I have a confession to make: when it comes to buttercream frostings, I improvise. I don't have set recipe, but my vanilla buttercream consists of 4 components:
Softened Butter (of course)
Whipping Cream (makes the frosting fluffy)
It's a pretty basic recipe but it tastes fabulous.
For the purpose of this blog, here's a recipe (with measurements) for vanilla buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup of softened butter
1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/3 cup of whipping cream
Milk (to add if the frosting is too thick)
Cream the butter and vanilla together then add the powdered sugar and whipping cream. Whip the frosting until it's fluffy. As I said in the list of ingredients, if the frosting is too thick then add some milk. Be careful though, because a little bit goes a long way :)
Sidenotes: This frosting works best when used right away. Also, after icing cupcakes or a cake, refrigerate it. That helps to keep the frosting in the right shape.
Enjoy this tasty recipe!