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caramel cupcakes recipeI just got back from a great trip to Santa Monica and parts of the Central Valley with Pom Wonderful. I had a fantastic time, and will tell you all about it soon.

In the meantime, I am going to tell you about these cupcakes that I found from Shauna Sever. Admittedly, they are not the most gorgeous of cupcakes. These days, cupcakes are bite-able works of art. Tons of frosting, sprinkles, glitter, and fondant embellishments glam up most cupcakes. The problem that I have is that a lot of time, they are disappointing when you bite into them. The flavor is lack luster compared to what they look like. This cupcake is the opposite of that. Simple and delicate to look at and absolutely delicious all around. I sent these to work with my husband for someone’s birthday and he came back with glowing reviews. Despite the absence of piles of frosting and sprinkles.

This recipe seems a little odd, and I know that it is not the typical way that I make a cake batter. But trust that it will work out and you will be generously rewarded. When making the icing, start to make it after the cupcakes have cooled completely. It is more of a glaze, and you have very little time to work with it before it begins to harden. I think that if it does start to, you could put it back on the stove over very low heat. But I have not tried that, so I am just making an assumption.

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caramel cupcakes recipe2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk, room temperature
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Caramel icing:

1 cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

caramel cupcakes recipeIn a large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk. Set aside.

caramel cupcakes recipeIn the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

caramel cupcakes recipeMix the dry ingredients on low speed. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop into the running mixer.

caramel cupcakes recipeRun until the butter is worked in and looks like it has been incorporated.

caramel cupcakes recipeSlowly pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour. When all of the liquid has been added, raise the speed to medium and beat until the batter is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

caramel cupcakes recipeBake the cupcakes in a muffin tin lined with paper liners in a preheated 350 degrees for 20 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then cook completely on a wire rack.

caramel icing recipeTo make the icing, put brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan.

caramel icing recipeMelt over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and add milk and vanilla. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

caramel icing recipeAdd the powdered sugar all at once and beat with a wooden spoon or spatula until the icing is thick and smooth.

caramel icing recipeYou do not have a lot of time with this icing, so work quickly. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the icing. Roll them around a little to smooth out the icing and make sure you cover the whole top. Let dry on a rack.

caramel cupcake recipe

Caramel Cupcakes [Week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies]

Caramel Cupcakes [Week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies]

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • Caramel icing:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients on low speed. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop into the running mixer. Run until the butter is worked in and looks like it has been incorporated.
  3. Slowly pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour. When all of the liquid has been added, raise the speed to medium and beat until the batter is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Bake the cupcakes in a muffin tin lined with paper liners in a preheated 350 degrees for 20 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then cook completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the icing, put brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and add milk and vanilla. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the powdered sugar all at once and beat with a wooden spoon or spatula until the icing is thick and smooth.
  7. You do not have a lot of time with this icing, so work quickly. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the icing. Roll them around a little to smooth out the icing and make sure you cover the whole top. Let dry on a rack.
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31 Responses to Caramel Cupcakes [Week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies]

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  2. Goodness, these look divine! I loooove the icing!
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  3. I love a good, simple cupcake like this. And they look fiiiine to me! Sprinkles schminkles.
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  4. Karen K says:

    That icing looks so gorgeous and those cupcakes are so elegant looking. Beautiful photos.
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  5. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never made cupcakes by mixing the butter in like that! So interesting.. I really need to try this for science (haha, just kidding. So that I can eat them all!)
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  6. This icing looks perfect! Almost like a caramel glaze. Yum
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  7. These look so pretty. I usually go for the less involved cupcakes. Sure all that frosting looks pretty, but I get a sugar high before I even get to the cupcake part :/

    I can’t wait to try these sometime :)
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  8. These look delicious–I love caramel! I’m also not a fan of those overly frosted cupcakes (although they ARE pretty)–I prefer to just get to the point of the cupcake and a bit of sweetness on top. Yum!
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  9. Oh I don’t know I think that these cupcakes do look beautiful! I adore the simplicity of them and I am drooling over the flavors! Thanks for sharing!
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  10. These cupcakes look amazing!!
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  11. you had me on the caramel icing. Omgggoodness!
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  12. Christian Rene Friborg says:

    I love how simple this looks, yet you can be sure it tastes great. Awesome recipe.

  13. I think your cupcakes are gorgeous – they look and sound perfect to me. I can’t stand those storebought cupcakes piled high with tooth-achingly sweet frosting that I end up knocking off so that I can eat the mediocre cake plain. Give me substance over style any day!
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  14. Natalie says:

    I want one now!…..so where’s your nearest Fedex? Just saying… :)

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  16. caroluski says:

    Loved the look of the cupcakes. So I baked them and they are so moist, light and fluffy and full of flavor. Loved the glaze too. I’m definitely making these again. Thankyou for sharing.

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  18. Sarene says:

    Hi there, I was wondering is the cup cake itself strong in caramel flavour?.
    Does it need the icing to bring the flavour out?
    Many thanks.

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