August 15, 2009

MSC: Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes


How exciting, people! Our first recipe bake-along for Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Club! As the coordinator of the club, I had the liberty to choose the first recipe. . . Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes on page 148. Doesn't that sound good? Everything about it looked appealing, so it was an obvious choice for me.




The original recipe yielded 56 minis, but I cut it back to make 12 standard cupcakes (a half cup less here and there) and halved the Dark Frosting as well. The cupcakes baked perfectly at 15 minutes and I cooled it for 10.

Using a paring knife, I cut a cone-shaped piece from each cupcake and spooned 2 teaspoons of the caramel with a pinch of the sea salt. Because I made standard cupcakes, the caramel would disappear quickly, and never to reappear again as it soaked throughout the cupcake. Note to self, this would work better with minis and not standards. Ha!


I made the Dark Frosting and it was nice and shiny. I piped and garnished with the sea salt. You can't see it here since it "melted" into the frosting.

Verdict?

I liked it, it was different with the caramel and the salt. Ryan, on the other hand, commented that it was "too rich" and did not take another bite. He is chocolate fighter, not a chocolate lover. I will pass these along to the guinea pigs at work.

THANK YOU for baking along with me this month!

Please visit other MSC members' blogs and kindly provide feedback - the blog roll is on the right side of this page. Any questions, please e-mail.

SEPTEMBER'S CUPCAKE SELECTION: Tracey from Tracey's Culinary Adventures selected Zucchini-Spice Cupcakes on pages 44-45 for September 15th's posting.

41 comments:

Cristine said...

Your cupcakes look perfect!

Katiecakes said...

Urgh, I totally forgot about this recipe! I only remembered when my book arrived yesterday! I shall have to post a bit late :S

Katie xox

Mary Ann said...

Yum- great pick and great job on it. I had seen another person talk about the caramel melting into the cake. These were quite rich, which is why I was thinking they were made into mini-s.
Yours look super!

Clivia said...

Yay Sugar B for getting us started! Great recipe. Lovely photos! My caramel stayed put, but I cooled it before using it.

cindy said...

Looks yummy! Are you accepting new members?? I love cupcakes, love to bake and would love to play!

Mara said...

They look YUM! I have the cupcakes themselves done, and will work on the rest today. Baking Saturday!!

I made giants because having had Kara's Fleur Del Sel before, a mini of this beautiful creation is just not enough!

Nina said...

Beautiful!

My caramel had stayed put, but then again, I was heating it as I was putting it in so it might have cooled as soon as it got into the cupcake? Maybe my cupcake was a bit denser than yours? Who knows!

Kim said...

I made big ones too, but I kept adding the caramel. Great pick for the first recipe. You rock. I got down about two bites but the hubby went back for a second.

Megan said...

Hey Betty - I sent you an email, but I'm not sure you got it - I never received an email from you regarding membership, etc.

My email address is mybakingadventures@gmail.com

Thanks, Megan

Tammy said...

You made an excellent choice. Rich? Yes, and totally worth it. I loved the caramel most of all. When I make caramel, I usually don't add that much salt. I was skeptical I would even be able to eat it, but it was AMAZING!! So glad to be part of the baking group.

margot said...

Is membership still open? Don't answer 'cos I don't need to join another baking group. I do need to buy the MS cupcake book, though, these look too good!

Jess said...

Excellent choice...and yours look divine. I will remember the tip about using the caramel in regular-sized cupcakes, since that's what I plan to make as well.

Here's the part where I say "mea culpa" but a badly timed onset of summer cold kept me from making these...but I will, ASAP, I promise! Bad cupcaker, me! Thank you for coordinating this group!

Colleen said...

They Look BEAUTIFUL!!!!
ok mine are all posted. The pics are backwards and the blog is not pretty...but they're up! :)
so so fun - can't wait to see everyone elses!!
-Colleen - Baking Bytes

Caroline said...

Your cupcake is so pretty, a great choice to start off MSC. Thanks for coordinating this group.

Kayte said...

These were a bit hit with my guys. I had to leave the salt off the top (although I should have done it on one of them for the photo) b/c guys don't like idea of salt on cupcakes...LOL. I learned a lot this week, so thanks for picking a recipe that gave me the opportunity to do that. Your cupcakes look lovely and I appreciate having the knowledge about the full-size version.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Your cupcakes look great! Some of my caramel melted into the cupcakes and some didnt! Go figure. Thanks for picking a great recipe!

