Highway to Heaven Cupcakes {and Sugar Cube Winner!}

Happy Monday!

Here is the winner of the The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet book giveaway:

#8 NanaBread (Jeanne): “dark chocolate & salted caramel is at the top of my list, along with coconut & chocolate, strawberry & cream cheese, and anything with cherries”

Congratulations! (I will be also notifying you by email.)

And thank you to everyone for sharing their favourite flavour combinations!

See you soon. ♥

The Giveaway:

When I was asked to be part of the Sugar Cube Blog Tour to celebrate the newly released The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet, it sounded like my kind of party, but I hadn’t heard of the book or the adorable Portland, Oregon food cart before. But, upon first glance I fell in fast love with everything about Kir Jensen’s delicious sugared world, and after first read and taste, the book is now in my leave-it-out-because-I-use-it-so-much collection. I had such a hard time deciding what to make first, and what to share with you, but when I set eyes on Highway to Heaven Cupcakes adorned with shards of Ruffles and read that she’s built her entire reputation on this particular cupcake, I knew that these had to be my first Sugar Cube experience.

So what’s this book all about (aside from its undeniably adorable cover)?

This covetable cookbook is a greatest-hits collection from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland, Oregon, that is thronged daily by hungry hordes craving voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a “whoop” of whipped cream. Sugar Cube founder and baker Kir Jensen left the fine-dining pastry track to sell her handmade treats on the street. Recipes for 50 of Kir’s most enticing cupcakes, cookies, tarts, muffins, sips, and candies are made more irresistible (if possible!) by 32 delicious color photographs. Sassy headnotes and illustrations that resemble vintage tattoos liven up this singular boutique baking book.

And they do not lie–this book is everything they say it is, and more. It is really special. What I love is how Kir really pushes the boundaries of classic and comforting treats in a gourmet and innovative way (think Vanilla Bean Risotto, Coffee Mallow Meringue Pie, Cream Soda Ice Cream and more). The recipes are easy to follow and the flavors and textures almost leap straight off of the page. I am sincerely excited to make each and every recipe in her fabulous book, and I’m also excited that 1 lucky reader will win their own copy! But, let’s talk more about the recipe I made to share with you, these Highway to Heaven Cupcakes . . .

But don’t be fooled: What makes these cupcakes so incredible isn’t just the fact that there are salted caramel drizzled Ruffles chips on top, because that’s simply an added bonus (a sweet & salty, crunchy, heavenly bonus, that is), because there’s so much more depth and decadence to relish in here. The cupcakes are a moist super-chocolatey delight that are brushed with coffee syrup, injected with homemade salted caramel sauce, topped with a rich sexy bittersweet ganache, drizzled with more salted caramel sauce and then, if you love double-wowing the crowd, spears of caramel-drizzled potato chips, of course. As far as cupcakes go, it just doesn’t get any sexier.

These were so enticing in all of their dark, glossy, drizzled, crunchy goodness that I couldn’t stop taking Instagram photos while I was making them. When you’re trying to decide where to start in the flurry of decadent treats in this book, I can safely say this is an ideal place to start. (It’s also safe to say I’ll be making these cupcakes at least *once a month* for years to come.) Girls, who’s with me?

Here are the details and how to enter this giveaway:

1. Leave a comment and tell me, “What is your favourite dessert flavour combination?”

2. For an extra entry, tweet: “I want to win a copy of @TheSugarCube’s book from @Sweetapolita!” Simply come back here and leave a comment telling me you tweeted.

3. Contest ends Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at 11:59 pm (EST) and winner will be selected using random.org and notified by email and announced here on the blog. You must leave a valid email address (will not be displayed) in your entry.

4. One entry per person, please (or two, with tweet). *Your comment may not appear at first, but it’s there.

*Prize courtesy of Chronicle Books. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only.

Good luck, everyone!

Now, here’s the recipe, shared with permission and as written in the book: The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet

highway to heaven cupcakes

makes 24 cupcakes

ingredients

cupcakes

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm strong-brewed coffee or french-pressed coffee
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil

coffee syrup

  • 1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 recipe sexy bittersweet chocolate ganache

1 recipe salted caramel sauce, at room temperature

instructions

  • To make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, coffee, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk just until incorporated and there are no lumps. (It’s a thin batter, but it will bake up beautifully.)
  • Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups, leaving about 1/4 inch room at the top. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • To make the coffee syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the coffee and sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil for 1 to 2 minutes more to concentrate the mixture.
  • While the cupcakes are still hot, brush the tops with coffee syrup. (You’ll use most but not all of it. Just discard the rest or use it in a cocktail.) Let the cupcakes cool completely before filling and frosting.
  • Place the caramel in a squeeze bottle. Insert the tip into the top of each cupcake and squeeze in some caramel. (You’ll see them plump up a bit, but don’t fill them with so much that the cupcakes split.) Dip the tops in ganache, then tilt to shake off the excess. Let the chocolate set (it will be glossy but not runny) for about 30 minutes before drizzling with more salted caramel to serve.

sexy bittersweet ganache

makes about 2 cups

ingredients

  • 12 ounces chopped good-quality bittersweet chocolate
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, but into cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoons good sea salt, such as fleur de sel
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

instructions

  • In a medium metal bowl, combine the chocolate, butter, salt, and corn syrup. Put the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and heat, stirring, until the chocolate and butter have melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Use as a glaze for cakes, or let cool until spreadable and use as a frosting or filling. Ganache can be refrigerated for 1 week. To gently rewarm, heat it in a microwave on 50 percent power or put it over a saucepan of barely simmering water and give it a good whisking.

