If you have kids, you know how many celebrations they take part in, and most of them include cupcakes or cake with mounds of brightly colored frosting. Though the occasional serving of frosting is nothing to worry about, if your kids partake in too many celebrations that involve frosted treats, they're likely taking in too much saturated fat, not to mention all that sugar. The good news is that when it's your turn to host the get-together, you can replace all that butter in traditional frosting with low-fat spread to decrease the fat content.
Allow the reduced-fat spread to come to room temperature before making the frosting. Spread that's too cold will be harder to fully incorporate with the other ingredients.
Put the spread in a large bowl. Use a hand-held electric mixer to beat the butter for one to two minutes.
Add powdered sugar to the low-fat spread. Use a ratio of three to one. So, if you have 1 cup of low-fat spread, add 3 cups of powdered sugar to the bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to the bowl for every 1 cup of low-fat spread you're using.
Pour in a drizzle of milk.
Whip the ingredients together using a hand-held electric mixer set on low to medium speed. If your mixer is going too fast, it will blow powdered sugar all over your kitchen.
Add a tablespoon or so of milk at a time if the frosting is too stiff. Completely incorporate the milk between each addition, however, so the frosting doesn't get too runny.
Shake in a bit more powdered sugar if your frosting is too thin.