Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Latte, Frappuccino, and CUPCAKES!

by Darla

I’m sure you’ve all noticed how much I’ve been babbling about Starbucks recently. With my little visit to the States, I’ve been splurging and enjoying yummy chai lattes and salted caramel mocha frappuccinos whenever I can, but my Starbucks fund is more or less depleted.

Which really didn’t take too long, considering the price of a tall drink there.

I have to admit that, although my pocketbook can’t afford daily Starbucks after Starbucks after Starbucks, I really do think they are worth the occasional four bucks a pop. I mean have you tried the new salted caramel mochas and frappuccinos?!?! Holy heaven on earth. Yum.

Still, though… My bank account can only handle so many Starbucks debits.

I was beginning to think that I was going to have to kick the habit before my visit ended, which I guess is better than going cold turkey once I don’t have Starbucks around anymore, but then one of my blogging friends, Liz of Blog is the New Black, asked me on Facebook if I was planning a cupcake to celebrate a day of Starbucks and a new car.

I was immediately inspired to make a Starbucks cupcake. A salted caramel mocha cupcake, to be exact.

I got really excited about this idea and had to run with it. Really. I had to. I had zero choice in the matter…it was too irresistible.

I thought, though, that if I was going to make the cupcakes, why  am I not making the drink? Aaaaaand then, I couldn’t stop thinking about making the drink. Really, I never had any choice (really), so I made the drink, too.

And now I’m saving beaucoup bucks, but still enjoying my yummy mochas and fraps. Not to mention an incredible, delicious, amazing cupcake version. And all is right with the world.

Alright, so Starbucks drinks are a lot easier to replicate than you might think.

As long as your not to picky over steamed milk vs. nuked milk.

Which I’m not.

Most importantly, you’re going to need hot brewed coffee and hot, or steamed, milk. I don’t have a steamer, so I just popped mine in the microwave until it was hot.

Next up is the mocha maker: chocolate. If you want to invest in the actual mocha syrup that they use at Starbucks (which you can buy online), then go for it. If, however, you don’t want a 5 gallon tub of the stuff sitting around, I recommend using cocoa powder. No, it doesn’t add any sweetness, but other ingredients cover that.

You can also use store bought chocolate syrup, but I recommend going with something darker, like Hershey’s Special Dark.

Personally, I prefer the cocoa powder since it is unsweetened, but the syrup is great for frappuccinos (the same coffee recipe, over ice, and blended).

For the flavoring of this, you have a few options. Starbucks uses a toffee nut syrup, which you can, again, buy online. This time it’s a much more reasonably sized bottle, but I already had both hazelnut and caramel syrups to work with, so I decided to save my money and try one of those.

I ended up trying each of them, eventually, and they both taste great. The caramel makes the drink taste the most like the actual Starbucks version, but the hazelnut was delicious, too, so I’m including it as an option.

Making the drink is incredibly simple: pour two ounces (1/4 cup) of hot coffee into a large mug (you can add more or less coffee, as you see fit, but this recipe will yield 12 ounces). Sprinkle the cocoa powder in and stir to dissolve the powder. Next, add six ounces (3/4 cup) of hot or steamed milk, and stir. Finally, stir in two tablespoons of flavoring syrup.

That’s it. You now have your very own salted caramel mocha latte. Almost.

You still need whipped cream. And salted caramel sauce.

Rich, delicious, amazing, irresistible, Nectar of the Gods, golden, salted caramel sauce.

I used my own (very favorite) recipe here, but you can also buy ready made caramel sauce. The major difference is that most store bought caramel sauces won’t be salted.

Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but if you’re looking to make it homemade, I highly recommend that you follow that link above and make mine. It’s not just that it tastes fantastic, but that post also offers up tips and visuals on how to get the perfect caramel. If you don’t get great caramel using those tips, I will eat my hat (doused in caramel).

