This is how I make my frosting for my cakes and cupcakes.

This is the type of frosting I use for my everyday baking.
It is not a fancy buttercream but it is creamy and delicious.
It is also very simple to make.

Ingredients:
 

1/2 cup butter, softened
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
A heaping 1/4 cup cocoa powder (for vanilla frosting eliminate and use that amount more powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, put the butter and add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, if using.
By hand, or with a mixer cream them together.
It might take a bit of work. It will clump up, but than smooth out.
When you work it together as much as you can, add the vanilla extract and the milk.
Now, finish mixing it until it is smooth and creamy.

If it is too stiff, add more milk, about a teaspoon at a time.
If it is too soft for you, add more powered sugar, a couple tablespoons at a time.

This is enough to frost a layer cake or a 9″x13″ rectangular cake.
Or a batch of cupcakes.

Tip: If it is too stiff, it may tear the top of the cake as you try to spread it. 

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