Cooking with Caramel Nibbles from Cadbury Dairy Milk.
Ages ago I was sent some Caramel Nibbles to cook with. It was way before Christmas and somehow I never managed to get around to the actual cooking bit. This was mainly because the main ingredients kept getting eaten, and had to be rebought on two separate occassions. Anyway, yesterday I managed to get on with it and I’d love to share the recipe with you, my lovely, chocolate starved readers. I know you’ve run out of the Christmas chocolate now and the withdrawal symptoms are kicking in. Here’s how to get your sugar high back.
At the end of the blog I have included the ingredients list and the method as it was passed to me, just in case you want to do this professionally and properly, unlike moi. I had a go! You can’t knock me for trying! At no point have I ever EVER said I’m a cupcake genius
So! Here we go! First of all I enlisted my son to help with the complicated cookery mixing and sieving and weighing out bits. As you can see he spent most of the time licking a cupcake mixture covered spoon instead.
First things first, I creamed the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and then added the eggs, flour and milk. I have not been able to assemble my mixer since having had the new kitchen and not being able to locate random bits of it so this was done badly by hand.
Then I melted one packet of Caramel Nibbles in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Don’t over fill the pan of hot water, it spills everywhere. I know!
The next step was to mix this brown gloopy mixture in with the yellowish eggy floury gloopy mixture. Ideally you use a blender to mix it thoroughly together. I could not find the bottom half of my blender and after much rooting in cupboards and getting annoyed I gave up and tried to mix it by hand via whisk. I suspect the colour should be more evenly distributed, I had sort of coffee looking blotchy stuff with lumps in.
After it had cooled a little I poured this mixture into the cupcake wrappers with the help of my little sous chef who was by this point very sticky. I’ll tell you this for nothing, Caramel Nibbles could be used as a replacement for superglue if there was ever a superglue famine.
They were put into the oven for 18 minutes and came out looking like this! So much for even heat in a fan oven. Guess which were on the top shelf…..
For the icing I heated up some double cream and added a whole packet of broken up Caramel Nibbles (minus approx 12 for decoration). Once the Nibbles had melted into the cream I removed it from the heat and bunged it all in a bowl. Once it had cooled I removed the cling film, and added a ton of icing sugar.
Finally I dolloped the cupcake icing onto the cupcakes and artistically balanced Caramel Nibbles on the top of them. Then I carefully sorted through all of the buns to find the most presentable one, which I have thoughtfully photographed for your viewing pleasure.
The others are blurred in the background because they looked like they were the work of a 3 year old. I could have pretended that they were actually the work of a three year old, but I have decided to tell the truth. I iced them like that. They dripped all over the place because again I couldn’t find a goddam whisk so my double cream wouldn’t go fluffy. Still they tasted lovely! Definitely sweet, in fact sweeter than sweet. I suggest brushing your teeth thoroughly after eating, if you’re teeth aren’t glued together that is.
The over all judgement? I’m rubbish at making sweet stuff, so these could have turned out much better. I reckon that this recipe would be beautiful in the right hands. Why not give it a go, instead of hoarding left over chocolate oranges from Xmas in the back of cupboards? Or is that just me?
This is the proper recipe bit if you want the finer details!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Nibbles Cupcake Recipe!
- 1 x 175g pkt Caramel Nibbles
- 180g caster sugar
- 100g butter
- 100ml milk
- 220g plain flour, sifted
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 1 x 175g pkt Caramel Nibbles
- 180ml double cream
- 200g icing sugar, sifted
- Edible gold glitter (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 160c Fan/180c/Gas Mark 4. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer, add the vanilla extract and mix well. Then add the eggs, flour, baking powder, milk and mix until thoroughly combined.
2. Take the first packet of Caramel Nibbles and melt to a paste in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Add the paste to the cupcake mix and mix well with an electric mixer to distribute the caramel loveliness thoroughly. Place cupcake wrappers into your cupcake pan and fill each wrapper with cupcake mixture 2/3rds full.
3. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden on top then allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the tray before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
4. For the frosting take the second packet of Caramel Nibbles, take out 12 Caramel Nibbles and set aside. From the remaining Nibbles measure out 120g and chop into small rough pieces to make the frosting.
5. Place the double cream into a pan over a low heat. Add in the chopped Caramel Nibbles and continue to heat gently, stirring to melt the chocolate pieces. Keep the mixture moving with a spatula to encourage the pieces to melt. This will take about 4 minutes over a low heat. When all the pieces are melted down, remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool. Cover with food wrap, pressing it down onto the surface of the Caramel mixture to stop a skin forming.
6. When your icing mix has cooled, completely transfer to a large bowl and add 200g of sifted icing sugar. Mix well with an electric mixer. If the mixture is slightly too runny, add a little more icing sugar to stiffen.
7. Now we’re ready to go! Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes or pipe for a professional finish. Add one Caramel Nibble to the top from those you set aside earlier. Finally a sprinkling of edible gold glitter!
Recipe created by Ruth Clemens, please credit to her blog: www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk .
I was sent two 75 g packs of Caramel Nibbles, no other financial reward was given which is a shame because I must have bought four packets of these things as a result of this blog. They are very moreish!!!