Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

If you like peanut butter cups, you'll love chocolate cupcakes spread with Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing!
Makes: 3 Cups
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Step 1

Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.

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solid vegetable shortening

1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening


1/3 cup butter

peanut butter

3/4 cup peanut butter

confectioners' sugar,

4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar, (sifted)


4-6 tablespoons milk



Electric mixer

Electric mixer

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Peanut Butter Frosting is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic recipe! I like peanut butter so I increased the PB to approx 1-1/4 cup peanut butter and it tasted great! I made it for a baby shower with a triple chocolate fudge cake and I have had numerous requests since then for this cake/frosting combo. My only tip would be to start with the recipe as written then adjust per your tastes (more pb, more or less milk to adjust consistency etc). Oh it also worked well with fondant, it was a pretty thick buttercream to spead on the cake but it was perfect because I actually don't like the taste of fondant and only use it for looks. This allowed guests to peel off the fondant and still eat a cake with lots of yummy pb frosting on it:)
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Perfect!! I have made this twice in the last 2 weeks since I found the recipe and it is absolutely easy to make, perfectly delicious and has a great consistency for frosting with a smooth finish. I topped it with a chocolate ganche, strawberries and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big crowd pleaser. I used 1 stick butter, 1 cup skippy naturals, 2c sugar, 3Tb milk (maybe more for consistency) and it was perfect! So good with dark chocolate cupcakes...
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just whipped up a batch of this to ice a chocolate birthday cake. It went together just as the recipe above said it would and the taste is to die for! Just peanut buttery enough and not too overwhelmingly sweet. I did add a little more milk to it after my crumb coat was applied. Together with the chocolate cake, this should be amazing! First time I've made my own frosting and I'm so happy with the result!
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great recipe. Just made this for a family birthday cake and everyone loved it. I did as some suggested and added a bit of milk after each cup of confectioners sugar. My secret ingredient was using a local dairy whole chocolate milk about 6 Tablespoons and about 2 Tablespoons of hot water(something my pastry chef. trained daughter taught me). Can't wait to try it again. Very creamy and tasty.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YUMMY!!!!!!!....just made this recipe...filled my chocolate was pretty easy...the only hard part was how dry it gets before you have to add the milk....i could smell my hand mixer im sure your would be fine...we bought one of the cheapo ones...YUMMY YUMMY YUMM!!!!! isnt too peanut buttery...just so creamy and smooth...YUM!
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this icing soooo much it is easy to make and taste so delicious. I added a little more peanut butter than what the recipe calls for just because I love peanut butter. I have made this cake just as a regular dessert and for special occasions a friend at work asked for it on her Birthday cake.Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this recipe. I first used in with some chocolate cup cakes that I made for work. I filled the cup cakes and then frosted. Everyone loved them. I also used it to fill a chocolate cake for my nephews birthday party. He likes peanut butter cups so I thought he'd like this. It was a big hit.
Date published: 2010-11-29
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