Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

I have a love for salt.

You heard right.

If it’s salty, I love it.

Salted chips, salted peanuts, I even prefer salted butter.

Which brings me to salted caramel, not sure who staretd this great craze, but I absolutely love salted caramel.

I even salt and pepper cantaloupe. Is there any foods that you salt that other look at you like you are crazy? Let me know, I’m sure I’d like to try it.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

5.0 from 4 reviews
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup melted, cooled butter
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Caramel Frosting
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 4 tablespoons caramel sauce (Ghirardelli)
  • 6 drops Caramel flavoring oil (LorAnns)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • additional caramel sauce
  • coarse salt
  1. Beat sugar with eggs until completely combined.
  2. Add flour, milk, butter, oil, baking powder and vanilla.
  3. Mix until creamy.
  4. Bake at 325 for dark pans (350 for regular) for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Let cupcakes completely cool
  6. Caramel Frosting
  7. Cream together butter, shortening and sugar.
  8. Add cream, caramel sauce, caramel oil and salt and mix until smooth and creamy.
  9. Place frosting in a piping bag with a #2 tip and pip frosting on cupcakes.
  10. Drizzle caramel sauce over frosting and sprinkle on coarse salt.


pipe the caramel frosting onto the cupcakes

then drizzle caramel sauce on top.

They are ready to serve, but don’t forget to sprinkle coarse salt over the tops.

salted caramel cupcakes

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  1. 6


    Salt does wonders! And there is nothing worse than pulling out a loaf of bread or cake out of the oven to discover you forgot the salt! These cupcakes look too delicious! I love salted caramel so I know that these would be on the top of my list! Thank you for sharing!

  2. 20

    Popadom says

    Oh i tried making these…i dont know if they came out right….the cupcacek were lovely, but the icing was so buttery it was almost inedible ):

    • 21

      Diane says

      I’m sorry you had trouble with the frosting, if you prefer it sweeter add more powdered sugar. I’m looking back to check my notes on this recipe now.


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