Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake Inspiration for the Birthday Boy

First, happy birthday to Little Dude — the big 13!! We love you! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I made you a favorite: a Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake recipe that you love!

chocolate sea salt caramel cupcake inspiration

Last night, we had a family party. Little Dude was surrounded by cousins and second-cousins and other family, just like he wanted. He may have been more happy with the party and gathering of everyone together than he was with the presents, of which they were many.

Dinner was a buffet of party foods, but his request, instead of a cake, was cupcakes, in the true fashion of a son of a baker. He asked me for only one food, his favorite, my chocolate and sea salted caramel cupcake recipe, so with the help of his aunt, we popped out two dozen of cupcakes that turned out gorgeous…of course.

The recipe wasn’t my own — I like Martha Stewart’s recipe for the cupcake batter inspiration and the filling, but the buttercream frosting, which includes 3/4 cup of the caramel, is my own creation. Pics below of the process. (Pardon the blur! This was way back in early blogging days and I didn’t notice the blurriness until too late. Someday I will recreate this!)

salted caramel cupcake recipe

The filling sinks so word of advice — don’t core a lot out, or double the caramel!

chocolate cupcakes with sea salt caramel

Tried a different way to frost these. It worked great and was fast!

finished cupcakes

Love how the buttercream shines!

dangerous cupcake

Two dozen cupcakes? Down to just a few in a matter of minutes. These Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel cupcakes are perfectly sweet, and you can even go heavier on the salt if you’re more of a savory person. Kosher salt also works wonderfully in this cupcake!

Definitely a success! Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any family party and while this wasn’t a typical dangerous cupcake, as I wasn’t going to infuse alcohol into a dessert for a 13 year old’s party, it could easily be changed up a little if you wanted to give it a boost. 

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  1. Thank you! That’s a couple years practice and experimenting with more than a few fails in the mix. It’s fun, and since these weren’t for a client, it was a chance to try a new tip. I haven’t even tried one yet! I saved myself one but I think someone ate it..by the time I served them last night, after the rest of the food, I was too full. I rarely eat my cupcakes but I love caramel!

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