Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Another birthday means another batch
of cupcakes; grab your aprons folks
because today we're making chocolate
salted caramel cupcakes.........

Chocolate salted caramel cupcakes
Chocolate caramel cupcakes recipe

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During the week I decided to watch The Great British Bake Off for the very first time. I don't know why it took me so long to watch it as I love baking { have a read of some of my baking posts here and here}. I don't really bake sweet things as often anymore because I like to bake healthy treats for during the week but whenever there's a birthday I dig out my apron and gather all of the chocolate and bake up a storm. This show has given me the baking buzz and by the time the season is over I'll be in a permanent cake coma *insert monkey with his hands over his mouth emoji*

I tried to find a good recipe for these cupcakes but I couldn't find a good one anywhere. They were all really complicated with American ingredients that are impossible to find here in Ireland. So I ended up using a standard chocolate cupcake recipe and tweaking it a little myself. I used the one from the BBC Good Food website as they do best recipes! I was going to make my own caramel sauce but because my sister wasn't buying any cakes she was relying on my cupcakes and my mom's roulade. So I decided to play it safe this time and just buy pre-made caramel as caramel can be tricky to make especially for the first time. I added the caramel to the middle of the cupcakes and the gooey sensation when you bit into it felt incredible. I was really happy with how they turned out; the cupcakes were soft and moist, and they raised evenly. The icing had a gorgeous soft fluffy texture and it wasn't overly sweet. Mary Berry eat your heart out....


The Ingredients:

< For the cupcakes >

~ 100g plain flour

~ 20g cocoa powder

~ 140g caster sugar

~ 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder

~ 40g butter

~ 120ml milk

~ 1 egg

~ 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

~ Chocolate chips

< For the icing >

~ 125g butter

~ 225g icing sugar

~ 1-2 tbsp milk

~ Few drops vanilla essence

< To decorate >

~ Pre-made caramel (I used Nestle Carnation) or recipe here

~ Cadbury's dairy milk slices


The Cupcake Method: First I preheated the oven to 170 degrees because those cupcakes ain't gonna cook in a cold oven *wink wink* Next it was time to mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and butter with an electric mixer. I beat it until it turned to a sandy, grainy consistency. Then, in a separate bowl I whisked the milk, egg and vanilla extract together, and when the whisking was complete I combined the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients by pouring half the milk mixture in first and then stirring it before I added the other half. The mixture should look smooth and creamy at this stage. Next, I chopped up a few of the Cadbury's dairy milk slices and stirred them into the mixture. I then did the usual; spooning the mixture into the cupcake cases and popped them into the oven for around 20-25 minutes.

Now it's time for the icing: Whilst those cupcakes are baking and filling the house with a gorgeous sweet chocolatey scent I made the icing. Making the icing was a piece of cake {pardon the pun, hehe!} All I did was beat the butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence together until a thick smooth creamy icing formed *drools all over keyboard* 

To decorate: Now for the fun part; decorating the cakes! Be prepared to get messy though as drizzling the caramel neatly onto the tops of the cakes is a harder task than it looks. But before I could decorate them I needed to prepare the caramel. I spooned it into a bowl, stirred the lumps and popped it into the microwave for about ten seconds. The reason I did this was so that it was easier to drizzle. I then stirred in a tiny amount of sea salt - make sure not to add to much! Next, I cut open the top of the cakes and poured in some caramel to the middle, and then popped the top back on. They look a bit weird with the tops cut off them but once the icing was added you don't notice it. Once they were all filled with the caramel I spooned on the icing and smoothed it out with the back of a spoon. I then drizzled the caramel and placed a slice of Cadbury's dairy milk on top. Et voila! There you have some mouth-watering chocolate salted caramel cupcakes! *says in homer's voice* Mmm CUPCAKES....


What are your favourite cupcakes?
And have you baked anything recently?

Love,
Cliona xx

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12 comments

  1. They look incredible! I have been loving everything Salted Caramel lately, so I will definitely have to try these (: xx

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    1. They tasted amazing! I was really happy with how they turned out! Let me know if you make them :-) And thanks for reading xx

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  2. WOWOWOWOW!!! These look incredible, going to be passing the recipe along to my boyfriend so he can cook me up some of these!

    CharlotteSamantha // www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

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    1. They were delicious! I was delighted with how they turned out! I hope you like them! And thanks a mil for your lovely comment xx

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  3. This actually couldn't look like they can get any better. Except that I don't have any (and cant bake haha).

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Aw thank you! I'll send some your way ;-) Thanks for reading xx

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  4. Oh my, they look so delicious! And sound quite simple to make too! Yummy xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. They tasted gorgeous! And they were super easy to make! I had them made and devoured in about 30 minutes ;-) Thanks for commenting lovely xx

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  5. These look absolutely insane, I am definitely going to give these a try at the weekend - thanks for sharing :) Jess at http://jesswift.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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    1. Thank you Jessica! They tasted delicious! I wish I had some more ;-) Let me know how they turn out and thanks a mil for reading xx

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  6. these look amazing! i have been trying to be more healthy recently but i have to make these! x

    Becky | BCKY.CO.UK

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    1. They were delicious! I'm the same! I only bake sweet treats at birthdays now. I have two healthy recipes coming to the blog soon :-)

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