1/2 lb. confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, vanilla, and food coloring until smooth. If necessary, add a few drops of milk until frosting is spreading consistency.
An easy buttercream that has some flecks of vanilla bean it. The yield is just enough to frost 12 cupcakes or one 8 inch round single layer cake.