It was our daughter’s birthday last week. We celebrated with Salted Caramel Devil’s Food Cupcakes. Akshaya has been at home for a while now, given the present pandemic situation. So that’s one more birthday we get to celebrate at home together before she leaves whenever that happens. I have been baking our birthday cakes at home for a long time now. They’re mostly simple cakes.
When I asked what she wanted me to bake this time, she asked for simple cupcakes. Her reason for this choice? Each person gets enough of cake and frosting without having to cut or divide anything. Cupcakes are easier to frost/ decorate and most importantly, she didn’t want me stressing out over the cake!
Her favourite flavours are chocolate, vanilla and lime or lemon. I’ve done them to death in birthday cakes but she doesn’t mind. So I went the chocolate way with Devil’s Food Cupcakes. For something different I topped the cupcakes with a Salted Caramel Frosting, another favourite of hers.
I adapted David Lebovitz’s Devils’ Food Cake recipe for the cupcakes. It’s one of the birthday girl’s favourites and his recipes haven’t failed me so far. It ended up being an eventful bake. First it started with the cupcake liners. She chose these cute square paper cups which turned out to be a good decision eventually. I filled the paper cups a wee bit more than I should have. They over flowed on baking but since the cups were square I was able to trim the excess cake easily. Other than that the cupcakes turned out great, as expected.
I have something to confess here. I haven’t been able to make really good caramel so far. Don’t ask me why, because I honestly don’t know. I follow instructions to the T, do all I must yet the caramel defeats me! Luckily the daughter is a caramel making expert, so she make the caramel. It turned out perfect, though we did slightly burn our fingers in the process. That went into a whipped buttercream frosting that got even more rave reviews than the cupcakes themselves. All in all, these Salted Caramel Devil’s Food Cupcakes are a perfect celebration bake.
You can make the Salted Caramel ahead. The Devil’s Food Cupcakes and the Salted Caramel Frosting can be made the day before. So on the day you serve them, you need just frost them. The Frosting recipe should be enough to frost 18 cupcakes if you decorate them as I have.