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Canelé Cupcakes with Spiced Rum Caramel Frosting

Canelé Cupcakes

I took a bite of a canelé cupcake and the world froze.  I had already been eating spoonfuls of spiced rum caramel sauce and knew that it could turn any dessert into a masterpiece, but when I spread it over a canelé cupcake (my version of the traditional vanilla and rum flavored French pastry with a caramelized exterior and bread pudding-like innards), a trio of cartoon bluebirds performed French love songs just feet away from me.  It was all I had hoped for.  The canelé cupcakes had taken three days to make (there’s a two day wait while the batter rests in the refrigerator) and I had wondered whether the wait and the somewhat fussy recipe would be worth the effort.  Yes! Yes! Yes!

Canelé Cupcake Recipe

Canelés are typically made in special canelé molds (copper or silicone).  Like preparing macarons, making canelés is a finicky task.  Pastry chefs take many measures to ensure that the canelé’s color is exactly correct and that the texture is just the right degree of custardy.  Chez Pim’s detailed description of how to make the perfect canelés is one of the best posts that I have read on a food blog (on any subject).  As someone who is 33 recipes into my quest for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake, I have tremendous respect and admiration for anyone willing to take the effort required to get a recipe right.

Pim advocated for the use of copper canelé molds, but she developed a method for making near perfect canelés in silicone molds.  The only change that I made to her method when I made my canelé cupcakes was to use silcone cupcake liners instead of silicone canelé molds.  I have not reprinted the recipe here and I encourage you to read the recipe on her site.

Pim’s method is detailed and her laundry list of things that can go wrong is intimidating.   If you doubt your ability to successfully bake canelé cupcakes, please picture me in front of you (where the bluebirds will be when you are done) telling you that you can do it!  If you need me to personally email you and tell you that you can make these, I will.

One more note about Pim’s recipe:  Pim’s recipe called for brushing the silicone liners with a mixture of beeswax and melted butter.  Luckily for me, I have a neighbor who raises bees and who was happy to give me some honeycomb that I could melt down to get some wax.  While I did just that, and it seemed to do the job, I later learned that there is a much more complex process that you should use to remove beeswax from a honeycomb.  Next time, I might buy beeswax online or I might try skipping the beeswax entirely – it was VERY difficult to clean the beeswax-coated sieve and silicone liners.

Spiced Rum Carmel Recipe

To give credit where credit is due, Jonathan developed this spiced rum caramel recipe.  He created it to drizzle over gelato, but it ended up being the pièce de résistance on the canelé cupcakes.  I know purists will be appalled at the thought of a frosted canelé, but the caramel on the canelé cupcakes – just like the sauce on bread pudding – elevates the dessert to a decadent showstopper.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and stir continuously until just boiling.
  3. Add rum and stir well.
  4. Grab the edge of the saucepan’s handle and tilt the saucepan slightly over the flame of a gas burner (or use a lighter with a long handle) to ignite the rum.  Be sure to lean back as the flames will shoot up from the saucepan!
  5. Continue to stir until the flames subside.
  6. Stir in heavy whipping cream until just combined.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Cool until thick enough to spread over cupcakes.

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11 Responses to Canelé Cupcakes with Spiced Rum Caramel Frosting

  1. Lulu July 16, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Will you treat us to a recipe for homemade spiced rum? ;-)

    • Stef July 16, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      It’s funny, I actually thought about using homemade spiced rum for this recipe. But, I opted against it since we have a local distillery that makes a spiced rum that I love. I may try my hand it down the line though. It would fun to make my own.

  2. Anonymous July 16, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    “Chez Pim’s detailed description of how to make the perfect canelés is one of the best posts that I have read on a food blog (on any subject).”

    I believe both you and Pim merit consideration for James Beard awards.

    A canele cupcake is pure genius more inspired than the wondrous cornflake cupcake @ Ideas in food. Pim is the muse of unimaginable culinary artistry.

    “cartoon bluebirds preformed French love songs” pre?

    • Stef July 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks for your kind words and for catching my typo (I fixed it).

  3. Vicki Bensinger July 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I’ve never heard of canelé but now I’m intrigued to find out more about them, so I’ll check out Chef Pim’s link. Your cupcakes certainly sound tasty though.

  4. Cupcakes July 18, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    Fantastic recipe of this cupcucks. It sounds like yummy and so testy.Thanks for share..

  5. Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    The sauce sounds soooo goood! A must try!

  6. Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra July 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Ohhh I love love this recipe.

  7. Debra Kapellakis July 27, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    WOW!

  8. Anonymous February 14, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    This is amazing! Could you give a more detailed recipe as to how you did it in “cupcake” form? The picture looks so dainty and soft like a cupcake and not caramelized and crispy looking like a canele, so did you do something different?!

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