I wanted a peanut butter flavored buttercream that would come out light and fluffy, yet not be too sweet. It goes perfectly with the chocolate cake on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa can and this is exactly enough for filling and icing two 8 inch layers. I used the Smart Balance chunky peanut butter and it came out really tasty.


  • 1 package of Dream Whip
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1 stick butter, softened (I used the Smart Balance Buttery Sticks which is 50% butter and 50% margerine)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used Smart Balance chunky)
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar ( the true amount will be determined by the spreading consistency that you are comfortable with, as well as the humidity in the air)
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract


    Make the Dream Whip according to package directions, omitting the vanilla. Set aside.
    Continue by creaming the softened butter with the peanut butter for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and whip for 1 more minute.
    Add one cup powdered sugar and mix well, then add 1/3 of the prepared Dream Whip. Continue by alternating powdered sugar and Dream Whip in this manner until both are fully incorporated. The last thing added should be powdered sugar and you should only add as much as it takes to get to a desirable consistency. This may be 1/2 cup or a full cup depending on what you like.
    Finish by adding the extracts and beating the mixture for another 2 to 3 minutes.


KatsSuiteCakes Says... 24 Feb 2011 , 4:01pm

Sounds fantastic! Can't wait to try it!

BakedCT Says... 24 Feb 2011 , 10:20pm

What is half and half? And what if I can't get hold of butter extract-any alternative

GeorgiaC Says... 25 Feb 2011 , 7:03am

Half & Half is milk. You find it in the milk section of the store. They sell it in pints and quarts. You can find butter extract at WalMart now that they are carrying Wilton products or anywhere they sell Wilton products (Michael's, Joann's, Moore's). It is in bottles like vanilla comes in.

srf316 Says... 25 Feb 2011 , 7:41am

What is dream whip? Where can I find it

shydonna Says... 25 Feb 2011 , 9:15am

What is the measurement for a "stick" of butter?

mandyloo Says... 25 Feb 2011 , 2:18pm

Dream Whip is a powdered whipped topping type of thing..I've found it on the top shelf at the grocery store and walmart by the Jello.

A stick of butter is a half cup

Jewels17 Says... 25 Feb 2011 , 6:45pm

Let us know how it turns out. I've got to get some supplies from the store before I can try this. But it sounds great!

YanaCalgary Says... 9 Mar 2011 , 5:32pm

How much does this make

runningsprite Says... 23 Jul 2011 , 8:19am

A friends daughter is getting a scholarship for soccer. I am giong to make her a soccer cake. She likes pb icing.. but the icings I've used aren't friendly to decorating. Does anyone know if this icing would hold up to decorate a character pan with? Thanks!

dmo4ab Says... 8 Aug 2011 , 10:40am

Flavor is great. Reminds me of a peanut butter pie. It is a little thin for decorating. I guess it would need more sugar and be a little sweeter if you needed to pipe with it.

cmcakes Says... 17 Sep 2011 , 9:31am

I used heavy cream in place of half and half, and had to add extra at the end for consistency. Tasted great for filling between a chocolate layer cake, with broken Reese's Peanut butter cups.

cmcakes Says... 24 Sep 2011 , 6:24am

My family said this was the best tasting cake I had made so far, and a friend requested it again this weekend!

susgene Says... 25 Dec 2011 , 7:20pm

YUMMO! Everyone loved this with my chocolate fudge cake and I had a really hard time stopping myself from sitting on the sofa with the leftover filling and a huge spoon!

MsMonica Says... 24 Jan 2012 , 2:43pm

Has anyone tried this with pastry pride or a different type of whipped frosting than Dream Whip? I can't seem to find this locally. Thanks! This sounds great! A friend asked me for a peanut butter cake.

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