Day 317 – Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcakes

13 Jun

Today is the opening ceremony for the College World Series.  I know.  I’ve never mentioned sports on this blog.  They’re not really my favorite. But, growing up in Omaha I went to the College World Series every year.  I loved it!  So, I couldn’t let this event pass without a special cupcake.  And, any excuse to eat some Cracker Jacks, right?  Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcakes (recipe below from Suitcases & Sweets).

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are pretty dense and sticky. The have a sweet flavor. The peanut candy inside really gives the whole thing a peanut butter kinda flavor, which is cool and unexpected.

Peanut-Filling

The peanut candy filling is sticky and crunchy. Not gooey, like caramel. Just a sticky candy. A little bit like honey roasted peanuts. Sweet and salty. Dangerous to have in the house…

Caramel-Frosting

The frosting is light, smooth and creamy. It sticks well, even though it looks like it may be a little on the thin side. It has a nice, sweet caramel taste. But very smooth. Not a lot of bite.

Cracker-Jack-Cupcake     Mini-Cracker-Jack-Cupcake

This is a flavor-packed cupcake. So simple and so complex at the same time. It’s salty and sweet right off the bat. Crunchy and smooth. The flavors all go really well together. Very tasty overall!

Cracker-Jack-halved2

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20

Cracker-Jack-top

RECIPE

Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcakes (recipe from Suitcases & Sweets)

Butter Cake:
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Crunchy Peanut Candy Filling:

  • 12 ounces lightly salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Salted Caramel Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 bag Cracker Jacks

For directions visit Suitcases & Sweets.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes*

 

6 Responses to “Day 317 – Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcakes”

  1. sophiebowns June 13, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    How yummy!

  2. Alyssa D. {Suitcases & Sweets} June 13, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I’m so happy you enjoyed them! I look for any excuse to eat Cracker Jacks — and cupcakes — too. Glad you found a reason for both! Sweet wishes for success on the rest of your baking journey. 🙂

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