A Taxing Day: Martha Stewart's Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are so yummy, you might want to eat them all yourself! The recipe is below.....


Enjoy! CQ

Martha Stewart's Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

The Cupcakes
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup warm water

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add eggs, buttermilk, oil, extract, and the water; beat until smooth and combined.

Spoon the batter into liners about two-thirds full. Bake approximately 15 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Transfer tins to wire racks and allow to cool for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 1 month in air tight containers.

To finish, use a paring knife to cut a cone-shaped piece (about 1/2 inch deep) from the center of each cupcake and throw away the pieces. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons warm Salted Caramel Filling into each hollowed-out cupcake. You will notice the caramel will sink into the cupcake a little, just fill it up a bit more. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over filling.

Use a pastry bag with a medium open-star tip (I used Wilton #1M) and pipe Dark Chocolate Frosting onto each cupcake, swirling tip and releasing as you pull up to form a peak. Garnish each cupcake with a pinch of sea salt. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are filled and frosted. Store at room temperature in airtight containers - do NOT refrigerate. Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Filling
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, preferably fleur de sel

Directions
Heat sugar with the water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over high, stirring occasionally, until syrup is clear; clip a candy thermometer to side of pan and stop stirring.

Cook until syrup comes to a boil, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush as needed. Boil, gently swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is caramelized and just reaches 360°F. Remove rom heat and slowly pour in cream; stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sea salt.

Use immediately; if caramel begins to harden reheat gently until pourable.

Dark Chocolate Frosting
Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon boiling water
2 1/4 cups (4 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds best-quality semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions:
Combine cocoa and boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved.

With electric mixer on medium-high, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture.

Frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen up to 1 month in an air tight container. Before using, bring to room temperature and beat on low speed until smooth again.

117 comments:

  1. Omgosh, I've made these! I actually used a recipe from Bake or Break but it looks like they're pretty similar. These were a little work but SO worth the effort! I couldn't stop eating the caramel...I kept thinking that it all tasted like a giant rolo :) So yummy!

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  2. Wow these look delicious! I can't wait to try them =)

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  3. Cupcakes are defintely the way to go. These look great.

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  4. I adore the chocolate/salt/caramel combo. Yum...I have to try this recipe.

    I hope that you are slowly feeling better in these sad weeks without Layla. I think of her photos when I think of you! Your kitchen must be kind of quiet. :(

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  5. These look so yummy! Good to see you back baking again.

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  6. Cute! They look like little Reese's cups. I'll have to try these next time I whip up a big dessert. Thanks for sharing!!

    Take care,
    -- Chelsey

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  7. hi i'm a new follower-loves it!

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  8. Wow, those look absolutely delicious!!!

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  9. Hi Linda.

    Love your Blog. That recipe is simply mouth watering. It's just a tad bit to early for me to be tempted like that lol.

    This there a way I can contact you? I couldn't find your contact info anywhere. I'd like to share something with you. Feel free to contact me if you have a moment. Thanks.

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  10. I love Martha Stewart! :)

    Claire M.

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  11. Wow..never seen shining cupcakes..can't wait to try this to eat..first to bake them..it will be hard:(

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  12. I put on 10 lbs just looking at the pictures!
    I love to bake! I love my dogs! I take pictures of both too!
    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  13. I think that I'll make this my next Cupcake Kitchen adventure. They sound and look great!

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  14. I was just looking for something sweet and salty, so this is perfect! Looks great!

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  17. these cupcakes sound delicious!

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  18. omg that looks so tasty! and yes i would eat them all by myself haha :P

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  19. These look and sound SO delicious.

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  20. a very lovely cupcake-blog :))
    could eat them all!
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  21. Hummmmmmmmm... delícia...
    amei o seu site, estou te seguindo, sucesso pra você. beijos

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  22. These look so good that I could eat my computer screen! But I will contain myself...lol. Thanks for the recipe, will have to make them soon!

