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Fundamentals: Buttercream Frosting. (Explanation of different kinds of frosting and a recipe.) "Although I have made several types of buttercream frosting recipes, this one is by far my favorite due to its flavor, simplicity, and smooth texture."
Beat 1 c. softened butter for about 3 minutes. Add 4 c. sifted confectioner's sugar and stir on low until incorporated. Add 1 T. vanilla extract and 3 T. heavy cream. Beat on medium-high for 3 minutes. If thinner frosting is desired, add additional cream 1 T. at a time until desired consistency is reached.