Wednesday, May 29, 2013

(award winning) SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

No, I'm not lying, they really are award winning!
I mean, sure, it's not some fancy culinary award, but still. I work at a super great place- and for it's 50th anniversary as a company they held a version of Cupcake Wars. I entered this recipe and won one of the three awards. Boom. 

These cupcakes are insanely rich and sweet- with just the perfect amount of salt. The sour cream makes them extra-dense, and the salted caramel filling keeps them from drying out. Gahh. So good.
What you'll need to make it happen:

Cupcake:
This recipe is one I've made a ton of times, and it's a version of Martha Stewart's basic chocolate cupcakes (click for recipe). The only things I change is add an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract & a little extra sour cream!

Salted Caramel Sauce:
Oh, you missed the recipe? I just shared it on the blog recently!
You can find the recipe HERE

Caramel Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup salted caramel sauce


1. Cube room temperature butter and beat in mixer for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
2. Add in your sugar, mixing lightly to keep contained. Once well mixed, add in caramel sauce and beat for another 4 minutes or so until light and fluffy!
3. Refrigerate your frosting until you're ready to use it. Just leave out to get to room temp and you'll be good to go!
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Tips for the cupcakes, now that you have the recipes:

1. Unless you have a fancy frosting set, all you need is a glass, a ziplock bag, and a scissors! Insert the bag into your glass, folding the edges over & filling the bag. 
2. An easy way to hollow out the center of cupcakes for filling is to take a sharp paring knife, and cut out a square in the center of the cake. Fill with caramel sauce and top with frosting!
3. This caramel sauce is too good just to fill the cupcakes with, drizzle it on top too, and cover with sprinkles!
 The finished product:
 And of course, the best part of the cupcake is when you cut it open and all the salted caramel ooooozes out:

So what are you waiting for? I mean, they're award winning people! Get to it!

What cupcake would be your award winner?
Share away so I can try them for myself!

xo, lp


Love cupcakes? Try out my chocolate peanut butter cupcakes or my rainbow cupcakes!

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19 comments:

  1. Omg. These look beyond incredible. Serious.

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    1. Looks delicious. Very well explained recipe with pictures. Great job:)I know one more site baking

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  2. What?!! OMG. You're killing me with the salted caramel. But in a really good way!!!

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  3. This is honestly too good to be true!! The look amazing!!!

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  4. Oh my god, YUM! Seriously, you just put me into a digitally induced sugar coma and it's not even 10am. DELICIOUS!

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  5. These look amazing! I love anything chocolate and salted caramel! I'll definitely have to give them a try! :)

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  6. Wow...these look soooo good!

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  7. Holy yummness!! That caramel looks insanely delicious.

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  8. Those look to die for!! Ok, definitely making them!

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  9. The cupcakes look amazing! I am definitely going to give the recipe a try! xx

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  11. YUM!! These look so good. I love salted caramel. I'll have to give them a try!

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  12. Those look amazing! Here's some strawberry frosting that I love! http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/2011/01/mini-cupcakes-with-strawberry-frosting.html

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    1. ooo I will have to try that! yum!

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  13. Thank you so much for your recipe! I have to say that the salted caramel and the frosting are ADDICTING!!! I really loved it. However, the chocolate cupcake itself was not my favorite... maybe i did something wrong? It ended up being a bit hard/more of a brownie consistency side. If you have any tips for how to make it fluffier I would appreciate it!

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    1. Glad you loved the frosting and caramel! They definitely are a little thicker than the average cupcake , but you could either try to use less sour cream- or use this recipe ; http://www.fromthelittleyellowkitchen.com/2013/02/26/fluffy-chocolate-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting/! hope that helps!

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  14. These cup cakes are AMAZING!I just baked these for a competition we had at work for RSPCA and they totally won.. Thank you!!

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    1. That is so great to hear!!! I should update the title to be "double award winning" cupcakes! Congrats on the win :)

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