Yellow Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

We celebrated my husband’s birthday yesterday with some of our dearest friends. He requested yellow cake with his late Grandmother Donna’s caramel frosting that he used to have as a kid. We decided it would be better if I made cupcakes since there would be twelve of us including 6 kids. I went in search of a good yellow cupcake recipe and found one on Taste of Home that looked great. My mother in law Fran sent me her mother’s recipe for caramel frosting and it sounded so decadent and delicious! The house smelled amazing while the cupcakes baked and even more amazing when I was cooking the frosting. These cupcakes were a huge hit with everyone and they put an extra special smile on my husband’s face. My daughter said it was the best frosting EVER. Thanks for the recipe Fran!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine the flour together with the baking powder and salt; mix well.

Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition. Pour evenly into the cupcake liners.

Place into the oven and bake 17-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.


Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the frosting, heat the butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Once it’s boiling, stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Add the hot milk and the powdered sugar then mix until well combined.

Spoon the frosting into a ziplock bag and cut the corner. Pipe the frosting, starting at the outside of the cupcake until you get to the center. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Serve and enjoy.

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Yellow Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Yield: 18-20

Ingredients:

Yellow Cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of butter, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups of 2% milk

Caramel Frosting:

1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of milk, hot
3 1/4 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine the flour together with the baking powder and salt; mix well.

Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition.

Pour evenly into the cupcake liners. Place into the oven and bake 17-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the frosting, heat the butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Once it's boiling, stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Add the hot milk then mix until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until well combined with no lumps.

Spoon the frosting into a ziplock bag and cut the corner. Pipe the frosting, starting at the outside of the cupcake until you get to the center. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Yellow cupcake recipe by Taste of Home
Caramel Frosting by Donna and Fran Pritzl

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20 Responses to “Yellow Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting”

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    Louise — March 31, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    I can definitely understand why this might just be the best frosting, EVER, Pam…Wonderful birthday cupcakes…I’m sure they were a huge hit!!! Thanks for sharing…

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    Blond Duck — March 31, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

    Just give me the frosting, spoon and bowl and no one gets hurt….Glad you had fun on spring break!

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    Hari Chandana — March 31, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    These look so pretty.. thanks for sharing!

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    Ines — April 1, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    They’re look so delicious! :P

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    Kris — April 1, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    Oh dear! It is barely 8 a.m., and I am craving a cupcake!!!! Those look so delicious! Happy Birthday to your Hubby. A fellow Arian!!! I am Aries as well.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment!!!
    Love ya,
    Kris

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — April 1, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Hi, Pam! What ‘wowed’ me about these beauties is that you can make such a lovely caramel-flavoured frosting from just butter and sugar and that you can pipe it on using a ziplock bag! I would never have thought of that … great idea!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — April 1, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    Caramel frosting you say? I’m in!

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    gloria — April 1, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    I love these cupcakes with caramel frosting ! look stunning!
    many times I don’t make cupcakes!
    I(m happy you come back!

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    walker king — April 1, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Oh, and Julie, we just tried that caramel apple oatmeal cookie 2 days ago and you are so right – it is amazing!! We’d highly recommend!

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    Lana — April 1, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    That icing recipe has a been a favorite at our house for over 30 years. I have found that the butter can be cut in half with no difference in flavor or texture.

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    Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon — April 1, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    These look so rich and delicious! That icing recipe sounds incredible!!!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella — April 1, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    I love the sound of this frosting on top! It’s been a while since I made it that way but I remember everyone commenting how good it was!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 1, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Oh boy someone made cupcakes!
    Your frosting came out perfectly.
    It’s been a while since I’ve made cupcakes. I’m just too afraid to make them since I’ve been so good on my diet, and just know I would easily eat them all.
    But I do want to make this frosting.

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    Marjie — April 1, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chad! Your cupcakes look wonderful!

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen — April 1, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    Augh!!! Caramel is one of my very favorite things in the universe. I think this is going to be bad for me :-) because I’m going to want to make this caramel frosting every day! Hahaha! Love!

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    Joanne — April 1, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    That frosting is dreamy!! I definitely need to try it. Happy birthday to your husband!!

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    Allie | Baking a Moment — April 2, 2014 @ 5:49 am

    These cupcakes sound like such a yummy treat! Caramel frosting- YUM! Pinned ;)

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    grace — April 2, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    given the choice, i’d pick caramel frosting for any cake on any occasion–i LOVE that stuff. great recipe!

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    Kim in MD — April 3, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    Happy (belated) Birthday to your hubby! These cupcakes look amazing…especially the frosting. I love anything caramel!

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    Cheali — May 7, 2014 @ 7:07 am

    I made these the other night. I got 20 and froze half of them for later. These cupcakes were really good. I liked the “old school” frosting. Nice break from the world of buttercream. I didn’t pipe but spread it onto the cupcakes. The cake part was very good. Kind of pound cake like. Will make them again!

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