Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Servings: 10
caramel cupcakes

These Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes are a caramel lover’s dream.

It starts with a soft white chocolate cupcake base and topped with butterscotch buttercream with a crunch of caramel popcorn.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 125ml (½ cup) milk
  • 75g (⅓ cup) CSR Brown Sugar
  • 100g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 75g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) buttermilk, well shaken
  • 1 egg
  • 150g (1 cup) White Wings Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 packet CSR Butterscotch Buttercream Icing Mixture

Caramel Popcorn:

  • 60g butter
  • 55g CSR Caster Sugar
  • 30g maple syrup
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups popcorn

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C, fan-forced. Line ten 1/3 cup (80mL) muffin pans with patty cases. Combine milk, sugar, chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 mins until melted and combined.
  2. Remove from the heat, cool slightly then whisk in the buttermilk and egg. Transfer to a large bowl, sift in the flour and bicarb, then whisk until smooth. Transfer to a large jug.
  3. Pour mixture evenly among patty cases. Bake for 20 mins or until cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For caramel popcorn, combine butter, sugar and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and then cook for 3-4 mins until caramelised. Add the popped popcorn and salt and stir to coat. Spread out over a baking tray lined with baking paper to cool.
  5. Prepare CSR Butterscotch Buttercream as directed. Transfer buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle. Pipe on top of cupcakes. Decorate with caramel popcorn to serve.