It seems like the frosting is either an inch of sweetened shortening or just simple whipped cream. The recipes for frosting that I have tried have always been sickeningly fatty and sweet. I do find creme cheese frosting good but it is still a bit too rich.
Straight whipped cream has its place, such as on tres leches cake, but for a regular white cake it is too light.
I have heard of frostings that are beaten or cooked to make them creamy and thick without using too much fat but I don't know what they are called.
What name or types of frostings are still creamy and thick without being overpoweringly fatty?