Another little treat that I added to my homemade drink was a sweet and salty sprinkle mix. Starbucks puts this delicious toffee-ish, salted sugar on top of each of their drinks, and to be honest, it’s my favorite part. Well…the whole topping is my favorite; all that whipped cream and gooey caramel and salty-sweet, crunchy topping.

It’s pretty much amazing.

My sprinkle creation isn’t quite as good as the Starbucks stuff, but it’s a close replica, and it’s super easy. I used large sanding sprinkles, but you any large grain sugar. I love the glam that my pearly gold sugar adds, though. :)

Just stir a little coarse sea salt into the sugar, and you’re all set. I did a ratio of about one to six; one part salt, six parts sugar. I think it’s a pretty perfect ratio, but you can tweak it to be more or less salty to your tastes.

Swirl some fresh whipped cream on top, drizzle lots of beautiful caramel on, and finish it up with crunchy salted sugar. This is so AH-ma-zing! It’s warm and sweet and lightly chocolaty, with a punch of rich coffee flavor running through it all, and the toppings are just divine. The very best part about it is that I’m saving about four bucks every time I make one! Even if you splurge for all of the actual Starbucks products to make these at home, you’ll still be saving mucho dinero.

Plus! Plus!! It makes an excellent frappuccino. And it’s so excellent that you’ll find nary a photo of one in this post, because none of them ever lasted long enough to make it to a photo shoot.

All I did to turn this into a frappuccino was to mix up the coffee drink in the blender with cold milk instead of hot, add about a cup or so of ice, and blend. Top the whole she-bang with the same whipped cream, caramel, and salted sugar, and voila! Now you have a super incredible, yummy, not overpriced salted caramel mocha frappuccino. And happiness. Yes. Happiness can be found in a cup.

Once I had perfected these drinks, I finally got started on what I set out to do in the beginning: translate my new favorite Starbucks drink into a cupcake. A moist, chocolaty, coffee laced, caramel-y, salty sweet, amazing cupcake.

Then I died and went to heaven. But I came back so I could share this with you. :)

FOr the cupcake, I took one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes and tweaked it to have a coffee flavor. The reason I used a chocolate cupcake recipe is becuae the drink had a fair amount of chocolate in it, and I thought a plain coffee cupcake wouldn’t capture the flaovrs right.

You’ll need eggs (at room temperature), all-purpose flour, unsalted butter (at room temperature), brewed hot coffee, vanilla extract, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. There is nothing wild, or hard to find in these (yay!).

First thing, add the cocoa powder to the hot coffee, stir it in until it’s dissolved, and set the mixture aside to cool to room temperature (or place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes).

Once the coffee mixture is chilled, mixing up the cupcakes is pretty basic. The batter should have a pretty standard consistency (not too runny or thick). I decided that these were the perfect opportunity to break out my Fred Teacupcakes. :) I’ve had these little cuties for over a year, and this is the first time I’m using them. They turned out so darn cute, don’t be surprised if you see them again and again. :)

The cupcakes baked up beautifully, and they tasted wonderful, but they lost most of their coffee flavor. The uncooked batter has a gorgeous, rich coffee flavor. I expected to lose a lot of that in the baking process, but I actually lost more than I anticipated. You could still taste a slightly bitter coffee flavor at the end of each bite, but it didn’t have the impact I wanted.

I followed through with my plan for these, while I brainstormed the coffee flavor dilemma.

Obviously, these had to be filled with caramel. They had to be…there was no way around it. I cored each cupcake, filled them each with a healthy teaspoonful of caramel sauce (the same that I made for the drinks), and replaced the bit of cupcake I had removed.

While I finished that up, I realized that the perfect solution for my coffee flavor loss was something I had whipped up for my cinnamon roll cupcakes last week: my coffee icing. And I was right. The icing not only added a great little punch of coffee flavor, but it added an extra but of sweetness that was just right for these cupcakes. After spreading a small amount of the coffee icing on, I topped each cupcake the same way that I topped my drinks: whipped cream, salted caramel sauce, and salted sugar.

