Guest Post: Apple Upside Down Peanut Butter Coffee Cake by Living The Sweet Life

by Erin

Please join me in welcoming Sharana from Living The Sweet Life! I think you will enjoy her. For starters she and I are both passionate about peanut butter. But she might take the cake because the last time I checked her blog there were scads of peanut butter posts in a row (all in celebration of national peanut butter month), including a peanut butter cinnamon raisin bread! Incredible. And she likes to have fun in the kitchen. For example, one time she even put sparklers on top of a brownie. Heck yes.

Today Sharana shares her vivacious spirit through a tasty coffee cake. And yes it also is made with peanut butter. I may need to form PBA – Peanut Butter-oholics Anonymous. Of course I wouldn’t just be a founder…

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Excuse me while I pick myself off of the floor … I cannot believe I am getting the chance to guest post on The Spiffy Cookie!

Me? – are you sure?!?! Dinky novice little food blogger me?

ohhhmygawd ohhhmygawd – Woo-hooo!! Yippee!! Am I dreaming? <– that’s exactly how I felt when the cute and sassy Erin e-mailed me to let me know that I would be a part of a selection of Guest Posts on her blog. To say the least, I couldn’t believe it  — and as I’m writing this- – I still can’t believe it.

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Erin – – it’s such a pleasure.

But wait – where are my manners ….

Hellloooo Spiffy Cookie World, how are you good looking readers doing today? – I’m Living The Sweet Life, and as my name states – – I live a pretty sweet life. I’m entranced by all involving flour, sugar, butter and if you can fit it in there – – peanut butter.

If I’m not baking or cooking – I’m probably dreaming about food – – or reading about food – – or my favourite of all – – eating ;) lol.

I’ve been reading The Spiffy Cookie for a while now, and each time – – Erin takes my taste buds to a whole new world. I adore her play on flavours, her commitment to decadence and it doesn’t hurt that she loves cookies and peanut butter – – probably as much as I do!

She’s cute, hilarious and honestly one of the most humble bloggers I’ve ever seen. This is a big deal that I get to talk to all of you today – – So I thank you for reading ;)

The delicious aspects of life have always seem to delight me, whether it be bringing family together, sharing an intimate moment, celebrating life’s everyday miracles or just having a comforting dinner alone. I can’t help but believe we should all live sweet. love sweet and be sweet.

So sweethearts – – ready to get your oven hot?

Grab an apron, it’s about the get hot and Messy!!

Apples and Peanut butter – – pretty much health food if you ask me!


– Peanut butter….healthy! ( and SO CREAMY AND DELICIOUS AND *sigh* YUUUUMMM!).

So this cake, if you can convince yourself, is pretty much healthy ;) lol. Okay, maybe not completely healthy … but at least we’re trying and if not, it sure makes for a fan-tab-ulous desert.

Just picture it – warm peanut butter cake, jeweled with slices of cinnamon sugar encrusted apples – – as the scent of baked goods prances all over your senses – – you know what, don’t just picture it – – take a bite :)

Apple Upside Down Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

2 Large Apples – 1 Red Delicious – 1 Golden Delicious

1/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp Butter – separated and at room temperature

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 Large Eggs

1/4 Cup Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Warm Water

1/4 Cup Chunky Apple Sauce ( you can also substitute any apples sauce)

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Cup Milk + 2 Tbsp Vinegar (not to worry if your milk curdles — you want this to happen :))

2 Cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda


Preheat your oven to 350 oc and lightly grease an 11 inch cake pan.

Carefully peel and slice your apples – set aside until ready to use.

In a small dish mix 1/4 cups of brown sugar with cinnamon – set aside.

Next, melt 3 Tbsp of your butter – and pour into your prepared cake pan.

Dust with your cinnamon sugar mixture.

Arrange your apple slices in your pan. Make it pretty – – you deserve pretty. Let everyone in the pan, get to know each other – – without them knowing, they’re about to create a master piece.

Now, sift your flour, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.

Then, cream the rest of brown sugar with the rest of butter. Once combined, add your eggs. Next goes your peanut butter, warm water, apple sauce and vanilla.

Mix’er up!!

Add your dry ingredients to the wet, alternating with your milk mixture.

Flour Mixture – Milk Mixture – Flour – Milk – Flour.

Ready to party? – over your apples with the cake batter.

Bake for 35 minutes and bask in the sweet smell that is about to fill your home.

Once finished, remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes – – anything less, will result in cinnamon-sugar sticking to the roof of your mouth ( :( *ouch!!*).

Turn your pan out onto a clean surface – slice and enjoy.

I hope you like this little number – – it’s been fun spending some time with all of you. And Erin, thank you a million times over.

Stay Sweet


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Baker Street March 30, 2012 - 2:16 am

PB in coffee cake is just a brilliant idea. :)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 29, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Oh yum! I love coffee cake and adding peanut butter to it is pure genius! I love it!!

Vicki @ WITK March 29, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Mmm, peanut butter. I just had a reeses pb egg and it was delicious. This apple/peanut butter cake combo sounds delicious! I’m in!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 29, 2012 - 9:16 am

I think we should all join this Peanut Butter-holics group! …and just eat pb all day. For serious.

Such a yummy guest post! I can’t wait to enjoy a slice (or three) of this cake with a cup of tea. :)


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