A friend of mine mentioned that her birthday is Monday so I immediately thought, “I need to make her cupcakes!” I asked her favorite flavors and she said chocolate and salted caramel. I was then on a mission to find a delicious chocolate salted caramel cupcake recipe. During my search I came across a recipe for chocolate salted caramel cupcakes at 20something Cupakes. Well, if this wasn’t perfect, then I don’t know what is!
I found the recipe on Thursday, which meant I had to wait until Sunday to bake the cupcakes- talk about torture! I couldn’t wait to bake these things!! I was also VERY excited to make caramel sauce from scratch.
So today, after a restless sleep because I was so excited (yes, I’m serious…it’s the little things in life, right?) I gathered all the ingredients and set to work creating the cupcakes.
I followed all the recipes exactly and was NOT disappointed in my results!
Some helpful tips:
-When I made the cake batter it turned out very thin. Don’t worry- this is how it is supposed to be! I filled the cups about 2/3 of the way full, like the recipe says, and the cupcakes came out perfect!
-You don’t need to cut down too far in the cupcake to make the hole for the caramel. Mine looked like this:
-I was slightly worried about making the caramel sauce- I wanted it to be perfect! If you follow the recipe, it will be delicious. The secret is patience. I wasn’t sure my sauce would ever reach 360 degrees, but it did! Here are some pictures of the progress of my caramel, but watch the video at 20something Cupcakes- it’s super helpful!!
-When filling the cupcakes, put one teaspoon of caramel in each cupcake first. The caramel will settle a little- go back through and add a little more to fill up the hole you created. This is what mine looked like filled and with a little of the Fleur de Sel on top.
-My frosting was not super thick, but oh so good. I opted to keep it just how it was, even though it was a bit thinner than what I usually use. I didn’t want to change the flavor! I had my husband try the frosting…like I’ve mentioned, he’s not really that into sweet stuff, but when he tried this frosting he started licking the entire paddle! I guess he thought it was good too!
I’m so excited to share these delicious cupcakes with my friend for her birthday tomorrow- I hope she enjoys eating them as much as I enjoyed baking them!!