Here is the BEST EVER buttercream frosting recipe as promised. You can see the picture on the superman cupcake post. I get so many compliments on this frosting. Try it & you won't be disappointed! I found it over a year ago while watching The Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. The original recipe makes a ton of frosting, so here it is cut down to frost about 1 regular size cake (or 24 cupcakes with cute frosting swirls).
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
2 pounds confectioners' (powdered) sugar, sifted (I usually don't sift it)
6 Tbsp milk
3 tsp vanilla extract
Cream the butter in a bowl with mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the confectioners' sugar, milk, & vanilla. (I like to alternate the wet & dry in smaller increments.) Mix on low speed for about 2 minutes until thickened. Then, add your food coloring of choice.
Here are a few tips:
You may need to add a little more milk (about another 1-2 Tbsp depending on the consistency)
Let this mix for 2 minutes or more. It gets really fluffy.
Use a big decorator's tip & a piping bag to frost cupcakes. If you don't have a piping bag--use a ziploc baggie with the tip cut off..then insert your decorator's tip & start frosting.