Sunday, April 1, 2012

heavenly vanilla butter icing

This is the best and last "buttercream" frosting you will ever use!!  It is creamy and so light that it will compliment any cake, cookie, cupcake or any yummy creation from your oven!!

1 cup (2 sticks) salted sweet cream butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure Mexican vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk, cream and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition roughly 2 minutes, until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency... You may not need to add all of the sugar. If you want colored icing, add a few drops of gel coloring and mix thoroughly. Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled. Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes enough for one 2-layer 9-inch cake or 2 dozen cupcakes*

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