What makes this frosting so perfect, you ask? Answer: The lack of a sugar rush.
Most frostings are terribly sweet, which when paired with cake, makes things far too rich for our liking. I love this frosting for several reasons:
it is thickened with flour
it uses granulated sugar, not powdered sugar
it has just the right amount of sweet
its light and fluffy and turns out great every time
This recipe comes from Our Best Bites, and though I love it, they say to use far more than what I actually do. I find that it easily frosts 24 cupcakes (just like the one pictured below), or a 9x13" cake, usually with more to spare. If you are one of those "mile high" frosters, you may want to double it.
Recipe from Our Best Bites
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract, or flavoring of choice
In a small saucepan, whisk together the flour and milk over medium heat.
Whisk continuously until it starts to thicken.
Continue cooking until mixture resembles THICK pudding or paste.
Put mixture in the fridge or freezer and let it cool completely.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until well combined and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
Add in the thickened milk mixture and vanilla.
Beat to combine, and then scrape down the sides.
Continue beating until mixture comes together and is light and fluffy, about 8 minutes.
Frosting is done when sugar granules are dissolved (rub between fingers to test).