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Best Buttercream Frosting

They key to what I consider the best buttercream frosting recipe ever starts with softened butter, not necessarily room temperature, but you should be able to leave an impression in it fairly easily. Allow plenty of time for it to reach this consistency, especially in cooler weather. And whatever you do, please do not use the microwave to soften it -- 99.9% of the time it will get too soft, and it's impossible to recover it at that point.

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Serves 12people
Ingredients
1
cup salted butter (2 sticks), softened
4
cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
1
tbsp pure vanilla extract
3-5
tbsp heavy cream
Directions
Follow these four simple steps to produce a delicious buttercream:
1.
Using a paddle beater, beat softened butter on medium speed for about 3 minutes.
2.
Turn the mixer off and add the confectioner's sugar. Mix on low until thoroughly incorporated
3.
When the butter and confectioner's sugar start to create a dough-like ball, you can add the vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream. Whip on medium-high for about three minutes.
4.
Continue to add more heavy cream by the tablespoon until the frosting reaches your desired consistency -- less cream equals thicker frosting and more cream creates a thinner frosting. Yield: 3 cups

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