I agonized a little over the frosting I wanted to use for these. I don’t usually like to top cupcakes with whipped cream, since it’s not exactly stable, and doesn’t last long in warmer temperatures, but fate decided that it was how these needed to be made.

I was going to top the cupcakes with Swiss meringue buttercream, but my stiff peaks never formed. This was a first for me, and quite discouraging, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I decided to use whipped cream instead, because I was crunched for time, and it was the right choice. These are fantastic with whipped cream.

That being said, if I were going to be serving these in a warmer climate, or if they were going to be sitting out for hours and hours, I would definitely go with the meringue buttercream, or even a regular vanilla buttercream. I think they would still taste amazing, but they would be more stable.

These cupcakes have skyrocketed to the number one position on my Favorite Cupcake List. Sometimes when I set out to make something new, I think it sounds like it’ll be great, but the results are so much more than I hoped for. This is one of those times. These cupcakes are my new Cloud Nine. They’re my new you-had-a-rough-week-and-deserve-a-cupcake cupcake. These (along with the drinks) are my latest excuse for always keeping fresh caramel sauce on hand.

I mean, come on! How can you look at that and not immediately think, “Must go make caramel. Must have caramel. Now.” If I ever turn to a zombie, I’ll be a caramel zombie…no brains for me, thanks. I just want a cupcake like this, with gorgeous caramel melting into each bite.

I know these look like they must take all day long, and tons of labor, but trust me when I say it isn’t so. I made the caramel and the whipped cream a couple of days before I made the cupcakes, and the coffee icing takes about two minutes to whip up. As for the cupcakes, I’d say they take 10 minutes, tops, to mix up, and even with chilling and baking times, they’re cooling on the counter in about an hour. Even assembly is quick: core, fill, ice, frost, drizzle, sprinkle. I’d say a minute per cupcake, and that’s a pretty big stretch, because I think I had each one done in about 30 to 45 seconds. Please, please don’t be intimidated by any part of these. From the caramel making to the assembly, these are quick, easy, and painless! And worth every last second you devote to them.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go devote some more time to them. After all, it’s a cupcake’s life ambition to be eaten. I have a lot of cupcakes’ dreams to fulfill today. You go make some cupcakes to make happy. Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte [Printable Version]
Makes 6 12-ounce servings

**I have included instructions for making many servings, as well as instructions for a single serving**

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces or 375 ml) hot coffee (for stronger mochas, double the coffee, which will yield 6 14-ounce servings)
6 tablespoons (42 grams) cocoa powder
4 1/2 cups (36 ounces or 1250 ml) hot milk (I used non fat with excellent results, but use whatever you prefer, including soy, almond, or other dairy free milks)
3/4 cup (188 ml) caramel or toffee nut syrup (hazelnut is also excellent)

Whipped Cream (recipe below)

Salted Caramel Sauce

Pour the hot coffee into a heatproof pitcher. Sprinkle the cocoa powder in and stir to dissolve the powder. Next, add the hot or steamed milk, and stir. Finally, stir in the flavoring syrup.

Top with whipped cream, drizzle with syrup, and sprinkle with salted sugar (1 part coarse sea salt, 6 parts coarse sugar).

FOR A SINGLE 12-OUNCE SERVING

1/4 cup (2 ounces or 63 ml) hot coffee (for a stronger mocha, double the coffee, which will yield a 14-ounce serving)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 cup (6 ounces or 188 ml) hot milk (I used non fat with excellent results, but use whatever you prefer)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) caramel or toffee nut syrup (hazelnut is also excellent)

Whipped Cream (recipe below)

Salted Caramel Sauce

Pour the hot coffee into a large mug. Sprinkle the cocoa powder in and stir to dissolve the powder. Next, add the hot or steamed milk, and stir. Finally, stir in the flavoring syrup.

Top with whipped cream, drizzle with syrup, and sprinkle with salted sugar (1 part coarse sea salt, 6 parts coarse sugar).

Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino [Printable Version]

Make as directed above, mixing in a blender and using cold milk instead of hot. Add one cup of ice per serving. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream, caramel, and salted sugar.

