Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

Do you love cupcakes? If you do, then we sure have something in common :-) I haven’t baked cupcakes for a very long time, not since my wedding I believe. There’s no particular reason to why, I’ve just been busy baking other treats I guess.

These cupcakes have the perfect combination – chocolate and caramel! There’s even a little toffee-surprise inside as an extra treat. I decided to decorate my cupcakes by sprinkle cocoa powder on top of the frosting and then drizzle some warmed up dulce de leche on top. The result – beautiful AND tasty!

I hope you try this recipe out because it’s really delicious!

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes
Yummy chocolate cupcakes with wonderful swiss meringue caramel buttercream.
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4786 calories
492 g
833 g
302 g
34 g
202 g
1330 g
497 g
317 g
11 g
75 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1330g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4786
Calories from Fat 2668
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 302g
465%
Saturated Fat 202g
1008%
Trans Fat 11g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 65g
Cholesterol 833mg
278%
Sodium 497mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 492g
164%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 317g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A
156%
Vitamin C
466%
Calcium
47%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
CUPCAKES
  1. 50g room temperated butter
  2. 1 1/2dl white sugar
  3. 1teaspoon vanilla sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1dl hot water
  6. 1/2dl cocoa powder
  7. 2 1/4dl flour
  8. 1 pinch of salt
  9. 1 1/2teaspoon baking powder
  10. 12 toffee candies
  11. 50g chopped chocolate
CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM
  1. 4 egg whites
  2. 2 1/4dl white sugar
  3. 250g butter
  4. 1dl dulce de leche
CUPCAKES
  1. Whisk the butter with the sugar until soft. Add the egg and vanilla sugar, whisk throughly. Mix water and cocoa in a separate bowl until all lumps are gone. Add the liquid to the butter-batter. Sift the rest of the ingredients into the batter. Mix everything carefully then add the chopped chocolate. Pour the batter into 12 cupcake cases. Push down a toffee in each case and bake for 20 minutes. They are perfect when they bounce back to the touch and the top still looks slightly sticky. Leave on a cooling rack until cool.
SWISS MERINGUE CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM
  1. Divide the butter into tablespoon sized cubes. Make sure the butter gets room temperated before getting started with the buttercream.
  2. Begin by heating up egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over a simmering pan of water. Preferably use a metal bowl or a plastic bowl. Make sure that the bowl doesn't touch the pan's bottom. Once it’s heated to 60ºC, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. I used my Kitchen Aid (paddle attachment) for this. Add the butter-cubes, one by one, until each cube gets mixed into the meringue. After all the butter has been added mix until smooth and creamy then add dulce de leche.
  3. Fill a piping bag with the frosting and pipe away your cupcakes. Sprinkle some cocoa on top and you're all done.
Notes
  1. Best served room temperated.
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calories
4786
fat
302g
protein
34g
carbs
492g
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For 8 scones you will need:

  • 4 dl flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 dl milk

1. Heat oven to 250°C.

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