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Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes

Enjoy a taste of Belgium with these Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes made from the creamy, rich caramel spread from the Lotus Bakery!

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

You’ve heard of Cookie Butter, right? Trader Joes sells it.  It’s also been called Speculoos, Biscoff or Karamelgebäck Creme.  Well, that Cookie Butter is a knock-off of the creamy, caramel cookie spread made by The Lotus Bakery from Belgium!    The Original Karamelgebäck Creme is a spread made from their popular Lotus Bakeries caramel cookie (often called a Biscoff cookie) that is commonly served in restaurants and hotels in Europe with coffee.  It’s similar to peanut butter or Nutella in it’s uses, but the flavor is so distinct.

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

I’ve had a few jars of  in my pantry for a few weeks now.  Before then, the only time I could get this delicious cookie spread was when the cute lttle old man from Belgium would come to the PX on post and set up a booth to sell his beers, cheeses and the Speculoos…. at €8 a jar.  So, when the local grocery store was selling them for €3, I picked up a few jars.  And, I was lucky enough to get a Choco Speculoos too!

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

Back in the USA, this spread is known as Cookie Butter and can be found at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes.  But, I’ve heard stories from a few of my readers that it’s a hot commodity and is even rationed in some places and VERY expensive.  So if you can get your hands on a jar… savor EVERY BITE, because it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before!

With this spread, I made Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes.  The base of the cupcake is dense, moist and full of the sweet caramel flavor of the Biscoff cookie.  The frosting is made with the Choco Speculoos and is so light and fluffy.  I could have eaten this frosting by the spoonful.  Oh, who I am kidding.  I totally did eat it by the spoonful.   Topping this cupcake is crushed Biscoff cookies, which I think adds the perfect little crunch to the cupcake!

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

It’s like a Belgian explosion in my mouth with each bite of this cupcake.  SO GOOD!

Don’t worry though, if you can’t find  Original Karamelgebäck Creme in any stores in the USA, just run to Trader Joes and try to find cookie butter.  And the Choco Speculoos… you probably won’t find that in the USA either, but you could use Nutella or more  Original Karamelgebäck Creme and add some cocoa powder.

Enjoy!

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

If you like these cupcakes, check out the Chocolate cupcakes with Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting I made last year!

Chocolate Biscoff Cupcakes by JavaCupcake

Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients

Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Biscoff, Cookie Butter or Speculoos)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs

Choco Speculoos Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Choco Speculoos (any chocolate spread could be substituted)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Karamelgebäck cookies (Speculoos cookies), crushed - for garnish

Instructions

Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar on low speed.
  3. Add the butter, peanut butter, milk and vanilla and mix on medium high speed until the batter is smooth - about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Scrape the sides & bottom of the bowl the ensure everything is combined. NOTE: The batter may appear to have lumps of butter in it... no worries, they will melt and bake into the cupcakes perfectly!
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Choco Speculoos Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and Choco Speculoos until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
  3. Mix in the salt.
  4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add 1/4 cup of the heavy whipping cream and beat until smooth. Check the consistency, if you want it looser, add more cream. Once it's the consistency you want, beat on high for 2 minutes or until the color lightens.

Assembly

  1. Using a Wilton 1M closed star tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Garnish the top of the frosting with crushed Karamelgebäck cookies.

White Chocolate Twix Cupcakes

These White Chocolate Twix cupcakes are a shortbread cookie cupcake filled with caramel and topped with white chocolate and a White Chocolate Twix candy! Seriously… it’s sheer perfection!White Chocolate Twix Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.comSeveral months ago, my husband and I were shopping at the German market Edeka and we spotted a candy bar we had never seen before. White Chocolate Twix! WOAH!  My husband LOVES Twix and he LOVES white chocolate… but together, in the same candy bar… HOLY COW!  Of course the first thing to pop in my mind was how these would make the BEST cupcakes!

I really wanted to get that Twix cookie flavor into the cake part – so I used a basic sponge cake recipe and then incorporated crushed shortbread cookies into the batter.  The result is perfect – it’s hard to describe, but it’s almost like a soft cookie.  It has a thick crumb and tastes just like shortbread.  YUM!

White Chocolate Twix Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

The cupcake is filled with caramel sauce.  Now – since I wasn’t trying to spend ALL day in the kitchen, I used a jar of premade sauce, but you could definitely make your own.  Dulce de leche would be great in the middle of these cupcakes too!  When taking a bite into these cupcakes, instead of caramel oozing out all over the place, it was soaked up into the cake… so you get a burst of caramel flavor without the mess! Perfect!

Topping these little  yummies is a whipped white chocolate frosting.  I call it whipped because that’s what I did to it – whipped the heck out of it making it a light and fluffy frosting.  And on top of the frosting, a 1/3 of a White Chocolate Twix candy bar!

