BAKING cakes and sweet bakes

Caramel Cupcake

November 29, 2008

After two month of savoury delights the Daring Bakers are now back to pleasing their sweet tooth with a Caramel Cake. Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater is a pastry chef and she has created the recipe.


Since I’ve been on a sugar high in the last couple of days, I decided I’d halve the recipe and make cupcakes instead. This was probably a bad idea. Now folks, please don’t jump to conclusions already. The cake was FABULOUS even when the recipe was halved! It’s just that I won’t have enough to satiate my cravings.

Cramel Cupcakes

What I’m extremely happy about is that I got a great syrup at the first shot. I was so worried about it not reaching the right temperature and consistency. I made the following changes:

  • Halved the recipe
  • Used hot milk instead of milk at room temperature. I strongly believe that hot milk always makes cakes better.
  • Used salted butter and omitted the salt (because that was the only thing I had at hand!)

When you bake the cake on the posting date, things can get quite chaotic, but it’s all worth it in the end! At such times I’m thankful that while most of the Daring Bakers in the West are asleep, I bake and the post is up just in time.


This cake is very moist and delicious. The texture reminded me of the Nutella Cupcakes I made a while ago. Its a good thing that I made cupcakes since cooling it took a shorter amount of time and I could down one without having to wait until I icing it. As I type this I’m digging into some of the caramel-ly goodness and this is definitely amongst the better cakes I’ve baked.


This is very quick to make and once you have the caramel ready it’s even quicker! Thanks so much Shuna for this wonderful, wonderful recipe. If you can handle some more sugar, check out what my fellow Daring Bakers have created!



  • Reply plutosangel November 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    GORGEOUS!! OMG these look fabulous!
    Pretty good cooking and photography :D

  • Reply plutosangel November 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Oh btw I loved the cake too but I loved the frosting even more! mmm just love the smell of melted butter.

  • Reply zorra November 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Well done! I need to try the thing with the hot milk. I let you know…

  • Reply Rosa's Yummy Yums November 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Very pretty! Great job here!



  • Reply arundati November 29, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    looks fabulous!! love the crumb of the cake

  • Reply Snjezana November 29, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    OMG they look so yummi…What a great idea to make cupcakes instead of one big cake. Next time I’m going to make cupcakes too.
    Great job Shaheena! Well done!:))))

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 29, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. Looks perfect, moist, tempting, appetizing, decorative and yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

  • Reply RecipeGirl November 29, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Nice job making these into cupcakes! They look beautiful and delicous :)

  • Reply Aparna November 29, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    The texture of your cake is lovely. The pink sprinkles give your cakes a festive look.
    I never knew the bit about hot milk. Wouldn’t it cook the eggs?

    Glad to see the situation in Bombay is under control. But I’m thinking there’s a long way to go still.

  • Reply BC November 29, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    You have a serious love of sugar. The cupckaes look fantastic!

  • Reply Yasmeen November 29, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Awesome presentation shaheen.I’m so glad to be part of the daring bakers club:)

  • Reply Shaheen November 29, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Thank you, guys! :)

    Aparna: Whenever a recipe calls for milk, I use hot milk. It has never cooked the egg. I put quite a bit of flour first and then the milk so the temperature doesn’t suddenly increase.

    Relieved that things are now calmer, but like you said, there is a lot that needs to be done.

  • Reply ovenhaven November 29, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    I love the first photo! Great job with the cupcakes, dearie. If only you could send some over here ;)

  • Reply glamah16 November 29, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Wow. You did great. Kike the tip about the hot milk. I must remebere that.

  • Reply Tartelette November 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Been thinking a lot about you these past few days. I hope that you and your loved ones are out of troubles. My parents just came back from a trip to Rajhastan during Diwali and they had a wonderful experience.

    On another note, I love what you did with the challenge! The cupcakes looks smashing!

  • Reply Marija November 29, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Your cakes are sooo cute! Great job!

  • Reply Gretchen Noelle November 29, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    These look terrific – so bright and cheery! Hot milk? I will have to try that.

