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Turn sugar into mixing bowl. Combine boiling water with butter, when melted, add vanilla. Add to sugar and beat until smooth. Then, add more boiing water if necessary, drop by drop to produce a smooth spreading consistency. Beat 2-3 minutes until very creamy, keeping sides of bowl scraped down. Spread immediately on warm cake. This frosting is frequently used for coffee cake, buns, doughnuts and simple one layer cakes. Enough for 2 8" cakes.
My alteration for the lemon bundt is 1 Tbsp ( 2 Tbsp if doubling) real lemon juice in place of the boiling water. And 1 tsp lemon extract in place of the vanilla. It is just right to give it a zing!
recipe from Meta Givens Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking p609