I have made soooo many cupcakes the last few weeks 16 dozen to be exact ... that is 192 cupcakes but who's counting right. This is by far my very favorite frosting. It is creamy and smooth and easy to work with. Try it the next time you need forsting. You will never use a canned frosting again ;)
Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
*Makes about 4 cups of frosting
½ cup (1 stick, 8 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
16 ounces powdered sugar (about 3 ½ cups)
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat the softened butter and cream cheese together until it is light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar gradually and mix in fully after each addition. Cream at low speed until well blended and creamy. Pour in the heavy cream and whip until the frosting is light and fluffy.
For a chocolate butter cream you can add 4 oz of melted chocolate or 1/2 C. of cocoa.