconut and sugar
  • c sugar 1: confectioners’ sugar
  • milk: low-fat milk
  • cup butter: unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 layers: chocolate cake made from scratch or use cake mix.

Now that you have your list of ingredients ready for this recipe, let’s move on to the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of cake that tastes just like a fluffy, chocolate candy bar.
A slice of cake that tastes just like a fluffy, chocolate candy bar.

Now that we have discussed the ingredients and why you will love this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake Recipe, it is time to dive into the How-To of creating this decadent, multi-layered cake.

Prepping the Cake:
Step One: Preheat the Oven

Before starting on the cake batter, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step Two: Making the Batter

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix a Chocolate Cake Mix with 1 cup of milk, 3 eggs and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Beat it together until smooth.
  2. Gradually fold in 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. Mix in 1/2 cup of marshmallows until evenly dispersed throughout the batter.

Step Three: Baking

Pour the cake batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans or four 6-inch round cake pans that have been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks for at least 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.

Making Coconut Filling:

While your layers are cooling, it is time to create the rich and creamy coconut filling for your Peter-Paul Mounds Cake:

Step One:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk, and 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter. Stir constantly until melted together.

Step Two:

Add in 2 cups shredded coconut flakes and continue stirring until well combined with your sugar mixture.

Step Three:

Once you have mixed all ingredients completely, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly before spreading on top of each layer.

Putting It All Together:

With your layers cooled and filling ready to spread, it’s time to smother your cake with rich coconut filling & frosted with a decadent chocolate icing that tastes like a candy bar!

Step One:

Place one layer of the cake onto your serving dish.

Step Two:

Spread a layer of filling on top using a spatula or the backside of a spoon.

Step Three:

Repeat steps until all four layers are stacked with filling smoothing each layer before adding next. Top the last layer off with filling as well.

Step Four:

Decorate your beautiful Peter-Paul Mounds Cake as desired!

Serve this mouthwatering dessert at your next family gathering or holiday party & let everyone enjoy this amazing slice of heaven!

Substitutions and Variations

 A chocolate lover's dream come true!
A chocolate lover’s dream come true!

The Peter-Paul Mounds Cake Recipe is a classic dessert that can be modified in a number of ways to suit your personal taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out.

– Coconut: If you’re not a big fan of coconut or have an allergy, you can substitute it with chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans. Alternatively, you can use marshmallows or caramel bits to add some texture and sweetness to the cake.

– Sugar: You can adjust the amount of sugar used in the recipe to suit your desired level of sweetness. If you prefer a less sweet version of the cake, reduce the sugar by 1/4-1/2 cup. Likewise, if you have a sweet tooth, add an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar.

– Chocolate Cake: While this recipe calls for a chocolate cake mix, that doesn’t mean you are limited to just that flavor. You could experiment with different flavors like vanilla, yellow, or strawberry for something new and different.

– Frosting: The frosting is the icing on the cake (pun intended), so make sure it’s as delicious as possible. You can substitute the rich chocolate icing with your preferred frosting of choice. Cream cheese frosting would be an excellent alternative.

– Almond Joy: Want to add some almond joy flair to this dish? Substitute almonds for coconut flakes in this recipe and enjoy a cake that reminds you of everyone’s favorite candy bar.

The possibilities with this cake recipe are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try different approaches until you find your favorite one. As long as you stick to the basic ingredients and baking instructions listed here, your cake will always turn out deliciously decadent!

Serving and Pairing

 A single bite of heaven in every mouthful.
A single bite of heaven in every mouthful.

This Peter-Paul Mounds Cake Recipe is a decadent chocolate cake smothered in coconut filling and frosted with rich creamy chocolate icing that tastes like a candy bar. It’s the perfect dessert to serve at any occasion or celebration because it’s impressive, indulgent, and absolutely delicious.

When serving this cake, I recommend cutting it into slices that are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. The layers of the cake are quite rich, so a smaller slice will go a long way. You can also garnish each slice with some extra shredded coconut or chocolate shavings to make it look even more beautiful.

As for pairing, this cake goes well with a variety of drinks such as coffee, milk, tea, or even a glass of red wine. The coffee and milk complement the chocolate flavors in the cake really well, while the tea can help balance out its sweetness. If you’re looking for something stronger than water but not quite as heavy as wine or beer, try serving this cake with a liqueur.

For an additional touch of sweetness, pair this cake with some fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries or raspberries. They are an excellent contrast to the richness of the chocolate and will help brighten up every bite.

Overall, this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake is perfect for any occasion that requires indulging in something scrumptious and luxurious. It’s a classic recipe that has stood the test of time and remains one of the most iconic desserts in American cuisine.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A slice of indulgence you won't regret.
A slice of indulgence you won’t regret.

As with most cake recipes, the Peter-Paul Mounds Cake can be made ahead of time and safely stored until serving. This is good news for busy bakers or those who want to get a head start on their dessert preparation.

To make this cake ahead of time, bake and assemble it as directed in the recipe instructions. Once the layers are cool, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the cake layers for up to 1 month if you plan on storing it for longer.

