February 15, 2012

Caramel Toffee Latte Cupcakes

Caramel Toffee Latte Cupcakes

You guys. This cupcake is an absolute triumph. I’m just going to go ahead and tell you. This frosting rocks my face off. This cupcake was the hands down winner at our cupcake taste-testing party last week. We’d sampled three other cupcakes at this point, and fullness was starting to set in, but this was the one that had everyone’s eyes lighting up.

It’s a super soft, ultra rich, supremely decadent devils food cake cupcake, topped with a simple coffee caramel buttercream. Then it’s drizzled with chocolate and topped with Heath Toffee Bits. When I introduced this cupcake at the party, I just called it the “coffee caramel cupcake.” But the taste-testers renamed it the “Caramel Toffee Latte” cupcake, because they wanted me to assure you guys that it was a light, pleasant, creamy hint of coffee. It has almost a surprise element to it. The frosting is so good, and then wow! A whole other flavor comes at you. Anyway, this frosting just works, and personally, I believe it’s why cupcakes were invented. To get this frosting in my mouth as soon as humanly possible.

Caramel Toffee Latte Cupcakes

Two more cupcake recipes left! Hope you love this one, guys!


Caramel Toffee Latte Cupcakes


The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini chocolate chips

In a very large bowl, mix together everything except chocolate chips until well combined. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Recipe via Kevin & Amanda


Coffee Caramel Buttercream

5.5 oz (1/2 bag) Kraft Caramel Bits – I weighed mine, but I just measured it out and it’s exactly halfway between 3/4 cup and 1 cup over here.
1 tbsp instant coffee
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Stir instant coffee into heavy cream to dissolve. Over medium-low heat, cook caramel bits and heavy cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan for 3-5 minutes until the caramel bits are completely melted, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool. Place the butter, sugar, milk, coffee caramel and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.


Chocolate Pouring Sauce:

2/3 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
4-5 tablespoons water, warm

Place chocolate and heavy cream in a glass or heat-proof bowl over set over simmering water. Let stand for 2-3 minutes without stirring to allow chocolate to melt. Whisk to combine, then add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking thoroughly after each addition until pouring consistency is reached.

Recipe via Bakers Royale


Cupcake Assembly

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill each liner 2/3 full with cupcake batter. For STANDARD cupcakes, bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes. For MINI cupcakes, bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes, and freeze for 10 minutes. Drizzle pouring sauce onto cupcakes and top with Heath Toffee Bits.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 15, 2012 at 1:34 am

Amanda they just keep getting better and better! I love this week! Some bloggers have been doing red velvet weeks or soup weeks or smoothie weeks, or whatever…but you definitely have the right idea :)


Mari February 15, 2012 at 2:01 am

These look delish! Sinful, but delish! :)


Choc Chip Uru February 15, 2012 at 3:16 am

Something I could actually fall in love – your creativity is a never ending gift and I respect you immensely for it :)
To a 16 yr old amateur you are baking gods
Thank you

Choc Chip Uru


Blog is the New Black February 15, 2012 at 4:11 am

You guys are KILLING me!


Ash February 15, 2012 at 5:39 am

OMG that sounds delish! I MUST try!


Southern Gal February 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

I have tried so hard to avoid coming here this week. I really have. Now you’ve done it. You know I made the layered brownie, Oreos, cookie thing for my mom’s birthday last week. I was doing so well on my diet, too. Today is my daughter’s birthday and Monday is my son’s. Is this ever going to end??


Shirley February 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

WOW, you sure have my taste buds buzzing this morning. Sounds soooooo yummy.

Have a God Filled Day


Rebekah February 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

Im borderline sure I have gained a lb. each time I just READ your cupcake posts let alone actually making them and eating them:p


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

i agree with rebekah, i totally just gained weight looking at the photos…these look DIVINE!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

I might as well slather your posts on my thighs this week. Love!


Silvia February 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

This is absolutely yummy! Love it.


Lisa Mays February 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

A big glass of cold milk with these decadent delights! YUM!!!!!


Mom-Friday February 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

*drool* This looks decadent!


Federica February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

i love your web site! it’s so cute!!!


Emilie February 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

Can you come make cupcakes for my wedding? Pretty please?


aylin February 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

ayy bu çok güzel görünüyor:)
ellerine sağlık bayıldımmmmm……..


Chelsie @ A Little Peanut February 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

This has been my favorite week of all!


Maria February 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

Anything with toffee is a winner in my book! LOVE!


Dolly February 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

OMG!!! IF you love coffee and chocolate this is the cupcake for you. I love it!!!!


Brenda February 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

I want to say STOP with the recipes already! But I can’t really say it … they are all so wonderful.


Wendy C February 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

We don’t live too far away (in Bama) and we have plenty of room, would you and Kevin just come an live with us…my husband and kids won’t mind I promise! Pretty please? With cupcakes (that you bake) on top?


HeatherChristo February 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Amanda! I don’t know how you keep coming up with these crazy cupcakes! these look so good!!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Sinfulicious — whoa, did I just made this word up?! :D


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I should make these for my boyfriend. He LOVES toffee.


Amanda February 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Why so much yumminess???? I can’t handle it!!


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Kristina Vanni February 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Oh goodness, my mouth is watering! I love how you used a bit of sour cream in the cake mix. I am sure it makes the cupcakes unbelievably moist and rich!


Ieasha February 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

OMG these look amazing! Thanks for all your awesome cupcakes!!


jeni siebold February 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

These are wonderful, but I was wondering when you say instant coffee do you mean made or the grounds?


Phoebe H April 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hosted my sister-in-law’s 40th birthday party and made three different cupcakes from your cupcake recipes: the caramel coffee latte cupcakes, s’mores cupcakes and decadent mousse-filled snickers cupcakes. They were all verrrrry good, but the caramel coffee latte cupcakes were the hands-down winner!


Amanda April 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I just made these tonight and my husband says”I think I can honestly say these have the perfect amount of everything”! These are amazing!


Wendy August 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi there….
I was thinking of making these for a bake sale benefiting breast cancer research. One questions, do we need to keep the cup cakes refrigerated with the buttercream frosting?
Thank you!


Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

These cupcakes are absolutely mouthwatering! I’m so delighted with this recipe so I’ve featured it on my blog! I hope you don’t mind that! If you don’t agree ,please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.


Janine January 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I made these yesterday for a party. They were a huge hit. The chocolate cupcake is truly the best chocolate cake EVER!! Thanks.


JF January 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Oh.My.GOSH!! These look so heavenly! You should enter them in the cupcake crown contest


Jessie January 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I tried this recipe tonight and it turned out well. I made one adjustment on the caramel buttercream frosting….added one extra cup of confectioners sugar. It still was not enough to frost all the cupcakes. The batter yielded 24 mini cupcakes and 12 standard cupcakes. This recipe is Definitely a keeper


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