Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Salted-Caramel-Chocolate-Cupcakes

 

Cake

  • 1 pkg devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.4oz) pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsps vanilla extract (mexican if possible)
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Combine all the ingredients and mix until there are no clumps. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 mins.

Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Stir sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar completely dissolves (meaning no grains at all.) Turn to high and bring to a boil without stirring.  Use a wet brush to keep the mixture from crystallizing on the edges of the pan. Continue to boil until syrup turns a deep amber color (5-6 mins.)  Remove from heat and whisk in the heavy cream. After completely combined, add in the butter and salt. Transfer to other dish and allow to cool.

Frosting

  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • Caramel (1.5 above batches)
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3-6 tbs heavy cream

With the paddle attachment, cream the butter and caramel until well combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar until it’s well combined. Add the cream one tablespoon at a time until the frosting is lighter.  Note: this frosting isn’t very stiff, so just be forewarned when you go to frost.

Frost your cupcakes using the remaining 1/2 batch of caramel to drizzle over the top.  I also sprinkled a little kosher salt over my cupcakes for a little more of the salty taste!

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