22 October 2009
OK, so the other day I was asked if I'd ever made gooey caramel centred cupcakes.
It sounded so good, I had to try.
And I have an excuse, tomorrow I've been invited to attend an open house shopping day, cupcakes in tow of course ... which should be fun, it's a new experience for me.
So, I had my camera at hand, so you could follow the process with me.
From the title, I guess you'll gather that they didn't quite work out as they should have, but let me tell you they do still taste divine, so all is not lost!
After a little Google search, I found these.
So this is the holy grail - this is what I was going for. And just in case you don't follow that link, this is the image they lured me in with.
Gorgeous - right?
I even Googled the kind of caramel sweets they used before I went and bought a South African equivalent!
Anyway, it also made me realise I haven't shared my cupcake recipe with you. So here it is.
Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson)
125 grams unsalted butter (I use Rama margarine for Baking)
125 grams castor sugar
125 grams self-raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (I'm sure she says extract, but it's expensive!!!)
2-3 tablespoons of milk
Put everything in the food processor and blend until thoroughly mixed.
Then spoon into your cupcake pan - lined with cupcake papers.
I make 24 at a time and so I just double up the recipe. Works perfectly.
So, for the caramel centred cupcakes, all you're supposedly meant to do is press a caramel into the centre of each cupcake before baking.
A little aside here - see how the last three cupcakes don't have caramels? I'm sure there were 24 in the box ... clearly I am so bust!!!
Then, this is what they looked like when they came out of the oven. No pretty square shaped whole in the top.
Anyway, I was still holding out hope that the gooey centre would be yummy.
I couldn't wait ... of course.
So I dusted one with icing sugar.
And then took a big old bite ...
It really was yummy - but I don't think that's where the caramel is supposed to be.
Never mind, I think we'll call these chewy caramel bottom cupcakes.
I'm sure that'll be fine!
Have a good weekend
Posted by Nicky Farmer at 2:30 PM