Homemade frosting is the best! We often make ours with real almond extract which everyone seems to love. But the flavor can become more complex with the addition of another flavor such as real vanilla, coconut, or hazelnut. Try one teaspoon almond + one teaspoon vanilla + 1/2 teaspoon each of coconut and hazelnut extracts. Yum!
Always use real extracts. Artificial flavorings leave a metallic aftertaste. Real flavors don’t cost that much more but they really add a lot to the enjoyment of the cake.
Basic Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
2 teaspoons real vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
In a large mixer bowl, cream together butter, vanilla and almond extracts, and half of the powdered sugar. Add cream and the rest of the sugar, beating on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Makes about 6 cups.
Substitute cold brewed coffee for the cream and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
Add 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted and cooled.