Put down that canned chocolate frosting! If you have ten minutes, you can make this Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Frost everything with it. Trust me.
Have you ever stared at your legs in the shower, razor in hand and asked yourself this life affirming question: Can I go one more week with this fur?
You stare at your legs and go through a combination of scenarios in your head. Tell me if one of these fits you.
If I got into an accident and EMS had to cut off all my clothes to locate an injury – Would they be horrified to discover I’m part wolf from the thighs on down? If it’s a woman, I mean. Will she make some mental calculations, realize its mid-October, shrug and keep it moving?
If I wear dark pantyhose, Can you tell? Do I look Neanderthal?
If I’m wearing pants and suddenly have to scratch these Chewbacca fur legs in a meeting – How much revulsion will be visible in my co-workers’ faces?
On a scale of 1 to 10 – How painful is it to pull on fleece leggings? How many times will I wince when my winter fur snags on fleece?
These are existential questions. If, following some serious mental gymnastics I can justify these scenarios in my head – I put the razor back and give it one more week.
Yeah, I know – I’ve gotten lazy. Not lazy. I’m suffering from Scandal Fatigue. When this sort of fatigue sets in, I just don’t give a flying fuck about my personal appearance. I’m not the only one. I’m seeing it everywhere, and it’s usually explained away as laziness. It’s not. It’s Scandal Fatigue. I haven’t gotten my hair done in weeks.
Yes, I wash my hair regularly. That deep conditioned, perfectly coiffed, layered highly maintained mane, however – That has become a thing of the past.
I rarely – if ever – walk out of the house without makeup. I’ve done it six times in October alone. I haul my makeup to work and apply there. I’m afraid one day I just won’t give a fuck.
Scandal Fatigue is real. Self care is essential. I admit, I haven’t practiced enough of it. Tonight I’ll shave my legs and get my hairs done did.
Now flow with me, let’s talk about this Easy Chocolate Buttercream.
This is my go-to lazy chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s ready in less than 10 minutes. Due to the confectioners’ sugar, it holds up really well. The chocolate flavor is super strong with a hint of butter and vanilla. This frosting is fluffy, not cloyingly sweet, and full of chocolate flavor. I have frosted many a cake with this buttercream. It will never let you down.
That’s it, really.
Scandal Fatigue has kinda taken the joy out of shit.
Don’t let it stop you from frosting a cake, though.
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Unsalted butter, at room temperature - 3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks)
- Cocoa powder - ¾ cup, sifted
- Pinch table salt
- Confectioners'(powdered) sugar - 4 cups
- Heavy cream, very cold - 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract - 1 1/4 tablespoon
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip butter, cocoa powder, and salt over medium/high speed until combined. Turn the mixer off and add the confectioners' sugar all at once.
Turn the mixer on to the lowest speed and whip until the confectioners' sugar is completely combined with the butter/cocoa powder mixture. It will look super grainy/sandy at this point.
Stop and scrape the mixer to incorporate.
Turn the mixer to medium/high speed and add the heavy cream in 2 parts, allowing the heavy cream to thicken each time before adding in more cream. Add the vanilla extract and continue whipping the frosting until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Fills and frosts one 8-inch cake or one dozen cupcakes.