Matty Monday - Week 5 - Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes!


This week we made the Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes, the recipe calls for mini cupcakes, but I don’t have that pan yet, so the regular size would have to do.

Making your own caramel may sound intimating, but was easy and is the best caramel I’ve ever had! WOW!

Double bonus, when you scoop out the center of the cupcake for the caramel, you get a bite size snack, which we consumed immediately.

This cupcake is very chocolaty so if you need a chocolate fix this is it, have a glass of milk nearby!

This recipe is somewhat straight forward compared to the other recipes, surprisingly, but created the most dirty dishes!

Here's the recipe!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup warm water


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add eggs, buttermilk, oil, extract, and the water; beat until smooth and combined.

Spoon the batter into liners about two-thirds full. Bake approximately 15 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Transfer tins to wire racks and allow to cool for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 1 month in air tight containers.

To finish, use a paring knife to cut a cone-shaped piece (about 1/2 inch deep) from the center of each cupcake and throw away the pieces. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons warm Salted Caramel Filling into each hollowed-out cupcake. You will notice the caramel will sink into the cupcake a little, just fill it up a bit more. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over filling.

Use a pastry bag with a medium open-star tip (I used Wilton #1M) and pipe Dark Chocolate Frosting onto each cupcake, swirling tip and releasing as you pull up to form a peak. Garnish each cupcake with a pinch of sea salt. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are filled and frosted. Store at room temperature in airtight containers - do NOT refrigerate. Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Filling
2 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, preferably fleur de sel


Heat sugar with the water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over high, stirring occasionally, until syrup is clear; clip a candy thermometer to side of pan and stop stirring.

Cook until syrup comes to a boil, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush as needed. Boil, gently swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is caramelized and just reaches 360°F. Remove rom heat and slowly pour in cream; stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sea salt.

Use immediately; if caramel begins to harden reheat gently until pourable.

Dark Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon boiling water
2 1/4 cups (4 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds best-quality semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled


Combine cocoa and boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved.

With electric mixer on medium-high, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture.

Frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen up to 1 month in an air tight container. Before using, bring to room temperature and beat on low speed until smooth again.

P.S. I’m pretty sure Martha has the photographs so carefully controlled and/or later retouched, that the home kitchen could never produce the same coloration as the photos from the cupcake cookbook, just fyi, don’t be discouraged when your frosting and caramel is not a dark and luxurious as hers, etc…

see you next week!



Heather said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Oh yum yum. Can you tell from my blog name that I would love these ?

Came to visit via Today's Creative blog "Get Your Craft on Tuesday"

I'm both a craftaholic and a chocoholic so I combined them into a blog.

Olga said...

These cupcakes look soooooo delicious. My mouth is watering now.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Help me maintain my willpower. Yummo

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Oh my goodness! These look amazing and sound delicious. I must give these a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Visiting from SDC. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

OK I just couldn't resist...featuring these on my blog that is...I mean look at the blog had me at chocolate. Linked back to you of course.

A* said...

I so want to try these cupcakes, I just recently discovered that salt and chocolate go together. Yours look YUM!

Chasity @ The Intertwined Life said...

I cannot wait to try these. They look and sound AWESOME. I found your blog through "chocolate is the answer."

Chasity @ The Intertwined Life said...

oops, I meant "The Answer is Chocolate"

Jane said...

These look sooooo rick and yummy! Can't wait to try them. Mmmmm...I'm hungry just thinking about it! Thanks so much for sharing. Stopping by from Show Off Your Stuff! :)

Blue Artichoke Interiors said...

I must make these. They look simply yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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