Saturday, 15 September 2012

vanilla caramel cupcakes with salted caramel frosting

This recipe is another borrowed and adapted from Dan Lepard's excellent book, Short and Sweet. The vanilla cupcake batter smells amazing while cooking.

125g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, very soft
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Chocolate covered caramel pieces

1 quantity of salted caramel frosting.

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas 4 and place 8 muffin/cupcake cases in to your muffin tin.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract for around 3 minutes on the highest speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Next sift in the flour and baking powder and beat for another 30 seconds or so. You will end up with quite a thick batter.
  4. Put a spoonful of the batter into each of the paper cases then top with the chocolate covered caramel pieces. I used Cadbury Caramel Nibbles and put three in each cupcake.
  5. Finally cover the caramel pieces with the remaining batter then place the tray in the over for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown and firm.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool completely before decorating with the frosting.

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