Chocolate Cupcakes with a Rum Caramel Sauce and Buttercream

 

We don't have to look any further for Halloween treats this year. Why, you ask? Because these chocolate cupcakes with the perfect ratio of vanilla mascarpone buttercream and drizzled rum caramel sauce, make for a dark and serious dessert that will have both kids AND adults ooh-ing and aah-ing at your boozy creation. The rum is a must if you want the ultimate, unique cake this Halloween. You can go without it but it won't have the WOW factor you might be looking for.

What you will need

2 cups sifted all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted room temp butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar (or more if you prefer it sweeter)

1/3 cup unsweeted cocoa powder

2 large eggs

1 cup plain greek yogurt

1/3 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

8 tablespoons whipping cream

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon instant coffee

4 tablespoons rum

1 cup mascarpone cheese

6 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon whipping cream

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups confectioner sugar

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