Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Milk Chocolate Peanut Buttercream Frosting - Decadent, Low Carb & Sugar Free

We are currently having severe thunderstorms here and before we lose power or internet connection, I wanted to get this posted ASAP since I promised I would. Here is the recipe for the frosting I used to frost my Best Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake with yesterday. It's a Milk Chocolate Peanut Buttercream Frosting and while it's predominantly milk chocolate flavored frosting, it has a distinct undertone of peanut butter which makes it taste like a fluffy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup frosting. It goes great on this chocolate cake. If you prefer to use almond butter instead of peanut butter, you can easily swap it out...or use your favorite nut butter. I added a bit of shaved dark chocolate on top of my cake. This is a nice creamy, fluffy, decadent frosting. A little goes a long way. It's been a while since I've had REAL frosting. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful authentic tasting frosting can be made using confectioners Swerve because I honestly can't tell the difference between it and regular confectioners sugar. If you prefer a slightly less sweet frosting, reduce the confectioners sweetener by about 1/4 cup and reduce the cream by 1 tablespoon or to your preferred consistency. I hope you enjoy this treat as much as I do! Enjoy!

Milk Chocolate Peanut Buttercream Frosting (Sugar Free)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups confectioners Swerve sweetener (reduce to 1-1/4 cups if less sweet frosting is desired)
6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond, hazelnut or cashew butter)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a small bowl, sift and combine cocoa powder and confectioners sweetener. In a separate bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with a hand mixer for approximately 2 minutes until creamy. Gradually add about 1/3 of the dry mixture at a time, alternating with the cream and vanilla, and beating after each addition. Add salt and beat for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. Use frosting at room temperature. Store any unused frosting in refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.



Anonymous said...

Omg...Could I just eat that out of the bowl? Looks heavenly! I can hardly wait to make it! Thanks so much for giving us a 'real' frosting recipe!!! You're the best!


Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Cat,

Thanks so much. I had almost forgotten what "real" frosting tasted like. It's sweet! I somehow feel guilty eating it...LOL I hope you enjoy it! ;-)

CyberSis said...


Yowie Zowie! Now we have *Frosting* to add to the arsenal! What a girl! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

The frosting is good...and sweet. I forgot how sweet frosting is! Since you are like me and have been away from it for a may want to "spread lightly". It tastes like the real deal though...hubby was pleasantly surprised! :-)

Peggy said...

This makes me just want to reach through my screen and grab a bite of this cake. It looks delicious and so moist!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Peggy,

LOL...wouldn't that be nice if we could do that -- taste foods via our computers? Maybe some day we'll be able to "email a taste" ;-)

Danielle said...

Made your herbed pizza the other night and it was awesome. Now this decadent looking cake comes's official...I LOVE YOU! ;) Keep up the great work, love all your recipes so far.


Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Danielle,

Thanks so much - so glad you enjoyed the pizza. I hope you enjoy the cake too. Once you find you can actually eat a GOOD pizza and is good! LOL ;-)

Luana said...

It is too gorgeous for words! Any idea on what the carb count is per serving, or was it somewhere and I missed it?

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Luana,

The net carb count for the entire batch of frosting is about 15. The sweetener (which is predominantly erythritol) is not factored in because the body does not absorb it.

This is the recipe calculator I use:


Joanna said...

this frosting is BONKERS!! omg i wanted to eat it out of the bowl before i even frosted my cake. i've never made chocolate frosting before but this was super easy and came together in 2 minutes. i can't even imagine how it's gonna taste after i frost it on my chocolate cake filled with COOKIE DOUGH.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Joanna,

So happy you like the frosting. Oh my, chocolate cake filled with cookie dough??? That sounds amazing! :-)

Chantelle said...

Been low carbing for over a year now and have tried dozens of recipes but THIS frosting is by far the best best best!!! It's the 1st LC dessert I've made that I can actually say "I can't believe this is low carb!" :) THANK YOU! :)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks so much Chantelle! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for letting me know HOW much you liked it! :-)