This butter frosting with vanilla is delicious and perfect for both white cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes.
The frosting is easy to make and work with. It's a butter frosting but you can also use margarine and for a less sweet version you can use 3.5 cups of powdered sugar only instead of 5 cups.
You can adapt the texture of the frosting to your liking by dripping in a little more milk to create a more fluffy effect or use a little less to get a thicker texture.
Ingredients for butter frosting
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
In a large bowl, cream margarine and shortening until light and fluffy. Now add salt, vanilla, confectioners' sugar and milk and mix/beat well.
For a chocolate version simply replace 1 cup of confectioners sugar with 1 cup of cocoa and increase the amount of milk by 1/4. It's a good idea to beat the frosting well to make sure that the frosting is completely smooth.
TIP: If you are using powdered sugar it’s a best to sift the sugar before adding it to the mixture to avoid any lumps. Also if you wish to color your frosting simply add a bit of food coloring of your choice.