Salted Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes are your favorite coffee drink in cupcake form. Nielsen Massey extracts and McCrea’s caramels give these Salted Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes amazing flavor. Enter to win a gift box of Nielsen-Massey flavorings and McCrea’s caramels just in time for your holiday baking!
I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I have discovered my favorite morning commute drink is an iced upside down caramel macchiato. A grande will last for the hour drive from my house to the office, and I get caffeine and caramel — guaranteed to get me moving!
Nielsen-Massey sent me a gift basket that you can enter to win just in time for holiday baking! It includes
- McCrea’s Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels (5.5 oz tube, $14.95) — Rich, creamy caramel with crystals of Hawaiian black sea salt. A moment in paradise.
- McCrea’s Classic Vanilla Caramels (5.5 oz tube, $14.95) — McCrea’s original caramel generously infused with sweet, aromatic vanilla. For the purist
- Nielsen- Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar (7.5 oz jar, $23) — A flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the pinnacle of all vanillas, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. Use it in any recipe where vanilla and the sweetness of sugar are desired.
- Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Coffee Extract (2 oz bottle, $9) — The rich, freshly brewed flavor is achieved through our careful distillation of premium coffee beans. This concentrated extract is easy to keep on hand, unlike ground coffee or beans, which rapidly lose their flavor.
I use Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste in every recipe that calls for vanilla extract. If you haven’t tried vanilla bean paste, you really should. Vanilla extract is made by soaking vanilla beans in strong alcohol. You can easily make your own homemade vanilla extract. Unlike vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste is a sweet, thick syrup that includes the seeds. The vanilla bean seeds add rich, vanilla flavor and little flecks to your desserts.
When I received my basket, I immediately thought about using the coffee extract and sea salt caramels together to make a baked version of my favorite morning pick-me-up! I have to admit — using coffee extract is a lot easier for a non-coffee maker like me than trying to make coffee that is the right strength for a recipe. I only needed a small amount of the coffee extract to flavor the salted caramel macchiato cupcakes.
And the caramels. McCrea’s Black Lava Sea Salt caramels are very creamy and delicious on their own (I might have eaten a few instead of adding them to the double boiler). Their creamy vanilla, slightly salty flavor makes amazing buttercream. You could also use the salted caramel buttercream on top of your favorite chocolate cupcakes.
You are going to love the high quality of these ingredients.