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Heavenly Caramel Babycakes

Heavenly Caramel Babycakes

I love to read and I read a lot (cookbooks included!). When I find a novel and cookbook combined, I get almost giddy! Well, this happened with a book I picked up for my upcoming book club. It is a book by Fannie Flagg called, “Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven”. I had to make cupcakes for a church function, so when I saw this in the back of the book, I knew that this was it.

As far as being “retro” I decided that it could count. Here is my reasoning: It is a southern recipe. Those recipes usually have been handed down so far, they might as well have come from England! So, I don’t know if this is a “retro” recipe, but it belongs in your recipe file for your grand-kids! Enjoy!

Neighbor Dorothy’s Heavenly Caramel Baby-Cakes

Ingredients & Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 1 3/4 cups cake flour (sift before measuring) *I took 3 T. of the flour out and substituted with corn starch*
    Re-sift with 1 cup brown sugar
  3. Add:
    1. 1/2 cup soft butter
    2. 2 eggs
    3. 1/2 cup milk
    4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    5. 1 3/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
    6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. Beat for 3 minutes. Bake in muffin tins for 15-20 minutes.

Caramel Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening *I used all butter*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 caramel squares, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Mix cake flour and milk.
  2. Cook to a thick paste over slow flame.
  3. Cool.
  4. Cream sugars and vanilla with butter and shortening.
  5. Beat until light and fluffy. Blend in salt.
  6. Mix in cooled paste.
  7. Beat until fluffy. Blend.
  8. Should look like whipped cream.

Spoon into a piping bag with a large round tip and pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Top with an unwrapped caramel! (I also thought it might be cool to sprinkle with pink or grey salt. VERY gourmet!)

This frosting was the hit! Mane people who said they HATE frosting, gobbled this up!!!

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