My first baby is turning 5 soon and this has me all sorts of emotional. He’s into age and numbers. As in who’s older and what this new year will bring him in the tricks and skills department. He’s also been asking recently what I was like at his age. Was I as fast as him? Could I read already? What kind of parties did I have?
I’ve dusted the cobwebs from my memory as best as I could to answer his questions, but there was one thing I could tell him without any mental effort. I can taste every birthday memory. Every candle blown out, every Happy Birthday serenade, they all taste like chocolate peanut butter deliciousness.
Our family has a little secret for the best birthday cake around….it’s all in the icing.
Any chocolate cake will do….boxed, from scratch, cup or sheet. Whip that up then get to work on the main attraction. Peanut butter icing.
The intimidating thing here is that there’s no set amounts of anything. It’s all skill in the taste department.
Start with roughly:
1 Cup peanut butter
3 Cups powdered sugar
A splash of milk
A few drops of vanilla
Whip that concoction up and continue adding peanut butter, sugar and milk until you’re satisfied with the consistency and flavor. You know the drill… too liquidy? More sugar. Too hard? More milk (a little goes a long way). Need more flavor? Peanut butter is always the answer.
Our family has been known to make way more than necessary and place a bowl of icing on the table with a communal spoon. It’s the only way to ensure you get a bit of icing on every last bite.
(I have this deep seated need to make everything as natural as possible. Here are my thoughts on this icing. I didn’t mess with the original for our last family birthday. It’s a treat. But. Organic powdered sugar is available. Natural peanut butter will work just fine. Milk? Organic low fat will be delish.)
As my babe rounds out his year as a 4 year old, I have a feeling I’ll be making this recipe again soon!