Salted caramel cupcakes


One of my favourite cupcakes to make and to eat! Hope you enjoy!

Preptime: 25mins 

Cooking time:  25 mins, makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcake

  • 175gm plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50gm cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 225gm caster sugar
  • 175gm butter, softened
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 175ml milk
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce

For the icing

  • 250gm butter softened
  • 500gm icing sugar
  • 1/2 -1/4 cup caramel sauce

For the caramel sauce

  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup thickened crean
  • 65gm butter cubed, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Method:

  1. preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius
  2. Mix together the flour, bicarb, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and sugar.
  3. Add the softened butter to the mixture and beat until well combined.
  4. Beat in the milk, eggs and vanilla to the mixture.
  5. Using a x12 cupcake tray, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20-25 mins until a skewer comes out clean

For the icing:

  1. Beat the butter together with the icing sugar until well combined then beat in 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce. Add the remaining caramel sauce by taste.

For the caramel sauce:

  1. Add 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of water to a pot. Mix to combine then place on medium to high heat
  2. Allow the mixture to cook for 10-11 minutes. Do not stur the mixture, at most swirl the pot. Watch the mixture and let it change to a goldern colour.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and slowly add in the butter and whisk until combined. Next add the cream and whisk in until mixed in.
  4. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract and salt (as much as you wish)
  5. Refridgerate for several hours to let it thicken.

To assemble the cupcakes

  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled, cut a small 1cm diameter coned hole into the middle of the cupcake. Fill the hole with caramel sauce.
  2. Using a 1M piping tip, pipe the buttercream icing on top.
  3. Drizzle some caramel icing on top.
  4. If you like you decorate with caramel popcorn
  5. Repeat for all cupcakes and mmmenjoy!