I LOVE cake, but I'm not a big fan of typical icing- usually the buttercream icing. I was making dessert for our usual Sunday dinners with that we have with Chris, Carlie, Chad, and Beth and all the kids, and I thought I'd try one of the recipes from The Cake Mix Doctor. My mother-in-law, Linda, got this book for me for Christmas (I think) a few Christmases ago, and I hadn't tried very many. Anyway, I decided to try the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. The cake was pretty much like any other chocolate cake. But man, oh man, the icing... I never lick the beaters when I make icing. The stuff is just way too sweet. I can almost feel my teeth recoiling in horror. And while my teeth still might have recoiled in horror while I was happily stuffing my face with spoonfuls of icing, I didn't notice. The icing was delicious. The peanut butter really balanced out the sweetness of the sugar. Anyway, here it is. Slap it on a yummy chocolate cake and it's really really good. Emphasis on "really."
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter (room temp)
2 cups powdered sugar (it says sifted, but honestly, I was too lazy, and who sifts anymore?)
3-4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
On low speed, beat peanut butter and butter for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, and vanilla. Blend on low speed until well combined, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium until frosting lightens and is fluffy, about 1 minute more. If it seems too stiff, add up to 1 tablespoon more of milk.
I beat mine a little longer so it was a little more fluffy. Delicious!