Nutella CupcakesSalted Caramel Icing:
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Melt butter in saucepan and continue over heat until the butter is brown, but not black. There’s good step-by-step instructions at All Recipes on how to brown butter.
Remove pan from heat and add lemon juice and brown sugar–stir until smooth.
Return pan to a med-low heat and bring to boil while constantly stirring. Boil mixture for one minute and remove from heat. Then add cream, stir until cream is incorporated.
Return pan to heat and stir until just boiling. Then remove from heat, add salt and let mixture cool to room temperature. When you taste the mixture at this point is may taste very strong and a bit too salty–that’s what you want.
Transfer caramel mixture to mixing bowl and slowly beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Ice the cupcakes and then place a caramel candy on top :) Enjoy..they are DELICIOUS!! the salty sweetness is divine!
i know i suck for not having a final outcome picture. it kills me, too.