Sunday, April 11, 2010

I love cupcakes!!!

Today, our friends the P's hosted the loveliest birthday party for their sweet baby girl who turned one on Wednesday.  L made four different types of cupcakes: traditional vanilla, orange marmalade, Mississippi Mud Pie, and my favorite salted caramel-chocolate cupcakes.  They were beyond delicious.  If I had to name my favorite things, cupcakes would certainly be among them.  But, cupcakes with chocolate and caramel with the hint of salt.  WOW!!!  They were heavenly!

Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 6 dozen miniature cupcakes
***Click on the link for the caramel buttercream to find the recipe!!


  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2  (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4  cups  sugar
  • 3/4  cup  firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 4  large eggs
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  (8-oz.) container sour cream
  • 8  ounces  chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4  cup  whipping cream
  • 2  tablespoons  whipping cream
  • Salted Caramel Buttercream
  • Garnishes: sea salt flakes and caramels, cut into quarters


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beating until blended. Spoon batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into lightly greased miniature muffin pans.
3. Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
4. Microwave semisweet chocolate and 1/4 cup whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in 2 Tbsp. whipping cream until smooth. Dip tops of cupcakes in chocolate mixture, and let stand until chocolate is set (about 30 minutes). Pipe or spread Salted Caramel Buttercream onto cupcakes. Garnish, if desired.


  1. I'm making these tomorrow, they look so delicious!

  2. I'm betting this will be my favorite recipe of the week, Friday Fabulous Favorites, which will bring you much linky love from the swing. I am so glad to have found you. Come and visit me neighbor over on my blog, would love to have you.

  3. These sound delicious! I'll definitely have to give this recipe a try! ~andrea

  4. Oh, Bumpkin you are too sweet! Gracie and Andrea, you will be sooo happy you tried them!

  5. Oh my goodness any way you can have some shipped to AZ?! I will def be trying this recipe!

  6. Those sound fabulous girl! Hope you had a great weekend! xoxo

  7. these cupcakes look delicious. I love cupcakes too :)

  8. Those were fabulous, weren't they? I have been dreaming about them!



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