When it’s time to serve, allow the cake layers to thaw in the refrigerator overnight if frozen. If refrigerated, simply assemble and frost the cake as directed in the recipe instructions.

This cake also stores well once assembled, making it a great option for leftovers. To store your leftover Peter-Paul Mounds Cake, cover it loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

If you need to reheat your slice of cake before serving, simply microwave on medium heat for 10-15 seconds. Be careful not to overheat it, as it can cause the frosting to melt and become runny.

Overall, because of its ability to be made ahead of time and stored easily, this Peter-Paul Mounds Cake is a great dessert option for large gatherings or when you want something special but have limited time for preparation.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect sweet treat for all occasions.
The perfect sweet treat for all occasions.

Making a Peter-Paul Mounds Cake may seem like a daunting task. However, with these time-tested tips that I have learned from experience and from the Baker’s grapevine pantry, you will create a scrumptious dessert that everyone will want seconds of.

Firstly, be sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut in the cake as well as in the filling, to keep the sweetness of the recipe just right. You can also toast the coconut flakes before incorporating them into the mixture or the frosting as it will add another layer of nutty flavor and texture.

Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin mixing, especially butter which should be soft but not melted. This will make mixing easier and ensure consistent results.

When substituting ingredients, do it cautiously. Different substitutions can affect how well your cake rises and moistness. For example, using low-fat milk instead of regular milk can result in a drier cake.

In order to avoid lumps in the batter, sift the flour and baking powder together before adding them to the mix. This ensures all ingredients are evenly mixed in.

To prevent your cake from overbrowning or developing a thick crust on top while baking, cover it with foil towards the end of baking or putting a pan of water on the bottom shelf of your oven to cool down any hot spots.

Finally, to decorate your cake like a professional and make it stand out at parties or gatherings, you can add finishing touches like a sprinkling of coconut flakes around the edges or even drizzle chocolate syrup over the top for an extra touch of decadence!


As with any recipe, questions and concerns may come to mind when reading through the instructions. In this section, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you avoid potential pitfalls and troubleshoot any issues that may arise while making this Peter Paul Mounds Cake. So, let’s dive in and address some important queries.

What is Mississippi mud cake made of?

Indulge in the ultimate dessert delight with the delectable Mississippi Mud Cake. This luscious treat features a moist chocolate cake paired with a rich and creamy frosting, all topped off with gooey melted marshmallows. There’s no denying that chocolate and marshmallows make for an unbeatable combination. In this recipe, I’ll guide you through the steps to make the best ever Mississippi Mud Cake from scratch. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds!

Why is it called Cemetery cake?

In the past, mourners who traveled long distances for funerals were often served large cakes with the initials of the deceased iced on top. These cakes were then sliced and distributed among the mourners as a souvenir of the occasion, much like how wedding cake slices are preserved. These cakes were known as funeral cakes and were considered a tradition for many cultures.

What is a Paul Newman cake?

If you’re on the lookout for an indulgent and satisfying dessert, look no further than the Paul Newman cake, also known as the Better than Anything cake. This delectable treat is made by “poking” holes into the cake after baking and filling them with a delicious blend of butterscotch caramel topping and sweetened condensed milk. Trust me, the end result is absolutely delectable!

What is Rocky Road cake made of?

Indulge in the delectable combination of soft marshmallows, crispy nuts, and biscuit chunks coated in rich melted chocolate with this uncomplicated rocky road recipe. This delightful recipe is perfect for bonding with your loved ones, as you have the freedom to customize your dessert by mixing and matching with your preferred sweets and biscuits.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Peter-Paul Mounds Cake Recipe is a decadent and rich cake that is sure to impress anyone who tries it. The layers of chocolate cake smothered in coconut filling and frosted with a rich, creamy chocolate icing tastes like a candy bar from your favorite childhood memories. This recipe is perfect for special occasions or as a showstopper for your next social gathering.

Not only is this dessert delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create an unforgettable dessert that your friends and family will be talking about for days to come. And if you’re looking for substitutions or variations to fit your dietary restrictions or preferences, there are plenty of options to choose from.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get baking with this amazing Peter-Paul Mounds Cake Recipe. Your taste buds (and your loved ones) will thank you!

Peter-paul Mounds Cake

Peter-paul Mounds Cake Recipe

This came from a cookbook my mother-in-law (Vera Duncan) put together. It was contributed to the cookbook by Debbie Crawford. We make it often for our friends and have gotten good reviews over it. Try it...you may like it...after all "...Sometimes you feel like a NUT...sometimes you Don't"
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Low Protein
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cake
Calories: 3890.4kcal


  • 1 (14 ounce) package coconut, shredded
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 24 large marshmallows


  • Mix and bake any chocolate cake mix of your choice or make a sheet cake.
  • Let cool.
  • Cook the coconut, sugar, milk and marshmallows until the marshmallows are melted and pour over the cake.
  • Let cool.
  • Frost with chocolate icing (either homemade or canned).

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Serving: 960g | Calories: 3890.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 391.8g | Protein: 38.3g | Fat: 265.4g | Saturated Fat: 232.8g | Cholesterol: 34.2mg | Sodium: 400.8mg | Fiber: 64.9g | Sugar: 275.7g

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