I always struggle with frostings, and I never remember what I did the last time. When I lived with my parents, my dad always just made my frostings for me. His chocolate frosting, for instance, is very simple- just butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, a little hot water, and vanilla, and it always tastes amazing. I've been able to recreate it a few times, but some of the time, it hardens up more than I would like it to. Anyway, I would like some fool proof, concrete recipes that I can go to time and time again. At the moment, I'm looking for a chocolate frosting and a vanilla frosting. I don't really want to go the ganache route, but I'm not sure buttercream is the way to go either, but I don't know. Last time, I used the Betty Crocker recipe for a chocolate frosting and it turned out really good, but my book is packed away at the moment! What recipes do you turn to for your frostings?