Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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Finished cupcake close up 2

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: Cupcake with hole
-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!!

Caramel BubblingThe sauce is at about 250 degrees here.

Caramel Darker Bubbling
It is at about 355 degrees at this point.

Caramel Sauce
This is after I took it off the heat, added the cream, and the salt.

-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.
Cupcakes with caramel in middle and salt

-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!
Frosting

-I frosted my cupcakes and added the bit of salt…
Cupcakes frosted

And decided I would drizzle the little bit of caramel I had left on top of my cupcakes!
Cupcakes with caramels drizzled

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!!

Baking love,
Heather

Exciting Times!

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I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it! Today has been a fabulous day full of exciting things!

First, last night while I was looking at blogs I came across a blog that talked about “Foodie Pen Pals.” This completely intrigued me…a pen pal with food…where do I sign up?! Basically, once you sign up, you are given a person’s name on the 5th of the month (I signed up at the last minute…literally). You have until the 15th to send them their food box, then you blog about your experience at the end of the month. I was SO excited to see the e-mail in my inbox this morning of the pen pal matches! And now the fun begins- making a box for my pen pal this month! If you are interested in this program too, head over to The Lean Green Bean to sign up!

Second, I signed up for a cake decorating class and bought myself a huge cake decorating kit. I have been wanting to take cake decorating classes for months and I finally have the time to take them…so, so excited!!!

Third, a friend’s birthday is Monday which means I get to do some baking tomorrow! She told me her favorite flavors are chocolate and salted caramel. I found a delicious sounding recipe for chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. I CAN’T WAIT to try out the recipe tomorrow! And this recipe calls for homemade caramel sauce, something I’ve never made before, but am so looking forward to trying! Watch for a blog post tomorrow detailing the cupcake recipe!

And finally, another friend of mine is gluten-free and she often tells me that it is really hard to find good gluten-free baked goods. It has now become somewhat of a challenge for me to bake some deliciousness for her to eat- it just doesn’t seem fair to not be able to eat yummy baked goods! We ordered all the supplies and I’m excited to start experimenting next week! I’ll be sure blog about my adventures with gluten-free baking!

Baking love!
Heather