SALTED CARAMEL CUPCAKES





SALTED CARAMEL CUPCAKES

These cute cupcakes are bound to please.  The frosting has that ever-popular salted caramel taste, delightfully combining sweet and salty flavors. I made these with our daughter-in-law, Yara Eloff.  She has a good eye for nice baked goodies, and she loves to bake low-carb these days.  

13/cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR (425 mL)
  2 cups Keto Bake Mix (500 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
3 eggs
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1 cup sugar (250 mL)
1/cup granulated erythritol, OR (75 mL)
1/cup unsalted butter (60 mL)
1 tsp molasses (5 mL)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
1 tbsp lemon juice (15 mL
7 tbsp almond milk (105 mL)
Salted Caramel Frosting:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened (60 mL)
2 tbsp regular butter, softened (30 mL)
2 tbsp water (30 mL)
1 cup whole milk powder, OR heavy cream powder (250 mL)
  (both of these are possibly available at Walmart)
Liquid sweetener to equal 3/cup sugar (175 mL)
1/cup powdered erythritol, OR (60 mL)
  6 packets sweetener (the kind for coffee)
2 tbsp whipping cream (30 mL)
6 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (90 mL)
  (see Helpful Hints)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
1 tsp molasses (5 mL)
1/tsp salt (0.5 mL)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). 

In large mixing bowl, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR Keto Bake Mix, baking powder and salt.

In food processor, process eggs, liquid sweetener, granulated erythritol, OR alternative, unsatled butter, molasses, gelatin and vanilla extract.  In 1/2 –cup measure, place lemon juice and fill with almond milk. Allow to sit for a few minutes.  Add to food processor; process.  Add dry ingredients; process.
Grease muffin pan and line with cupcake liners.  Spray cupcake liners with cooking spray (although not entirely necessary, as when the cupcakes are cool the paper should peel off nicely) and fill half way.  Bake15 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.  Frost when cooled.  Refrigerate to keep them fresh, but allow to come to room temperature, if desired, before serving.


Salted Caramel Frosting: In food processor, process unsalted and regular butter, water, whole milk powder, liquid sweetener, erythritol, OR coffee sweetener, whipping cream, vanilla whey protein powder, vanilla extract, molasses and salt until smooth.

Helpful Hints:  If your frosting consistency is not just right…adding a little more of the dry ingredients such as whey, or if it is too stiff, adding a bit more cream works.  It should be fine as written, however.  I used to use Gold Standard Whey Protein in a Vanilla flavor from GNC and also Walmart.  These days I use Equate Whey Protein in Smooth Vanilla flavor, also from Walmart.  It is a good deal and lasts a long time, even for me.

Yield:  12 cupcakes
1 cupcake
254.5 calories
9.4 g protein
19.9 g fat
0.0 g fiber
9.1 g net carbs 

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