 

Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes [Printable Version]
Makes 30 cupcakes

Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES
2 cups (16 ounces or 500 ml) strong brewed coffee, hot
1/2 cup (56 grams) cocoa powder

2 3/4 cups (349 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups (400 grams) sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 ml) vanilla extract

1 recipe Whipped Cream (below), Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream, or Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

1 recipe Salted Caramel Sauce

In a medium bowl, or a two cup measuring cup, stir the cocoa powder into the hot coffee until dissolved. Set aside until cooled to room temperature, or place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Once the cocoa/coffee mixture has cooled, preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners; set aside.

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined; stir in the vanilla. Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour mixture over the bowl and mix until just combined. Add 1/2 of the chocolate mixture, mixing again until just combined. Repeat with reamining flour and chocolate mixtures, ending with flour. Mix only until flour is just incorporated. Do not over mix.

Place 3 tablespoons of batter in each cupcake liner. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

While the cupcakes are baking/cooling, place about 3/4 cup of salted caramel sauce in a small sauce pan and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 to 5 minutes to thicken the caramel slightly before using it to fill the cupcakes.

Once cooled, fill each cupcake with about 1 teaspoon of the thickened salted caramel sauce, ice with Coffee Icing (optional), and frost with whipped cream, vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, or another vanilla frosting. Garnish with more caramel sauce.

Fresh Whipped Cream [Printable Version]

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the heavy cream on medium high speed until it starts to thicken. Reduce speed to low and sprinkle the sugar into the cream. Return mixer to medium high and continue whipping until firm peaks form. Stir in vanilla. Refrigerate until ready to use.

All recipes by Darla

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1 bttrflybabydoll October 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

OMG! That’s my newest obsession from Starbucks! I didn’t like it when they had it as hot chocolate, but once they added espresso to it. I’m all over it! Yum! Looks delish!

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2 Heather S. September 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

When they only had it as hot chocolate, I always asked for a shot of espresso to be added… One year later, I ordered a salted caramel hot chocolate with a shot of espresso added, and they gave me a strange look and said, “So you mean a salted caramel MOCHA then?”. . . *Sigh* Now I think I need to go get one. Today.

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3 Cookbook Queen October 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh My Amazing. For serious. I need these in my life.

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4 Jessica October 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

I love you. For serious. These cupcakes sound amazing, but really, I think I just need the caramel sauce. And a spoon. Because that’s more ladylike.

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5 sara October 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Amazing! I’m super excited to try the mocha recipe…I love that drink from Starbucks too, but I agree it is crazy expensive!! :)

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6 Janelle M. Wahl-Frisch October 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

Simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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7 Naina @ chow bella October 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

These cupcakes look completely outstanding, and I am in LOVE with the teacupcake cups!

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8 Andrea October 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

I can’t wait to make the drinks and these AMAZING cupcakes. I will be stopping at the store to get the ingredients today :)

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9 nicole {sweet peony} October 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

wow darla! these look amaaaazing!!!! i’ve actually been looking for a chocolate salted caramel cupcake recipe & i think this one will be perfect (my hubby loves caramel macchiatos). thanks & i can’t wait to make these :)

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10 Rosa October 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

OMG! OMG! OMG! THANK YOU for sharing this recipe!! You totally rocked my day!

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11 Christina October 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

Ohhh my god you are a genius of a woman. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and to be honest it’s the *only* one I follow. I’m pretty sure this is the first comment I’ve made and I just love every single thing you post. Your photos are always so gorgeous.

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12 AKM October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I am drooling looking at these cupcakes–love the combination of these flavors. Just want to alert you to a couple of issues: in the ingredients list, the number of grams of flour is missing, and in the directions, it says, “sprinkle 1.3 of the flour…” I assume that means, “1/3?”

Thanks for clearing this up!

