Salted Caramel Cupcakes

On February 9th, us girls (Rory Jane, Elyse, Yelena, Melanie, Michelle B., and I) decided to have a girls night and bake! We decided on Salted Caramel Cupcakes and gossip and catch up! We decided on this recipe because it’s super new since all of us have never made it before!

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Ingredients:

     Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sea salt (preferably Fleur de Sel)

     Buttercream:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

     Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a standard 12 cup cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the sugars and butter using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Then add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Afterward, add flour mixture in 3 batches alternating with the milk in 2 additions. Beat on low until just combined and scrape down sides of bowl. Fill prepared cupcake cups and bake for about 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

     Buttercream:

  1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, cook granulated sugar over medium high heat until it begins to melt. It will become an amber brown … CARAMEL!
  2. Carefully pour cream in, in a steady stream. The whole thing will bubble and sputter but just keep stirring until completely smooth. Set aside to cool a bit.
  3. While caramel is cooling, using a mixer, cream butter until fluffy and smooth. Add confectioners sugar half a cup at a time.You may not need all 4 cups. When consistency is how you like it, add a pinch of sea salt and take a spoonful of caramel and add it to the frosting in dollops. Gently swirl.

**There will be left over caramel. You can store it in an airtight container for up to 1 week. To use, bring into room temperature.

Just wanted to show you what happened to us. Rory Jane made our caramel but for some reason it turned back to powder. Here’s what it looked like:

We’re not really sure what happened but we crumbled some and put it on top of our cupcakes so no harm done. We took another turn on it, this time I tried and here’s what it looked like:

Yay! Second time is a charm! Sadly it wasn’t all great. There were big chunks in it but the majority of it was liquidy just like it should be. Sadly we added it to our buttercream before it cooled down so our buttercream didn’t stand up the way we wanted to. It still came out wonderfully though!

It stood it’s ground but once it set a little it spread out. To see the result of this cupcake, scroll back up to the beginning! I must say it all turned out great. It was too sweet for my taste. We added a lot of sea salt to make it not as sweet. Defeats the purpose, I know. But it’s how you like!

Ken’s Donuts

February 4th we ate our Korean food leftovers so we decided to go out for dessert. We landed in:

Ken’s Donuts
2820 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 320-8484

Jenny, Tammy, and I decided it was easier if one person paid so everything is in the same box. The things I bought were Blueberry Centers (These were not great at all. It tasted better when it was sitting in the fridge for a night. Instead go for the regular centers. They taste way better.), Sugar Yeast Donut (I like when my donuts has little crystals on it and let me just say this was magnificent. So soft and fluffy!), and Glazed Donut (It wasn’t that great. I’ll stick to the Sugar Yeast.).

I would come back here again to try other things that they have but so far I only liked the Sugar Yeast Donuts.

Torchy’s Tacos

For breakfast on February 4th, Tammy, Jenny, and I went to:

Torchy’s Tacos
1311 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 366-0537
torchystacos.com

Their menu is pretty straightforward. Everything’s written on there and it looks as though a chalkboard kind of menu. I loved it!

I ordered two tacos!! It looks gross on here though. /:

The first taco I got was Jalapeno Sausage Egg and Cheese on a Flour Tortilla | $2. They had a lot of ingredients stuffed in there. So delicious!

The second taco I got was The Democrat [shredded beef barbacoa topped with fresh avocado, queso fresco, cilantro, onions, & a wedge of lime] | $3.75. I got mine on Corn Tortilla. It came with two of the tortilla whereas Tammy and Jenny got theirs on flour and it only came with one. This was definitely worth it. I was already full and in the end, it seemed like I got three tacos instead of two.

This is the Tomatillo Sauce that came with The Democrat. They gave me two of these little things. I felt there was not enough of this sauce but it was all good. The taco was so good that it didn’t even need sauce!

I really want to go here again and again. Thank goodness they have so many locations!