Saltwater Butter Cream

1 Tablespoon warm water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter (room temperature if at all possible)

2 teaspoons vanilla

6 cups powdered sugar

Dissolve the salt in the water and set aside. Cream butter and 4 cups of powdered sugar together in a mixing bowl until they are well blended. Add the saltwater and vanilla and mix well. Add the remaining powdered sugar and whip on high speed for 2-3 minutes. 

***You can make this frosting thinner or stiffer by leaving out some powdered sugar, or adding more. 

***This is a crusting butter cream. 


***You CAN make this with butter straight from the fridge. I do it all the time. Just be aware that your frosting will soften  about 20 minutes after you make it if you use cold butter. So make it a little stiffer than you want it to end up. 

*** For the BEST chocolate butter cream you have ever tasted -- substitute 1/2 cup of cocoa powder for the same amount of powdered sugar. (And if you want your frosting darker mix it with the saltwater first.)