Monday, November 3, 2008

Old Fashioned Boiled Peanut Butter Icing

Boiled icings are a southern favorite and this peanut butter one is no exception. It pairs as well with a yellow cake as it does with a chocolate cake and even works to ice brownies.

Old Fashioned Boiled Peanut Butter Icing

I just love the old fashioned boiled icings because they are so different from the usual buttercream or cream cheese icing.

This paired with a basic 1-2-3-4 yellow cake is how I most often make it, but it's also great spread over a pan of homemade brownies, or on a chocolate Texas Sheet Cake, and you got a really great dessert for any day of the week.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Boiled Peanut Butter Icing

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Cook/Prep time: 15 min | Yield: Enough for a 9 x 13" pan

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1 (1 pound) package of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup overflowing of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Heat butter and milk together on stovetop. Bring to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter and powdered sugar stirring in well. Return to the stovetop and continue heating, stirring constantly until the mixtures is smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and pour immediately as evenly as possible all over the top of the hot cake. This will set quickly so push the icing into the corners and over missed spots very carefully and quickly. Let the cake cool.

Note: I use Jif brand peanut butter. Try this with an old fashioned 1-2-3-4 basic yellow cake!


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  1. doing this one on a chocolate texas sheet cake yummo

  2. Cant wait to make this I know it's going to be great. I just love your site and way of cooking, I can get lost for hours looking and reading your recipes, I have made several of them and make them over and over I have learned so much about seasoning my dishes from you and cooking them thank you thank you so much God Bless you Ms Mary

    1. Aww, thank YOU! It really warms my heart to know that you've found help and encouragement here & I hope that you keep enjoying spending time in the kitchen!!

  3. Thank you for this recipe... My grandmother used to make it and others in the family have tried for many years to make her "famous" peanut butter icing!!! This is the closest I have come to it... thank you again... and God Bless

  4. This had a great peanut butter taste and paired wonderfully with your delicious homemade brownies I just made! When I do make your Texas Sheet Cake I'll definitely be using this icing. It was wonderful, thank you.

  5. Hi Mary, I have used so many of your recipes over the years and never left a comment. I just wanted to tell you how much they all bring back so many fond memories of my mom. Thank you for these authentic southern recipes! Julie Ocean Springs MS

  6. Just made your frosting , just as I remembered as a kid . Didn't do as good making the cake. Kinda dry. Learning to bake

    1. It's so good isn't it? I'm more of a cook than a baker, but one thing I learned quickly was I was measuring my flour wrong. Instead of scooping your measuring cup into the bag or canister, now I whisk the flour first, then spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with the edge of a knife. Scooping compacts the flour, meaning that you are actually using more flour than a recipe calls for, throwing off the rest of the recipe ratios of fats & liquids, and resulting in a dry cake. Also make sure that you check the cake about 5 to 10 minutes before the recommended time. Every oven bakes differently - some run hotter, some cooler. Hope that helps!

  7. I have made many recipes from your page. Love them all. This is as close to my grandmother's boiled peanut butter icing I have found. Love it


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