Stress Baking – Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcake


I’m sorry my Dearest Readers to start a post like this… but that’s really the best way to describe how I feel right now >_< I have unfortunately had the week from hell… one of the worse ones for a very long time! It all started on Tuesday when I locked myself out of our apartment, Wednesday work laptop decided to die on me, Thursday a gas leak at my parents, car engine issues and Friday my iPhone speaker died couldn’t dial or receive calls… That literally sums up my whole week… so that’s why I haven’t really been in the mood to blog or do anything else ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcake

Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcake

Whenever I’m stressed or feeling a little down… I bake and eat ridiculous amounts of sugar (more than usual :P) And that’s when I decided to make these Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcakes. I’ve seen this recipe in the new Taste Magazine for a couple of weeks now, and have been meaning to make them but haven’t had the chance so Thursday night was the perfect time!

Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cake

The cupcakes look quite spectacular but it’s actually relatively easy to make as the recipe uses a lot of store-bought products, I didn’t have time to go out and buy everything so I’ve improvised and adapted it a little. For instance, I made the salted caramel instead of using jersey caramel lollies and used a Chocolate Macadamia spread instead of the Betty Crocker Chocolate Frosting ~

Salted Caramel Popcorn

I haven’t tried the original recipe, but I find that using my own salted caramel, it’s probably not as sweet ย and even Mr Bao gave it the thumbs up! I highly recommend this recipe because it not only easy to make, yummy to eat but looks amazing! I felt so much better after baking these cupcakes and I’m sure next week is going to be much better! Hope you all have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

Recipe – Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcakes adapted from Taste Magazine

Yield –ย 12 cupcakes

150g dark chocolate, finely chopped
100g unsalted butter, cubed
125ml (1/2 cup) boiling hot water
215g (1 cup) caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
100g (2/3 cup) plain flour
40g (1/4 cup) self-raising flour
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
1 egg
450g chocolate frosting (store bought or homemade)
200g popcorn (store bought flavoured or homemade)
100g salted caramel (store bought or homemade)
melted chocolate to decorate

Salted Caramelย makes 550g adapted from Pierrick Boyerย 

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel

300g caster sugar
75ml water
125ml thickened cream
2g sea salt
200g unsalted butter

– You can keep the homemade salted caramel for about a week in the fridge
– You can buy chocolate frosting or just make it yourself e.g. icing sugar, cocoa powder and hot water
– Do not over bake cupcakes as it will make it tough and dry
– Original recipe adds salted roasted peanuts to it as well, this is optional ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Make the salted caramel first, place the sugar and water into a large saucepan and cookย without stirringย until it becomes a deep toffee colour (about 160ยฐC) be careful not to burn it.
2) In a separate saucepan, heat the thickened cream until just boiled. When sugar becomes the deep caramel colour quite pour in thickened cream and whisk until smooth.ย Be careful it is very hot!
3) Tip butter in and whisk until smooth. It will be quite watery but will thicken as it cools. Set aside
4) Preheat oven to 180ยฐC/160ยฐC fan-forced and line a 12 cupcake pan with paper cases
5) Place butter, sugar and hot water into a saucepan and heat stirring occasionally until smooth. Stir in caster sugar and vanilla extra. Whisk in flours, cocoa powder and egg until well combined.
6) Divide mixture evenly among cases. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
7) Once cooked remove from oven and transfer to wire rack and let cool it completely.
8) Combine popcorn and salted caramel together and set aside for 3 minutes to let it bind together.
9) To assemble spread a little (1tbs) chocolate frosting on the cupcakes and spoon caramel popcorn on top and create a little mountain.
10) Melt dark chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over cupcakes.


36 thoughts on “Stress Baking – Salted Caramel Popcorn Mud Cupcake

  1. Krissie - Pearls of Style October 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a terrible week but looks like those cupcakes more than make up for it! My mouth is watering!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Thanks for visiting Krissie ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes these cupcakes definitely made me so much happier hehe yay for Stress Baking!

  2. Christine (@cookingcrusade) October 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

    So sorry to hear that you have had an awful week – hope it gets lots better from now! These cupcakes look insanely good and definitely sound like they would be a great pick me up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

      Thanks Chrstine ๐Ÿ™‚ these cupcakes definitely made my day and even though I still have car issues it’s ok because it’ll be fixed! I’m going to be positive about it! hehe

  3. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) October 6, 2013 at 12:25 am Reply

    What a terrible week you have had! Great looking cup cakes as a result ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply

      Yes it was a horrible week but I’m confident that this week is going to be much better ๐Ÿ™‚ as long as it’s full of sugar and more of these cupcakes hehe

  4. Ashley October 6, 2013 at 12:36 am Reply

    Woow, looks so good! Just like the cover! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope your weekend is treating you well!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 12:43 am Reply

      Thanks Ash ๐Ÿ™‚ The weekend was so much better quite than last week hehe as long as it’s filled with sugar I’ll be right hehe

  5. My Inner Chick October 6, 2013 at 1:23 am Reply

    Gorgeous little sins. You had me on salted caramel.