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13 Mary-Anne Thomasson October 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

OMG! I was just babbling on about how much I loved this drink at Starbucks and was going to make it into a cupcake! You beat me to it but you did it wonderfully!! I am making these right away!

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14 Rachel October 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

This was the perfect birthday present for me- thank you!! I Luuuuuuuuuuuurve caramel. I think I am drooling…

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15 laura October 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

oh god. oh god. caramel…. i MUST try these!

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16 Nicole D. October 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

So, when is your cookbook coming out? SERIOUSLY
Do you have a pumpkin spice latte cupcake recipe, or better yet, a gingerbread latte cupcake recipe?! I don’t know how YOU do all this………, so envious! Thank you so much for sharing, everything I have made of yours is a huge hit!!!

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17 mis-cakes October 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

OMG seriously? seriously? it’s all amazing. i am also obsessed with the salted caramel mocha i am totally gonna make my own. you just saved me major bucks!

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18 Linda October 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Where did you get the cupcake holders? I want to make them for a coffee house I’m hosting, and I need the holders!

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19 Stephanie October 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

There are no words. These look aaaamazing. I don’t even like coffee or whipped cream, but I’m dying to bake these! The photos are BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, you could take pictures of my most hated foods, and I’d want to eat them.

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20 Tracy October 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Oh my goodness, these cupcakes sound (and look) incredible! Love!

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21 what katie's baking October 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

oh my gosh!! i’m SO addicted to salted caramel frappacinos right now!!! ah these are my new obsession!

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22 Anna October 6, 2011 at 1:32 am

This is really serious stuff! I need to do this step by step. I am not sure if I can pull this off as neat and pretty as what you have in your pictures. I love how these treats can brighten up my day…

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23 Francesca October 6, 2011 at 4:10 am

These are just lovely. Thank so so much for sharing this recipe. I would love to purchase the silicone tea cup molds – I have a concern though, I have heard that they stain after just one use – is this true? Did the chocolate cupcake discolour the white silicone? Thank you so much.

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24 Savorique October 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

Maybe you should pitch Starbucks to supply them your amazing cupcake! It’s a great idea to use a chocolate recipe as a base indeed.

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25 Hipjazz October 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

Those look fantastic. I made an ice cream version the other day because it still feels like summer here, but I love your caramel-filled…ha, coffee cake! Literally!

http://www.caketheater.com/blog/frozen-latte-cake-in-a-mug/

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26 Alba October 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is soooooo cute! Gotta try soon! Lovely work, honey! (:

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27 Giselle@ Baking-in-heels October 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

FANTASTIC post. Very informative and wow so many yummy things. I’m a HUGE Starbucks junkie (but I make mine at home) Love those teacup baking cups too!

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28 Russell at Chasing Delicious October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

These cupcakes look incredible! And the coffee cup presentation is killer! I love it. Thank you for sharing the link for where to buy them. I am definitely going over and buying a set.

And I am definitely trying this recipe asap too.

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29 Choc Chip Uru October 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Oh my gosh, you just made my day… And I don’t even like coffee!!!

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30 Cyndy October 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Darla, Where did you get those adorable cup cake “cups”. I think I need some of those. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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31 Amanda October 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oh my goodness, those cupcakes look amazing! Husband and I agreed that I need to make them SOON. Thanks for an awesome recipe and gorgeous photos

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32 Jana @ delectablymine October 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Gorgeous! I think I’m drooling on my keyboard. What a fabulous cupcake!

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33 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 7, 2011 at 1:10 am

Holy moly. These look insanely good. I love anything salted caramel!

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34 Lyka Ricks October 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

This is mouth-watering! As i run through every picture, It’s like Heaven! DELICIOSO!

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35 Jennifer October 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

You are just…a goddess. Yes, you must be. These cupcakes look absolutely divine! I just discovered the salted caramel mocha drinks at Starbucks recently and fell in love, so I must make these. I have a couple of coffee-loving baking buddies who will totally drool when they see these and want to help. :D

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36 Rebeca October 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Wow- i just made these and they are absolutely phantastic. I did them with the cream cheese frosting and have no words for the amazingness. I love coffee and caramel and this here is a dream!!! Thank you so much for sharing that- makes me so happy!!!!

