Mocha Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

When given the exciting task of making Thanksgiving dessert, I obviously thought of making cupcakes! Besides pumpkin, caramel is a popular fall flavor.  Instead of making a caramel cupcake, I decided to pair it with a mocha cupcake for what I thought was an excellent combination!

Mocha Cupcakes-Makes 12

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

Begin by preheating the open to 350 degrees F.  Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

This will create a smooth light brown mixture.  Separately, mix milk and coffee.  In another bowl, beat butter and sugar.  Then, add in egg.

Alternate mixing in milk mixture and flour mixture.

Caramel Buttercream

3 large eggs whites

3/4 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 cup unsalted butter

20 candy caramels

Sea salt

Over low heat, combine egg whites and sugar.

When the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and beat.  When the mixture is fluffy, it is complete-about 6 minutes.  Next, beat in the butter on medium low speed until mixed well.

To achieve the caramel taste, melt 8 candy caramels on low heat in the microwave-about 2 minutes.  Stir often.  Stir in 1/2 caramel mix into the frosting.  Pipe frosting, and drizzle remaining caramel over cupcake.  Garnish with candy caramels and sprinkle with sea salt!

Recipe from Shelly Kaldunski’s, Cupcakes: Luscious bakeshop favorites from your home kitchen

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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2 Responses to Mocha Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  1. Helen says:

    I think these were the most delicious cupcakes that I have ever eaten! The addition of sea salt sprinkled on top of the frosting, while it sounds a bit unusual, is a wonderful accent to the flavor profile of the cupcakes. I highly recommend them!

    Bill Pearson

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