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Melody Brandon, Long Beach, CA Vendor: Baker Website: Sweet and Saucy Shop About Me: Sweet & Saucy Shop is a dessert studio that specializes in cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as many other goodies that taste as good as they look. Our new bakery storefront will be up and running within the next two months!
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My husband’s side of the family has an interesting tradition for celebrating birthdays. Instead of celebrating everyone’s birthday on their actual birthday they like to group birthdays together from a 3-4 month period and celebrate about 10 people’s birthdays all together. Now this arrangement does have its pluses, but it also has its negatives -try being 24 years old and having enough money for 8 birthdays!!

Well, one benefit of being a pastry chef is using my culinary skills to make homemade gifts that make people forget that I didn’t spend the big bucks on them. ;) I decided to try out a new recipe for the big party extravaganza! I took a look through my folder full of cupcake recipes that I’ve been wanting to try out and I kept flipping back to Chockylit’s recipe for Salted Caramel Frosting, so I decided to try it out.

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I used one of my favorite recipes for chocolate cake/cupcakes from Ina Garten. I also had some extra chocolate rum ganache left over from another dessert that I tried out, so I decided to use it as a filling for the cupcakes. To make this ganache just heat an equal amount of heavy cream until it begins to boil and pour it oven an equal amount of chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Let it sit for a few minutes and then stir in 1 tablespoon or so of rum (depending on the amount of chocolate and cream you used…it’s all up to you). Let the chocolate ganache completely cool until it is scoopable, and then fill a pastry bag with the ganache and pipe it into the cooled cupcakes.

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Here are a couple photos of me making the salted caramel for the salted caramel frosting. You can see the stages the caramel has to go through before you add it to the cream cheese frosting base. First shot is of the amber caramel right after I took it off the stove.

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This next shot is after I added the lemon juice, butter, and heavy cream.

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This last photo is of the caramel right before I added it to the cream cheese frosting base.

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After I added the caramel to the cream cheese frosting base, I made a couple small changes to it. I added about 1/2 teaspoon more salt to the recipe and about 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. The little amount of caramel I had left, that I didn’t add to the frosting, I spooned over the top of the cupcakes after I frosted them. I also had some leftover candied pecans from the last dessert I made, so I topped off the cupcakes with them. As a finishing touch, I sprinkled a little coarse sea salt on top. These cupcakes turned out fantastic and were a huge hit with the family! I definitely recommend trying them out. Thanks so much Chockylit for the great recipe!

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I always think presentation is key when giving someone a gift, so I thought that I would package these cupcakes in clear boxes from Garnish. I wish I would’ve had some all-brown M&Ms at home, but I didn’t, so I just used the normal M&Ms to add a little barrier around the base of the cupcake and add some edible decoration. I tied a cute little green ribbon top to tie in all the colors and the gifts were finished.

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P.S. I get all my cute cupcake liners from Confectionery House!

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7 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting & Chocolate Rum Ganache Filling”

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Yin
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Yin (message)  347 posts, Helper bee

Your cupcakes always look amazing and delicious. I seriously want to lick the screen right now…

 
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Mrs. Peep Toe (message)  1,804 posts, Buzzing bee

You are making me so hungry!!! When does your store open- I’ll be in LA late July and I want one of those now!!

 
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MissBookworm (message)  294 posts, Helper bee

Holy moley. I can never makes these. I would just eat the whole batch. Right away.

But…. maybe someone can make them for my shower…that way I have to share right?…Right?

 
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dee

these sound scrumptious! how do you fill the cupcakes? Do you just cut a small hole in the top when theyre fresh out of the oven and “push” the ganache in with the pastry bag?

 
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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

So adorable all packaged up!

I hafta admit, I’m kinda sorta intimidated by the idea of making my own caramel — but boy-oh-boy, I wish I weren’t. :-(

 
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joy Paoletti

I will definitely try these! Where is your store?

Do you ship to Connecticut? Please let me know.

Joy

 
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Esther

I found your recipe and I have to say I have made it several times and every time it is a smash hit. Thank you for helping me beat out my competition for title of best baker in the office. I add some balsamic and vanilla to the frosting for flavor and smell. Thanks so much!

 

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