Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Yesterday morning, I went into work to renew my CPR/AED and Lifeguarding/First Aid certifications. It was my first time getting in a pool since last year, and now I absolutely reek of chlorine, even though I’ve showered twice. I guess I better get used to it because this is what I’ll be smelling like all summer!

Anyways, I needed someone to practice my lifeguarding skills on, so I dragged my sister to the pool with me to be my “victim.” She wasn’t too thrilled about waking up so early in the morning, and demanded that I make cupcakes for her for subjecting her to such torture. Of course I was happy to oblige! 🙂

I decided on these salted caramel cupcakes because I have been the LOVING sweet and salty combo lately. If I find a recipe for a dessert that calls for a sprinkle of sea salt or see a menu item with the word “salted,” I’m immediately ALL over it. These and these have made their way to the top of my favorite desserts list.

But I think these salted caramel cupcakes top them all. They are probably the BEST cupcakes I’ve ever made. I had the hardest time keeping my fingers out of the salted caramel buttercream as I was frosting the cupcakes, and I don’t even like frosting!

My sister wasn’t too pleased with some of my healthier baked goods, but she thoroughly approved of these cupcakes! They are definitely not going to last long around our house. 🙂

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Source: adapted from Savory Bites


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used soy milk)

For the salted caramel buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • generous pinch sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a standard 12-cup cupcake pan with liners.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until combined. Turn mixer speed to low, add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions. Beat until just combined, scraping down sides of bowl.

4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes (it only took 18 minutes in my toaster oven), or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan for a few minutes, then transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

5. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook sugar over medium-high heat until it begins to melt. Stir with a wooden spoon until amber brown in color. Carefully pour heavy cream into saucepan in a steady stream, stirring constantly until mixure is completely smooth. Set caramel aside to cool.

6. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup at at time to desired consistency, and beat until smooth. Add cooled caramel (reserving just a few spoonfuls to drizzle cupcakes with) and sea salt, and beat until light and fluffy.

7. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired and drizzle with reserved caramel.


Filed under Cakes/Cupcakes, Dessert

10 responses to “Salted Caramel Cupcakes

  1. Great salty/sweet combination. The buttercream looks fabulous 😀

  2. Omg, these look exciting. I love salty/sweet. I’ve never had salty caramel in cake form, but I love it in ice cream and hot chocolate so I’m sure this was amazing.

  3. The Teenage Taste

    These cupcakes are absolutely amazing! Salted caramel is my weakness. ‘Nuff said. 😉

  4. Kat

    Those look amazing! I’m definitely gonna try it. But I was just wondering, are the cupcakes on the fluffy side? Or is it dense? And how long do they keep at room temperature? Thanks! 🙂

    • The cupcakes weren’t exactly fluffy, but they did have a nice, tender crumb. The cupcakes themselves will keep at room temperature for a few days, but the frosting needs to be refrigerated. If you plan on keeping the cupcakes at room temperature, I would suggest frosting them right before you eat them 🙂

  5. Van

    I made these and they turned out burnt… what do you mean by amber brown? I turned the fire off when they started to brown since it’d continue cooking on its own and both attempts turned out burnt-tasting, even after the addition of cream.

  6. Kelsey

    Thanks for these!!! I seriously miss eating them during the summer 🙂 I’m sad that I wont get any this summer :((( MISS YOU.

  7. Cam

    How many cupcakes does this make?

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