A while ago my boyfriend posted a guest blog about making salted caramel cupcakes and I promised you the recipe (you can find his post HERE). I then proceeded to forget about this promise so apologies and here is it, finally:
200g caster sugar 200g softened butter
2 eggs 200g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder a tin of caramel
salt 533g icing sugar
166g butter 40 ml milk
- Cream together the caster sugar and butter. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
- Fold in the self-raising flour and baking powder until well combined (but be careful not to overmix, especially is using an electric mixer.
- Gently stir in 1 tablespoon of caramel (I use the Carnation tinned stuff) and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
*You can add the caramel and salt to taste but be careful of adding too much caramel as it will affect the consistency of the cake and how it bakes.
- Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cases. I use an ice cream scoop so that all the cakes are even bt otherwise just fill to case to about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Once the cakes are completely cool, remove the center and fill with the caramel. I have a little device to remove the centers but you can also use a small circle cutter.
- The buttercream is best made with some kind of electric mixer. You can of course do it by hand and I used to but you just can't get it as fluffy. Mix the icing sugar, butter and milk for about 5 minutes and then add the caramel and salt to taste.
- Pipe the buttercream onto the cakes and decorate with some glitter and either a piece of dime bar or a shard of caramel.
**When I make these in the shop I use dime bars as they are quicker and easier but I really like the effective of the shards of caramel. To make this heat 250g caster sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a heavy based pan over a low heat. Do not stir and heat until it turns to a dark amber colour and reaches the hard crack stage. Pour on to a greased baking paper and allow to cool. Once cool you can break into pieces to decorate the cupcakes.