Recipe: Chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes

Last week, M&S invited me to cook a recipe for my blog using produce that will be showcased on their stand at the Royal Welsh Show next week.

This year’s event takes place from 20th – 23rd July at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Builith Wells. Find out more about the Royal Welsh Show here.

The M&S stand will celebrate sustainable farming and local produce, featuring kitchen demonstrations from chefs and suppliers using ingredients from the supermarket’s new summer food range, Tastes of the British Isles.

In addition, the stand will offer children’s activities and games, whilst M&S Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff will be hosting a Very British Afternoon Tea in aid of the Breast Cancer Centre, Cardiff.

Chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes

These cupcakes taste even better than they sound; the sponge is really chocolate-y and the salted caramel sauce is irresistible – I dread to think how much of that stuff I just ate from the jar while I was decorating the cupcakes!

The recipe uses Anglesey sea salt – a product produced in Wales and supplied to M&S as part of its Tastes of the British Isles range.

Ingredients (for 12 cupcakes)

3 large eggs
150g extra-fine dark Swiss chocolate, broken into pieces
150g unsalted butter, softened
150g golden caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
75ml soured cream
Anglesey sea salt flakes

For the topping
40g dark chocolate
260g salted caramel sauce


1. Heat the oven to 180Β°C/350Β°F/ gas 4 (160Β°C for fan ovens). Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases.

2. To make the cupcakes, gently melt the extra-fine dark Swiss chocolate in a bowl, either over simmering water or in the microwave.

3. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, along with a spoonful of flour…

…  and beat the mixture until it starts to look something like the below picture:

5. Mix in the remaining flour, soured cream and melted chocolate, until combined.

Resist all urges to stick your finger in for a taste (although it does taste amazing!); the mixing bowl will soon be yours!

6. Divide among the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and just firm to the touch.

7. Remove from the tin and leave to cool, ideally on a wire rack.

8. For  the  topping,  melt  the  chocolate  as  before,  then  leave  to  cool  for  around  2 minutes.

9. Spread a generous dollop of the salted caramel sauce over the top of each cupcake,then swirl with melted chocolate and sprinkle with a little salt.

10. Leave for 30 minutes to set – popping them in the fridge for a bit helps to speed things up!

There you have it; 12 sinfully sweet chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes. I think I overdid the salt a bit on some of these; you really don’t need that much, but it does make for a great finishing touch.

These will keep fresh for around 3-5 days in an airtight container – that’s if you actually have any left over by then!

The ingredients used in this recipe were kindly provided to me complimentary by M&S.



  1. Zoe
    February 5, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Ah I am definitely saving this recipe. They look amazing!!

    • February 5, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Thank you Zoe, I’m very tempted to make some more soon!

  2. February 5, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I had just finished my afternoon snack and then I saw these and I’m hungry again!!! Salted caramel is one of my favourite flavours and these look divine!

    • February 5, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Hehe, oops πŸ˜‰ I love salted caramel too, it’s almost irresistible for me

    • February 5, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Snap – me too! πŸ˜€

    • February 5, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks, it is lovely. Well worth a go.

  3. February 5, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Oh yes please! two of my favourite flavours. Plus I’m a cupcake lover!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Me too, I loved these.

  4. February 5, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    How is it possible that the chocolate and salted caramel tastes better than it sounds because I am already salivating and I haven’t even tried it yet lol!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Hehe, it’s just so good Ana πŸ™‚

  5. emma white
    February 5, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    oh these sound and look totally amazing I thin I may just have to give them a try

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks Emma, they’re definitely worth a go πŸ™‚

  6. February 5, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    These look insane. I love salterd caramel, I bet they tasted amazing x

  7. February 5, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    These look amazing! I am really craving cake now!

  8. February 5, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    I am going to have to try these πŸ™‚

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Definitely – they taste just as good as they looK!

  9. February 6, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Wow these cakes look so good, salted caramel is just the best flavour!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you! I love salted caramel too.

  10. February 6, 2016 / 5:01 am

    OH my word does that ever look fabulous! I can hardly wait to give it a try and the sooner the better.

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks Liz, definitely recommend this recipe!

  11. Catstello
    February 6, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    I don’t ‘get’ the salted caramel craze! My sister loves it though, will definitely be sending this to her xo

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      I am a big fan. I find it difficult to say no, hehe!

  12. February 6, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! I might have to print this recipe off for the kids to try!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      They were lovely, and not too difficult to make either πŸ™‚

  13. February 6, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    These look great a nice flavour, a good change from basic vanilla or chocolate.

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Definitely! They were unusual but very enjoyable.

  14. February 6, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Oh my gosh I need to make this like right now! They sound and look drool worthy!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Hehe, they were good. I must make them again sometime!

  15. February 6, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Oh wow these look nice, I love Salted Caramel.

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Me too, they were soo good!

  16. February 7, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    These look really nice!
    Would have to save them for my cheat day!!

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Hehe, yes, they are very indulgent!

  17. February 7, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    I am wondering whether I have enough stuff in my cupboards to be making my own right now x

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      If not, they are worth the trip to the shops hehe!

  18. February 7, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Ohhhh these looks soooooo delicious. I need to save this recipe. I love salted caramel! Thank you for sharing. xx

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      No problem Sarah πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes if you decide to try out the recipe!

  19. February 8, 2016 / 1:09 am

    I only had a salted caramel and chocolate cake yesterday. I love them! I’ve not tried a cupcake though.

    • February 9, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Such a tasty treat πŸ™‚

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