Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes [msc]

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For those of you following my blog, this is my THIRD group that I've joined. I feel like these are the only three I will join until I decide to quit one of them. Both Daring Bakers and MSC are monthly which means I get a whole month to bake items and SMS is weekly meaning that is a bit more restricting time-wise. I am super excited though because it's Martha Stewart AND cupcakes.

This month's choice was chosen by the founder, Betty from EAT MY CUPCAKE. She chose this wonderful Chocolate salted-caramel cupcake. Martha has them as mini cupcakes, but I have no mini cupcake tin or liners so regular cupcakes they are! I decided to make these for the 24-hour service-a-thon as well. My friends are just so spoiled by my various baking things that I happen to make...ALL THE TIME.

I was deciding to half the recipes, but at 12am, I didnt want to go and half everything and I was way to tired to think so I decided to make the full recipe for the cupcakes.

I ended up using kosher salt because I dont even know where to start looking for other things like that.

In the morning, I had made the caramel recipe which was really hard and confusing by the way, but it eventually got finished, and half of the frosting. The original frosting recipe yielded 5 cups and that was WAY TOO MUCH. Half was good. I still ended up with a little bit extra frosting.
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They were super yummy and moist. The saltiness factor was an amazing surprise for many so it was nice. I think lots of my friends enjoyed the richness of the cupcake and the nice surprise of caramel in the middle.

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The recipe for this month's Cupcake Club is found on pages 148-149 of Martha Stewart's Cupcake book.

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18 comments:

  1. That frosting looks fantastic - rich and creamy like it should! I made mini's - but they were almost TOO small! It's a good idea to make at least a few that are regular size, I think! Nicely done for the first recipe -I'm impressed!

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  2. Augh, I joined this group but I totally forgot to make the cakes! I'll have to post late :S

    Katie xox

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  3. Great job! They look beautiful-

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  4. Your cupcakes look lovely! Well done. I havne't mastered piping the icing yet, but I'll get there.

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  5. They look great. I can't imagine trying to half a recipe at 12 a.m. I made the full frosting recipe and now have a tub of it in the freezer. Good call on halving it. Love the pictures.

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  6. These look awesome, especially the caramel surprise in the middle! I'm sure your friends were happy you made a whole recipe.

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  7. Your friends are very luck you spoil them with dee-lish cupcakes! They're going to love the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club! :-)

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  8. Very nice little cupcakes you have there....all that dark chocolate and that swirly icing! Okay, I don't like chocolate as you will probably find out...but my family LOVES it...they would have these gone in no time! Nice job.

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  9. fabulous job!! This was a pretty complicated recipe but fun to make regardless. I halved the recipe and made big ones, I got 10. Whew..that is a lot of richness to eat!

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  10. Great looking cupcakes! i cant believe you started at midnight!

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  11. Great job with your cupcakes Nina! They look awesome. I can't believe you didn't start until midnight - I always end up screwing up the recipe when I bake that late :)

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  12. @k.a.r.e.n and Tracey
    Well, I kind of don't sleep until 2 so it's a decent time for me. haha.

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  13. Midnight baking, haven't done that in a long time. Your cupcakes look so delicious.

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  14. Yum! They look great and that caramel would definitely be a delicious surprise.

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  15. Oh, those big cupcakes are delicious looking! It's the little ones that are sneaky, making you think there's not much to them, until you consume half a dozen in blissful ignorance. Can't believe you're able to do this as a college student w/ all the demands- Wow! I bet your friends love having a good cook around!

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  16. Kosher salt, sea salt, whatever works right?

    Your cupcakes look perfectly chocolately and moist . . nice combo!

    And yes, the salt added a great dimension to the taste buds!

    Your friends are spoiled! ;)

    Thanks so much for baking along with me this month! I can't wait to see what other cupcake ideas you have up your sleeve!

    Happy Baking! :)

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  17. These look delicious! I baked these really late at night as well!

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