Salted Caramel Chocolate Bourbon Cupcakes Are Here To Make Your Life Infinitely Better

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When I was a kid, I thought there were simply two types of cupcakes: Chocolate and vanilla. Over time, I’ve become much wiser in my knowledge of cupcakes and sweet treats, and I can safely say this recipe is one of the best you’ll ever have.

It takes a little more work than a box of Betty Crocker, but I promise the final product will be 100% worth it.

Salted Caramel-Chocolate-Bourbon Cupcakes Recipe:

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 recipe Fudge Frosting
  • 1 recipe Salted Caramel
  • Sea salt (such as fleur de sel)

Fudge Frosting Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Caramel Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 24 unwrapped vanilla caramels
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, such as fleur de sel
Cupcake Directions:
  1. Let butter and eggs sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line thirty-two to thirty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup combine the water and bourbon. Set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl microwave unsweetened chocolate and bittersweet chocolate, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave, uncovered, for 30 seconds more; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined and scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and bourbon mixture to chocolate mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  5. Bake about 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean (tops of cupcakes may sink slightly). Cool the cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups and allow to cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Place Fudge Frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip; pipe a border around edges of cupcakes. Spoon about 1 teaspoon Salted Caramel into center of each cupcake. Sprinkle caramel lightly with sea salt. Makes 32 to 34 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.
Frosting Directions:
  1. In a large saucepan cook and stir chocolate and butter over low heat until melted. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.
Salted Caramel Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan combine whipping cream and bourbon. Heat over medium-low heat until steaming but not boiling. Stir in caramels and sea salt. Heat until melted, stirring constantly.