Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream


For the cupcakes:

For the frosting:

  • 3 sticks butter; room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup caramel syrup
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar

For garnish:

  • 24 rolos
  • chocolate sprinkles

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, water and vanilla until well combined and smooth.
  4. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared pans
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch.
  6. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

For the frosting:

  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.
  2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more caramel syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

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