Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Cupcakes


Hayden's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was last night, and Linda asked me to make a couple of things: coconut cream pie, and some kind of cupcakes. I haven't been baking much lately, so the wide open options of cupcakes to choose from had me reeling, in a good kind of way. After consulting Michelle and Miranda both, I stumbled upon a totally different recipe that had me at soon as I saw "Salted Caramel Cupcakes". Yes, please.
Prior to making these, I went a full 26 days without sugar- more on this later. However, asking me to bake these 4-step cupcakes and a fabulous coconut cream pie was like asking an alcoholic to bar tend your party. For 3 days. (I baked these over 2 days and then had leftovers for a third.) So after 26 days, Salted Caramel Cupcakes broke me.


But get this. You start with a wonderful caramel cake. I will definitely make these cakes again. Then you make a very light and fluffy buttercream. Then you make an amazing buttermilk syrup, which is really like a delightful caramel sauce. You swirl the buttercream and the caramel together to complete the frosting. Then you dip a long chewy caramel in chocolate (I chose bitter chocolate). And then, and THEN- you sprinkle- wait for it- kosher salt on top of the caramel and the cupcake itself. Kosher salt. On the cupcake.
It was amazing.
And rich.
Really rich.


Additionally, the coconut cream pie was my best so far! Always a pleasure, especially since I don't get to make them too often. Thank goodness for reliable, time-tested, family-honored recipes. Thank goodness for grandma who perfected them over the years and then passed along her wisdom to her daughters, granddaughters, and friends.

14 comments:

michelle said...

Those cupcakes sound so similar to the triple caramel cake! And they look incredible. Recipe link, please.

Molly Krauss Smith said...

Um. Yum! They look even better than you described. Gotta make me some salted caramel cupcakes.

Claire said...

The cupcakes DO look delicious!

Tasha said...

Will you post the cupcake recipe? That sounds delish!

Hannah said...

I hate you so much right now. SO much! They both look amazing!!!

I so hope you have stepped back up on that wagon- these would undo me! Report Tuesday!

Hannah said...

PS- I love buttermilk syrup. It is divine on waffles and pancakes and crepes and french toast... Not that I am eating any of that any time soon. Sigh. I love food.

linda said...

They both tasted wonderful and you are sucha sweetheart for helping me. I do apologize because I selfishly asked you without thining of your no sugar diet. I had the last cupacake this morning for breakfast, yummmm!

{natalie} said...

wow, those cupcakes sound amazing. i can't believe you went 26 days w/o sugar! that is intense.

Miranda said...

Umm, those look WAY better than any of my suggestions. Actually, the look amazing. And such beautiful frosting application! You are definitely a pro.

Denise said...

Oh dear--those cupcakes look AMAZING. So amazing. And I am also grateful for Grandma's "secret recipes" collection and just hope I got them all before it was too late!

Diana said...

yes recipe link!

Kim said...

Yum. Those look delicious. I'd like to try the light and fluffy buttercream recipe also.

paws said...

If you're gonna do something wrong, do it right! Those cupcakes are beautiful. At least you didn't break your sugar fast for a lowly Hostess or something.

Denise said...

Three days later and I'm still wanting to lick off that frosting.

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