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Homemade salted caramel sauce is the winning topper on these excellent chocolate cupcakes.
Our contributing editor Julie Van Rosendaal takes chocolate cake to the next level with her Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes. Sweet, salty, perfectand wee enough that you can celebrate at opportune times all day.
1¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup cocoa 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1 cup milk ½ cup canola oil 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup strong coffee (I mix together instant decaf)
½ cup butter, at room temperature ½ cup packed brown sugar 2 tbsp. maple or Roger's golden syrup 1 tsp. vanilla 3 cups icing sugar, plus extra if needed 1-2 Tbsp. milk or cream
1 cup sugar ¼ cup water 1 tsp. lemon juice
cup heavy (whipping) cream ¼ tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, breaking up any lumps of brown sugar and cocoa. Add the milk, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine; add the coffee and stir until well blended and smooth. Divide the batter among the cups and bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are springy to the touch. Tip the cupcakes in their tins to allow the steam to escape.
Beat the butter, brown sugar, syrup and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in the icing sugar and milk or cream, adding extra sugar or milk if needed to achieve a spreadable consistency. Spoon into a piping bag with a large star tip and pipe over the cooled cupcakes.
Stir together the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. When it comes to a boil, stop stirring and swirl the pan often, cooking until it starts to turn golden. When it starts to change colour don't leave the panswirl it often until it turns a deep goldenthe colour of maple syrup. Remove from heat and whisk in the creamit will foam up. Whisk in the salt and let cool to room temperatureit can be slightly warm, but not so warm that it will melt the icing. Dribble over the cupcakes. Makes 1½ dozen cupcakes.
Originally published January 2018