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salted caramel

You can find salted caramel everywhere these days. In the confectionaries, ice cream shops, cupcakeries, you name it. Oh no, I’m not complaining. Not at all. You see, I have always loved caramel. And the salt? There’s just something about the salty-and-sweet that makes the party in your mouth all the more ragin’. Take honey-roasted peanuts, for example. If I’m not careful, I can polish off a whole can by myself. Salty + Sweet = Addictive. So bring on the salted caramel!

I made these salted caramel cupcakes for a group of high school students, and by 2nd period, they became a quickly sought-after breakfast. Some students had seconds, and even thirds. (Teenage metabolism — I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have one. I ate so much junk in high school.)

Since nothing goes better with caramel than chocolate, it had to be a chocolate cupcake with caramel frosting. And just when it couldn’t get any better, it was topped with Heath Bar bits.

salted caramel
The recipes for the chocolate cupcake and caramel buttercream can be found here and here. For salted caramel buttercream, I increased the amount of salt in the caramel buttercream recipe to 1 Tbsp, so take note. It sounds like a lot of salt, but with the brown sugar, and later the addition of confectioner’s sugar, it will taste just right.

salted caramel & chocolate
In a couple of hours we will be heading off to the airport. We’ll be flying to Europe to see our friends in Leuven and London. Stay tuned to read about our adventures. I am so excited!

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