The perfect frosting/icing for cakes, this is the ideal kind of frosting for decorating.
5 oz. (150gm) butter, softened (three-quarters of a cup)
8 oz. (250gm) confectioner's (icing) sugar (2 full cups)
1 tsp. vanilla essence
2 tsp. hot water
Beat together the butter and icing with a mixer until well combined, smooth and creamy.
Add the vanilla and hot water.
Beat some more and use!
PS. If you want it to have a chocolaty taste and color, substitute the vanilla essence with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder. For a different color, just add a few drops of the color of your choice and mix.