And – if I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty certain no one has ever made these before… I think it may actually be a cupcake first!!

Enjoy!

{Recipe} White Chocolate Twix Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Twix Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

Shortbread cake filled with caramel sauce and topped with whipped white chocolate frosting!

Ingredients

Shortbread Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 package (250g) Walkers Shortbread Cookies, crushed (both fine and chunky pieces)
  • 1 12.25oz jar Smuckers caramel sauce

Whipped White Chocolate Frosting

  • 200g Lindt white chocolate (you can use any brand of white chocolate, just not chips or candy melts)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 750g (about 4 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Shortbread Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy - about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until incorporated. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes.
  5. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla.
  6. In three parts add the flour mixture and mix on low... between each addition of flour, add half the milk. Mix only until just combined.
  7. Fold in the crushed shortbread cookies.
  8. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Core each cupcake with an apple corer. Reserve the cake from the middle.
  11. Fill each cupcake with about a tablespoon of caramel sauce and place the cored cake on top of the caramel - filling the hole.

Whipped White Chocolate Frosting

  1. Place chopped chocolate in a microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave in 30 second bursts at 60% heat until 80% melted. Stir until all the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until combined.
  3. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. With the mixer on low, pour in the white chocolate. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on medium speed until incorporated.
  5. Add the heavy cream & salt and whip for 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. If the frosting seems too soft, place it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to slightly firm up.
  7. Use a large open, star tip (such as Wilton B8) to pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake. Top the cupcake with 1/3 of a white chocolate Twix candy bar.

 

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cupcakes

The Fall season is right around the corner and all the yummy seasonal candies are out in the stores already!  I posted a link to my Fall Recipe Round-Up that I put together last year and I’ll be adding all of this year’s recipes to it as I make them.  This Caramel Apple Milky Way Cupcake is the first one of the season!

I saw a bag of new mini Milky Way candy bars at the PX last week… Caramel Apple in flavor.  Interesting… very interesting, I thought.  But once I popped one in my mouth, the combination of smooth caramel and the apple flavored nougat all covered in chocolate I knew I needed to make a cupcake!

So, I took my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcake, filled with the chopped apples covered in caramel sauce and topped it with a caramel buttercream, caramel drizzle and a Caramel Apple Milky Way bar.  I’ve done some apple cupcakes in the past, but none with a chocolate base…. GENIUS I tell you!!  DELICIOUS even more!

So… run to Target and find a bag of these and make these cupcakes!  Perfect transition into Fall flavors!

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cupcakes

Yield: 12-16 cupcakes

Perfect cupcake to transition into Fall! Chocolate cake filled with caramel apples topped with caramel buttercream, caramel sauce and a Caramel Apple Milky Way bar!

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Caramel Apple Filling

  • 2 Gala apples (or your favorite), diced/chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, loose
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (optional - I didn't have any time time, but I really recommend it if you have it!)
  • 1 Tbsp flour

Caramel Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1.5lbs powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 Tbsp caramel syrup (I used Smuckers)

Garnish

  • Caramel syrup
  • Caramel Apple Milky Way bars, halved

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and sour cream.
  4. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Add the coffee, cocoa and vanilla and whisk together. Cook for 2 minutes until cocoa has melted and you have a smooth consistency.
  5. Slowly pour a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture into the egg/sour cream and whisk until combined. You're tempering the egg with this step. Add the remaining chocolate and whisk until combined.
  6. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the wet. Whisk together until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  7. Pour batter into cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake about 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Use an apple corer or core out the center of each cupcake.

Caramel Apple Filling

  1. In a large frying pan, melt the butter.
  2. Add the apples, sugars, cinnamon and lemon. Mix until combine and the sugar is completely melted. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat until bubbly, stirring constantly. You don't want it to burn, but you want the apples to get semi-soft, but not mushy.
  3. Add the flour and mix until the sauce on the apples thicken.
  4. Remove from heat, transfer to a glass bowl and allow to cool completely.
  5. Fill each cored cupcake with the apple filling.

Caramel Buttercream

  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
  3. Add the caramel sauce until you reach your desired consistency. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Top each cupcake with a swirl of buttercream.
  5. Garnish with with a drizzle of caramel sauce and the halved Milky Way bars.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting

Ok.  I’ll have to admit.  Before today I had never tasted a Biscoff cookie.  I’d seem them at the German restaurants and in the stores but had never tasted one.  To be honest, I didn’t even really know what flavor to even expect.  But today, once I actually tried one I realized what the obsession with Biscoff is.  Caramel.   Yup.  These cookies taste like caramel!!  NO WONDER!

