Quickly whip up a delicious dairy vanilla-flavored buttercream frosting.
Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about two minutes.
Slowly add in your powdered sugar and mix to combine.
Add in the vanilla extract, half-and-half, and salt and mix on medium-high speed for about three to four minutes, until you get the thick consistency you’re looking for in a buttercream.
You can definitely use heavy cream or milk in this recipe. I would prefer heavy cream over milk because you might not get the same creaminess using milk.
If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, margarine would work well. You can also substitute half-and-half with almond milk or soy milk, or even water. Just know the taste might be a little different, and the consistency might be off.
Feel free to add a few drops of gel food coloring to match the color of your theme.