Thursday, June 14, 2012

Salted Caramel Frosting (Giant Cupcake Mold Giveaway)

You may recognize this picture from Bits of Sunshine. The very talented Heidi baked and decorated this (and of course is allowing me to use this picture), using a go-to cake recipe for her, and my salted caramel frosting recipe. She came up with the grand idea of having a giveaway for one of these giant cupcake molds, and she asked if I would be a part of it. Of course I couldn't say no! If this is your first time here, hello! And thank you for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon!!

If you are stopping by my blog first, make sure you head over to Heidi's blog to check out the rest of the details on the giveaway. To give you a heads up, you will see some similar pictures here and on her post, and some different ones. You will find the recipe for the cake on Heidi's blog, and the recipe for the frosting here. In order to be a part of the giveaway, you will need to leave a comment both here and on her post. But I will give more details later on. For now, lets get-a-lookin' at the frosting you see in the above picture!

To make the Salted Caramel Frosting, you have to start with some sugar and a small amount of water. You heat this up over medium heat (I think my stove was between medium and medium-high heat. My stove is old), and give a good stir. Let this mixture come to a boil, stirring if the sugar needs help dissolving. When it reaches a boil, stop stirring, and allow to turn deep amber brown. This will take about 7-10 minutes. Don't be tempted to do anything with it, especially touch it! Caramel will do some major damage if you do. Here is what it will look like at each step.

The last picture is what color the caramel should be when you pull it off the stove.

Place on a pot holder and slowly (and carefully - I did sort of get a steam burn from this one) stir in some cream or heavy whipping cream and vanilla. This is what it will look like afterwards. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes to cool down. Then you can get started on making the frosting.

Take some butter and some sea salt or kosher salt and beat together until fluffy. Then add the icing/powdered sugar about a cup at a time and mix until fully incorporated.

Finally, pour in the cooled caramel mixture and beat together.

Here is what it will look like. I made a double batch from last time I made it, just to be safe that I would have enough to pipe onto all of the cupcakes I made for the occasion. I mean, you can't have frosting and nothing to put it on right?! You want to see what I did with my frosting? I mean, I still have a lot of practicing to do with my piping, but I suppose that just means I will keep having to bake cupcakes, doesn't it?!?

I also made a chocolate cake recipe, one that is similar to Heidi's. I will post the combination recipe here one day, but not today. I just thought I would share with you how well my frosting came out. The piping stood up better than other times, so I was completely happy with this recipe! And I had plenty of frosting to pipe all 18 regular size cupcakes and about 20 mini cupcakes. This frosting goes a long way, so don't be shy with it :)

So there you have it, the recipe for the salted caramel frosting. To get the cake recipe, make sure you head over to Bits of Sunshine, and leave a comment on both blogs in order to be a part of the giveaway! You want to see what you could be winning?

Photo courtesy of BitsofSunshine
ONE person will win this red silicone giant cupcake mold. Neither of us are being compensated for this post. We just want to share the love!

Salted Caramel Frosting | Printable Recipe
makes a lot of frosting!

ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup cream/heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, softened (salted is ok)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or kosher salt
  • 4 cups icing/powdered sugar
directions:
  1. Start out with sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. Give a stir or two to help along the dissolving of sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stop stirring. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the caramel becomes a deep amber brown color, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Pull mixture off the heat, and slowly stir in cream/heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Cream the butter and salt in a bowl until fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until fully combined and finish off with adding the caramel mixture until fully combined.
Heidi has all the details on the giveaway, but make sure to comment here (say anything you like- as long as its positive) to be a part of it! You also need to comment on Heidi's post, and for some additional entries you can "like" each of us on facebook, and follow each of us on twitter. That's a total of six entries, so make sure you get in on the action :) Giveaway is open worldwide. Anyone can enter!!! We are both very excited about this giveaway, and we hope that you are too!

Contest is closed! Congrats to Dianna B for winning!!!!! :D Contact Heidi to claim your prize!

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36 comments :

  1. Saw the photo about the giveaway on Instagram, and just had to enter. I think it's great that you two are hosting a giveaway together.

    And Carla, the bowl with the salted caramel frosting...I just wanted to lick it clean. It looks sooo delicious. And I love the subtle color it has.

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    1. Thank you Dianna. You are too sweet! It really is awesome. I hope you can make it soon. :)

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  2. That frosting s
    ounds amazing!

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  3. Very cool give away. So glad you guys are doing this. Sounds like so much fun!

