Way back in the day some of you might remember a little movie called When Harry Met Sally. And while the movie has many a memorable moment or two (never fake an orgasm ladies, make the man work harder 😉 ),the one we will be discussing today is the idea that women fall into two categories, low or high maintenance. Personally, I think all women are high maintenance. I can get away with saying that since I am one. 😛
Now before you go off and say, but I’m not high maintenance (you probably soooo are, everyone who says that is usually the worst), I’m not saying that you are a demanding bitch. But I can assure you that at some level, all women (and some men) are high maintenance. I’m a pretty laid back person. I get along with most people. Heck, I am just coming from a senior citizen potluck that they have at my gym (I rehab my injuries in the senior classes). But there are some aspects in my life where I am super high maintenance. We wont go into that since it’s best you all have a lovely opinion of me.
One area that I never used to be high maintenance at until I moved to the Seattle area is coffee. I just took it however they handed it over to me. Who knew I was suppose to tell the person making my coffee exactly how I wanted it? I mean, I thought I just took whatever they gave me and tipped them a dollar to do so. 🙂 But I have gone from a Venti Mocha (taking it just how they gave it to me) to a Grande, Non-Fat, Sugar Free, Half Caf, Cinnamon Dolce, No Whip (at least that is what I have been drinking lately). Wow, what a snob I have become. I don’t feel snobby about it up here, but when I go back down to Phoenix the people usually look at me like I am insane.
One beverage that I am a fan of and don’t mess with all that much in my ordering is the Caramel Macchiato. And though it is a wonderful beverage, it’s not so kind in the calorie department. So what did I decide to do? Make it worse for you! Go Peabody. That’s right, I decided (as suggested by a reader) to make the Caramel Macchiato into cupcake form. I mean, buttercream frosting always trumps that wimpy whipped cream they throw on there.
Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes
1 ½ cups self-rising flour
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups superfine sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup Starbucks Bottled Caramel Frappuccino
3 TBSP store bought caramel sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the caramel and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the Frappuccino and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Let cool for15 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
Cupcake recipe adapted from More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Home Kitchen by Allysa Torey
Caramel Italian Buttercream Frosting
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
5 egg whites
¼ cup sugar
2 cups unsalted butter , room temperature, cut into TBPS
4 TBSP caramel sauce (store bought is just fine), plus more to drizzle over cupcakes
Boil 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup water over medium heat until it reaches 245F. As it cooks begin meringue so it’s ready when syrup is done.
Whip egg whites with a wire whisk in a stand up mixer on high until soft peaks form. About 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle in ¼ cup sugar. Beat.
Slowly pour the hot syrup into the meringue steadily with the mixer still on high.
Beat the frosting for 7-10 minutes until the outside of the bowl has cooled down to room temperature.
Beat in butter by the tablespoon. The butter will deflate the frosting a bit.
When all butter is incorporated add caramel sauce. Mix for about a minute. Frost cooled cupcakes. Drizzle with extra caramel sauce if desired.