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postheadericon Homemade Kandy Kakes

As a coal cracker, I was surrounded by the ability to enjoy just about every variety of Tastykake product out there. My absolute favorite was the milk chocolate enrobed, peanut butter topped little gem of yellow cake — originally known as Tandy Takes but now renamed to Kandy Kakes. If you love them, but cannot get them — or love them so much you need an entire pan full — here is a homemade version that will please your craving for a Pennsylvania favorite.

Homemade Kandy Kake

Homemade Kandy Kakes

Yield: 24


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or whole)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), chopped (Hersheys for example)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in milk and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 11 - 12 minutes on a wire rack. Spread peanut butter over top allowing to me; cool completely.
  3. In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Gently spread over peanut butter. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

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