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37 Jen October 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Darla,
I’m in the habit of trying your recipes within days after you post them on here. This recipe was no different. I agree that the batter was AMAZING and had a nice coffee flavor to it (I, too, ate way too much batter!) but when the cupcakes cooked, all of the coffee flavor was lost, however, I was left with the most AWESOME chocolate cupcake ever, both in texture, flavor, etc. This will now be my standard chocolate cupcake recipe.

I had a problem with the caramel, though. I cooked it exactly as you instructed and let it cool, but, when I filled my cupcake with it, instead of it making a nice little “pocket” of caramel, the cupcake absorbed the caramel and it disappeared. I was so sad. I got overzealous and filled all of them at once, so after they absorbed the caramel and I felt my epic fail was complete, I threw all of the cupcakes away. I made another batch last night and am letting the caramel sit until tonight, when I’ll give it another shot. This time, I’ll only fill one cupcake and wait to see if it gets absorbed.

Even if it doesn’t work again, I am SOOOO happy to have this amazing chocolate cupcake recipe.

Jen

P.S. I’ve made your pumpkin loaves now twice and people are FLIPPING for them.

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38 Kayla October 11, 2011 at 1:59 am

Hey!!!
I just wanted to say that I looooove, love love your blog! And your recipes! You are so creative and talented! Also your photography is wonderful… I could smell the caramel just by looking at t he photos!!
Anyway, now I’m off to make caramel!!!!
Bye!

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39 Hamish October 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hi Darla
I love those little coffee cup silicon moulds but I read some reviews about them and a common theme was that they stained very easily. Is there a way you have found to overcome this e.g. just placing the cupcakes in the cups after baking or some way of cleaning? It would be much appreciated.
Thanks :)

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40 Darla October 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hi Hamish, I didn’t have any problems with staining with mine, even with chocolate cake. I haven’t tried using any recipes that have food coloring in them, though. It does warn on the packaging the non-stick cooking spray can cause discoloration, so I was very careful to get it just on the bottom of each cup, then I smeared it around with my finger. Beyond that, I’ll have to keep you posted with how they do in the future.

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41 a spoonful of yumm October 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

wow !! these cupcakes look soooo delish :D adorable too ;-)

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42 Maria October 18, 2011 at 3:19 am

Eat one of these and I’d die happy!

Maria xx
http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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43 Sharly October 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hi!! I’ve been drinking the Salted Caramel Mocha Lattes for a few weeks and just yesteday tried the frapp. OMG! I’m hooked. I found your site when googling for some tips to make and home, and what did I discover? Another obesession! Your site is be-u-tee-fully done! And, I think I gained a few pounds just reading this post! I’ve subscribed and will be getting caught up and reading you regularly now. Thanks for this!!

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44 Jackie Mullins October 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Awesome Recipe! ….. Please do tell where you found those precious cups!

Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes!

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45 Mary November 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

OMG..I have to make these! I hope mine turn out as beautiful as these.

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46 Honey For Jam November 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

Delicious!! They look amazing, yum o! Can’t wait to try!

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47 Cheri December 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

These look so amazing! Yummm! Hope to get a chance to make them!

Also, I’m including your recipe on my salted caramel round up today!

http://alterediris.com/2011/12/09/five-things-friday-a-shop-update/

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48 Nikki R December 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

Hey! I made these for my family’s holiday party and they were a huge hit. I ran into the problem of the cupcake soaking up the caramel sauce though… It still tasted good, since the whole cupcake had the caramel taste to it, but I was really hoping for the surprise of the caramel filling. I wonder if I somehow made my caramel too thin…

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49 Darla December 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Hi Nikki, I have had a couple of comments on the sauce being absorbed by the cupcakes, and it may be that it’s a little thin. It does get soaked up a but, but there should still be a small amount of gooey caramel left when you serve them. Next time, try cooking the caramel slightly longer (not too much longer or it will become chewy candy inside the cupcakes). All stove heat differently, and mine may run slightly hotter than yours. Just remember not to let the color get too deep, or you’ll get a burnt flavor. I know that’s not a super helpful answer, but caramel can be very fickle.

