What I'm about to pose to you is a question that bears existential repercussions. (You know, what's the meaning of life? and which came first - the chicken or the egg? and all that). No pressure, pseudo philosophers.
So here it goes...
Are you a cake person? Or a frosting person?
(I know, I know. Questions like this take time to process. A truly cerebral matter, no?)
If you answered yes to frosting, you're in for a treat. If you answered yes to cake, what I'm about to share could quite possibly rattle you to the very core, procuring unimaginable revelations, should you choose to embrace its bounty. (Yep, shimmy on over to the frosting side of life).
Without further ado... The Most Epic, Mind-blowing Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting. Ever. (Sipping on the hyperbole sizzurp today).
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (crunchy's cool too, I guess... if you're into that sort of thing)
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 pinch table salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Beat butter & peanut butter until smooth. (Let's call it 20 seconds). Add confectioners' sugar & salt. Beat it a little more, scraping the bowl as you go, until it's all combined. Cue the vanilla & heavy cream. Whip until light and fluffy. (About 2-4 minutes. Ballpark estimate).
This peanut butter (crack) frosting is so good that I stood over the bowl with a bag of preztels, dipping stick after stick, until the bag was near empty. (Don't judge me. The cupcakes hadn't cooled yet).