3 cups very cold whipping cream
3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding dry powder
3 tablespoons sugar or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Food colouring, optional
Beat the whipping cream with the remaining ingredients until a stiff peak is formed. DO NOT WHIP INTO BUTTER. A portion of the frosting may be coloured to decorate cakes.
I have used several different flavours of pudding to achieve different frosting flavours but the frosting will take on a light shade of the pudding colour.
Makes enough to fill and frost a 2- or 3-layer 8 or 9-inch cake.