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  23. Mmm this looks great! I've been a long-time follower of your blog and I live in the DC area too. I recently started selling small orders of my cupcakes from home (along with other treats like cake pops, macarons, etc.). I was wondering if you might be interesting in reviewing a dozen of my cupcakes? If you're interested, my flavors are listed on this page http://www.6bittersweets.com/2011/03/6-bittersweets-baking-orders-flavors.html. Hope to hear back from you!

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  24. Ooowww look delicious!!!
    I´m new in the cupcake´s world so I hope to prepare a nice one as you do ;)
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    lot of love!xxx

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  25. Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes--With these ingredients, what's not to like.

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  26. Chocolate and caramel! Two of my favorite things.

    xoxo
    Daxia
    silkandsatan.blogspot.com

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  27. They look incredible, I'm trying to learn how to bake at the moment and am putting my attempts on my blog, would love any advice u could give me to help me improve! http://bakemistake.blogspot.com

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  28. OH MY! .. this really looks so delicious..im craving for this.. wanna have some..=)

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  29. wow .. it looks so delicious .. thanks for the recipe .. i'll definitely try that one ..

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  30. Anonymous5:17 PM

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  31. Linda,

    Can't find an email address for you. Would like to discuss cupcakes in D.C. and possible partnership opportunity. Please let me know how I can get in touch.

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  32. i would definitely eat these all myself! then i would feel the extreme need to go excercise... but it would totally be worth it!

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  33. These look so delicious! Sweet Saturday, indeed!!

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  34. this looks soo decadent!!! yum!!

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  35. this looks so good, thanks for sharing!

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  36. I have a salted caramel cupcake recipe of my own that I've been meaning to try! Thanks for the reminder. Your pictures make me hungry!

    Emily http://www.mywordsinterestslife.blogspot.com

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  38. Just stumbled upon your blog today and wow. Some of those pictures made my mouth water. I am starting a challenge in which I will bake 500 different cupcake recipes over the course of 500 days. Any advice you might have?

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  40. Wow. The cupcake really looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing your ingredient with us.

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  42. Glad to see you are still enjoying Martha's Cupcakes! These Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes look delicious! We'd love to have you link up with us on August 15th for Rhubarb Cupcakes with Whipped Cream. Hope to see you then!

    Happy Baking!

    Rachel

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  43. Both Dutch-pressed cocoa and natural cocoa, also known as unsweetened cocoa powder, can be used, each requiring its own recipe for chocolate cupcakes and each giving a slightly different taste.

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  45. Anonymous12:21 PM

    The caramel filling looks sooo yummy... Thanks for sharing your recipes! I'm a stay-at-home mom and I love baking, too. For my kid's birthday last week, I ordered half a dozen Popsy Cakes--they are essentially a cute cupcake on a pretzel rod. Everybody at the party loved them! With the pretzel rod and the gourmet chocolate, they very well combine the saltiness and sweetness, just like what you would have got with the chocolate and caramel combination. check them out at www.popsycakes.com

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  46. Sure really hope that mine turn out as good as yours. great recipe from Martha Stewart!!

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  47. They look amazing! I'm a first time commenter, but I discovered your blog through the Washington Post. :D

    - a teen baker and blogger

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  49. Can't wait to try this recipe, I already know they will be wonderful

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  51. Wow, have just got to do these for a baby shower on the weekend. What a great recipe.

    Lifecell

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  52. Wow these look so yummy. I love caramel! How long did it take to prepare and bake these little ones?

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  54. Aloha!!!!! I wanted to let you know layla made me smile many a day!!!! i have saved pictures of her. i have a sweet dog too named lola. she is my heart as i know you and layla are. her spirit surrounds you and your family. take care. if you ever need to talk im here. aloha, cat

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  55. Acabo de descubrir tu blog, y me encanta, esta receta está genial !!!
    Gracias por compartirla !!!!
    Saludos desde Canarias.Spain
    Lola

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  57. Recipes is very descriptive and clear.
    Thank you.

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  58. Delicious cupcakes!!!:-))
    Bravissima kisses


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  59. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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  60. hello layla very nice to meet you.
    I live in DC so maybe soon we can meet.
    I love to cook to and I have a cooking blog in spanish but I have a Google Translate so you can see the recipes in English.

