Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Salted Caramel Buttercream with a Mustache

Mustaches will always make me think of my dad.
He sported a mustache from the time I was a baby,
until the year my first child was born.

When I was a child, I would beg him to shave it off! I didn't like scratchy kisses.
But when he finally did get rid of the mustache, I was actually a bit traumatized.
My dad looked like a stranger! 
But it's OK, I recovered without therapy.

In honor of my dad,
I created these yummy cupcakes for Father's Day.

First, I made chocolate mustache lollipops with candy melts and this mold.

Then I perched the lollipops on top of chocolate cupcakes, that I had topped with delicious salted caramel buttercream and drizzled with caramel sauce.

You can find my favorite chocolate cake recipe here.
Just change the baking time to approx. 18 minutes for cupcakes.

Salted Caramel Buttercream
adapted from
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup salted butter
    • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream (may use less)
    • 3/4 cup salted butter (softened)
    • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

    To make caramel: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla; bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened (3 to 4 minutes), remove from heat and allow to cool. While it is still warm, add the cream a little at a time, until the caramel has the consistency of honey. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

    Beat the softened butter until fluffy, with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and mix well. Slowly add the caramel, beating until the frosting is smooth.
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    OH. MY!!!
    This combination of salty and sweet is absolutely incredible!
    You really should make some of these for your dad...
    even if he doesn't have a mustache.


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    1. Oh dear Lord.... those look delish! Sweet and Salty!! Yum. Thanks for linking up :) Hugs!

    2. These look amazing... seen them a few linky parties!!

    3. These look fantastic and just perfect for fathers day! I bet the combination of sweet and salty is amazing!

    4. Oh my, what a combination! I'm sure it's delish. The mustache touch is adorable. Your photos with your dad are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


    5. Must. Have. Buttercream. That looks delish! And I love the post about your dad, adorable!

    6. That is very cool. I was wondering why you choose mustaches. Good choice!

    7. on my end I couldn't see the whole recipe for the caramel until I went to comment. I am glad I can see the whole recipe now--weird. I think I will definitely try these since Joseph and his dad both love chocolate and caramel. Thanks for the fun idea for Father's Day!

    8. I love the mustache!!! I must find this mold! Did you know that salted caramel is tipical in France? People from French Britain use salted butter, and they make caramel with it... Your Cupcakes look absolutely delicious!

    9. Those look like such FUN!! I remember my dad looking like a stranger when he shaved his beard. Scary!!

    10. Oh my goodness! I am obsessed with salted caramel! I will just have to make these! The mustaches are such a cute touch, too. :) My dad had a mustache from the time I was born until I was about 5...I don't remember but he says I freaked out about how different he looked too!

    11. I'm always clicking on your stuff at link parties. The presentation is fabulous, and it all looks so delicious.

    12. Hi, Robin!
      That's so funny, I had the same idea for Father's Day this year!!!
      My dad has always had a mustache and I made a very similar recipe, that's amazing!
      Look at them:
      Indeed, it has been published in a web magazine, but your version is really nice too, I like the salted caramel idea! So good...
      X Aurélie

      1. WOW! Our ideas were so similar...I guess great minds think alike!! ;0) I don't know spanish, but used google translate to read some of your post. I love the cute little flags. Thanks for sharing!

      2. Thank you, Robin!
        Your ideas are always so cool, I like them so much, really nice job!

    13. Too cute, and that frosting sounds great!

    14. Your cupcakes look wonderful. Add the mustaches and they are adorable!

    15. The cupcakes look DELICIOUS and I love those mustaches!!!! So cute!!! And perfect for Father's Day! Great idea!

    16. Such cute cupcakes! They look so yummy!

    17. Those are so yummy and cute and fun, I bet your Dad will get a kick out of them.

    18. Hi, I noticed that all your pictures have great backgrounds. Do you use paper, fabric or digitize it? Just curious! The pictures look great.

    19. Mustaches will always make me think of my dad too! K and salted caramel? SO GOOD!

    20. These cupcakes are cute!! We are so happy to have you join us for our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please come back soon!! -The Sisters

    21. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Shared these on COM-FB! winks, jen

    22. love it, I never would have thought of using the pops like that, so smart!

    23. these are sooo cool! and your dad has one snazzy moustache! ;)

    24. I've been sitting here thinking about what to do for Father's Day! I know now. Thank you!

    25. The buttercream is fantastic! I have the pots of Wilton's gel dye, so I used a combination of the copper and brown dyes to add some extra brightness to the caramel colour! The buttercream is DELICIOUS!! I garnished the tops with a tiny pinch of sea salt - wow!


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