I am not just saying this because it’s a recipe that I developed I want you all to recreate (although, I do) these are HANDS DOWN the BEST cupcakes I have ever had. The vanilla cupcake is simple and sweet. The salted caramel filling is creamy, and has a spot on balance of sweet and salty. The salted caramel frosting is so luscious, and smooth. The salted caramel drizzle and Phyllo Dough broomstick on top just ties everything together visually and texturally. If that didn’t paint a picture for you, then I guess you’ll just need to make them for yourself and then get back to me 🙂
Making Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
Do not let this part of the recipe stress you out. I promise you that I was nervous the first time I made salted caramel sauce from scratch thinking that I messed it up every 10 seconds into the recipe. I promise that it is not as complicated as you may think. I’m going to give you some tips that may help you along the way.
I recommend using a wooden spoon, but if you don’t have one use a heat proof silicone spatula. If the sugar clumps are taking a long time to dissolve, let it sit for 15-20 seconds at a time instead of mixing constantly. This will allow the sugar to heat easier. You don’t however, want the sugar to sit for a long period of time without mixing.
Be extremely cautious when adding in the butter and then the cream. Both additions of these ingredients will cause the mixture to bubble. This makes it much easier to burn yourself so be super careful!
If at first the caramel mixture does not come together when you add in the butter, be patient. This step can take a long time. Do not increase the heat to speed up the process, this will only result in burning the mixture. Be patient and trust the process.
Making the vanilla cake batter is simple and will result in a super fluffy, delicious end result. Feel free to reuse this vanilla cake recipe for any other occasion where you need vanilla cupcakes and you can absolutely exclude the salted caramel filling and buttercream.
The butter and sugar creaming process of the vanilla cupcakes recipe is extremely important. Be sure to cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is much lighter in color and fluffier in texture.
Working With Phyllo Dough
The Phyllo dough will dry out quickly so be sure to work as efficiently as possible. I used a sharp knife to slice the sheets of phyllo dough into 1/8″ – 1/4″ strips. I then wrapped the strips at the end of a pretzel stick to create the broomstick. Be gentle and patient with this process.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do. As always, please tag me on social media @thesqueakymixer whenever you recreate a recipe of mine. It makes me so happy!Yum