I have not baked anything new in a long time. While I continuously remake the same old recipes I posted long ago, today I decided to try something new: turtle cupcakes! Unfortunately, these cupcakes are not shaped like turtles, nor do they contain bits of turtles, (probably a good thing for both the reptiles and for my health). However, they are covered in caramel frosting, milk chocolate, and pecans.
I really wanted to partially hollow these out and fill them with caramel. Alas, that dream was short-lived as it was too messy to become reality. I am fairly convinced that aside from cotton candy and potato salad, caramel is one of the greatest foods in the universe. I also think it would be pretty fun to have a water balloon fight with caramel taking place of the water. That would be the ultimate food fight. Anyhooooo, here is my new favorite cupcake recipe:
YIELD: 24 cupcakes
TIME: 2 hours
PREP: 30 min
BAKE: 20 min
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350º F, and grease and line 2 12-cup cupcake tins.
In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until well-combined.
Add boiling water, and beat until batter is smooth. Pour into cupcake tins and bake for about 20 minutes, or until cupcakes are set. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.
FOR THE FROSTING:
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup caramel ice-cream topping
1/4 cup milk chocolate, melted (optional)
3 tablespoons chopped pecans (optional)
In a large mixing bowl beat butter until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add caramel, and beat until everything is smooth.
Spoon frosting into a piping bag, and pipe over cooled cupcakes. Drizzle with milk chocolate and sprinkle with pecans if desired. Enjoy!