This is HANDS DOWN my favorite frosting/icing!! It does take a little time and you will need a CANDY THERMOMETER, but it is so worth it! I make this for my devil's food cake recipe (I will be posting that next). Don't be intimidated by the steps....if I can do it, ANYONE can. This does taste MUCH better on the second day. I suggest letting it rest before serving. Oh, and if you are watching your weight...LOOK AWAY NOW! This can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered or frozen 1 month. Bring to room temp (DO NOT MICROWAVE) and beat with electric mixer before using. I got this recipe from Gourmet magazine.