I had a special request for caramel cupcakes for the belated birthday of a partner in my law firm. I attempted a caramel cake recipe, but was not impressed with the result. So I made yellow cupcakes instead - mini, because everyone loves the minis.
Finding a caramel frosting recipe that wasn't stiff or similar to old-fashioned penuche candy was not so easy. So I took matters into my own hands and made a simple butter cream frosting recipe, but instead of adding any liquid, I added a jar of caramel sauce. The result was a gooey, sticky frosting with a sweet hint of caramel - and a total hit with the birthday boy.