Salted Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Let me just say these cupcakes are AMAZING! I have always seen cupcakes on Pinterest with popcorn on them and thought I wouldn't like them, the texture of cake and popcorn seemed so odd to me. I decided to put my own spin on these popcorn cupcakes and I am in love! I ate one and then ate another! It is the perfect combination of salty and sweet and the chocolate cake really tops it off! I highly recommend you try these cupcakes out:) 

These make a little over 24 cupcakes!

Salted Caramel

1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter (salted)

Step 1: Place a small pot on the stovetop at medium heat, add in the sugar and stand-by! Make sure you stand by the sugar mixing it to ensure that it does not burn.

Step 2: Add in the butter, stir until melted. Next, add in the heavy cream, small amounts at a time. Remove from heat, add in the salt. You can place the caramel in a mason jar, it makes about 1 cup. Place 4 tablespoons of the caramel to the side or in a separate dish. 

Chocolate cupcakes (Courtesy of Paula Deen)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
3 large eggs
1 8-ounce container sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Next add the oil, coffee, and eggs. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Then mix in the sour cream and vanilla.

Step2: Place in cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

Salted Caramel Frosting

2 cups confections sugar
Mason jar of caramel (or all caramel but 4 tablespoons)
1/4 cup heavy cream

Step 1: Beat together the confectioners sugar and caramel. Next, add in the heavy cream.

For assembly be sure to watch my tutorial:) 

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