Saturday, August 15, 2009

MSC - Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes


Salt or sugar - which do you prefer? I'm unable to choose. I'm a Pisces - two fish, tied together, swimming in opposite directions. I want it all. Now, in the cupcake arena, I know how to get both.

Let's be clear - no cupcake needs to be filled with salted caramel. Certainly not one that's made with oodles of Dutch-processed cocoa powder and buttermilk. This cupcake is a perfect chocolate cupcake all on its own. But should you, like me, want it all, then this is your recipe. And, unbutton your waistband, because you will come back for more.

This is the first post for a new baking group organized by the fabulous Sugar B. Once a month, we'll be baking our way through Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. (Yes, really, cupcakes - oy vey!) Please check out Sugar B.'s website Eat My Cupake for her blog post as well as a list of the other participating bloggers.


This recipe called for mini-cupcakes but I just couldn't see filling tiny cupcakes with an eyedropper's worth of caramel. Instead, I used my regular muffin tins and the recipe made 22 cupcakes. I waited until both were completely cool before cutting a hole in the cupcakes and inserting a good dollop of salted caramel.



One bite of a finished cupcake releases the slightly oozy caramel over the moist chocolate cake. The use of sea salt in the caramel heightens all the flavours.

This is my first attempt at a Martha Stewart recipe. I dare not make this recipe often, but I'm looking forward to trying others.

27 comments:

  1. Holy cow! You really captured the richness of these! They WERE good, weren't they? I had my doubt about the salt, but wow... love the frosting - how it contrasts with the dark cupcake! Mine was kind of runny, rather that stiff - but tasted great! Awesome job!

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  2. They are very nice!
    As for the piping, you could refrigerate for a little bit to make it a bit stiffer and I think, it makes the frosting a little bit easier to work with. =]

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  3. Your first picture is fabulous. I wish my caramel held together like that. I'm thinking maybe I didn't cook it long enough. Beautiful. These were delicious.

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  4. Looks delish! Love that first photo, too. The caramel is beckoning us!

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  5. Great job-I love the shot of the caramel oozing out of the cupcake. So delicious!

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  6. Love all that caramel oozing out! I had such fun making that caramel...and tasting it! Your cupcakes look so cute.

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  7. That caramel action is too much, I think I have to get me another cupcake. I'm glad these worked with a standard size as well. MSC is off to a great start!

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  8. Your caramel looks AMAZING!!! The way its suppose to look. Mine didnt come quite like that! Great picts!

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  9. Your oozing caramel? That's food porn worthy of Iron Chef. Makes me feel a bit moist myself. Well done!

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  10. Great pictures, I think we used the same frosting tip! I'm excited to embark on this cupcake challenge with you!

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  11. Oh wow, your caramel looks so good! Mine sort of hardened up in the cupcakes and was a bit difficult to eat. That problem aside, I still enjoyed these a lot! I can't wait to bake more!

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  12. Ohhhh, Clivia, those look sooooo good! I have that book. I need to bake these!

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  13. That first picture makes me want to dive, head first, into your cupcakes! I guess I haven't been paying attention because I didn't realize yet another baking event popped up. This one will be fun to watch!! Great job.

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  14. Love the big cupcake philosophy. The little ones seemed all too innocent, doing all kinds of damage before you realize how much you've actually eaten. That first picture with the caramel oozing from underneath the chocolate frosting....I'm speechless. Great post!

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  15. I love how the caramel oozes out in the first picture!

    Yes, I didn't wait for the caramel to cool, so it soaked into the cupcake which made it greasy for my cupcake testers. Never fear, you're right, the chocolate cupcake itself was good on its own!

    Thanks so much for baking along with me this month!

    You are truly wonderful and I can't wait to follow you on your future cupcake adventures!

    xoxo

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  16. LOL - no cupcake needs to be filled with salted caramel, but boy oh boy, does it look super!

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  17. I just made a batch of salted butter caramel ice cream this week, but these chocolate salted caramel cupcakes sound even more amazing.

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  18. Dang all you MS Cupcake groupies are gettin' me this week! Looks de-lish! We're not big cake eaters here, but these look GREAT!

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  19. Oh wow, these look fantastic! I think I would have just eaten out the filling!

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  20. Oh, those look soooo good. I guess I will have to make those real soon

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  21. Oh, why would anyone have to choose between sweet and salty? Salt + caramel + chocolate = delicious-looking cupcakes!

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  22. Pfff... that lucious drip of caramel coming out, looks like a tongue sticking out at me... almost saying: Na na na na naaaaah nah! Wanna piece a me??? LOL LOL

    That's mean... too tempting!

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  23. These look FANTASTIC! I want one right now!

    When you get a chance, stop by my blog...I have an award for you!

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  24. Jennifer, I would be happy to receive your award, but I don't know where your blog is. Please email me - clivia_gardens@ hotmail.com

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  25. Definitely going to have to make these. Yours look sooooo yummy!!! Glad I got into the group 'cause it's a great book.

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  26. Gorgeous!!! My coworkers loved these.

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