Have your Caramel Macchiato and eat it too with this coffee cupcake topped with vanilla caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle!

Have your Caramel Macchiato and eat it too with this coffee cupcake topped with vanilla caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle!

When I was little (like 7th grade status), my girlfriends and I thought we were cool by bringing Starbucks to school. We strolled into homeroom 5 minutes late, cups in hand, and slowly sipped them down in front of our classmates.

It was the first time I drank a latte, and I didn’t even like it that much. I even remember my cup was empty by the time the first period bell rang, but I still held onto it, pretending it was full. You know, to be cool.

Gotta love middle school.

Have your Caramel Macchiato and eat it too with this coffee cupcake topped with vanilla caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle!

Today’s latte-inspired treat is Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes, a light coffee cupcake topped with a caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle.

The cupcakes seriously emulate a caramel macchiato with their coffee base, fluffy frosting, and that signature caramel drizzle. I’m totally in love.

Have your Caramel Macchiato and eat it too with this coffee cupcake topped with vanilla caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle!

My 7th grade self would have much preferred this version to an actual latte. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20. And now that I’m an adult I can have as many as I want (right? right!)

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Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes

Have your Caramel Macchiato and eat it too with this coffee cupcake topped with vanilla caramel buttercream and salted caramel drizzle!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Yield: 10 cupcakes 1x
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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons caramel (recipe below)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

For the caramel

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 10 cupcake tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, whisking in between each addition. Next, whisk in coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Last, fold in flour until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared liners, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20 minutes, then allow to cool completely before frosting.

Make the caramel

  1. While the cupcakes are baking, make the caramel. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar on low heat until it’s completely melted, swirling the pan gently every 20 seconds or so. Remove from heat immediately and stir in butter. The mixture will violently bubble. You’re doing it right. Next, pour in the heavy cream and sea salt. Stir until everything is combined. Allow to cool completely before using.

Make the frosting

  1. In a standing mixer, whip the butter for a minute so it’s light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of the caramel, and vanilla extract, whipping until combined.
  2. Once the cupcakes are ready, frost with the frosting and drizzle with remaining caramel.

 

23 comments

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Katrina
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This flavour is out of this world delicious sounding!! I love it!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You’re the sweetest. Thank you!

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Erica
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Hahaha that story makes me smile, oh gosh middle school days. I’m with you, my 7th grade self totally would have preferred these cupcakes. They looks amazing Sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Erica!

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Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
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These are gorgeous!

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Ellie | Hungry by Nature
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Yes – LOVE girlfriends in junior high. My friends and I definitely had what we called “matching Mondays”… looking back, coming to school all dressed alike was probably not the coolest thing to do. Oh well! And these cupcakes look beautiful – I can’t wait to try the recipe!

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Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)
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that might have even been a high school thing for me, haha. i love that you kept the integrity of a caramel macchiato (all that caramel, and they look amazing!), without the sweetness (i used to love how sweet they were, but i’ve since “matured”).

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DessertForTwo
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It’s a snow day here, and as soon as I saw that first photo, I knew I was going to make it!

Gotta love middle school days 😉

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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I’ve never had a caramel macchiato, and now I’ve just gotta try one! Or these cupcakes. Or both- at once 🙂 These look amazing!

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Sara @ Cake Over Steak
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I want like seven of these right now.

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Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog
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ha, gotta love those middle school days where literally nothing makes you cooler than a Starbucks cup in hand. Ok and maybe some uggs. BEEN THERE. These cupcakes look gorgeous (so perfectly frosted!) and really, much better than a caramel macchiato!

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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Absolutely beautiful and perfect flavours! And I’m loving imagining you with your 7th grade Starbucks 😉

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Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
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hahahahah I can just imagine that! Would prefer one of these cupcakes over Starbucks ANY day, hands down though – they sound incredible. That caramel drizzle is perfection <3

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movita beaucoup
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This makes me feel old. Know what was cool when I was in middle school? Brown bag lunches.

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Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture
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That’s the primary perk of being an adult, right? You can have cupcakes for dinner whenever you like, and there’s no one to tell you not to. Or is that just me?

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Laura (Tutti Dolci)
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Hello gorgeous! I need one (ok make it two!) of these beauties in my life!

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Sabrina
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I will take a dozen please 🙂

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Zee
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Hi Sarah,

Just made these and OMG!!! 🙂 Two questions you don’t list baking powder as an ingredient, I just added in some and they came out well – is there meant to be? What sized tin did you use? I used a muffin tin which I think is slightly larger than the standard cupcake tins and I got 12 (not complaining :)) Thanks for a fab recipe 🙂

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Joanne
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Ohhhh the things we think are cool in middle school. Quite frankly, I’d feel much cooler today walking around with a box of these all day long…not that they would last the whole day. I daresay I’d manage to inhale them all by noon?

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Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect
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This looks so tasty, I cannot believe how good those cupcakes look.

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