I could hardly contain my excitement when a coworker recently chose these toffee crunch cupcakes as her birthday selection. This is one intense cupcake. It starts with a chocolate cupcake base with toffee bits mixed in, topped with a ring of ganache coated in toffee bits, and finished off with a pretty little cloud of caramel Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. Toffee has long been a favorite treat of Ben’s so he was pretty psyched about the idea of these and even more excited when there were extras left over for him to sample.
I did wonder if the toffee flavor might be masked by the intense chocolate cake or the rich caramel frosting, but the flavors were nicely balanced. You can definitely taste all the components but the toffee still plays a starring role. My only criticism is that if made in advance, the toffee bits soften slightly and lose the “crunch”, making the name a bit less apt. Nevertheless they still tasted great and if I were really going for that crunch component, an extra sprinkle of toffee on top of the frosting just before serving would surely do the trick. If you have a toffee lover in your life, you might just make their day with these cupcakes.