This fluffy frosting recipe makes a soft and creamy topping for cupcakes that can be piled high or piped into a peak. It is lighter and more sweet than a cream cheese topping. We usually flavour it with vanilla, but you could flavour it with lemon, almond or any other flavour in fact!
Although I love the cream cheese frosting on red velvet cupcakes, this is a really delightful alternative. Our red velvet recipe can be found under chocolate cupcakes.
We have experimented with quite a few vanilla toppings which often use lots of butter or cream cheese. We've found that they sometimes feel a little heavy or cloying, especially on a small cupcake. The addition of a little bit of milk in this recipe helps the frosting to be rich and creamy without being greasy.
To get the best vanilla flavour, it is important to use the best quality vanilla extract (rather than essence) that you can find. Definitely I would never use artificial vanilla flavouring which always leaves your baking with a slightly chemical taste.