Day 71 – Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes

10 Oct

Who else needs a little push to make it to Friday?  And, what better to help than a little caramel and coffee concoction?  Exactly!!  Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (recipe below from My Buttery Fingers).

Enjoy this tip and then dig into those cupcakes!!

Coffee-Cupcake     Mini-Coffee-Cupcake

The full-size cake is nicely moist on the inside, good density.  The minis are little muffins for sure, very hard and dense.  Both taste like coffee, not overly strong, but very much like black coffee, not like coffee with cream.

Whipped-Topping

The frosting is exactly like whipped cream.  It’s super tasty!! A little coffee, a little sweet and very creamy.

Caramel-Macchiato-Cupcake     Mini-Macchiato-Cupcake

The balance is very nice together. The hint of caramel is nice, but the balance of sweet and coffee is the winner.   Notes: the mini is actually very tasty once it’s all together, nice ratio of cake to topping. You really do need a squeeze bottle or something similar for the caramel. It was too thick to just pipe on. Just as an FYI.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2.5
  • Frosting Taste: 5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 5 (to call on the look of the classic drink is a great idea!)
  • Ease of Making: 2 (3 parts plus that’s one of the strangest ways to make caramel I’ve ever used)
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (recipe from My Buttery Fingers)

Coffee Cupcakes
2 1/2 (313g) cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 (180ml) cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled to warm
1/4 (60ml) cup milk
1 tbsp Kahlua
12 tbsp (170g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (200g) sugar
3 eggs
1 rounded tsp instant espresso
Cacao nibs, for sprinkling

Whipped Cream Topping
200g (around 1 cup) whipping cream
3 tbsp (40g) sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp Kahlua (Optional. Don’t put too much, or the cream will be too soft for piping)

Caramel Sauce
(this makes more than needed, use remaining as an ice-cream topper or a mix-in for coffee)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
3 tbsp (43g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 tbsp (60g) heavy cream

For directions visit My Buttery Fingers.

*Tomorrow: Flaked Coconut Cupcakes*

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