Thursday, May 9, 2013

Caramel Cupcakes



Have you ever got that feeling that you want something nice to eat but can't quite put your finger on what that nice might be? Well I had this the other day... went back and forth into the cupboards looking for something nice but couldn't figure out what I was actually looking for. Then I came across a can of Dulche De Leche and low and behold, it hit me, Caramel Cupcakes. 

Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days caramel cupcakes to be exact.

Now, I have altered this recipe slightly, to suit me. You all know I'm like that and I didn't follow their way for frosting or for decoration but these are delicious cupcakes no matter what way you pull them off. So soft and moist and almost sticky and gooey from the caramel. They are very sweet, even by my standards, but very tasty too. 

I balance out the sweetness with just regular buttercream and a smidgin' of caramel drizzle. 

Caramel Cupcakes;
  • 80g butter (I use salted)
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 240ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 150g tinned caramel

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C, and line the tins with cupcake cases. This recipe yields about 16-18 cupcakes.  
  2. Make the sponge by mixing the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together until they form a crumb-like consistency. 
  3. In a jug, mix together the milk, vanilla and eggs by hand.
  4. With the mixer or whisk on a slow speed, gradually pour half of the liquid into the crumb mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. Move the speed to medium and beat until the batter is smooth and thick, with no lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  5. Turn the speed back down and gradually pour in the remaining liquid,  and then the caramel, continuing to mix until the batter is smooth and combined.
  6. This mix is quite wet, so spoon the batter into the paper cases, filling them two-thirds full. (I use an ice-cream scoop as it makes this process easier and usually results in more even cupcakes.)
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched or a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool slightly, remove from the tin and placing on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. Otherwise you'll just end up with melted frosting!
Buttercream Frosting;
  • 225g soft, room temperature unsalted butter
  • 500g sifted icing sugar
  • 60ml milk
  1. Beat the butter with the paddle attachment on high until it is very soft and pale.
  2. Add in the icing sugar a few cups at a time alternating with a tablespoon of milk.
  3. Mix it until light and fluffy.
  4. Decorate as desired.
Enjoy them with all your hearts content. Allow yourself to be consumed by the sweet indulgence. Let the caramel wash over.... Ahaha! Who writes like that about cupcakes!?? I'm more of a pull-the-wrapper-off-fast-and-shove-it-in-your-face kinda gal! You can  always savour the second one!

These cupcakes were the perfect pick-me-up I found. The last few days have been filled with antibiotics, painkillers and lurgy's. Coughs and sniffles, comfort food and hot cups of tea! Dolly was very sick but is now, nicely on the mend. Her appetite is finally coming back and although these were a stretch for her taste buds, she had a corner and asked when she was better would I make her another batch... Guess that's a good sign, right? 

Hope you all are having a wonderful week. The sun has been shining here, intermittently I might add, but shining nonetheless. The temperature has gone up (slightly) too which really makes it feel like summer is on its way. Winter has been hanging about for long enough... it's time for a change. 

Happy Thursday! 






20 comments:

  1. I haven't baked in so long! I need a quiet weekend, and I think I know how i'll be spending it now. Thank you :) x

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    1. Your always welcome Emma! they make your kitchen smell delish whilst baking too... Just in case you need another reason to bake! x

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  2. Gorgeous looking cupcakes. Your piping is brilliant too. Any tips for a hopeless icing-piper like myself?!

    Stacey

    x

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    1. Stacey, YOUTUBE! I am self taught all because of YouTube... I use Wilton metal tips, closed and open stars, and a good buttercream... the rest is all practice I promise!! x

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  3. These look amaaaazing. I love anything caramel-y, and salted caramel in particular. I've got that recipe book, I'm going to hunt it down now. Great piping as always, Hazel! xx

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    1. Thanks Gillian. I love that book- I put on pounds just looking at it I think! :) x

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  4. I never knew you could buy a tin of caramel. We've been thinking alike, as last night after looking at a large tin of peaches, I thought of good old-fashioned upside-down cake, which has that gooey sugary buttery thing going on around the peaches. I just should've thought of it earlier in the day however, as it finally came out of the oven at 9:00 p.m., but no one complained when I passed it round ... hot from the oven ... delish!! Have a great weekend Hazel, hope the sun pours its warmth on you ;) Wendy

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    1. Oh yum! Hot peach pie from the oven... drooool!!

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  6. Wow, these look amazing. I'd love to try one. I'm a new follower by Bloglovin, FB, Twitter, Pinterest and GFC, and found you at Amys Hop. Hope you will visit my blog and hopefully return the follow. Also I have a Recipe Hop and a Anything Goes Hop going on this weekend, hope you will link up a couple of your awesome recipes.

    Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome Angel! Thank you for popping by x

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  7. Wow! Those sure look incredible! Thank you for sharing! :)

    Paloma from "The Cake Slice Bakers" :)

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  8. Oh yummy!
    I received my gorgeous prize from you and I absolutely love it! Thank-you so, so much Hazel! Happy Sunday, xx

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    1. Hooray! Postal service works... phew! Thanks Sarah x

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  9. Yum...these look delicious! I'm baking for a charity cake sale this weekend coming so perhaps I'll make these as they'd go down a storm! :-)

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    1. Oh I bet they would :) Thanks Laura x

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