Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes

Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
I made these for Cupcake Camp Bournemouth this weekend. The event was really successful and all the cakes were sold to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. I was inspired to make these by some photos I’d seen recently around of man cakes. They’re very simple looking but taste amazing!

Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
These “man cakes” went down pretty well I think! I was only able to make 24 since we were coming from London but they were all sold in about 30 minutes!

Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes

I made chocolate cupcakes filled with salted caramel and topped with salted caramel frosting and a chocolate pretzel.The frosting tastes like caramel but there’s not actually caramel in it. The brown sugar is a little grainy so it’s best to make it the day before and let it mature for one day.

Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
Chocolate Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
adapted from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook (makes 24)
Cake
2 cups self rising flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C and line muffin tray with paper liners. In a small bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
2. In a large bowl on medium speed cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat on high until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
3. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, beating after each addition. Add in the vanilla and beat until all the ingredients are combined. Don’t over beat.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
4. Fill each cup three quarters full and bake for 25-30 minutes. Place on a cooling rack.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
Frosting
2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
5 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs dark corn syrup (or golden syrup)
2 tsp vanilla
Fleur de sal
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
1. In a large bowl cream the butter on medium high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the brown sugar and combine. Add in the icing sugar half a cup at a time on low speed.
2. Add the milk, syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy about 3 minutes. I sprinkled some Fleur de sal on top after I frosted them. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
Topping
Store bought pretzels
Dark chocolate
Fleur de Sel (I bought this at Whole Foods)
1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
2. Dip each pretzel in chocolate and sprinkle with the Fleur de sel and place on a cooling rack till the chocolate is dry.
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
Filling
2 cans Carnation caramel
Fleur de sel
Chocolate Pretzel Man Cakes
1. Stir the caramel into a medium sized bowl and stir in some Fleur de sel 1/2 tsp at a time to taste.
2. Cut a cone shape out of each cupcake once it’s cool and cut off the cone bit. Spoon in about one tablespoon of caramel and place the top of the cake on top.
3. Frost and top with a chocolate covered pretzel. Enjoy!

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6 Comments

  1. I Sing In The Kitchen

    Well that just solved my "What kind of cupcake should I try next?" dilemma. Can't wait to give these a go.

  2. Crazy Moose Bakery

    nom nom nom – these looked delicious,I had my eye on them but they literally flew off the table before I had a chance to get over there!

  3. SoapyMermaid

    CIEL!! It indeed looks really delicious. This make me hungry!

  4. Stephanie

    OMG those look AMAZING!!

  5. yum!!
    i'm so hungry now!! 😛

  6. Natalie Ryker

    these look so delicious…i love your blog from a new follower

    http://www.therougelipstickdiaries.blogspot.com

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