  • Reply Sara November 29, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Your cakes are so cute! I love the sprinkles

  • Reply Clumbsy Cookie November 30, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    So cute! Very girly and delicious looking!

  • Reply Dolores November 30, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this challenge. And I’m glad to have you among the “last minute baker club”. It sort of adds to the ‘daring’, or so it seems to me. Thanks for baking with us!

  • Reply Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti November 30, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    Wonderful cupcakes! I love their shape!

  • Reply lalaine November 30, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Beautiful photography!

  • Reply Shaheen November 30, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Thanks everyone, I’m flattered! :)

    Tartlette: Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. Everyone I know is safe, thank you.

    Dolores: I know,I kinda like pushing myself to the edge and finishing the challenge in record time. ;)

  • Reply CookiePie November 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Your cupcakes are so lovely!!

  • Reply Natalie... November 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Wow yours is so pretty, love the pink sprinkles on top, bet they made it taste even nicer!!

  • Reply Elle November 30, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Hot milk! It sure did a great job with your cucpcakes…beautiful and great texture, too. Love your photos!!

  • Reply Jude November 30, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    I like the idea of using hot milk… Might give it that extra edge in a taste test :)

  • Reply dolcigine November 30, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    These look so cute :-)!!!!!! Compliments!!!

  • Reply maybelle's mom November 30, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    cupcakes are the way to go for sure. I did warm milk too. yours look lovely.

  • Reply Susan/Wild Yeast November 30, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Thanks for the warm milk tip. I used cool (room temperature) milk and my batter separated. Your cake looks light and lovely.

  • Reply Susan @ SGCC November 30, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Such lovely cupcakes! They look just beautiful with those pink sprinkles. Wish I could have one now! :)

  • Reply jillian December 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM

    Super cute cupcakes! Love the sprinkles!

  • Reply dirtykitchensecrets December 1, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    Wowee Shaheen! these cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous! Yummyyy :)

  • Reply Claire December 2, 2008 at 6:38 AM

    Great job! I love the shape of your cupcakes.

  • Reply Bex December 2, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    I love the little cupcake tartlets. Adorable!

  • Reply Julia December 2, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    These look adorable and delicious! I love your tip about using hot milk for cakes. I have always been suspicious!

  • Reply Lynnylu December 3, 2008 at 3:18 AM

    How festive! Your cupcakes look great!

  • Reply Jenny December 3, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    I love the shape of your cupcakes! It gives a simple cake class!

  • Reply arjwiz December 3, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    When am I getting mine? :(

  • Reply Vera December 4, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    These are so lovely! Wonderful job!

  • Reply ~Amber~ December 4, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Wow, these are stunning. Excellent job.

  • Reply Shaheen December 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks everyone, and arjwiz, I made an entire 8 inch cake just for you today. Now you don’t have a reason to complain!

  • Reply gail December 11, 2008 at 6:34 AM

    Beautiful job! How many cupcakes did half the recipe make? Just trying to make the same here, but with the full recipe. Can’t wait!

  • Reply Shaheen December 11, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Hi Gail, Half the recipe made 8 big cupcakes. I made the cake again and I preferred how they turned out when I halved the recipe. They were more fluffy when halved. And got better reviews too!

  • Reply Aparna February 7, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    caramel cake looks very delicious.

  • Reply nicoleN1C0L3nicole March 31, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Where is the actual step-by-step recipe?

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  • Reply Kool January 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    where is the recipe for this cake?

  • Reply Bella May 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    shaheen i cant find the recipe for these cupcakes

  • Reply Swati Khandelwal April 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Hey shaheen.. I made the cake today and it turned out yummylicious. However, i used my own recipe for the cake as yours had eggs in it and I am a vegetarian. Can you please give the alternate recipes without the eggs..? Also, i made the caramel syrup. It came out great in the beginning but then as the syrup started settling, it became way to hard to work on. Why did that happen..?? Can you please help me in this..??

  • Reply crystal May 12, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    where is the recipe located?

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