When was the last time you made a cake? A serious, from scratch, layered cake. This is the thought that occurred to me Tuesday as I was reading Dana Treat’s blog post about buying cupcakes versus making your own.

Maybe I should make a cake, I thought. Why not? You don’t really need a reason for a layered cake. Although, as I was pulling out ingredients, mixing them together, several good reasons went through my mind.

chocolate peanut butter frosting

Things like…

it’s Tuesday…

the sun is shining…

the boys will be so surprised when they get home from school…

You know, important things like that.

Back to the cake.

I went with the basic white, but decided to jazz it up with this very delicious chocolate peanut butter frosting.

I think in the process of baking a layered cake you find out a few things about yourself. Things like are you patient enough to wait for the cakes too cool before you try working with them (kind of )? Or how much frosting will you eat while waiting for said cakes to cool (probably too much)? I learned that I am terrible at frosting layered cakes. I’m pretty sure this goes back to the fact that I hardly ever make them. But really, I can’t remember the last time I laughed at myself as much as I did yesterday afternoon trying to get this cake covered with frosting. In all seriousness, there are probably places on it that have at least an inch worth of frosting. Okay, that might be exaggerating…a little.

Good thing the frosting is pretty fantastic.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting


  • Makes enough to frost one double layered cake
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk, more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream together peanut butter and cocoa powder.
  2. Add the milk and beat until smooth.
  3. Add in the confectioner's sugar, salt and vanilla.
  4. If needed, add more milk until frosting has reached a good spreading consistency.


chocolate peanut butter frosting

This frosting is also great spread on graham crackers. That’s how we’ll be having it today…no more layered cakes. For awhile anyway.


11 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Oh yum! I think it looks beautiful!

    I haven’t made a cake since I’ve gone gluten free. I’m going to have to soon so I can use this recipe!

  2. Jessica says:

    Yum. Definitely trying that recipe.

    Have you heard about the magic of a “crumb layer.” Changed my frosting life forever. Put a thin messy layer of frosting on the cake, pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes, and then apply icing. Goes on smooth and easily!

  3. bentley says:

    Looks gorgeous. And what a nice surprise for your boys to come home to! I made a layer cake for one of my boy’s birthdays awhile back and had such a new appreciation for bakers afterwards. They aren’t easy!

  4. Jaime says:

    This is an excellent recipe! I made this icing yesterday for my father’s birthday cake. It was a total hit and super easy to make!

  5. IC says:

    Tried this and it was yummy! I cut the sugar though to about 1/5 as I don’t like too sweet :) more power!

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