Spread this creamy frosting on cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, or use it to pipe beautiful designs. It starts out white, but you can use food coloring to create a rainbow of frosting colors!
In bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl if using handheld mixer), combine softened butter, cream, vanilla, and salt. Lock bowl into place and attach paddle to stand mixer, if using.
Start mixer on medium speed and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop mixer. Use rubber spatula to scrape down sides of bowl.
Start mixer on low speed. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar, a little bit at a time, and beat until smooth, about 4 minutes.
Vanilla Frosting can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use it, let the frosting soften at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Then, rewhip the frosting using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer on medium speed until the frosting is smooth—this will take 2 to 5 minutes. The frosting can sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours before using.
Food coloring can transform plain Vanilla Frosting into a rainbow of different colors! Here are a few tips to help make your colorful ideas come to life:
Less is more! Start by mixing just a few drops of food coloring into your frosting. If you want a deeper color, you can always add more.
Be a mix master! If you have red, yellow, and blue food coloring—the primary colors—you can create lots of different frosting hues. Mix red and yellow to get orange, blue and yellow to get green, and red and blue to get purple. By adding more drops of one color than another, you can create different shades! For example, adding more drops of blue than yellow makes a teal frosting.