I looked all over the internet for someone else who had made a Biscoff cupcake and I really wasn’t impressed with what I had found.  None incorporated the cookie into the batter, just the spread and none of them had the appearance I was looking to achieve.  So, I set out to make a recipe of my own.

Peanut butter is a lot like Biscoff spread in texture and consistency, so I researched peanut butter cake recipes.  I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Cake by Paula Deen that called for crushed graham crackers in the cake and thought that could be easily substituted for crushed Biscoff cookies and the peanut.  So I made it the batter, altered the sugar to include some brown sugar, substituted Biscoff for the peanut butter and crushed Biscoff cookies for the graham crackers.  The recipe FAILED miserably.  I think there was too much leavening (baking powder) in this recipe and the cupcakes all sank like the Titanic.

I seriously hate it when recipes fail.  I mean REALLY hate it.  It feels like such a waste of ingredients and like I should of known better or something.  Seems like lately I’ve just had too many epic fails with recipes.  (Most of those I don’t even mention on the blog or Facebook, btw.)

Well… I had about 2/3 cup of Biscoff spread left and decided to try again, but this time I’d make my chocolate cupcakes and top it with Biscoff buttercream.  I bought Milka chocolate cream cheese at the German store and thought that’d pair well with the Biscoff in the buttercream.  Damn.  This buttercream is so good…  definitely glad I decided to go with the chocolate cake though…. pairs perfectly with it!!

I created cute little tags and attached them to these cups with some ribbon and gave a cupcake to each of Emily’s 7th grade teachers at her Open House last night.  They were all very shocked and surprised and loved them!! I’m pretty sure that Emily’s teachers will be getting treats from me until she graduates from college!!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: At least 12 cupcakes

Decadent chocolate cake topped with a smooth frosting bursting with Biscoff flavor!

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese with Milka
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Biscoff spread
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • crushed Biscoff cookies (for garnish)

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, egg and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the oil mixture. Whisk until you can't anymore.
  5. Add the hot water and whisk until smooth.
  6. Fill liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake about 16-18 minutes or until a toothpic comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.

Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream together the cream cheese, butter and Biscoff spread. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Mix until combined and crape the sides of the bowl again.
  3. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake and rim the sides with crushed cookies.

 

 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Jenn and I planned to make caramel apple cupcakes without even chatting about it first!  I guess those Fall flavors are just in the air and we’re ready to get baking!! Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg… OH MY!

You may remember the Tree Hugger Apple cupcakes I made before!  I brought them to my first Cupcake Camp and they were a HUGE success!  My very first recipe I came up with on my own from scratch!  I knew I didn’t want to make these caramel apple cupcakes exactly the same, but some elements of it I knew were too good to pass up.

I started these Caramel Apple Cupcakes with the same pan cooked chopped apples that I used with my Tree Hugger Apple cupcakes.  Sugar, apples, lemon, and spices cooked on low heat to create a ooey gooey apple filling.  Seriously, I could eat it by the spoonful.

Apple Mixture
Makes about 2 cups apple mixture

3 Granny Smith apples, diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp hot water + 1 tbsp corn starch

  1. Over medium high heat,  mix together all the ingredients in a frying pan on the stove.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and cook for about 10 minutes.  Stirring frequently.
  3. Set aside to cool completely.

Apple Cream Cheese Filling

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup apple mixture
1 tbsp heavy cream (optional)

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Add the apple mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  5. If mixture is too thick, add a tbsp of heavy cream to smooth out.
Caramel Buttercream
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1lb powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp caramel syrup
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together.
  2. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the cream to loosen.
  5. Mix in the caramel syrup and mix until smooth.
  6. Beat on high for 30 seconds, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again.
  7. EAT!

Apple Cupcakes
Makes 18 full size cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

1 cup apple mixture

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, applesauce, juice and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk/sift together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add the flour to the wet mixture and mix together just until combined.
  5. Fold in the apple mixture.
  6. Fill regular size liners about 2/3 full.  Fill mini liners 1/2 full.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Rotate pan after 12 minutes of baking.
  8. Cool in pans for about 7 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Assembly
  1. After cool, cut a cone out of the center of each regular size cupcake.  Trim off the bottom of the cone.
  2. Core out the center of each mini cupcake using an apple corer.
  3. Fill each cupcake with the cream cheese apple mixture.  Replace to tops of the regular size cupcakes only. (I used a small ice cream scoop to fill the regular size cupcakes and a piping bag to fill the mini’s)
  4. Top with caramel buttercream and then rim with your favorite topping. (Nuts, candy, sprinkles, caramel sauce)
  5. Insert popsicle stick or lollipop stick into center of cupcake.
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