This is the Butter Icing my Mom and I both have used for quick finishing of cakes and cupcakes. This is the base for the Welcome Spring Cake icing.
You can substitute vegetable shortening (Crisco) if you want a pure white or stiffer icing, but the butter tastes SO much better! Your imagination can take this in any decor theme you chose. If you want a colored icing, add your drops of food coloring before you begin adding the cream. The Welcome Spring Cake has coconut pressed on top of the icing, not mixed into it, so you can make the icing itself any color and the coconut makes a pretty white texture on top...with flowers sitting on top of the coconut for a bright, colorful finish.
|1/3 cup soft butter|
|3 cups SIFTED confectioners sugar|
|about 3 tbsp cream (you can use milk)|
|1 1/2 tsp vanilla|