12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Use a fork or electric mixer to cream the butter. Gradually work in the sugar and salt, alternating with the cream and beating well after each addition.
2. Stir in the vanilla. If the buttercream is too thin, refrigerate; it will thicken as the butter hardens.