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50 Elaine December 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I made the cupcakes and they were delicious! A big hit! My biggest and only problem with them was the caramel. It had a good consistency but when spooned into the cupcakes it was completely absorbed and I was super disappointed :(

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51 Karen E January 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love your site! You pics are gorgeous! I only have a problem with the line that “All recipes by Darla”. These recipes are from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes 2009 cookbook with the exception of the added vanilla to the Whipped Cream. I know she paired hers the Dark Chocolate Frosting. Your combination is spot on! Something to brag about how you made it truly a form of art! But please don’t take credit for creating the recipes.

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52 Darla January 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hello,

Thank you for your kind words about my blog and photos.

I would like to clarify that my recipes are not the same as Martha Stewart’s. After reading your comment, I researched the cookbook (Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes from 2009), and my recipes are in no way the same as hers.

There is a chocolate cupcake with salted caramel filling listed in the book, however, my salted caramel and chocolate cupcakes are my own creations. The ingredients and all of the ratios are quite different. Mine are the result of my own hard work and experimentation.

I appreciate your concern and your loyalty to Ms. Stewart, however, suggesting that I not take credit for creating the recipes is hurtful, not only because you’re implying that I have stolen them, but lied about it, as well.

Here is an online source of the recipes that I believe you are referring to: http://52cupcakes.blogspot.com/2009/09/martha-stewarts-chocolate-salted.html

Upon comparison, this appears to come directly from the cookbook.

If you look at other recipes on my site, you’ll see that I always give credit where credit is due. I know how upsetting it would be if the tables were turned, so it’s important to me to recognise the hard work of others.

If you have any questions, further concerns, or would like to discuss this more, please email me at darla [at] bakingdom [dot] com.

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53 Momma_DomesticDiva_and_RN January 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

WOW!!! These are amazing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! The cupcake batter is as smooth as silk and so light and fluffy! I’m glad this recipe made more than 2 dozen (I got 36 out of the recipe), because they went fast!!!

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54 Karen E January 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I apologize, I made a rush to judgement on the recipes. It sounded similar, but is not the same. I do stand by my judgement of your gorgeous pictures! I love the inspiration from Starbucks, as well. I have made Martha’s version and have found that if you make the caramel and let it cool for a few minutes (like your recipe instructs), it will harden up a bit and will not be absorbed as much. I will have to test your recipe with the Whipped Cream topping! Again, I apologize!
Karen E

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55 Mohammed Amer, Saudi Arabia January 9, 2012 at 5:04 am

Hi Darla, please don’t listen to those people who keep accusing you that you steal recipes from others without giving them a credit, they are only jealous of you because you are a creative and talented person, they wish they were in your place, please don’t be hurt or frustrated by their comments because this is what they want, just ignore their comments and accusations or delete them if you can, you don’t have to justify it for them, as long as you have self-confidence and you know what you are doing. there are a lot of people out there who admire your work and wish they have half of the talent that you have that is given to you by god. So keep up doing what you love and express yourself through it, and we are following you. Good luck.

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56 Arah January 12, 2012 at 5:55 am

yay! these are awesome! thanks for sharing! I can’t help but to make these cupcakes as in now! Will blog about these <3

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57 Arah January 17, 2012 at 5:36 am

here’s the link to my salted caramel mocha frapuccino cupcakes.. I made this with a little twist but thanks a lot to Ms. Darla! My heart goes to you! I love your recipe too much!
http://cakebug.blogspot.com/2012/01/starbucks-salted-caramel-mocha.html

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58 Riddhi Thaker February 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

Thank you thank you thank you! I have been dying to make this at home since my wallet has been becoming a bit too light thanks to Starbucks. These all look delish – can’t wait to try the recipes out!

