Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting –

It seems like many of you just can’t get enough of the classic chocolate peanut butter combination. It’s like an addiction. When I post a new peanut butter recipe I almost feel like I’m dealing illicit substances in a back alley.

You raved about the chocolate peanut butter pairing in cheesecake, cookies, and cupcakes.

So, once more I’m inviting you to step into that alley and cure your cravings.

Come a little closer…Have a little peak…Here’s what I’m offering…Rich, creamy, salty, sweet…chocolate peanut butter frosting.

Photo Recipe Instructions –

This chocolate peanut butter frosting recipe is quick and easy. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes to whip it together.

Chocolate peanut butter frosting ingredients

Here’s what you do.

In a large bowl beat two sticks of softened unsalted butter with 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter and two teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients

Gradually beat in 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of cocoa powder and four cups of powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Icing

Add 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and beat everything together until it’s smooth, light, and fluffy.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

You can use this chocolate peanut butter frosting to top cakes or cupcakes (I used a Wilton 4B piping tip for these). It also makes an excellent cake filling. You could skip the cake all together and just use it as a dip for things like pretzels or banana slices.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting on Cupcakes

Since we’re indulging here, why not go all out? Toss some peanut butter chips or chocolate chips (or both) on top of your frosting to make it even more special.


I’d love to hear how you use this frosting. You can let me know in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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I originally created this recipe for Parade’s Community Table.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

A quick and easy chocolate peanut butter buttercream frosting for cakes and cupcakes.

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Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) softened
  2. ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 4 cups powdered sugar
  5. ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. ¼ cup heavy cream
  1. In large bowl, beat softened butter, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Gradually beat in heavy cream. Beat at least two minutes until light and fluffy.
  1. Generously frosts 24 cupcakes.
  2. Frosting consistency can vary depending on the weather and how you measure your sugar.
  3. If your frosting seems too thick, add more cream one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. If your frosting seems too thin, add more sugar one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
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6 comments on Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Sammie
    June 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm (7 years ago)

    This frosting looks gorgeous and sounds delicious. I want to make a big cake, so will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the fab recipe. Sammie

  2. Sanam
    July 4, 2015 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Looks perfect , thanks for sharing, just a question please; I have got problem with this much sugar in frosting recipes, once I made a cream cheese frosting and used half of the sugar amount in recipe but it was still too sweet to me! Is there any suggestion please? Thank you

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      July 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Sanam,
      This is an American-style buttercream made with powdered sugar, which helps them hold their shape. For an easy recipe with less sugar, try my Best Vanilla Frosting
      If that’s still too much sugar for you, you might prefer an Italian Meringue or Swiss Meringue frosting.

      • Sanam
        July 15, 2015 at 7:20 am (7 years ago)

        Thank you Laurie, I liked your Best Vanilla Frosting. Your recipes are great.