Monday, August 20, 2012

Simple Caramel Cupcake Recipe

Simple caramel cupcake recipe.

If you need a good fail-safe and super easy all-in-one-go cupcake recipe, this is our family favourite.  I have been making these simple caramel cupcakes for 8 years now.  My recipe is a well worn printout of an email I wrote to my sister way back in 2004.

----- Original Message -----
From: Fiona
To: Sally
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 9:41 PM
Subject: cake??

Sal, I am struggling to find a good cake recipe for Sasha's (1st) party - any ideas?  I was going to make little cup cakes as they are easier to hand around than a big cake and cuter for a baby party.  I have a recipe for some raspberry and cream cheese ones with pale pink icing - do you think this is a good idea or should I do the caramel cupcakes you made for her christening  as they were a huge hit??
any ideas?
love Fi - my baby's turning 1!! can you believe it!!! I am still only getting used to thinking of myself as a mummy.

Simple caramel cupcake recipe.

And my sister replied with this recipe (and some advice on not stressing for the party! big sisters are good like that. LOL) and so a cupcake tradition was born at our house.  

Simple Caramel Cupcakes

1.5 cups self raising flour

1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar

125 g softened butter chopped

3 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract*

  1. Preheat your oven 180C
  2. Use paper cases
  3. Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat with electric mixer 4 minutes until smooth.
  4. Bake 20-25 mins
*I always use extract but vanilla essence is also an option if you need to use cheaper ingredients.

Simple caramel cupcake recipe.

Four simple steps - how easy can that be!  

We have made so many batches of these simple caramel cupcakes over the last 8 years...for birthdays, afternoon teas, lunch boxes and cake stalls.  They work perfectly every single time.  When Jonty was a baby, Phil stayed home as the "Mummy" to look after our two kids while I took on a 9 month project contract in the city.  He made these cupcakes regularly although he put his own spin on them. He left them un-iced but instead added sultanas to the mixture. The kids love them like that and it makes them even easier to whip up.

Simple caramel cupcake recipe. Lilyfield Life
Simple caramel cupcake recipe. Lilyfield Life

The caramel flavour from the brown sugar is very subtle and they are not overly sweet as some caramel cakes can be.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.  I mainly like this recipe for how light the cakes are and what a good shape they turn out to be.  I have used an easy buttercream pink icing and piped little roses with a Wilton Tip 107 and ruffles with Wilton Tip 104. Actually for piping roses I usually use Wilton Icing Tip 106 but I've mislaid it at the moment (I'm never putting things back where they belong and it drives me absolutely nuts!)

Simple caramel cupcake recipe. Lilyfield Life

Simple caramel cupcake recipe. Lilyfield Life

Let me know if you like these caramel cupcakes and how you get on with the recipe.

happy baking!

Fiona xx


  1. Definitely going to try this one out! Looks beautiful Fiona. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Gorgeous your blog
    Mary xx

  3. These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Have a lovely day!
    Diane M.

  4. Caramel cupcakes is love. I can feel the craving rising up to the surface right now. It's very tempting.

  5. Thank you for your really EASY cupcakes recipe!!!! My kids love them! Kisses from Italy ;)

  6. I made these cupcakes last Saturday and there were simply wonderful! I really enjoyed the light caramel taste and I think it works super well with vanilla frosting. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I am only 13 and this is such an easy recipie it's really easy and fun! I enjoyed baking them and they taste delicious thx

    1. hi Rosie = congratulations. I'm so glad you found the recipe easy. Keep on baking!
      Fiona xx

  8. Hi Fiona
    I made caramal cupcakes for my son's11 birthday today. He took them to school and the kids went crazy. Thks for sharing this fantastic recepie. Thanks heaps.


  9. Hello Fiona, I've just made these cupcakes today.. They look and smell uh~mazing!! Haha thank you for sharing this lovely treasure of yours! (=


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