This absolutely delicious Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting is a tangy blend of peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla! My easy to make frosting comes together in just 5 minutes and is perfect for cake filling or spreading on cakes and brownies!
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
I have to say just how much I love this easy 5 ingredient frosting! I’m not usually a big fan of cream cheese frostings, but this peanut butter cream cheese frosting is so incredibly tasty and versatile! It is indeed a well loved frosting that is used frequently!
In the process of using up some browned bananas this week, I made my son’s favorite banana bread with streusel topping and a family favorite chocolate banana cake ( that is super moist and oh so yummy ). The cake was just perfect to topping with this creamy frosting!
The amount given below is just right for topping a 9 x 13 cake or brownies, or filling a layered cake. It has a beautiful spreading consistency and is not too sweet, with a tangy kick from the cream cheese.
To make it a piping consistency I would add more confectioners sugar until firmer. That way this superbly flavored frosting can stand up to whatever piping you desire!
How To Make Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the softened cream cheese and creamy peanut butter. Mix until the two are thoroughly blended and a smooth consistency. *I use Justin’s brand natural peanut butter, just because it is a personal favorite. It has a not-quite-smooth consistency, which is why you can see some flecks of peanut in the frosting.
Once creamy, add in the vanilla extract and heavy cream and mix again. Make sure that your cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla and cream are very well creamed together before adding the sugar. This will keep your frosting from becoming lumpy once the confectioners sugar is added.
Start adding the confectioners sugar in 1/2 cup portions. Blend the frosting until all of the confectioners sugar has been incorporated and you have a nice, spreadable consistency.
Add more confectioners sugar, alternating with additional heavy cream as needed, to reach a piping consistency if you want to use this frosting on a layered cake.
Storing Your Cream Cheese Based Frosting
Because the cream cheese is a refrigerated item, this frosting needs to be kept refrigerated. If made ahead of time, simply remove from the refrigerator and allow the frosting to warm to room temperature again before using.
Store any unused frosting in an air tight container. Also, keep any decorated or filled cakes refrigerated for best food handling practices. The frosting will keep for up to 3 – 4 days when stored properly.
Due to the dairy content in this frosting, I do not recommend freezing the frosting for long term storage.
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Justin's brand natural peanut butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp heavy cream (can be omitted, or use half & half or milk)
- 2 cups confectioners sugar (more is needed to reach a piping consistency)
- Using a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and peanut butter. Blend until well combined and creamy.
- Add in the vanilla extract and heavy cream and mix.
- Gradually add in the confectioners sugar until your frosting reaches the desired consistency.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma’s kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!