Old Fashioned Buttercream: 1 cup whipping cream, 2 teaspoons of best pure vanilla extract, 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 1 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup superfine sugar, 1 pinch of sea salt.
Whisk flower, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat for one minute. Remove from heat. Place plastic wrap directly over the cream's surface and set aside to cool. Whip butter and sugar into oblivion. Add cooled cream mixture to butter and add a pinch of salt. Continue whipping the icing until it thickens.
This icing is quite soft, and won't hold up to much decorating. Try this for your most delicious, imperfect and rustic cakes.
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