Caramel Cupcakes

If you’re looking for something a bit different, really rich and a proper treat, then you have to make these cupcakes.  Also it’s a nice loophole for anyone who has given up chocolate for lent!  The easiest way to make these is to use a tin of Carnation Caramel; this stuff is so delicious, you could just eat it out the tin with a spoon.  You can make your own caramel sauce if you like, but we’ll come back to that another day.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients 

  • 110g butter
  • 240g light brown sugar or golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1/4 tin Carnation Caramel or 75ml homemade caramel sauce
  • 50ml milk or cream

Cupcake Method

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.
  3. Combine the flours.  Add one third of the flours and the caramel sauce to the butter/eggs/sugar and beat well.
  4. Add another third of the flour and the milk or cream and beat well.
  5. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Spoon into muffin cases in a muffin tray (they should be approx 2/3 full).
  7. Bake in an oven at 180degC / Gas 4 for 25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients 

  • 250g softened butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1/4 tin Carnation Caramel
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tblsp milk

Caramel Buttercream Method

  1. Put all the ingredients except the milk into an electric mixer and beat well.  This may take a few minutes, so be patient!
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency needed for spreading/piping.

 

Assembling the cupcakes

  1. Using a cupcake plunger, apple corer or a spoon, make a small hole in the top of each cupcake and fill with some caramel.
  2. Pipe or spread the caramel buttercream on top of the cupcakes.
  3. Drizzle with some caramel and/or chocolate.
  4. Stick on the kettle and enjoy a deliciously rich caramel cupcake with a cuppa.

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I’m showing this to Cheryl for Show Me Thursday.  Sorry I can’t send you one in the post Cheryl!

 

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2 thoughts on “Caramel Cupcakes

  1. Lisa | Mama.ie March 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

    Oh my mouth is watering just looking at these! Why did I give up cakes as well as chocolate!

  2. Cheryl March 15, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply

    See. . . .now this just really isn’t fair. Can’t get my hands on them. They look so STINK-IN yummy!!!! I’ll take 2 dozen!
    Thanks for playing in the Sassy Cheryl’s SMThursday this week.

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