Frosting Galore!

This is going to be a hodge podge of a post, but I wanted to share my recipes for homemade chocolate buttercream frosting and for peanut butter buttercream frosting that my little sister, Carolyn, and I made. When I was in Cleveland visiting family two weeks ago, I was telling my little sister about this blog. She wanted to make something from the blog while I was home. We decided to make a cake because it was also my Dad’s birthday. We followed my doctored chocolate cake recipe and made a layer cake and then in between the layers, we whipped up a very rich peanut butter buttercream frosting and then did a homemade chocolate buttercream on the outside.

I only had made my own chocolate buttercream frosting once before and it came out okay. I tried to follow the same recipe again from memory, but all we could taste was the powdered sugar! We ended up melting some Hersey’s bars and mixed it in and that gave the frosting the chocolatey taste we were looking for! The peanut butter buttercream was pretty rich. In fact, if the whole cake had this frosting, I wouldn’t have been able to eat more than a few bites. And even with the PB in just the middle, this cake was RICH. Cut modest slices and have a big glass of milk on standby!

Carolyn is a perfectionist (what can I say, she takes after her sister…) and wanted our cake to look as professional as possible. She spent a lot of time trying to smooth out the chocolate buttercream frosting. Then she decorated the sides and the top of the cake! Here was our finished product:

Not too shabby, right? Oh, and while we’re at it. I have to give a little pre-birthday shout out to Carolyn because tomorrow is her 13th Birthday! So, Happy 13th Birthday, Carolyn! I can’t believe she is officially a teenager! Watch out world!

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of frosting


– 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

– 1 cup confectioner’s sugar

– 8 tbs. unsalted butter, softened

– 1 tsp. vanilla extract

– 2-3 tbs. milk or heavy cream

1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth (use paddle attachment if using stand mixer). Add in peanut butter and vanilla and mix until well-combined. Add in 2 tbs. of milk and beat continuously until well-combined. If the frosting is too thick, add additional milk, one tablespoon at a time.

Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Makes enough frosting to liberally frost 24 cupcakes or one large cake


– 2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar

– 2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

– 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1/2-3/4 cup melted milk chocolate (about 2 Hersey’s Bars)

– 6-8 tbs. milk or heavy cream

1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and melted chocolate. Then add the sugar one cup at a time until smooth (use paddle attachment if using stand mixer). Add in cocoa powder and vanilla and and mix until well-combined. Add in about 4 tbs. of milk and beat continuously until well-combined. Continue to add milk one tablespoon at at time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost cake or cupcakes.



  1. Love your frosting recipes. The cake looks so delicious!

  2. I’ll take a bowl full of both. Frosting is my vice! A wonderful vice!

  3. This looks so amazing. You ladies did a fab job. Happy Birthday to your sister!

  4. Peanut butter frosting, YUM! the cake looks great ladies! Happy birthday to your Dad as well as your sister!!!

  5. Delicious Post! I LOVE peanut butter, but it never occurred to me to make it into a frosting!

  6. PB buttercream sounds amazing with chocolate cake! I’m sure your dad loved it!!

  7. Looks delicious. Chocolate and peanut butter…how can it not be?! I think I’m gonna try that peanut butter frosting. Mmm maybe on a chocolate cupcake.

    Nice blog, I found it through a comment you left on My Baking Addiction. I’m going to be back!


    • So glad you stopped my Miriam! I just checked out your blog too. I try to make low-carb and low-sugar recipes as often as possible (this cake and frosting is a major exception, lol!). Can’t wait to see more! :)

  8. Okay, you had me drooling with the mention of PB buttercream frosting. YUMMMMMMM!

  9. Peanut butter and chocolate are one of nature’s perfect pairings and this cake looks delicious. Adam has a rule that layer cakes should have a minimum of 1/2 inch of frosting between the layer and preferably 1 inch. You slice looks like it fits the bill! Yummy!

  10. Aw, happy birthday to your dad! The cake you and your sister looks fabulous!

  11. What a brilliant cake! Yum! Do you take overseas orders? :-)

  12. Stephanie! What an awesome cake! Your dad must have loved it! And what a great idea to use different frostings on the same cake. My mind is racing with all the possible combinations! What a great post! : )

  13. What an impressive cake! I actually never made a cake…. a little bit intimidated because I’ve never seen how you bake cake before so I just have no knowledge. You cake is amazing and I’m sure your dad was so happy to see it. I hope to make cakes for my family one day. :-) Thanks for your lovely post!

    • Aw, thank you, Nami! You should check out my recipe for the chocolate cake (it’s linked above). For this, I used a box of devil’s food cake mix, but then I also add additional ingredients to give it more of a homemade taste! It is really easy!

  14. What an awesome birthday cake! I love it!

  15. what a lovely post :) and that cake looks gorgeous! well done!!

  16. Oh my yumminess!! I want to lick off some (or all) of that frosting! The cake is beautiful.

  17. Excellent recipes for frosting! and Happy birthday to Carolyn!

  18. I hope everyone had wonderful Birthdays. Wonderful frosting recipes.

  19. Your dad’s cake looks awesome! And sounds like it would taste even better- that frosting wouldn’t be too rich for me =)

  20. I love peanut butter frosting! I have been using it a lot lately! Your cake looks wonderful!

  21. Yum! Both of these frostings sound heavenly! I’ll bet the B-day girl loved the cake :)!

  22. Oh, that frosting… I must definately give it a try!

  23. So much frosting…yum! It’s definitely the best part of a cake:)

  24. Now that’s my kind of dessert! I reckon I could eat about half a tonne of that!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.