1Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium-high speed until fluffy and light in color, about 4 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula.
2Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, return the mixer to low speed, and mix until incorporated, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium high and mix until the frosting is airy and thoroughly mixed, about 1 minute more. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.
Store-bought vanilla extract is expensive; homemade vanilla extract is easy.
How to Make Easy Vanilla Pudding
Making pudding from scratch is so simple: no special equipment or ingredients required. In this episode of The Easiest Way, Amy Wisniewski of the CHOW Test Kitchen uses our Easy Vanilla Pudding recipe to show how just a few ingredients and some stirring can take you to dessert town.