Easy Peanut Butter Frosting

Are you the kind of person who, every once in a while, might be known to eat a spoonful of peanut butter directly off the spoon? Yeah, me too. If you’re in this group, you are probably going to love this super easy peanut butter frosting recipe. It’s HIGHLY addictive. Yes, the all caps was necessary.

This peanut butter frosting is essentially a cream cheese frosting recipe that married a cup full of creamy peanut butter. A true power couple, if you ask me. 🙂

I first made a version of this when I made Deb’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for a friend’s birthday a few years ago. I was hosting a party when I made that and all of friends loved it, including one friend who happened to be planning her wedding at the time.

She asked me if I’d make her wedding cake, and she wanted it to have peanut butter frosting. I was extremely nervous (as I’d never made a wedding cake before) but also thrilled to be a part of her big day. I’ll share more about that cake later, promise.

Since then, I have slightly changed/tweaked this recipe. It’s just a little more simple now—mainly from using a little more peanut butter and a little less cream cheese. But I still highly recommend Deb’s original recipe as the entire combo she lays out is fire.

One thing I did try as I was practicing this recipe was the order in which you add the ingredients. You’ll see that the peanut butter gets folded in last, which is actually important.

I tried in one version to see if the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter could all be creamed together in the beginning, but the final frosting turned out much more grainy in texture, so I’m not recommending that.

Also, I can’t say “folded” now without thinking about that Schitt’s Creek episode where they are making enchiladas and they keep asking how you fold in the cheese. Ha! Anyone remember seeing that episode? I died laughing at that one.

The recipe I’m sharing below will make enough frosting for standard double layer cake. It might look like more in some of the photos above because as I was prepping for the wedding cake I ended up needing to triple this recipe.

Having that amount of creamy, delicious peanut butter frosting sitting in your refrigerator is a very, very dangerous situation to find yourself in. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

5 from 7 votes

Easy Peanut Butter Frosting

an easy peanut butter frosting recipe using cream cheese


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups sugar powdered
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy


  1. To soften the cream cheese and butter, just leave it sitting out (in the package or covered) on your countertop for a couple hours. During colder months, I sometimes will leave them out overnight to use the next day.

  2. In a stand mixer (or an electric handheld mixer), combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract. Beat with the whisk or paddle attachment until well combined.

    Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Now add the powdered sugar, stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed until everything is combined.

    Lastly, mix in the peanut butter. You only need to mix until combined; you can even fold the peanut butter in by hand with the spatula at this point if you like.

Recipe Notes

This will make enough frosting for a standard two layer cake or plenty for a larger, rectangular sheet cake. If you are making a larger cake, you may need to double the recipe.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • This is truly one of the best frosting recipes I’ve ever used, a little too thick for me so I add 2 Tbls half&half.

  • 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I drastically lowered the amount of powdered sugar though. I only used about a cup… I like my frosting more tangy from the cream cheese and you can taste more of the peanut butter this way too. It still was plenty sweet even without the other 4 cups of powdered sugar. Just an idea!

  • 5 stars
    I made chocolate cupcakes and used your frosting recipe and my husband said it was the best cupcake he ever had!! And i make a lot of cupcakes so that is high praise. I did double the recipe but didnt double the amount of peanut butter and it came out perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • What if I don’t have enough powdered sugar and can’t go to the store because my child has a cold and we are quarantined to the house, deep breathe, should it change the taste dramatically?

  • Oh my! This sounds absolutely delicious! I would love to add a few crushed nuts to the top of this also!

    There are some more buttercream variations over here: https://magnificentmouthfuls.com.au/2018/06/22/buttercream-recipe-variations/

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Definetly a keeper. I added 1 to 2 tablespoons of whipping cream, about 4 1/4 cups of the powdered sugar & 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring. I wanted the icing to be fluffy & not too stiff. My Son loved it as I garnished it with Reese’s Cups.

  • That was awesome, i should try this at home. Thanks for sharing :D.


  • 5 stars
    I absolutely love peanut butter and cannot wait to try this!! Thanks for sharing!


  • This looks delicious I love anything peanut butter so I can’t wait to try this. I also laughed when they talked about folding on schitts creek. That show is too funny!

  • Is it okay if I make frosting just to eat the frosting??? I’m an adult; I can do what I want, right??

    If we happen to have chocolate chips in the house? Spoon of PB + Three Chocolate Chips = O.M.GAWD. And yes….. Schitt’s Creek with the family dinner episode??? One of the best! Not as good as open mic night, but still. 🙂

  • Peanut butter is my husband’s favorite of all time! I think he’ll be open to trying this recipe for his next birthday 😉

  • When my husband and I had first started dating we stopped by his parents house for some water before a hike. I, thinking no one else was home, snuck a spoonful of peanut butter from the counter. Right as I did his mom entered the kitchen and caught me red handed! I was mortified! Luckily she just laughed, and also being a peanut butter fiend, joined in with me. We’ve shared our love of peanut butter ever since.

  • OMG!!! I thought I was the only peanut butter sneak-a-spoonful freak!
    Glad I am in such good company
    Thanks for sharing such an easy peasy recipe

  • I’m feeling so hungry just looking at this! Delish! 😀

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