If you don't like the idea of using store bought icing for your cakes, try this butter cream frosting recipe. It serves as a base vanilla icing but you could tweak it to make other flavors as well. For example, you could add a teaspoon of lemon extract to make lemon icing. I have also used it with almond extract and hazelnut syrup.
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups confection sugar
2 tspn vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
- Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and vanilla extract.
- Gradually, mix in the confection sugar.
- Beat in the milk. If the consistency of the icing is too thick at this point, feel free to add a little more milk to achieve the texture that you need.