    Regards

    Olga.

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  61. Crazy idea but I love the idea of mixing sweet and salty!

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  62. My goodness, I think I must try these cupcakes :)

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  63. Chocolate, caramel and salt are such a perfect combination. I love that this cupcake has such minimal icing. Considering they are all the rage nowadays, it's nice to find one that's a little different!

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  64. Anonymous2:26 AM

    wow!!!!!!!!!!
    good looking Cupcakes...........
    nice Cupcakes.............
    niceeeeeeee............

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  65. Realmente estupendos!! tienen un brillo espectacular. Deliciosos.
    Saludos

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  66. Wow this cupcakes really looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I can make these in my sister's 18th birthday.

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  67. I'm drooling for these right now!! Did they happen to be very sweet? Thinking if I'd have to adjust the sugar content.

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  68. One look at these cupcakes made me melt!! They are awesome. Fabulous recipe.


    Stuart

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  69. Ugh these look so delicious! My mouth is watering O___O

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  70. I've been meaning to make something with salted caramel. These look sticky and yum! Glad I found this blog, I'm a newbie. :)

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  71. me and my whole family loves cup cakes, thanks for this beautiful recipe , i am sure my children will love it

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  72. Oh that Martha, a real winner here.

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  73. That looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  74. These look so delicious and yummy!

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  75. oh My! rs!
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    apareca nas abobrinhas do BRAZIL!!

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  76. they look kinda messy but sometimes messy is better haha anyways I bet they were delicious!

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  77. They Look GREAT...Yummm...Just became a follower...

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  78. Beautifully done cupcake! Mmmm that one really makes me crave for it.

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  79. great recipe. thanks for sharing :)

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  80. I wanna stick my fingers in and lick, yum.

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  82. YUMMY!
    Salted Caramel is such a foreign concept to most South Africans..... I think I need to introduce this to my friends :)

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  83. Wow mouth watering pictures

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  84. your cake looks gorgeous! I’m going to bake for my anniversary tonight.

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  85. I'm on board with anything involving salted caramel and chocolate!

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  88. Oh delicious caramel chocolate cupcakes. I love this one and I will try to make one for this coming holiday season. Thanks for sharing and I'm hoping that it will turn out great. Cheers and have a happy holidays season to you. :)

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  89. oh my! it looks so good! I love salty caramel!

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  90. This dessert looks absolutely amazing. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  92. Love the sweet/salty combination, with caramel it's just taken to a whole other level.

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  97. These pictures itself are inviting.. I can't wait to try out.Its already mouth watering..

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  100. Rob Johnson11:30 PM

    Great post, thanks for this! By the way, I once used Textuarants when I was making something similar to this and it worked awesome!

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  101. It looks so delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe!
    I really like the blog. Thanks!

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  102. Well, there goes my New Year's diet plan...!

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  103. Keep it coming my dear. :D

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  104. Yummy Yummy. I love cupcakes and these look so good.

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  105. These not only look good, they seem really very sophisticated. Cupcakes for adults!

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  106. Look Delicious, thay the best choice for aour dinner party next weekend.

    thanks!!

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  108. Wow, my two favorites! Caramel and Chocolate in one! Awesome. I just might have to try that one for my blog. My blog is all about little cake balls, I'm thinking putting the caramel inside the balls, yum!

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  109. Then look amazing! I could never resist!

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  110. What a fantastic site, just love your cupcakes. will be checking in often x

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  111. mmm caramel, for me the caramel did it, can't resist a caramel topping.

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  112. Sounds delicious, The cupcakes are so pretty. I’m willing to bet that they do taste as good as they look. Nice job!

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  113. they look so yummy x

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  115. Oh my goodness these look so GOOOOOD! I mean really, just looking at them you can just see how divine they are!
    This is one of my favorite combinations, dark chocolate, caramel, and salt yum. Sometimes, I like to add a little dash of black pepper.

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