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Friday, September 14, 2012

Caramel Lover's Cupcakes

....With white chocolate frosting.
Today, I was approached by a coworker and asked if I could make her some cupcakes for her boyfriend's birthday. 'What kind?' I asked. 'Oh, I don't know, he loves caramel, he likes white chocolate...I'll pay you!'
So, this is what I did. This is my first sale. I am excited. :)
Makes 12 cupcakes.

The Cupcakes:
(I can't take credit for this. This is straight out of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.)
1 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

The Caramel:
1/4 c butter
1/3 c brown sugar
2 tsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla

The White Chocolate Frosting:
2 c powdered sugar
2oz white chocolate
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp crisco
1-2 Tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 375.
Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. Add milk, butter and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add egg, beat for 2 more minutes.
Spoon batter into cupcake liners, filling each half full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

These will need to cool completely. So, in the meantime...

Caramel: Mix butter, brown sugar, water, and salt in a nonstick skillet. Bring to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
It might look separated, lumpy, and gross. DON'T PANIC. All this will be remedied when you...
Remove from heat and add the evaporated milk and vanilla. Work quickly and stir vigorously! It should become, well, caramel. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

While the caramel is cooling...

Frosting: Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Microwave white chocolate, butter/crisco, and water until melted. Stir until smooth. Add to powdered sugar and mix with an electric mixer until fluffy. Set aside.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke a hole 3/4 of the way down into the center of each cupcake.
Fill each hole with...CARAMEL! Caramel center, people. Yes.
Scrape frosting into a ziplock bag, snip a hole in the end, and pipe onto each cake.
Do the same with the caramel; make a nice design or just glob it on there.

E N J O Y : )