Tracey said...

Thanks for hosting this week Betty! I really enjoyed these! I was glad, however, that they were minis because they were so rich! Yours look awesome - you piped the frosting beautifully.

Chris said...

Your cupcakes look beautiful! I also made "standard" cupcakes rather than minis and wondered when I could stop filling them with the caramel...they were like bottomless pits. Overall, I was happy with mine.

Yay...next pick is what I was planning to make for my book club this upcoming week so I'll actually be done early this go-round.

Chris from Random Acts of Cupcakes

Erin said...

Thanks for starting this! I loved your choice!

The Fancy Lady said...

How do you enter or join along id love to do this iv already made so many of these i think it would be really fun - The Fancy Lady

pinkstripes said...

Your cupcakes look gorgeous!
Man. I just couldn't join another group. but seeing all the cupcakes is making me second guess my decision.

AmyRuth said...

You are amazing Sugar B. Thanks for inviting us all to bake on. Finally I have posted my little morsels. They were fun to make and I enjoyed tasting the different elements. Now lets go have a bite.....yum yum yum chocolate equals happy.
Thanks again,
AmyRuth

Sweet and Savory said...

The club is a wonderful idea. I don't have the book but I will see if this is the time to buy it. It is fun to make cupcakes and once a month is a workable commitment.

Little Bits said...

I read about you on cupcakes take the cake. love your idea of a baking club. how do you go about joining?

Elizabeth said...

Wow, these look so yummy! Is membership still open? I'd love to join! Martha is my one of my baking heroes, and I love the cupcake cookbook.

Sherry G said...

Way to go Betty! They look just divine. Martha would be proud. Congratulations on starting this club!

The Sisters said...

Looks so yummy! Would love to join the group!!!

yummymummycupcakery said...

These look amazing! I am gonna try these vegan style. I have a receipe for carmel.

Pamela said...

I have a feeling that your guinea pigs will be covered in chocolate by the end of the day. Awesome stuff!

sarahe said...

this looks so fun! what are the rules and how do i join this group? (already have the book of course)

Natalie said...

They look amazing! Thank you so much for starting this group...I can tell it's going to be a good time!

spike. said...

Rich chocolate and caramel sounds good too me! I'd like to have one of those for breakfast this morning.

AmyRuth said...

Sugar B,
Thanks for stopping by and sharing kindness! You're the best!
AmyRuth

Jenniffer said...

OMG! I *LOVE* salted caramel!!! And these look SO yummy! I must make a batch ASAP! Keep up the great work!

-Jenniffer
http://cupadeecakes.blogspot.com

junyl6 said...

Your cakes look stunning Betty!! Glad you got a tasty result with the caramel, even if it did soak in a bit - that sounds delicious to me actually, haha.. And your frosting job is beautiful, as always! I'm still working on the ol' piping skills, can't quite figure out how to get a smooth tip.. always end up with a jagged one.. but luckily I'll get to practice every month now!! Thanks so much for starting this group up! And for kicking off with such a good pick - I really enjoyed this one, despite the mishaps! x

Saucy said...

I like/love/lurrve the idea of this challenge. I have the book but as yet have not attempted any of the recipes. I'd done my own version of a salted caramel cupcake in the spring... this also looks awesome.

Sugar Betty, how do I go about joining this circle of bakers??

Lauryn said...

Hey Sugar B!! Your cupcakes look amazing!! I posted mine yesterday...so sorry to be late!!! Thanks SO MUCH for organizing this group!! xoxo

"E" Street said...

HELP!!!!! I am not a member of your baking group - yet- but am seriously thinking about joining the fun!! Until then - I am looking for some input - I have been asked to think about some ideas for cupcakes for an acquantainance. She is throwing her daughter a "going away party" to celebrate a one-year study program in France (do you ever curse the gene pool?!?!?!?!? LOL) Anyways - the mom is asking for a "French theme" and I am stumped. One thing that has come to mind is something like a vanilla cupcake with a mass of frosting and a macaroon placed in the frosting....... Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!!! Thanks and happy baking!!!!!!!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful cup cakes. And they sound divine. These will be next on my list.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i've been waiting to see what you'd do first! these look fantastic!!

Marthe said...

Finally got my post about the cupcakes up, these look soooo good!