|Coca Cola cupcakes with cola caramel filling and buttery buttercream frosting, garnished with sea salt and popcorn.|
Last year my friend and I duked it out cupcake style in our own little Cupcake Wars challenge. She lives about 1000 miles (1500km) south of my little hamlet so we had to rely on the discerning palates in our own neighborhoods to let us know how we fared.
The theme: cinema concession stand. We both had to come up with a cupcake that included both the salty and sweet goodness of going to the movies. I played around with some of my favorite movie treats: licorice and peanut m&m's, popcorn and peanut butter cups, sour candies and chocolate covered peanuts. But I couldn't imagine a good, edible cupcake with any of those combinations. Then I thought, "What is the most classic movie treat?" Buttered popcorn and Coca Cola.
I found a Coca Cola cupcake recipe that originally had cocoa in it, but I didn't add the cocoa because I didn't want it to interfere with the cola flavor.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
While it boiled I gathered:
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (warmed up)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
When the caramel cooled I poured it in a squeeze bottle and with an apple corer I popped out "divots" in each cupcake. I filled the hole left behind with the caramel and then replaced divot.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 3 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar
- 1/2 heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
I beat the butter in a stand mixer until fluffy and slowly added the icing sugar and cream, alternating between them, but ending with sugar. I added the vanilla at the end and beat until I was happy with the consistency.
|One of my brave judges!|
My warring friend did a southern caramel cake and frosting garnished with a chocolate covered peanut and caramel corn on top. She said her cake ended up being a bit crumbly and her frosting too messy, so for this war we declared a draw!