Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Best Peanut Butter Icing.....

Today is my 40th birthday. To quote Jack Benny,

"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.

If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

...-Jack Benny
To which I say AMEN!  My favorite cake and icing is actually the hazelnut torte that is a recipe from a great family friend, but I am not allowed to share that with threat of death. So next in line is chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
I have to say I am very critical of most peanut butter icings. Most recipes call for using butter or shortening, which I HATE. It makes the icing less peanut-buttery, and often there is grease or lardy after taste plus it makes it heavy and very stiff. Ick.
Mine is CREAMY. Peanut buttery richness. And folks, the brand of peanut butter DOES make a huge difference. So don't substitute.
Peanut Butter Icing
1 C peanut butter (Skippy is best, Jiff in a pinch, no other substitutes)
4 C 10x (confectioners sugar)
10 tbs milk or more to creaminess desired
2 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients and mix slowly to start, can increased when mixed. Start with the 20 tbs milk, if you want it a little creamier, just keep adding in small amounts until desired creaminess is reached.
Chocolate Cake
3 C flour
2 C sugar
6tbs nestle quick
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbs vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 C oil or applesauce
2 C cold water
Combine ingredients and mix for about 2 minutes. Bake in a 9X11 baking dish @ 350 for 40 minutes or done.  There are variations on this that also use chocolate pudding mix too.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Helga,

    I followed you over from Alinar Publishing's blog. I LOVE recipes! This icing looks great. We're big peanut butter fans over here. I'm sure the family will love this. Thanks for sharing!

    Lily Graison