Prep: 15 mins Total: 15 mins Servings: 8 Yield: 2 1/2 cups
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup solid shortening
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
5 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (There are four cups to a pound)
1/4 cups and 1 tablespoons milk
Cream room temperature butter with a hand mixer, the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.
Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add food coloring, if using, and beat for thirty seconds until smooth or until desired color is reached.