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59 Arah February 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

Hi Darla,
This is so far the best coffee cupcake I ever made.. Thanks for the recipe

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60 Dewi March 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

Beautiful cupcakes! They just look so yummy…and I can recognize hard work behind that recipe ;)

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61 Sarah March 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

BEST CUPCAKES EVER!

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62 Sara B March 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I Can’t get over these cupcakes. They are by far the best cupcakes I have EVER had. Trust me I have had LOTS of cupcakes. I have to say that the salted caramel inside the cupcakes was a little much. Other then that I will be making them over and over again!!!!!

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63 Samantha April 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Tumblr sent me here xD

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64 Kira May 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Hi Darla!
These cupcakes look amazing and I’m going to try making them for my mom on Mother’s Day, but I was wondering how far in advance I can make the salted caramel sauce? I would like to make it tonight so it’s cooled and ready for me on Sunday, would it store okay for two days in the fridge?

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65 Darla May 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

You can definitely make it tonight. It will keep in an airtight container for at least 2 weeks, as long as it’s refrigerated. You can warm it for drizzling by placing the jar in warm water.

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66 Elizabeth May 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

These were SO delicious! To compensate for your warning about diminished coffee flavor (I love the coffee/chocolate combo and didn’t want to miss out!) I added ground espresso to the batter and it kept the coffee flavor very nicely. Great recipe and the whipped cream for frosting was perfect!

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67 B. Waddell *Zombiecupcake* May 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I was searching all over the internet for a coffee cupcake recipe, i had narrowed it down to yours and a few more but once i read that you would be a Caramel Zombie, i knew i had found my recipe! LOL my family are zombie freaks as you can see by my name, i am making these right now. thank you so much for this recipe and for the laughs. :)

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68 Tanya September 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

You need a cape because you are officially my hero today…cannot wait to try these recipes…I had the drink last night at Starbucks and when I found them in cupcake form just about died…lol. You are the best!!! P.s. Pinned this because the world must know who this baking masked hero is!!!

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69 Kristina Toma September 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Your blog is seriously inspiring me to bake more and get over my fear of the kitchen! These look scrumptious and the teacup cupcake cups are so adorable!

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70 Whitney September 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thank you! I just had my first salted caramel frap today, and my life has begun. I can’t wait to recreate this. Your cupcake recipe looks amazing as well.

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71 Luci September 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

These look so delicious. I am going to make the caramel sauce first…my question..I am older, single, and while I could down the entire recipe in a short amount of time, I MUST use willpower(yeah, right). How long will this keep, and should it be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream, butter or will it turn hard? thanks for a delicious looking recipe

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72 Luci September 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

oh, and I purchased a big bottle of toffee nut syrup at my local Starbucks. It was $7, comes w/ pump, and it is only half gone since May, and I shared w/ my daughter.

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73 Heather Ralphs September 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

Darla you are killing me!!! I love all your recipes, but I am OBSESSED with salted caramel mocha’s right now and anything salted caramel really! I am going to have to make these immediately!

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74 Angela Edmonds October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

If you use raw turbinado sugar (can find at any grocery store in the sugar aisle) and mix with coarse ground sea salt it tastes just like the starbucks topping :) It’s great, and you can make it as salty or sweet as you would like.

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75 Bharati Naik October 31, 2012 at 5:16 am

Wow!!!! It’s delicious… My mouth get wateting…. Thanks for sharing

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76 Dj Hensley November 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

You Rock! Your Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcake recipe Rocks! I made them for my 15 yr old daughter’s birthday party and people ACTUALLY asked me WHERE I bought the cupcakes….they just about fell backwards when I said, “Nope, not store-bought! I made them!” I made 18 jumbo-sized cupcakes instead of 30 regular ones. I made whipped cream frosting to give it more authenticity of whipped cream topping. I really like the coffee frosting. I will double the batch next time so it doesnt have to be frosted too thinly. This is a keeper! Thank you so much!

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