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  4. Hiii!! I had tried to do caramel frosting before but I made a mess, I am going to try because you make it sound so easy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I follow you on instagram and there is were I found out about the give away I really want to win it!!!! I love that mold but my budget is not enough :(.
    Love your blog and your pictures in instagram too.
    Byeee and thank you

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  5. I saw this giveaway on your instagram and has to check it out!! I made a batch of your frosting and everyone was on it even before I has a chance to ice them on the cupcakes!!

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    1. That makes me really happy to hear! Bummer it didnt make it to cupcakes ;) but at least it was a hit! Its one of my favorites too!

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  6. the mutual giveaway is a neat idea. this salted caramel frosting looks really yummy.

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  7. Hi Carla, I am so glad Heidi introduced me to your page. Found you on intagram already :) That's how I met Heidi too. When she posted her giant cupcake there I right away asked her what type of delicious looking buttercream she uses. It was too funny to find out the recipe was part of the giveaway you two are hosting. I can't wait to try out that caramel icing.

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  8. Funny I was just thinking about purchasing a giant cupcake mold. I've never seen the silicone one looks interesting .. So how do I go about entering ? I'm in the U. S. in California . Is the contest for anyone
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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you want to enter. The giveaway is open worldwide so absolutely you can enter! :) to do so, you need to head over to bitsofsunshine.com and also leave a comment on her post of the giveaway (links above) and follow the instructions there to use rafflecopter

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  9. Funny I was just thinking about purchasing a giant cupcake mold. I've never seen the silicone one looks interesting .. So how do I go about entering ? I'm in the U. S. in California . Is the contest for anyone
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  10. Looks yummy! Great idea on the give away too!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wow!! Haven't been on your blog before! Heidi did tell me about it:) really awesome! Love the cupcake giveaway sooo awesome inlove with the mould!!!

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  12. Oooh! I can't wait to try this icing recipe - holidays are coming up, and I think the kids and I will be doing some baking :-)

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    1. Im so glad! I hope you do use it :) It is a great recipe!

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  13. This is so gorgeous! LOVE IT! Lovely blog too!

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  14. I'VE ALLLLLLLWAAAYYYYYS WANTED ONE OF THEEEEEESE!!!!!! Pick me...pick me!

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  15. I have a similar pan, so I am not entering. Just want to say how lovely your cake and cupcakes are. I will most certainly try the frosting recipe!!

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    1. Thanks Jacquee! You are too sweet! I hope you do try the recipe! It really is awesome!!! :)

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  16. OMG!!! that frosting looks to die for!!! And I will so definitely try this!! I also commented on the giveaway posting for the giant cupcake mold at the other blog. I would give it to my mom! Who is a nut about cupcakes!!!
    Thank you both for this great opportunity! And good luck to all!!!...... Strega ( Tammy)

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  17. I really love this giant cupcake! I want to have one :D

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  18. I've always been hesitant to try frosting which has a cooked component! Thanks for the tutorial, it will definitely make it easier to take the jump and try it out.

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    1. Im really glad you like the tutorial. Hopefully it helps :) And I hope you like it!!!

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  19. i love love love salty caramel frosting!

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  20. This looks amazing! I have epic plans for such a ginormous cupcake mold, including Christmas themed, filled cupcakes with peppermint and chocolate, pumpkin spiced with cream cheese frosting for the fall, and perhaps a strawberry stuffed version for the summer. Clearly I would eat most myself :). Plus, I am joining a new family (as a nanny) this fall, and I think this would make just the cutest birthday cake for their littlest girl. Hello, favorite nanny!

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    1. I dont know if you have yet or not, but make sure you stop by bitsofsunshine.com (links above) to comment on her blog and enter in on rafflecopter. That is how you are entered in the drawing. The pumpkin cupcake sounds really excellent :) Sounds like you have great plans for it!

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  21. So happy to find a giveaway for this massive cupcake mold! I have great ideas for It :)

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  22. This does look pretty great...but I could NOT make te caramel for some reason...I followed everything step by step, and did not get right. Also, I think you maybe messed up the pictures or something, they look confusing:/

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    1. Im sorry the caramel didnt work out for you. And Im sorry the pictures looked confusing. I tried to make them as clear as possible. Thanks anyway for stopping by, I hope you can try this one again, because its really worth it when its done right.

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  23. Thanks for hosting this with me Carla. You are a wonderful friend :) this post really does de-mystify the caramel process. I was always a bit nervous about cooking the sugar, but it's so nice and clear as to when I must be taken off the stove. I made this frosting (obviously ha ha) and everyone who tasted it thought it was AMAZING. thanks for sharing it with everyone - it's a total MUST to try!!!

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  24. Yummy, I love salted caramel and I've always wanted a giant cupcake mould!! :-)

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  25. Love the giveaway!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

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