I saw this recipe on What Jessica Baked Next’s site. What was not to love – butterscotch, salted caramel, and a quirky ingredient: butterscotch Angel Delight!! Here is the link to Jessica’s recipe for butterscotch cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream. It is definitely worth baking.
I love trying recipes which might be slightly quirky or different, where an unusual (or seemingly unusual) ingredient gives the recipe that little bit of something extra. Some recipes worked, and some didn’t. The failures were probably down to error on my part, or that I simply didn’t like the taste of the end result. Years ago I tried a lager & lime sponge cake recipe, but personally I found the cake tasted too “yeasty” for my liking and so that was a big no. Adding ingredients like carrots, courgettes and mayonnaise to a recipe often works really well, and there was the magical recipe of egg free meringues, using the liquid from a can of chickpeas, which has been a big revelation and a success. But back to this recipe – I did wonder how the addition of this powdered pudding mix would work, would the batter end up as a thick stodgy mess? There was only one way to find out, and of course, we all know, butterscotch Angel Delight is the best flavour of Angel Delight, so I simply had to try this.
I have a tried and trusted recipe, which I posted some time back, for sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream and I am always looking out for any variation along the theme to try.
I used light muscovado sugar in the cake batter – I did debate using dark muscovado sugar but was worried it might end up with too strong a taste. With hindsight, I think the dark sugar would work really well and just enhance the flavor. I was worried that there might not be enough batter – the recipe makes 12 cupcakes, yet I panicked unduly and there was plenty.
I did initially think I would make a chocolate buttercream, but the salted caramel won.
With the buttercream the only change I made was the addition of a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract. Oh, and a tiny bit more salt, because salted caramel………………..
My taste testing panel gave these cupcakes the big thumbs up!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 😊