Creme Brulee Cupcakes

For Hubby’s birthday, I told him I’d make a treat for him to take in to work. As I’ve mentioned before, his favorite dessert is creme brulee. I’ve made it twice for him already. But, creme brulee doesn’t travel to work very well. So instead, I gave him a list of 10 desserts that are at the top of my must-bake list.

When I added this recipe as the last option for him, I knew there was no point in even giving him the list. Sure enough, he chose his favorite dessert in cupcake form for his birthday treat.

I have to admit that I’m very glad he chose this recipe, because it’s amazing. The cupcakes really do taste like creme brulee. I made the cupcakes and frosting the night before his birthday and then we torched them in the morning before heading to work. Hubby said they only lasted about 10 minutes in the kitchen at work.

The other great thing about these cupcakes is that I found my new favorite way to frost a cupcake. I just loved how the cupcakes looked with a good portion of the cake peaking out, but there still being plenty of frosting. I decided at that point that I will be frosting cupcakes like this again (as I did for my Red Velvet cupcakes).

As a side note, for those of you who know, Hubby’s birthday is in February. This post is going up in April. I tend to do this unless there is a deadline for a blogging event. When I make something to be blogged, I add the pictures, recipe and link to the original source, then save it as a draft. Then on some random day, I go back and finish up the post and set it to publish at some point in the future. So on an evening like tonight, I can bust out about 10 posts while Hubby plays video games with his buddy. Then if I don’t have time to write blog posts for another month, it’s ok.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes – Adapted from Clara, originally from How to Eat a Cupcake
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the egg whites
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk – I used 1/4 c water + 3/4 c heavy cream
3 tablespoons caramel syrup – I used Smuckers ice cream topping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternately beat in dry ingredients and milk.

Add caramel syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Gently fold whites into batter.

Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Brown sugar swiss meringue buttercream
1 cup light brown sugar
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Put sugar, egg whites and salt into the top of a double boiler over a pan of simmering water. Whisking constantly, cook until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm (about 160 degrees). Pour heated egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg white mixture on high speed until it forms stiff (but not dry) peaks. Continue beating until fluffy and cooled, about 7 minutes total.

Switch to the paddle attachment. With mixer on medium-low, add butter two tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Increase speed to medium-high; continue beating until frosting appears thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and continue beating 1 minute to reduce air bubbles.

To assemble cupcakes
Remove center of cupcake using the cone method. Fill cupcake with buttercream. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and caramelize with creme brulee torch.

I’m entering this in Joelen’s Tasty Tools event for April. She’s featuring muffin pans this month!

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8 Responses to “Homemade Graham Crackers and Caramel S’mores”

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    Sunshine — October 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    That’s the same recipe I used for grahams last summer, and I was addicted to them. Could not stop eating them! Thanks for reminding me to make them again.

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    Krystal — October 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I loved your themed week recipes, it’s so festive and fun. These sound sinful with the caramel chocolates. YUM!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE what you did with all the s’mores! Great idea and you’re just so creative with it all. Let me know if you ever need a taste-tester, I live right down the street!

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    Shannon — October 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    i’ve wanted to try my own graham crackers… bummer to hear they’re not that much better than store bought! FABULOUS idea with the caramel chocolates though 🙂

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    Lindsey — October 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my lord…can I just tell you how good these look!!!!

    And I LOVE smores!

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    Elizabeth — October 11, 2010 at 5:03 am

    these look FABULOUS, and yes smores with Reese’s cups are absolutely delicious! I just found your blog and became your follower because your recipes look divine, I will def. be trying some of them in the near future! Have a wonderful day!

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    The Cilantropist — October 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I made this graham recipe too! I wish I had gotten to check if some of them were better a few days later, but mine were all gone after a weekend of camping. 😉 I felt like you did at first though, that they were good but not great, and so it is a good thing to know they improve with time. Thanks for all these recipes!

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    Kerstin — October 14, 2010 at 4:19 am

    What a great week of posts – I especially love your caramel twist here and I’m super impressed you made your own graham crackers 🙂

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