This is the frosting recipe that my mom always uses when she makes cupcakes or cakes, and it tastes really good.
It’s very easy to make, and it’s from the basic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
We used piping bags to pipe it onto our cupcakes, but you could just spread it with a knife if you want.
(Kristen’s note: Homemade frosting is SO easy to whip up and it tastes a zillions times better than the stuff that comes in a can. Plus, it’s only got 4 ingredients, and canned frosting has something like 89,745 ingredients. Or thereabouts.)
1/3 cup softened butter
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
In a bowl, beat the butter until it’s fluffy. Slowly add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Gradually add the milk and vanilla, and then the remaining sugar. Add additional milk if necessary to make the frosting spreadable.
To make chocolate frosting: Add 1/2 cup of sifted cocoa powder with the initial 2 cups of powdered sugar.