Chocolate/Caramel cupcakes – the recipe

Do you need a chocolate fix to get you through the week? I’m not sure if you spotted the moreish looking cupcakes further down the page… I posted photographs of these little babies – without the recipe.

cupcake 2

I did it just to keep you all in suspense 😉

I won’t make you suffer any longer though. Here is the recipe for my Chocolate Caramel cupcakes. 

Recipe taken from Donna Hay Magazine – Issue 65.

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing

1 cup (150g) self-raising flour, sifted

¼ cup (25g) cocoa, sifted

¾ cup (135g) brown sugar

100g unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate buttercream icing

185g unsalted butter, softened

1 ½ cups (240g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted

½ cup (50g) cocoa, sifted

1 ½ tablespoons milk

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the flour, cocoa, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until pale and smooth. Spoon the mixture into 12 x ½ cup-capacity (125ml) tins lined with cupcake cases. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer (I baked mine for 21 minutes). Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate butter icing, place the butter in an electric mixer and beat for 6-8 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla and beat for a further 10-15 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Spread the cooled cupcakes with the icing to serve. Makes 12.

This is where I added the twist. I scooped out a little hole in the top of each cupcake with a teaspoon and filled the holes with caramel (I used Nestle Treat Caramel). I halved the buttercream mixture and unashamedly added caramel to the one half – creating a glorious, almost mousse-like icing.

I quite like that half the cupcakes were topped with a fluffy light buttercream icing and the other half were crowned with a gloriously smooth caramel/chocolate icing.

So simple to make and even easier to eat.

Buon appetito!  

 

 

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