I needed a brown sugar buttercream to match the color of my niece Katie's favorite plush pony, so I went searching on the good old answer box. Sure enough, the Cupcake Queen at 52cupcakes.blogspot.com came through with a "Pecan Praline Frosting" that was the perfect recipe!
The frosting smooths out easily, frosts like a dream, and tastes divine! Happy Birthday to beautiful Katie Bug!!
The mane is chocolate buttercream and melted dark chocolate (and some black sprinkles) to match her pony, and the sunflower cupcakes are inspired by the book "Hello Cupcake."
Praline Frosting (adapted from 52cupcakes.blogspot.com)
1 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. butter
1 Tbs. vanilla
3 c. confectioners sugar
Put brown sugar and heavy cream in saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside to cool so that is still warm, but do not stir while it is cooling.
Pour frosting into a mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, about a 1/2 cup at a time, until you have spreading consistency. You can also add chopped pecans to the frosting, or on top. Use your offset spatula dipped in hot water, to smooth out the frosting.