Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

This rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter frosting tastes like a peanut butter cup in frosting form. It’s made from a few simple ingredients and you’ll find any excuse to whip up a batch. Pair with chocolate cake for the ultimate treat!

chocolate peanut butter frosting

Adding to my growing list of frosting recipes!

Just when you thought chocolate buttercream couldn’t get any better! This chocolate peanut butter frosting is a combination of my favorite chocolate buttercream and peanut butter frosting. It’s completely over the top, decadent, and creamy– the perfect cake and cupcake garnish when you’re craving chocolate and peanut butter in one.

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Chocolate & peanut butter
  • Tastes like a peanut butter cup
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Smooth, creamy & mega rich
  • Holds its shape beautifully– perfect for piping
  • Quick & very easy to make

Chocolate peanut butter frosting

Overview: Ingredients in Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Unsalted Butter: Start with room temperature butter here. Remember that room temperature butter is cooler than you think. If the butter is too warm, the frosting will taste (and look) greasy.
  2. Confectioners’ Sugar: Confectioners’ sugar is the bulk of this frosting. It’s the workhorse here, sweetening it and binding the ingredients together.
  3. Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder adds additional bulk as well as flavor. Since there is no leavening occurring, you can use either natural or dutch-process.
  4. Heavy Cream or Milk: Liquid thins the frosting out and adds creaminess. You can use heavy cream or milk, dairy or nondairy. If using heavy cream, the frosting will be thicker and creamier.
  5. Peanut Butter: For the best texture, I strongly recommend a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy creamy. I do not recommend oily or natural style peanut butter in this frosting because it could separate.
  6. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds incredible flavor.
  7. Salt: A pinch of salt offsets all the sweetness.

I love that it looks like basic chocolate buttercream, so when you first taste it, you’re totally surprised. IN THE BEST WAY!

Chocolate peanut butter frosting

chocolate chip cookie cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting

What Tastes Best with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting?

Browse my cake recipes and cupcake recipes for more flavor inspiration.


The frosting recipe below is enough for 12-16 cupcakes, a thin layer on a 9×13 inch quarter sheet cake, or a 2 layer cake. For a 3 layer cake, I recommend 1.5x the recipe to ensure you have enough for each layer.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Using a few basic ingredients, you can make this absolutely delicious and creamy chocolate peanut butter frosting. Tastes unbelievable on most cakes and cupcakes– see above for inspiration!


  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/3 (80g) cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes until combined. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or another 1-2 Tablespoons of cream/milk if frosting is too thick. Taste. Add a spoonful of extra peanut butter or a pinch of salt if desired.
  2. Frost your cake, cupcake, or confection however you’d like. In the pictured cupcakes, I piped a basic tall swirl using (affiliate link) Ateco 849 piping tip.
  3. Use immediately or cover tightly and store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. After freezing, thaw in the refrigerator then beat the frosting on medium speed for a few seconds so it’s creamy again. After thawing or refrigerating, beating in a splash of heavy cream or milk will help thin the frosting out again, if needed.


  1. Peanut Butter: For the best texture, I strongly suggest a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy creamy. I do not recommend oily or natural style peanut butter for this recipe because it could separate.
  2. Quantity: This recipe is enough for 12-16 cupcakes, a thin layer on a 9×13 inch quarter sheet cake, or a 2 layer cake. For a 3 layer cake, I recommend 1.5x the recipe to ensure you have enough for each layer.

Keywords: chocolate peanut butter frosting


  1. This looks amazing! Does it double easily or should I make separate batches?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Grace, you can certainly double this recipe! Just make sure your mixer is big enough to handle all of the ingredients 🙂

  2. I just saw this and had to let you know that we love your Creamiest Peanut Butter Frosting on our chocolate cake so I can’t wait to try this. We are huge peanut butter and chocolate fans, so I was already was developing a Chocolate Peanut Butter Gananche recipe. I have just been adding up to 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1 tsp of vanilla to your chocolate ganache recipe but if you have something to post on that I would be interested. Thank for helping make our lives even sweeter.

  3. Hey! Is this a new recipe or updated? I could have sworn you already had a chocolate PB frosting recipe.

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Heather! This is a new post specifically dedicated to our chocolate peanut butter frosting. You’ll find this frosting also included in our peanut butter cupcakes recipe and chocolate chip cookie layer cake recipe. Enjoy!

  4. Is this freeze able?

    1. Yes. See step 3.

  5. Austria Azaceta says:

    I absolutely LOVE this frosting!! It’s the perfect chocolate to peanut butter ratio and I could’ve eaten it out of the bowl with a spoon. Definitely a keeper!!

  6. Hi sally. What adjustment in the recipe do i have to make should i decide to use melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder? Thanks! Love your blog ever since i started baking❤️

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Adding real melted (and cooled!) chocolate to this frosting recipe would require a little extra confectioners’ sugar and/or less cream to ensure the frosting holds its shape. Let us know if you try anything!

  7. This was great. Thank you for helping me bake. You are reliable, if I want to bake a good anything I go straight to you to find out how.

  8. Amazing! Right texture abs great taste. It’s definitely a make again and again

  9. Rachael Catlow says:

    I used this frosting on some vanilla cupcakes from your cookbook and my family loved it! It was a big hit and my husband is not usually a cupcake eater, but he’s commented several times on how good this frosting is. Thanks!

  10. This frosting is ridiculously silky. I can’t get over how good it tasted on the peanut butter cupcakes! I made the peanut butter cake and frosting for a friend, and loved it so much, that I just made another for myself and my family. Huge hit!! Thanks, Sally!!!

  11. Mona Kotecha says:

    This is the greatest frosting i have ever tasted, ever, or made
    use the heavy cream!
    this with the ‘new solved’ pb cupcakes. WOW.
    Sally, your recipes are awesome! keep it up 🙂

  12. I searched for a chocolate Peanut Butter frosting recipe then I found this one. Oh my it was delightful, not terribly sweet, and comes out so creamy which makes it so easy to spread!

  13. Erica Bester says:

    Will this work as a layer filling on a chocolate cake if I do vanilla frosting on the outside of the cake? I want to make a colorful cake but love the taste of this frosting

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:


  14. This is the best and easiest chocolate peanut butter frosting I ave made and it tastes delicious. Will make it again for sure. Thanks for sharing it.

  15. Do you think this would work with vegan butter to make non-dairy?

    1. Michelle @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Stephanie, we haven’t tested this recipe with vegan butter, but let us know if you do!

  16. Making cupcakes for my daughter’s wedding. Do the frosted cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ann! Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Frosting can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Frosted or unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months.

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