Chocolate caramel cupcakes

I recently held an afternoon tea for the cricket widows – it was an excuse not to go watch the boys play cricket on a Saturday, catch up, and enjoy some time together. Of course, I used it as an excuse to bake!

First up was these delicious chocolate caramel cupcakes. These were so rich and decadent, it was almost wrong!

Makes

18 (I got 24)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • 450g good-quality dark chocolate
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1 tbs good-quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Chocolate sauce
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) thin cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line an 18-hole patty pan with paper cases.
  2. Stir cream and chocolate in a pan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly.
  3. Place eggs and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer, and beat on high until pale and doubled in volume. Slowly beat in chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift in flour, cocoa and baking powder, then stir with a metal spoon to combine.
  5. Divide mixture among cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly in pans, then remove cakes from cases.
  6. Meanwhile, for sauce, place ingredients in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). Stir until chocolate has melted.
  7. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Cool slightly
  8. Use notes below to put caramel inside cupcakes
  9. Serve cakes topped with sauce.

Source

delicious. – September 2005, Page 94

 
Caramel
For the caramel filling – well I am too scared to try to make my own caramel or dulce de leche just yet, so I used this bad boy:
Top_and_Fill_caramel_t
Top’n’fill caramel! So wrong, yet so yummy! Its a good time saver and personally, I quite like the taste!

I used the cone method to cut a section out of the cupcake and put a spoonful of caramel in its place, before replacing the “lid” of the cupcake back on and then ice the cupcake.

Results
Picture 195
Oh hi, I’m just a regular, chocolate cupcake!
Picture 200
Or am  I?
These were seriously good – and it was so fun having people eat them, not realising that there was a surprise inside!
One of the girls, took one for the road, but decided to eat it in the car. Apparently she had fun trying to drive and eat at the same time! oops! That said, the next day I saw her again and she took some leftovers and did exactly the same thing on the ride home!
 
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4 responses to “Chocolate caramel cupcakes

  1. OMG these look fantastic!!!
    *adds to list of things to make*

  2. These look so decadent!! I will have to give these a try!

  3. Great combo of flavor in your cupcakes! I adore chocolate and caramel 🙂

  4. Pingback: Chocolate caramel cupcakes revisited « The Sugar Junkie

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