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.