I feel like I have "messed up" my share of buttercreams- and honestly the most common mistake is using butter that is too cold, but when I found this recipe- thank you Martha- it all clicked and I will never go back:)
To start- whip 3 sticks of room temp butter for 2 WHOLE minutes
When you're done it should look light and fluffy like this- then add in your vanilla- 2 tsp. (or any other flavorings- such as cocoa powder, lemon, peppermint extract, chcoloate chips, you get the idea;)
Then- you gradually add in the powdered sugar (1 Lb. in total)- 1/2 cup at a time- all the while the mixer should be on medium speed. Here' s the important part- every 2 sugar additions- turn the mixer up as high as it goes for 10 seconds- then back down to medium- until you've added all the sugar (this whips in some air and keeps the frosting light and fluffy)
There you have it!
A bowl of rich, buttery (of course), light and fluffy frosting perfection!
Perfect for piping onto pink valentines sugar cookies-YUM! (same dough as the basic vanilla from my Christmas cookie making post)
(We also made some with just white sugar on top- a close second!)
I'll be using the remaining frosting for Mosie's belated birthday blueberry cupcakes that I'll be baking this weekend!