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Recipe : Entry # 9103
Sarah Camp
Recipe Title
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe Theme
May: Junior Cooks
Coosa Valley EC
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup dark cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 cup boiling water

Marshmallow Frosting:
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-3 tsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 (198 g) container of marshmallow fluff
salt to taste

For the Caramel Sauce
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 pinch salt
1 TBSP vanilla extract
4 TBSP butter
1/2 cup half-and-half
For the Cupcake:
Heat oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. In a large mixer bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for three minutes. Stir in boiling water by hand (batter will be thin). (NOTE: I prefer using in between 3/4 cup and 1 cup of boiling water just until it is perfect to my eye.) Pour into cupcake pan. Because they have a tendency to overflow, fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 min. Cool 10 min; remove from pan to wire racks.

For the Frosting:
Sift powdered sugar and set aside. In a mixer, beat the butter until soft and fluffy. You'll have to scape the sides of the bowl several times. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat until smooth. Beat in the marshmallow fluff until smooth.

For the Caramel Sauce:
Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into jar.

Take a Cupcake and pipe icing on top. Drizzle on Caramel sauce and you can put a pretzel on top. Enjoy!!
Tell us about your recipe
My mom loves dark chocolate and I thought marshmallow icing sounds pretty good with a chocolate cupcake. Also while scrolling though Pinterest, I saw the pioneer woman's caramel sauce recipe and I was like put it on a cupcake! So the Salted Carmel Dark Chocolate Cupcake was born.