Dessert | March 17, 2013

Peanut Butter Maple Frosting

I wanted to try these cupcakes (which quickly became my favorite new chocolate cupcake recipe. Period), but needed a frosting to top them for the finale viewing party for my favorite reality dating show I was going to that night (I live for Mondays). Canned frosting really is good, I mean, I used to steal cans of it from the pantry growing up and hide out in my room with a spoon….if ya know what I mean.

To this day, I still crave a spoonful of chocolate or rainbow chip frosting whenever graham crackers are mentioned.

I shot my girlfriend a text with my dilemma: peanut butter, salted caramel, or orange vanilla bean?

I was envisioning the chocolate orange combo they sell during the Holidays, but she ex-nayed the orange-ay. I had quite the hankering for some peanut butter chocolatey goodness with all the Reese’s peanut butter eggs floating around, so peanut butter it was.

P.S. Did you know they make dark chocolate Cadbury eggs? Are you kidding me right now?

I wanted to add some extra dimension to the peanut butter and I thought about drizzling some of the jar of Salted Dark Caramel I had in my fridge, but decided it was too messy, and I’m kinda carmeled out at the moment. Then, I remembered the maple extract I had in my pantry, and it was a moment of brilliance. My friend asked me what was in the frosting, she couldn’t quite put her finger on it…

Don’t try to put your finger on it, Sarah….just put it in your mouth.

The next day, one of these babies was my dinner and it was just fine with me.

Peanut Butter Maple Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A delicious and easy peanut butter maple frosting that's pretty hard to not eat by the spoonful. Use this to top cupcakes and cakes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake Frosting, Maple Frosting, Peanut Butter Frosting
Servings: 12 (frosting for 2 dozen cupcakes)
Calories: 334 kcal
Author: Stephanie
  • 1/2 c salted butter room temperature (or use unsalted and add more salt)
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t maple extract
  • 1/2 t coarse salt
  • 3 c powdered sugar *for gluten-free, check that it is GF and not made with wheat starch
  • 1/3-1/2 c heavy cream
  1. Cream butter in mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in peanut butter.
  3. Add vanilla and maple extract, salt, and powdered sugar.
  4. Add cream, starting with 1/3 c, increase up to 1/2 c to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Frosts 2 dozen cupcakes
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Potassium 144mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 31g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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