I originally posted this recipe over at Inspiration Cafe when I wrote about my Vanilla Shortbread Cookies, but then I was alerted to the fact that this frosting is amazing all on it's own and deserves it's very own post. Thanks Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird who thinks putting this frosting on her Wacky Cake is the perfect frosting and, ummmm, let me say that I agree completely. Her cake is wacky because it doesn't have eggs, milk, butter...or bowls used in the making of it. And this frosting is perfect for that cake, and cookies, and to eat by the spoonful....
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 Tbl. Creamy Peanut Butter
1.5 Tbl. softened butter
If you have a double boiler, you can use it. Or just be like me and get a pot of simmering water going, then put a glass bowl large enough to fit on top of it.
Finely chop your chocolate. I used a large block of Callebaut chocolate, you can also use nice quality semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you're using the block, I find a serrated knife is the best way to chop it.
Place your chocolate, peanut butter and butter in the bowl and then put the bowl on top of the simmering pot. Let it melt. Stir until nice and smooth. Once completely melted, you need to let the frosting cool. I put mine in the fridge and stirred it every few minutes. This is where you need to pay attention if you're going to pipe it...As soon as it has thickened to frosting consistency, you need to get it in your piping bag and get to work FAST! It will get too thick to pipe in just a few minutes.
If you are going to spread it on a cake, pour it over when the frosting is liquid and it will set up nicely on the cake, or you can wait until it is thicker and spread it with a knife or pipe with a piping bag.
Making the frosting with semi-sweet chocolate chips this time. Don't worry, everything will melt together just fine. YUM!
The crazy cake just came out of the oven, still hot I poured on the frosting.
This amount of frosting is the perfect amount for a cake this size. If you are going to double the cake recipe, double the frosting recipe as well.
Thanks for reading!
See what else I've used this versatile frosting for:
As piped frosting on vanilla shortbread cookies. Think Valentine's Day!
And covered over a chocolate sheet cake. The perfectly frosted cake for a crowd...plus I microwaved the frosting this time for ease!
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