    Hope your week goes better ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 6, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    Oh Daisy you poor thing! I’m sorry to hear that your week was such a bear *hugs* ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But this is definitely a good upside to the week ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 12:49 am Reply

      Thanks Lorraine ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a lot more positive now that it’s Monday and my car is at the mechanics hopefully it’s nothing serious! In the mean time I’m going to bake more and eat more sugar hehe

  7. Peita at Leo's Cheese Bar Adelaide Central Market October 6, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    Sorry to hear about your week! Mine has also had it’s ups and downs!! After every crisis there is usually an up! The cakes look amazing! I need to bake chocolate cake today!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 1:04 am Reply

      Awww hope you’re has settle down too and less down and more ups ๐Ÿ™‚ But I believe once these downs go we’ll be going up up up and up hehe ~ hope you baked that chocolate cake hehe

  8. Tina @ bitemeshowme October 6, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

    Awww sorry you’ve had a horrible week. Hopefully these decadent cupcakes out a smile on your face xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 1:04 am Reply

      Thanks lovely girl ๐Ÿ™‚ These cupcakes definitely put a smile on my face ~ need more hehe

  9. The Hangry Bitch October 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm Reply

    I love the presentation of the cupcakes Daisy! So professionally done =)
    And I’m glad the salted caramel seemed easy to make. I’ve never tried making caramel before and worry that I might burn it, but i may give this a go.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 1:05 am Reply

      Thanks Jo ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still learning how to style but I definitely love natural lighting hehe!
      I know what you mean I’ve always burnt my salted caramel but finally this time I got it just right! Use a sugar themometer to help ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how you go!

  10. renxkyoko October 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm Reply

    I have no time to copy this, but I hope I can find time later. I’m sure I’ll come back to copy. Thanks ! The cupcakes do look delish !

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 1:22 am Reply

      It’s all good you can maybe copy and paste it into a Word document and print it out? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Michelle @ The Bakeanista October 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing the cupcakes with me! They were yum and not too sweet which was perfect for me. I def enjoyed yours more than the ones my colleague made using the actual recipe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 8, 2013 at 1:29 am Reply

      You’re so welcome and I’m glad that you liked them more than your colleagues ๐Ÿ˜‰ Because I know you said hers was really sweet! Hope you also like the salted caramel babe!

  12. milkteaxx October 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm Reply

    these are amazing! yum!

  13. Keren October 7, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply

    Ack, what a stinky week! Hope this one has started out much better for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) October 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    These are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the adaptations too ๐Ÿ™‚
    I always bake when I am in an ordinary mood or things are going badly!
    I hope your next week improves ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. libishski October 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Ooooh! I was going to make these the other weekend but haha, ended up making Dutch-Indonesian coconut tarts (just posted the recipe up on my blog!). I’m going to give this recipe a go in a couple of weekends time (i.e. when I come back from interstate) – yay for not-as-sweet cupcakes! Did you sent your beautiful photos to Taste magazine?

  16. eilxrrr October 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    these look great !!!

  17. hotlyspiced October 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult week. That does sound like a lot of challenging issues to face in one week. Last week my little guy locked us both out of the house but that Archie had left the kitchen window unlocked so I was able to get my little climber to get back into the house and let me in. I love the look of your cupcakes and you have photographed them so well. They’re very pretty xx

  18. grabyourfork October 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Whoah that salted caramel looks amazing. Forget the cupcake. Just pass me a spoon!!!

  19. Julie October 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply

    aww hugs dearie! Im always down the road if you need anything. Love the revised recipe because I was thinking of not doing the jersey lollies too! I might give it a go with you adaptions (hehe a little less sugar since you mention it was sweet)

  20. theragingcook October 10, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    Hahaha it’s alright Daisy – totally agree on cooking being a goof stress reliever, hope the car gets fixed soon ๐Ÿ˜Š Salted Caramel is always good!

  21. ironchefshellie October 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Stress or no stress, they look TO DIE FOR!!

  22. milkteaxx October 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm Reply

    i need something like this, ive had a pretty shit week too! hope your week has gotten better since!

  23. Christina @ The Hungry Australian October 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Sorry you had such a crappy week, Daisy. I must say these cupcakes look incredible. They would bring a smile to anyone’s face ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Agnes October 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Cupcakes look great, Daisy. And hey – don’t you eat copious amounts of sugar when you’re happy, sad, excited, anxious… basically all the time? :p


  25. viveka October 22, 2013 at 9:21 am Reply

    Exciting week, I can read and I feel sorry for you – but it didn’t effect your baking .. those cupcakes are just amazing – fantastic – was it the first time you baked them??? … wow, you have talent. They are just beautiful.

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