Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Step Up to the (Cupcake) Bar -- Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Last week was super-busy, but really good!

We spent the Fourth of July with my family.  The weather was entirely too hot, but it was fun to have all ten of us together.

My sister and her family were visiting my parents, and one afternoon they came over here.  We kept the food simple (DH brought home pizza), then for dessert we had a cupcake bar.

I didn't take a single picture!  But this is what we had:
Everyone had fun sampling different combinations of cake and toppings.  I think the consensus was that every combination was good.  Mooseman's favorite was the chocolate cupcake with a double-size mound of whipped cream frosting and a "volcano" of chocolate ganache on top.  (Those are his words.)

This peanut butter frosting, a new recipe for me, is a definite hit.  I made some, er, unintentional modifications to the recipe (i.e., I made an error and tried to recover), but it turned out great anyway.  The frosting was quite soft at first, and became quite solid after chilling; next time I'll pay attention to the ideal temperature for it.  The recipe is from the same book as the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  (Last week I thought it wasn't available from Amazon, but now they list it:  Cupcakes by Ceri Hadda.)

Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes about 1-1/3 cups

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted if lumpy

In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, and cream cheese with a heavy spoon until smooth and well-blended.  Beat in the vanilla.  Beat in the sugar, a little at a time, until smooth.  [I used my stand mixer with the whisk attachment, which may have resulted in a fluffier frosting.  I have no point of comparison, though.]

For more recipes, click through to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesdays.  I'm also linking up to Cupcake Tuesday.

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image credit:  stock.xchng user nazreth


  1. What an incredibly FUN idea to have a cupcake bar! Absolutely love it! My husband adores peanut butter frosting... if I smear some on brownies, I'm good as gold in his eyes. ;) Your recipe looks tasty- I've never made it with cream cheese before!

  2. I sooooooooooo love pb frosting - tastes great on chocolate beet cake!!

  3. You my dear are too much I so want to come next time :). I'm loving loving all these. I so want to make these. I've been good and have held off so far but I see them in the future :)

  4. Oh wow! This sounds too good!

  5. Thanks so much for joining the fun on Cupcake Tuesday! They all look really good!

  6. Sounds super yummy! Glad everyone had a good time. That's a good idea. Maybe I'll have to have a little get together & have a cupcake bar. That would be cool.

  7. Yummy. Love peanut butter :)

  8. That peanut butter frosting does sound delicious!

  9. Anything peanut butter has to be delish. Thanks so much for linkin up with tasty tuesdays today.

  10. A cupcake bar sounds like so much fun for a big gathering. That frosting....YUM!

  11. These sound great! Will have to try them at our house.

  12. Oh My! Do these ever sound good! Kids & PB (in all forms!)they go together well don't they?!


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