Since both Richard and I love salted chocolate caramels, I decided to attempt a similar cupcake for Valentine's Day. I used store bought caramel and wonderfully chunky sea salt from Maine.
I made chocolate fudge cake cupcakes and cut out a small wedge in them.
Then I added a small spoonful of chocolate ganache (semi-sweet chocolate and whipping cream, melted together, then cooled a bit).
I topped that with a little bit of caramel. I added a bit of salt to the top of this to add more flavour and cut some sweetness.
I covered the hole with a swirl of chocolate buttercream icing.
I topped that with another spoon of ganache...
...and a bit more caramel.
Then I salted it all over with sea salt. Check it out! I clicked the shutter just as a piece of sea salt was falling.
And from the over-the-top department, I found these dark chocolate cups at the grocery store and since it was for Valentine's Day and all, I bought them and put the finished cupcakes in their very own chocolate cups.