Frostings!!! (plus a recipe you'll want topping your next cupcake)

frostings by courtney dial whitmore
I'm a frosting girl through and through.  To me, cake is merely a vehicle.

That's why I was so darn excited to receive Courtney Dial Whitmore's latest book, Frostings!  Well, I was also excited because Courtney is pretty much as sweet as the frostings in her book.  Cute as a button and filled with joy, Courtney shares her recipes, entertaining and party tips on her blog, Pizzazzerie.

Frostings is a beautiful hardcover book, filled with, you guessed it, recipes for frostings!  Not just frosting, but glazes and  ganaches, too.  The pictures are gorgeous...showcasing inspiring frosting techniques and ideas.  I already know I will refer to it again and again in my kitchen.

Let's take a peek inside the book, shall we?
frostings by courtney dial whitmore
OK...these end paper just killed me!  Cutest end papers in a book EVER.  Am I right?

Now, let's dive in.  This picture is the one I dream about:
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{oh my gosh.}

frostings by courtney dial whitmore
And this!!!

And *how cute* and delicious does this Toffee Sundae Cupcake look?!?
frostings by courtney dial whitmore

Courtney is graciously letting me share the recipe with you here!  Yay!

{with permission from Frostings}

1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
1⁄3 cup caramel sauce
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt

Chocolate Sundae Topping
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy (1–2 minutes). Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until thoroughly incorporated. Add in heavy cream or milk, caramel sauce, and salt. Beat for 2–3 minutes. Add additional powdered sugar to thicken frosting or more cream/milk to loosen. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate, butter, and oil until smooth. Remove from heat and drizzle over toffee frosting.

Yields 4-1/2 cups

Garnish it: Heath toffee bits, chocolate topping, cherry on top

frostings by courtney dial whitmore
Also!  Would one of you like to win a copy?  Here's what you do...leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite frosting flavor.

Entries accepted through 11:59pm CST, August 18th. 

frostings by courtney dial whitmore
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Buy the book!  (Did that sounds bossy?) ;) I think you'll love it!

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