I had a cupcake craving so quickly made these with cupboard ingredients, I love the deep nutty flavour the nuts give the cake and love the contrasting crunch of the nuts on the top of the cake.
Pecan and salted caramel cupcakes
70g golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
55g salted caramel
75g self raising flour
50g pecan nuts ground to a flour like consistency in a food processor
160g icing sugar
60g salted caramel
Extra caramel and pecans for the top
For my salted caramel I simply gently warmed up some of a tin of carnation caramel in a pan and added salt to taste. Now what to do with the leftovers...
Preheat the oven to 160C/140C FAN and line a cupcake tin with liners.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and creamy. Beat in the caramel and eggs until fully incorporated. Finally, with the mixer on slow, beat in the flour and ground pecans until just incorporated.
Divide the mixture evenly between the cases and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
When the cakes are golden and springy remove from the oven and transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cakes are completely cool they can be frosted. To make the frosting beat the butter and icing sugar together until very light and fluffy. Beat in the caramel till incorporated.
Dollop the frosting onto the cooled cakes and swirl with a palette knife. Top with drizzles of caramel and chopped pecans.