Dessert | March 17, 2019

Chocolate Peanut Butter Maple Frosting

Think if a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a Pancake had a baby you’d get this. Chocolatey fluffy cake topped with chocolate peanut butter maple frosting. Pretty much the best frosting, or cupcake experience of you life….and I’m not exaggerating.

two cupcakes with toppings

To me, what makes a cake, or a cupcake, is THE FROSTING. I am 100% about having the best possible frosting. Frosting is also fun t mix up! Buttercream is pretty bomb, but its also vanilla- and we all need a little chocolate in our life. and peanut butter. and maple for goodness sakes!

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MAPLE FROSTING

When making frosting you always want to have :

  1. ROOM TEMP BUTTER- If it is too cold you’ll have clumps, if it’s too warm your frosting will be on the runny, less fluffy side. ROOM TEMP BUTTER.
  2. QUALITY POWDER SUGAR- I have bought generic brand powder sugar that left my frosting gritty, ever since then I can’t bring myself to buy a brand I don’t trust. This special sugar also helps make frosting nice and fluffy!

cupcakes with pipped peanut butter frosting

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR CHOCOLATE PB MAPLE FROSTING

  1. BUTTER
  2. SUGAR
  3. CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
  4. MAPLE EXTRACT
  5. COCOA POWDER
  6. HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM

powder sugar, maple extract, cream, peanut butter, butter

PERFECT FLUFFY FROSTING STEPS:

STEP 1. Take your room temperature butter and beat it for about 30-60 seconds on med-high speed until it is nice and fluffy. You will need to use a hand mixer or stand mixer to make frosting.

butter beaten fluffy

Step 2: Turn mixer down to medium speed and add in vanilla maple and salt.

Step 3. Add in your peanut butter and beat on med-high for another 30 seconds so they are creamed together and fluffy.

butter and peanut butter beaten together and fluffy

Step 4. While beaters are on med speed slowly add cocoa powder, powder sugar and cream. Alternating cream with powder.

Step 5. Let beat on high for about 30-60 seconds until the frosting has reached your desired consistency. You want it smooth and fluffy.

beater with peaks of peanut butter frosting

HOW DO I PIPE FROSTING ON CUPCAKES?

I don’t always pipe frosting on the cupcakes, but do kind of love it. I also love how fast and easy it makes frosting cupcakes. I take a few short cuts- let me show you how.

PRO-TIP 1: If you are doing a simple design and use a gallon size bag! then you don’t have to wash out the frosting after. You can throw it away! (always buy better quality- name brand- for these. Cheaper gallon sized zipper bags tend to tear up the sides easily)

PRO-TIP 2: Use a Cup to load up you frosting bag! I cut a corner out of my ziplock and add the tip. Then fold the sides over a tall cup- as pictured below.

step wooing how to insert bag into cup for pipping

PRO-TIP 3: Using a firm grip, twist the top of the bag (so frosting won’t squeeze out the end!) and apply even pressure in circular motions around the edge of the cupcake working inward.  (These cupcakes I used a large open star tip)

hand pipping frosting on cupcake

TOPPINGS FOR THESE CUPCAKES

Of course you can use sprinkles! Are those ever out? But also try

  • chocolate shavings
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • and of course, we all know crumbled BACON goes amazing with maple flavor!

one cupcake with pipped frosting

WHAT CUPCAKE RECIPE DO YOU USE?

The best, moist and delicious chocolate cupcake recipe that i love is this No-Fail Chocolate Cupcake Recipe. And while you can use any flavor of cake as the base I strongly recommend using chocolate cake/cupcake as the base. I mean, peanut butter and chocolate are totally MFEO.

flatlay view of frosted cupcakes

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5 from 2 votes
cupcakes with pipped peanut butter frosting
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: 321 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c salted butter room temperature (or use unsalted and add more salt)
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t maple extract
  • 1/2 t coarse salt
  • 4 c powdered sugar *for gluten-free, check that it is GF and not made with wheat starch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
Instructions
  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
Recipe Notes

STEP 1. Take your room temperature butter and beat it for about 30-60 seconds on med-high speed until it is nice and fluffy. You will need to use a hand mixer or stand mixer to make frosting. 

Step 2: Turn mixer down to medium speed and add in vanilla maple and salt. 

Step 3. Add in your peanut butter and beat on med-high for another 30 seconds so they are creamed together and fluffy. 

Step 4. While beaters are on med speed slowly add cocoa powder, powder sugar and cream. Alternating cream with powder. 

Step 5. Let beat on high for about 30-60 seconds until the frosting has reached your desired consistency. You want it smooth and fluffy. 

HOW DO I PIPE FROSTING ON CUPCAKES? 

I don't always pipe frosting on the cupcakes, but do kind of love it. I also love how fast and easy it makes frosting cupcakes. I take a few short cuts- let me show you how. 

PRO-TIP 1: If you are doing a simple design and use a gallon size bag! then you don't have to wash out the frosting after. You can throw it away! (always buy better quality- name brand- for these. Cheaper gallon sized zipper bags tend to tear up the sides easily) 

PRO-TIP 2: Use a Cup to load up you frosting bag! I cut a corner out of my ziplock and add the tip. Then fold the sides over a tall cup- as pictured below.

step wooing how to insert bag into cup for pipping

PRO-TIP 3: Using a firm grip, twist the top of the bag (so frosting won't squeeze out the end!) and apply even pressure in circular motions around the edge of the cupcake working inward. 

TOPPINGS FOR THESE CUPCAKES

Of course you can use sprinkles! Are those ever out? But also try

  • chocolate shavings
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • and of course, we all know crumbled BACON goes amazing with maple flavor! 
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Sugars 40g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7.6%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. LOOOVE this recipe! it is the perfect combination of chocolate, peanut butter and a touch of maple. Surprisingly it is not a heavy or overly rich frosting and the best smooth texture! Paired these with the chocolate cupcake and recommended and they were gone in a flash.