Donna Hay caramel maple cupcake recipe

28 Oct


Caramel is a favourite flavour in the Hungry House. I’ve always been a fan and Misses 6 & 8 adore it, too. I made these cupcakes and instantly knew I was on to a winner when Miss8 told me there was no way she would be trading this cake for one of her friend’s lunchbox treats. Trust me – my gal trades home-made cakes and cookies most days in exchange for mass-produced, supermarket-bought, multi-national owned treats #theHorrorIMG_9948

I tweaked this recipe from Donna Hay’s original in that I made smaller cakes – hers made 8 x one cup capacity cakes but I made my more slimline so I got 12 perfect-sized beauties.

These cupcakes aren’t too rich but have they do have that lovely caramel taste, thanks to the addition of pure maple syrup. Please don’t use the fake stuff – they won’t taste anywhere near as good as the real deal.

Tip: spray the inside of your measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray before measuring in the maple syrup. This way it won’t stick but rather glide out easily.

Another tip: I made the entire recipe in a huge, deep saucepan, rather than dirty another mixing bowl. #lazy



¼ cup maple syrup

⅔ cup milk

⅔ cup dark brown sugar

150g unsalted butter, chopped

75g white chocolate, chopped

1 cup plain flour, sifted

⅓ cup self-raising flour, sifted

1 egg


Preheat oven to 160C and line a 12-hole cupcake pan with liners.

In large saucepan over a low heat place maple syrup, chocolate, sugar, milk and butter and stir until melted and smooth.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Sift the two flours together then stir into the pot, along with the egg. Whisk until smooth and combined, then use a large spoon or ladle to place in wrappers.

Bake for 14 or so minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Wait until cold then dust with icing sugar. I used a stencil to get these pretty patterns.


43 Responses to “Donna Hay caramel maple cupcake recipe”

  1. cheergerm October 28, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Mrs H! These look fab. They are going on my to do list. We adore proper maple syrup and caramel in this household.

    • thehungrymum October 28, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Oooh – I like the way you think 🙂 I do hope you make them and let me know what you think 🙂

  2. Margot @ Gather and Graze October 28, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Two of my favourite flavours in the one cupcake… I’m sold! These sound completely delicious and something I need to try out asap! 🙂

  3. chefceaser October 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  4. Liz October 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    love how these are “frosted” 🙂 So delish! Great flavors.

    • thehungrymum October 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Yeah, I am the laziest person ever and just CANNOT be bothered with icing!

  5. MyKabulKitchen October 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I love maple syrup in sweets and drinks, these cupcakes looks divine and I cant possibly imagine any of your home baked goodies being traded for a twinkie!!

    • thehungrymum October 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      I love maple syrup, too. Our Canadian relatives have supplied us with some of the real McCoy before and it is incredible 🙂

  6. Choc Chip Uru October 28, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    Maple syrup is one of the best ingredients to use, your cupcakes are inspired! Seriously want to try it 😀
    And LOVE the icing decoration on top!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum October 29, 2014 at 1:34 am #

      Girl, you are so right! Real maple syrup is like real vanilla – you can taste the difference.

  7. vegeTARAian October 29, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Woah YUM! They are certainly a winner when they aren’t up for trade in the school yard. Love your tip about the measuring cup and maple syrup – wish I knew that earlier!

    • thehungrymum October 30, 2014 at 12:32 am #

      I know – it makes getting anything sticky (eg golden syrup, honey) out of measuring cups. It will change your life!

  8. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext October 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    These cupcakes look delicious! Love Donna Hay recipes, they’re always so great!

    • thehungrymum October 30, 2014 at 12:32 am #

      Amen, sister! They always work and are so easy 🙂

  9. Mama's Gotta Bake October 30, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    I can see why she wouldn’t trade. They look delicious!

  10. thefolia October 30, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    White chocolate…yum!

  11. Ami@NaiveCookCooks October 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    I love Donna Hay’s recipes! Definitely trying this out!!

  12. House in Tillford October 31, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    These sound delicious, and smart idea using a stencil for the dusting, ups the level

    • thehungrymum May 23, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      I have no idea what became of that stencil, dammit! It is somewhere in the kitchen, I need to find it 😉

  13. Frugal Hausfrau October 31, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Those look just lovely! I like the idea of the maple, too!

  14. Gingerbread Jenn October 31, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I’d fear that I wouldn’t be able to stop at just the one! Looks yum 🙂

  15. ChgoJohn October 31, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Love the idea of both maple and caramel in a cupcake. Too bad you don’t pack 2 of these beauties in your daughter’s lunch box. No telling what she might be able to get with the “spare” one. 🙂

  16. anna @ annamayeveryday October 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I made these DH cupcakes the other day, they were so good. I did the same as you and made 12 and I think they were big enough!

    • thehungrymum November 3, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      Great to hear! And glad you agree RE the size 🙂

  17. Through Oana's Lens October 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I love Donna’s Hay recipes! These cupcakes look amazing!

  18. Midge November 3, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Oh, yum! These would be a fabulous partner for coffee!

    • thehungrymum November 3, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Yes, I reckon they would be great friends 🙂

  19. The Culinary Mama November 3, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Oh yum, these look fantastic! I love DH recipes

    • thehungrymum May 23, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      Isn’t she a legend? Her recipes always work and are faff-free.

  20. Fae's Twist & Tango November 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous cupcakes to look at and I love both caramel and maple flavors… and both in one?.. priceless!

    • thehungrymum November 4, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      Then you MUST make these, ASAP! You won’t regret it!

  21. Laura Macaulay November 5, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    This looks like it’s right up my alley! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  22. heycakes November 11, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I loooove simple recipes and I love even more the fact that they often taste better than all the fancy bakes. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will definitely try these! 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 12, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      Oh, a woman after my own heart! Hope you like these cakes 🙂

  23. bakeplaysmile November 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Donna Hay’s recipes are the best! What a great flavour combo!


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