FoodNetwork.com's quick vanilla buttercream frosting is a quick icing recipe. More quick and simple icing recipes are available on BettyCrocker.com and RealSimple.com. The base ingredients for these icing recipes are butter and confectioner's sugar.
To make quick vanilla buttercream frosting, combine 1 cup butter and 3 cups confectioner's sugar in a standing mixer with a whisk attachment. Mix on low speed until combined, then increase the speed and beat for about 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 or 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Beat on medium speed for another minute. If the icing is too stiff, add more whipping cream.
Betty Crocker's vanilla buttercream frosting uses milk instead of cream. For this recipe, combine 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine and 3 cups confectioner's sugar in a standing mixer. Beat until combined, then add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 or 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until the desired consistency is achieved. If a stiffer frosting is the goal, add slightly more sugar.
For Real Simple's lemon frosting, place 2 cups unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1 pound confectioner's sugar and a pinch of kosher salt. Mix until fully combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.