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No-Fail Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 1-lb. box powdered sugar* (confectioners sugar)
1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk or cream
Whip butter and vanilla extract on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add 3 tablespoons milk or cream and powdered sugar and continue mixing on medium speed until well combined and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add more milk or cream, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
Yields enough for 24 normal cupcakes or 16 heavily frosted cupcakes (like these) or one 13x9 cake. If you’re making a layered cake, double the recipe to ensure you have enough.
Make chocolate frosting by adding 1/3 cup cocoa powder when you add the powdered sugar (you’ll need about a teaspoon more milk or cream if adding cocoa).
*According to the manufacturer of the box I used with this batch, one pound equals 3 3/4 cups