Cupcake Royale’s Salted Caramel Cupcake

During the peak of the cupcake’s heyday, we actually dreamed about a rotating monthly cupcake flavor, and debuted our first in April 2012. Like perms and other ill-fated ideas, it lasted a mere three months; however, this first flavor was so popular that it managed to secure its place in Salt & Straw’s vault. Our good friends at the beloved Cupcake Royale, Seattle’s first cupcake bakery (and the first outside of New York City), used to send us day-olds to test with, and generously provided the recipe for one of our favorites, the Salted Caramel Cupcake. Just as we did then, our kitchen includes both cubes of salted-caramel-buttercream-frosted chocolate cake and crumbled cake that soaks up the fleur de sel-spiked base, reminiscent of the tempered ice cream cakes from the birthday parties of yore.