You must be logged in to post a review.
Smooth, buttery, salted caramel frosting on top of a dark chocolate cupcake.
Heat a small saucepan with one inch of water on the bottom to boil.
Once it boils, turn heat to low (simmer). Place a mixing bowl over the top of the simmering pot. Add egg whites and sugar into the bowl and whisk until combined. Use a candy thermometer and continue whisking and heating until the temperature of the egg white mixture reaches 140-150 F. (I took mine off at 145 F).
In a mixing bowl, attached to a stand mixer, beat the hot egg whites on medium speed until the egg whites have doubled in size and cooled. For me, this was about 8 minutes.
Slowly add butter, one tablespoon at a time. Keep mixing until all of the butter has been added. The mixture may appear curdled, but that is okay. Keep mixing. Add salt and vanilla extract. This process took me another 8-10 minutes. When frosting becomes desired consistency, beat in the 1/2 cup of caramel sauce.
Pipe onto the top of your favorite cupcakes (make sure they are cooled)! This is enough frosting to pipe the meringue in high peaks onto 14-18 cupcakes. Or it frosts two dozen, not so high. Drizzle with the extra 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce, if desired.
* Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita.
The ‘pots’ for pots de crème au chocolat are not a requirement for making this dark chocolate cream. The dessert may very well be made in ramekins and it will taste every bit as good.
In taste and texture the baked cream resembles a dark chocolate truffle which is why a small ‘pot’ goes a long way. However the special charm of the dessert is in the tubby little lidded ceramic ‘pots’ in which it traditionally is baked.
I chose to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate, so that the chocolate flavor would really punch through. This provided the perfect balance of chocolate to make the whole frosting completely “milk chocolate” in flavor.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!