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Easy Salted Caramel Turtles

Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

Wow, is it Friday already? I’ve been a little MIA this week but don’t worry I have big plans and many, many ideas to share with you over the next few months. I’ll be back this weekend with a recap of our Halloween/birthday festivities, a giveaway, and hopefully a Christmas post. Before I get to all of that I want to show you how to make the easiest salted caramel turtles ever!

Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

This is such a quick recipe with only 4 ingredients involved. I adapted the recipe from Candiquick.

-I started by placing two pecans next to each other on a parchment covered baking sheet, then added a flatten caramel piece on top.

-Once my oven was preheated to 325 degrees I baked them for 5 minutes (keep an eye on them so that the caramel doesn’t burn).

-Allow to cool.

Salted Caramel Candy

Dip the bottom into melted chocolate or spoon a small amount back onto the parchment paper and place the turtle on top. Pipe melted chocolate on top and sprinkle with sea salt.

Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

I’m giving these away as a gift later tonight so I popped them in refrigerator to quickly harden. Now I need to think of a creative way to package them before we leave. This really was an easy treat to make as a last minute gift that I just had to share.

 

If you like this recipe check out my Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcake Recipe

Have you ever attended a progressive dinner party? It’s where a bunch of friends get together and each one creates a dish to complete the meal. The fun thing about it is that each dish is eaten at the creators home. So you drive from house to house until you’ve completed a meal. Sounds like fun, right? Well today I’ve teamed up with 4 other bloggers to bring to you an online progressive dinner! I was in charge of creating the dessert for our meal and I made Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes.

Mocha Cupcake Recipe

Our progressive dinner features La Romanella and Ambiance products found at Smart & Final. Yesterday I went shopping for a bag of Ambiance coffee to create my mocha cupcakes. I couldn’t decide between the French Vanilla or Hazelnut Ambiance coffee, but decided to go with the French Vanilla this time (you can see more pictures on google +).

Now before I get to the recipe I think you all know how much I love semi-homemade recipes, right? Well this is a recipe I had no idea if it would work. I searched google to see if anyone has made mocha cupcakes using a cake mix just so I knew it could be done, but of course every recipe I found was completely from scratch. So I had just trust my idea and try it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it worked and far exceeded my expectations. This mocha cupcake recipe is SO easy to make! I used a dark chocolate cake mix and made a salted caramel frosting to go with it.

Mocha Cupcake Recipe

Mocha Cupcake Recipe:

1 box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

1 cup Ambiance coffee; strong brewed

3 eggs

1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 325 and fill cupcake pan with liners. Begin by brewing the coffee double strength, then allow it to cool before adding to the mix. Once the coffee has cooled combine all ingredients in a large bowl. The coffee is replacing the 1 cup of water the cake mix calls for. Fill liners 2/3 way full; bake for 20 minutes.

Salted Caramel Frosting Recipe:

Adapted from this recipe

3/4 cup unsalted butter; softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup caramel sauce

1 tsp sea salt

Beat softened butter until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated. Turn mixer off then add in caramel sauce and sea salt, mix for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Top with extra caramel sauce and sea salt if desired.

These mocha cupcakes with salted caramel frosting were a big hit! I will definitely be making them again soon.

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