For cakes and cupcakes, you've just gotta try this frosting. It always gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. It couldn't be easier too. We love easy, right?!
This makes quite a bit. You could half it, if you know your cake won't need this much.
What you need:
6 T. butter
1 lb package of powdered sugar (about 4 3/4 cups)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and 2 tsp. grated orange peel. Gradually add about half the sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in remaining sugar. Add enough o.j. (squeezed from the orange itself or any other orange juice you have on hand.) to make of spreading consistency. This is very little. Start with a few drops or small, short stream. You can always add more if needed. And of course, if you mess up and it's too thin. Add more powdered sugar till you get back to the thickness you need.
This can be used as a regular butter frosting by omitting the orange peel and using cream or milk instead of the orange juice.
It can also go chocolate by adding cocoa powder at the same time as the vanilla. However much to taste. And also using cream or milk instead of the o.j.
Now....NO more buying pre-made cans of icing!