Caramel (Cup)Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting (Daring Bakers)

This month’s Daring Baker’s challenge comes from Shuna Fish Lydon. I’d like to thank our hosts this month for choosing such a great recipe. Hubby LOVES caramel! Thanks so much Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity, Alex of Blondie and Brownie, and Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go. You can see the full length recipe on Dolores’ blog.

I did a decent amount of salt to the frosting to cut out the sweetness. Many DBers claimed the frosting and cake together were just too sweet. We really enjoyed the salted caramel flavor.

This month brought about another first for me. I love DB for forcing me to try new things. I’ve never made caramel and the caramel sauce used in the frosting and the cake is delicious. I didn’t have enough powdered sugar so my frosting did need to be refrigerated to stiffen up. After some time in the fridge, I was able to pipe it onto the cupcakes.

I obviously opted to make cupcakes out of the recipe since we had the freedom to choose any size of cake. The recipe for this month yielded 22 cupcakes for me and they baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The frosting yielded the perfect amount for the cupcakes, with just enough left for my expert taste tester. I thought they were very good. Other than the caramel sauce, the recipes were not difficult to execute.

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