Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Is there anything better in life than salted caramel? Possibly kittens but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. My love for salted caramel is well documented and I knew I had to translate this obsession into the perfect cupcake.

This salted caramel cupcake is a triple threat – the cupcake is filled with a salted caramel centre, decorated with salted caramel buttercream and receives a final salted caramel drizzle at the end.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 24

Ingredients
Brown Sugar Cupcake
  • 230g butter, softened
  • 1¾ cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
Salted Caramel
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 120ml water
  • ¾ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Salted Caramel buttercream
  • 230g butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups icing sugar
  • ¾ of the salted caramel

Instructions
Salted Caramel
  1. Dissolve the sugar into the water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and let it bubble away over a medium heat.
  2. The mixture should turn a golden caramel colour after around 5 minutes. DON’T stir the caramel mixture – the sugar will crystallize.
  3. Once the caramel has reached the desired colour, take it off the heat and add the salt and cream. Stir furiously as the caramel will want to harden quickly.
  4. Pop the caramel cream mixture in a small bowl and put it in the fridge to help cool down quickly.
Brown Sugar Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth in a large bowl.
  3. Gradually add the sugar and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Sift the 2 flours and salt into a separate bowl.
  6. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Do not overmix!
  7. Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full with mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  8. When cupcakes have cooled down, put approx 3-4 tablespoons of salted caramel into a small piping bag with a thin tipped nozzle attached.
  9. Insert the tip into the cupcake and pipe in a small amount of caramel into each cupcake.
Salted Caramel buttercream
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and icing sugar for 5 minutes until fluffy.
  2. Add ¾ of your caramel mixture and continue beating until well combined. Remember to save enough to drizzle over the cupcakes.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an icing bag with a nozzle attached and ice the cupcakes.
  4. Finish the cupcakes off with a drizzle of the remaining salted caramel.

We start off with a brown sugar cupcake, which acts as a subtle yet delicious base to our caramel fiesta. A delicious salted caramel buttercream is piped on top, giving us lovely, slightly golden roses. (Side note – loving my new Wilton #1M piping tip!)

And then HELLO SURPRISE! A deliciously gooey salted caramel filling. Hooray! Instead of laboriously cutting a small hole out of the top of each cupcake to fill, I simply put the caramel into a small piping bag with a nozzle attached. See here for a guide.

The cupcake clearly needs more salted caramel, so I end with a drizzle from above. Ah the joys of being a one-woman photography team, I am sure you can appreciate how difficult these types of shots are to get. DSLR camera in one shakey hand, pouring salted caramel seductively with the other, attempting, HOPING, to get the caramel to actually hit the cupcake. This was like my 5th shot. Caramel everywhere.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoy eating them! :)

Comments

  1. says

    Firstly your piping work belongs in a museum. Secondly, I want to put my face in this. And finally, I don’t think a triple kitten cupcake would be nearly as good.

  2. Gina says

    I am so excited to try this recipe, I am recently obsessed with everything salted caramel. Can one use cake flour verses the 2 types of flours mentioned?

    • Swah says

      Hi Gina, I am completely obsessed with salted caramel too! Yes you can use cake flour to replace, however you would need to add some baking powder as a leavening agent, I would add 2 teaspoons.

  3. Gina says

    Thank you so much! I am going to try this on this lovely NY snow day. You wouldn’t happen to have any gluten free cake/cupcake or dessert recipes?

    • Swah says

      You are very welcome Gina and I hope the cold weather gets better soon! I must admit I don’t have a huge amount of gluten free recipes yet but I am working on them :)

  4. Kaylin says

    If caster sugar isn’t readily available is granulated okay to use? I assume it would just take longer to dissolve.

    • Swah says

      Hi Kaylin, granulated sugar is fine, you just might need to cream it with the butter a little longer for it to combine and dissolve properly :)

  5. Stephanie says

    I have tried a LOT of salted caramel recipes. They weren’t all terrible, I mean how bad can caramel be really? But they weren’t great, either. They set too hard, the method was all wrong or you had to be a wizard to get the timing down. This recipe, however, is exquisite. It is the perfect salty caramelly combination and the texture is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. I had a week long panic when I couldn’t find the recipe again. I am writing it down, taking a picture and putting it on my computer so that never happens again.

    • Swah says

      Thank you for your kind words Stephanie! It took a lot of tweaking ingredients and cooking times before I perfected this recipe and achieved the right consistency. I am glad you enjoy it as much as me :)

  6. Jessica says

    Amazing recipe! But my caramel was too runny which made frosting too runny. What did I of wrong??

    • Swah says

      Hi Jessica! Next time I would suggest using slightly less cream, in fact I have updated the recipe (to 3/4 cup) to reflect this. Types of cream differ in consistency so I think it’s better to play it safe and add less than more :)

  7. Preeti says

    Absolutely love these. Made these for my boyfriends birthday and have been asked to make them over and over again!

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