1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
1/8 tsp. salt
About 3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
About 1/8 to 1/4 cup milk or light cream
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
A good basic frosting for cake, cupcakes, cookies, graham crackers...
Yield: enough frosting for a two-layer 8-inch or 9-inch cake, or a 9x9x2 cake
With an electric mixer on medium speed (or with a spoon), thoroughly mix butter with salt and 1 cup confectioner's sugar until light and fluffy.
Add remaining sugar and milk alternately, beating until very smooth and of spreading consistency; add vanilla.
Lemon Frosting: Substitute lemon juice for milk. Omit vanilla.
Mocha: Increase sugar to a whole 1-pound box. Sift with 1/2 cup cocoa. Substitute 1/3 cup hot coffee for milk. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 tsp.
Orange: Use 1/2 cup soft butter, 1/8 tsp. salt, 3.5 cups sifted confectioner's sugar, 2 unbeaten egg yolks, 1 tsp. orange rind, and about 2 Tbsp. of the 1/8 to 1/4 cup milk. Make as before, adding egg yolks and rind before adding the rest of the sugar and milk.
Submitted by Diana Bogue Contributed on: and modified on Saturday May 15th, 2010