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Buttercream Frosting

Categories: Desserts
Contributed by: Kelly CA

This is a nice, basic vanilla buttercream. It will stay soft because there is no meringue powder in it. Meringue powder will cause a frosting to "crust", which can be a good thing, if you want it.:

Buttercream Frosting

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 pounds (7 1/2 -8 cups) confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy cream

Tiny pinch of salt(to cut the sweetness)

Food coloring (optional)

In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until fluffy. On low speed, add the sugar in batches, increasing the speed to high after each addition is incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla extract and cream in a steady stream on low speed until incorporated. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
Beat on high speed for 8-10 minutes, until light and fluffy.