If you like peanut butter you'll love this frosting, great on chocolate cakes but for a real peanut butter experience try it on a peanut butter cake. If you don't have cream, you may substitute milk.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in 1/2 of the confectioner's sugar. Mix in 1/4 cup of the cream. Beat in the remaining confectioners' sugar. If necessary, add a little more cream or milk until the frosting reaches a good spreading consistency. Makes enough to frost one 2 layer 9 inch cake or one 9x13 inch cake.

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Nutrition Facts

279.5 calories; 4.2 g protein; 33.2 g carbohydrates; 22 mg cholesterol; 117.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
After modifying this recipe in the following ways, this was BY FAR, one of the most awesome homemade frostings I have ever made or tasted! AMAZING on chocolate cake (or cupcakes, as I made). The recipe I used was as follows: 1 cup creamy NON-GENERIC peanut butter (the peanut butter taste will only be as good as the type of peanut butter you use-- I used Jiff and it was awesome), 1 stick BUTTER (not margarine), 2 cups confectioners sugar (NOT 4!) and 2-3 Tbsp cream OR milk. I creamed the first two ingredients together, added the sugar and then added the cream at the end and just whipped away in my electric mixer. For those of you who hated this recipe and said it was too greasy and not spreadable, you probably either used crappy peanut butter or used margarine which is more oily than butter OR you didn't mix the butter (at room temp) and peanut butter (also at room temp) enough before adding the sugar... use the recipe I just wrote above, and you simply can't go wrong... it was absolutely TO DIE FOR on my chocolate cupcakes and everyone at work LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(2019)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/29/2003
I have been on the hunt for the perfect peanut butter frosting and from reading the reviews for this I thought I had found it. However my search will continue. I was not impressed with this recipe at all. I needed to add MUCH more milk (I had no cream in the house) than the recipe called for. After the first cup I added 1/3 cup as stated but after every half cup I needed to add a healthy splash of milk to make the frosting spreadable. I used two and a half cups and found that it did make enough to frost my two layer cake with some left over however I didn't like the taste at all. Too much butter not enough peanut butter perhaps milk should not be substituted for the cream? I'm not sure but like I said the search will continue. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 138
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  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
After modifying this recipe in the following ways, this was BY FAR, one of the most awesome homemade frostings I have ever made or tasted! AMAZING on chocolate cake (or cupcakes, as I made). The recipe I used was as follows: 1 cup creamy NON-GENERIC peanut butter (the peanut butter taste will only be as good as the type of peanut butter you use-- I used Jiff and it was awesome), 1 stick BUTTER (not margarine), 2 cups confectioners sugar (NOT 4!) and 2-3 Tbsp cream OR milk. I creamed the first two ingredients together, added the sugar and then added the cream at the end and just whipped away in my electric mixer. For those of you who hated this recipe and said it was too greasy and not spreadable, you probably either used crappy peanut butter or used margarine which is more oily than butter OR you didn't mix the butter (at room temp) and peanut butter (also at room temp) enough before adding the sugar... use the recipe I just wrote above, and you simply can't go wrong... it was absolutely TO DIE FOR on my chocolate cupcakes and everyone at work LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(2019)
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
I reduced the sugar to 2 cups and added 1/2 cup more peanut butter. This was good fluffy frosting. It had just the right peanut butter flavor. Quick and easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2004
This is an excellent recipe as it is but I found that by adding a tsp. of vanilla it gave it a more pronounced peanut butter flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2005
This was amazing. I follwed the advice of others and adjusted the recipe for sweetness and over butteriness. Here's what I came up with: 1 and 1/4 cup peanut butter (room temp) 1 stick butter (at room temp) 1 and 1/3 cup confectioners sugar (added slowly and mixing after each time) 4 Tbs cream. What I did was after creaming together the PB and butter and slowly added the sugar 1/3 cup at a time with 1 Tbs cream. after I mixed it I tasted it and repeated. It tasted best to me at 1 and 1 1/3 cup sugar. I added more PB (the extra 1/4 cup) about half way through to make it more peanut buttery. It's VERY rich. I used it as the filling for a chocolate cake then frosted with chocolate and sprinkled the new PB and chocolate swirled chips. It was a big hit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2004
Ok with modifications this is 5 stars but the original recipe is probably only worth 3! So 4 for a compromise. IF you use 2 cups confectioner's sugar and 1 1/2 cups peanut butter you'll get a very peanut butter flavored icing; 2 cups sugar with 1 cup pb would make a milder one though I like my peanut butter! It was delicious on a Mahogany Sour Cream Cake from http://web.kraftfoods.com/. It worked fine on the sides of my cake. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/29/2003
I have been on the hunt for the perfect peanut butter frosting and from reading the reviews for this I thought I had found it. However my search will continue. I was not impressed with this recipe at all. I needed to add MUCH more milk (I had no cream in the house) than the recipe called for. After the first cup I added 1/3 cup as stated but after every half cup I needed to add a healthy splash of milk to make the frosting spreadable. I used two and a half cups and found that it did make enough to frost my two layer cake with some left over however I didn't like the taste at all. Too much butter not enough peanut butter perhaps milk should not be substituted for the cream? I'm not sure but like I said the search will continue. Read More
(72)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2009
I thought this was very good. I made it according to the recipe. (Please don't mark recipes down when you make a bunch of changes in its preparation.) I thought it did taste like peanut butter cup filling although maybe not as strongly flavored of peanut butter as those are. I used my frosting over a layer of chocolate ganache over a chocolate cake. People really seemed to like it. This frosting does tint well if you use a lot of paste coloring and stick to primary colors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
Very rich and creamy. Used milk instead of cream and only needed 3 cups of powdered sugar. I spread it on Dark Chocolate Cake II from this site chilled it and then drizzled Satiny Chocolate Glaze also from this site over the cake. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2005
Wow, this was one of the most disappointing recipes that I have ever tried from this site. I really struggled not to rate it lower. I ended up having to doctor this up a ton to get it to an edible status. I added some regular, granulated sugar and vanilla and I had to add a ton more cream. I did bring the butter to room temperature and used a fresh jar of Peter Pan peanut butter. Thanks anyway. Read More
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