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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolately, salted caramel is very fall, very rich, and very delicious :-)
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author 2teaspoons

Ingredients

Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 1 cups flour
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons heaping cocoa
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 butter milk or regular milk with a little white vinegar
  • 1 whole eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt to taste

Frosting

  • 1 cup caramel sauce from above
  • 3-3.5 cups confectioners sugar also called powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt to taste

Optional toppings

  • extra salted caramel sauce
  • crushed toffee pieces I found precrushed Heath bars at the grocery store
  • chopped nuts
  • pretzels
  • sea salt

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degres. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt butter in saucepan, add cocoa and stir together.
  4. Add boiling water to saucepan, continue boiling for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.
  5. Pour chocolate liquid over flour mixture and stir lightly to cool.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into flour/chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
  7. Pour batter into lined muffin tin (each cupcake mold should be about 1/2 full) and bake 18-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack, keeping them in the muffin tin for the first 5 minutes.
  9. While cupcakes are cooling, make salted caramel sauce and frosting.
  10. Frost cupcakes and add optional toppings.

Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. Melt butter on med-low heat in saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar and cream into saucepan, whisking constantly until sugar complete dissolves, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 30 mins

Frosting

  1. Once salted caramel is cooled, beat 1 cup of caramel sauce (from above) with 2 cups confectioner's sugar and 3 tablespoons heavy cream using a stand mixer or handheld mixer with a whisk attachment.
  2. Add additional sugar slowly until frosting reaches desired consistency. If frosting gets too thick, add a splash of heavy cream.
  3. Add salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

Cupcake recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.