• ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbp of milk
  • 3 drops of food coloring (optional)


  1. Cream room temperature butter with a hand mixer, the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.
  2. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Add food coloring, if using, and beat for thirty seconds until smooth or until desired color is reached.