This Peanut Butter Buttercream Recipe is one of my all-time FAVORITE frosting recipes. It makes the most wonderful filling and frosting for chocolate cakes and cupcakes. You will love the peanut buttery flavor, the light and fluffy consistency, and how easily it pipes!
Not only does this peanut butter frosting taste fantastic, but the recipe is incredibly easy to throw together. Really, you’re just minutes away from this deliciousness!!
Chocolate cake pairs amazingly well with so many frostings, but this peanut butter buttercream is definitely in my top three. For me, it’s a three-way tie between Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Mint, and Chocolate & Coconut. I could never pick a favorite, but I highly recommend making each combo as often as possible (for comparison & research purposes of course!)
Okay, let’s get back to the star of our post. There are countless reasons to love this recipe. This peanut butter frosting is perfectly peanut buttery, has a delightfully silky texture, and if you are a fan of the Viva Paper Towel Method of smoothing, it smooths exceptionally well.
There’s no better match for peanut butter frosting than a delicious chocolate cake, is there? You have the sweet and salty flavors from the peanut butter buttercream, and the rich decadence of the chocolate cake. Perfection!
I absolutely love peanut butter buttercream swirled high onto cupcakes, sandwiched in between layers of rich chocolate cake, or injected into the centers of chocolate cupcakes to make them even more irresistible.
You can frost entire cakes with this recipe also, as we did in our AMAZING Peanut Butter Cake Recipe!
(To inject into cupcakes as a filling, simply load a disposable piping bag with peanut butter frosting, snip away the tip, and insert right into the center of the unfrosted cupcake.)
For a little variation (especially when using this as a filling for a chocolate layer cake) I love to stir in mini chocolate chips!
I will warn you that this frosting is HIGHLY addictive…and you may have to hide the bowl immediately after mixing up a batch.
The frosting is a lighter consistency than straight peanut butter, so you can easily get carried away with sampling. Haha! I know that I always do. Make it once and it’ll be your go-to peanut butter buttercream frosting for life! YUM.
*One important thing to remember when choosing your Peanut Butter is that “natural” peanut butter does not work as well with this recipe. You can still use it if you must, but the consistency is not going to be as smooth and creamy. I recommend peanut butter brands like JIF, Peter Pan, etc.
Looking for the BEST chocolate cake or cupcake recipe? Make sure to save these tried and true favorites! We love our Scratch Classic Chocolate Cake recipe, our Scratch Chocolate Cupcake recipe, as well as our doctored cake mix recipes for Chocolate Sour Cream Cake and Chocolate (Doctored) Cake.
**In October 2017, we revamped this Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe to create a lighter, more spreadable consistency. We have fallen in love with this new version, but if you’d like the Original Peanut Butter Buttercream which has been on our site for years, you can find it here!: Original Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Peanut Butter Buttercream
Here is the cake version of our peanut butter cupcakes pictured above! Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!
If you like Peanut Butter recipes, you MUST try our amazing Peanut Butter Cake recipe! Moist and flavorful peanut butter cake layers with this amazing peanut butter frosting (and ganache drip). It’s one of our favorites!: Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
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Peanut Butter Buttercream (Printable version is above)
2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup (255g) creamy peanut butter ( do not use natural or reduced fat or it will not have the right consistency for spreading)
4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
1/4 cup (60g) milk plus 2 Tablespoon – more if needed to reach the consistency you like
2 teaspoon (8g) vanilla extract
In the bowl of your mixer add the butter and mix on medium speed until the butter is softened and smooth. Add the peanut butter and mix until blended.
Gradually add the powdered sugar alternately with the milk. Add vanilla. Mix on medium speed 4 to 5 minutes until smooth.