We’re still redoing our kitchen.
There is an end in sight, at this point…however…sometimes projects lead to more projects.
So while the kitchen cabinets are just about finished and our counter will be installed this week, our kitchen project has lead to a “paint the entire living area project” as well as a “lay all new floors in the house project” and also a “buy new curtains project”.
Then I decided that with all the new floor and new wall and new kitchen business, we might need a new dining room table. Because you can’t really enjoy the newness of everything else while staring at a kitchen table that has kool-aid rings and Sharpie doodles on it. It kinda ruins everything.
And really, if we get a new kitchen table, we kind of need a new coffee table in the family room. But with a new coffee table, you need new end tables. And seriously, you can’t have new end tables without new couches.
But my husband doesn’t feel the same way. He doesn’t understand how bad our couches will feel. They’ll miss the kool-aid rings and Sharpie doodles. I don’t want my couches to feel abandoned. And I certainly don’t want my kool-aid rings pulling a Toy Story on me and trying to find a way back to the house.
So basically I made cupcakes to soften the husband up to the idea of Extreme Home Makeover: DIY edition.
Salted Caramel Cupcakes, actually.
While he loved the cupcakes, he pretended he went deaf during the whole “buy new everything” conversation.
Temporary deafness apparently is a thing.
We’re going to the doctor next week.
So let’s talk.
Are you going to miss seeing my sweet plywood counter tops in pictures?
Here’s the deal with these cupcakes It starts with caramel sauce.
Homemade caramel sauce.
Wait, come back! Don’t run scared…you can do it, I promise.
This is the world’s most foolproof caramel sauce ever.
No candy thermometer necessary.
And it’s for-sure easier than unwrapping all those pre-made caramels, I swear it.
Just melt some butter, milk,and dark and light brown sugar together.
Then boil it. For just 3 minutes. That’s totally it.
It will seem too runny, but I promise you, as it cools off it will thicken. Patience, grasshopper.
While you’re waiting to prove me wrong, bake your cupcakes.
Fill the liners about 3/4 full.
While they are cooling you’ll need to make your frosting. This is where you’ll need some of the cooled caramel you made…just butter, powdered sugar, caramel and milk.
Then poke some holes in the tops of your cupcakes.
Then drizzle some caramel on top of those and let it soak all in…
You could stop there, really, but you made frosting, remember?
Just frost them a little, sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with more caramel.
Could a cupcake be more gorgeous?
You will have about 3/4 cup of caramel left…which is only a problem if you’re an alien.
Save that and use it on ice cream, cake, hot dogs, whatever…
makes 18 cupcakes
- 12 Tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 12 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup reserved caramel sauce
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Sea Salt for topping
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and light and dark brown sugars, and milk together. Bring to a boil.
- Let mixture boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together.
- In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar over medium speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.
- Add the flour and the milk, beating on low speed until ingredients are just combined.
- Fill each liner about 3/4 full, about 1/4 cup batter.
- Bake approx 20 minutes until centers are set.
- Transfer to wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
- While cupcakes are cooling make your frosting. Combine butter, powdered sugar 3/4 cup prepared (and cooled) caramel sauce and milk in a mixing bowl. Beat ingredients together about 2 minutes until creamy.
- After cupcakes have cooled for about 10 minutes, pierce tops of cupcakes with a sharp knife or skewer about 10 times. Pour about 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce on top of each cupcake, allowing it to absorb into the holes.
- Let the cupcakes finish cooling completely and then frost with about 2 tablespoons of frosting on each. Lightly sprinkle your cupcakes with (coarse or flaked) sea salt.
Here are some other fun Salted Caramel yumminess I am dying to try:
and these Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Tidy Mom made with Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer…such a great idea!