salted caramel sauce

makes about 2 1/2 cups

ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fleur de sel
  • 2 cups heavy cream, warmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

instructions

  • In a deep heavy-bottomed pot, combine the sugar, water, and salt and stir until well mixed. Cook over high heat until the sugar starts to color around the edges of the pot, swirling the pan to promote even caramelization of the sugar. (Do not stir or the sugar will crystalize, that is, harden.) Continue cooking, swirling occasionally, until the caramel is very dark mahogany is color and lightly smoking (it should be on the verge of burning), 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the pot from the heat, and while stirring with a whisk or wooden spoon, add the warmed cream in a steady stream. (Since you’re taking the caramel to the dark side, you have to work quickly and being adding the cream right away to stop the cooking process. But you don’t want to add it all at once, so pour it in a continous, steady stream. Be careful: The mixture will steam and bubble up furiously. (I recommend wearing an oven mitt on the hand that’s stirring in the cream.) Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl. Stir in the vanilla and let cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour. Refrigerate, uncovered for several hours to thicken.
  • Whisk before using or transferring to an airtight jar for longer storage. It will keep refrigerated for at least 1 week.

Sweetapolita’s Notes:

  • I followed the recipes for each of the components exactly, and they were a success.
  • I served and tasted several of these sans potato chips, and just drizzeld in the caramel sauce, and they were incredible too.
  • As with some of my other favourite chocolate cake recipes, the coffee in these cupcakes simply enhances the deep chocolate flavour–they don’t taste coffee-ish, I promise.
  • As Kir explains, the sexy bittersweet ganache goes on super glossy and dries with a nice sheen.
  • I used Fleur de Sel for the salted caramel sauce and the sexy bittersweet ganache, Cacao Barry Extra Brute Cocoa Powder for the cupcakes, and Callebaut Dark Callets and the ganache.

Good luck & enjoy!

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  1. Melissa says

    I love cherry and almond together, although I’m not really a fan of fruit flavors in my desserts. I could also say peanut butter and chocolate, classic!

  2. says

    I’d say key lime, but that’s not a combination. (I will eat ANYTHING key lime. Or mango.) For combinations, though? I love anything that surprises me or contrasts sharply, like salt and sweet or dark and light. For desserts, I’d probably say caramel and salt.

  3. says

    My favorite dessert combination is coconut and chocolate! Hazelnut or lemon and chocolate are close seconds! Thanks for sharing this recipe and cookbook with us!

  4. says

    Oh Lord, those are some bad ass cupcakes! My favorite flavour combination is chocolate and salted caramel! I also tweeted ( @Crystalcakesmmm ) Definitely making these bad boys soon!

  5. Raysha says

    My favorite dessert combination has got to be dulce de leche, chocolate, and sea salt! Works in cookies, cakes, tarts, and cookies. Great versatile combo!

  6. Kiva says

    I really love strawberries with almost everything (vanilla or chocolate) anything with lemon is a close second.

  7. says

    Omg. Those look simply… AMAZING.

    My favourite dessert flavour combination would have to be… ugh is it even possible to pick one? Chocolate and caramel.. coconut and vanilla, strawberry and cookie dough. Too much deliciousness.

  8. Katie says

    Well, I’m really a huge chocolate fan, so usually it’s just chocolate and chocolate… but if I am going to mix with something, then peanut butter. Yum! :)

  9. Stephanie Lindsay says

    Favorite combo? I like it all, but I love the sweet and salty combination. I would be the girl eating ice cream and French fries. I also love caramel, chocolate and pecans.yum! This book sounds awesome!

  10. Jessica says

    My favorite flavor combo (at this particular moment) is banana and peanut butter. I’m also venturing into the world of strawberry and balsamic – my next cupcake adventure. :)

  11. Holly says

    My favorite dessert is fresh made cookie dough made with brown sugar..yummmm. I bake cookies for my family but I only eat the cookie dough :)

  12. Jennifer says

    I love vanilla and chocolate…and raspberry and chocolate…and caramel and salt…and strawberry and vanilla! But if I had to pick just one combo (and I feel that I am letting all the others down!), it would have to be the “classic” vanilla and chocolate.

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us and for turning us on to other great bakers. My taste buds love you….my waistline expands at the very reading of each posting!

  13. Jill says

    Will be whipping up a batch of these deliciously evil looking cupcakes soon!

    Hard to choose a favourite flavour combo. One of my favourites is chocolate & raspberry or strawberry; although coconut & pretty much anything is also a winner!

  14. Stephanie says

    Hmmm, a while ago I would have said salt and chocolate, but lately it’s been salt and peanut butter. What can I say? I love salty and sweet combos

    So, it goes without saying that I can’t wait to make these cupcakes!

  15. Jill_R says

    My favourite dessert flavour combinations are so many things! Caramel, chocolate, peanut butter are in my top listing though. The book looks so cool, great giveaway!

  16. says

    A favorite is so hard to pick!
    I guess I will be boring and say peanut butter and dark chocolate… can’t help it:).
    These look amazing, thank you for sharing this book!

  17. Rachèle says

    My favourite combination at the moment is chocolate and salt, which is why I’m drooling over these cupcakes!

  18. says

    I just discovered salty caramel in the last week. I picked up a new ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzels and a salted caramel swirl. After two bites, I had to say out loud, “Oh, this is dangerous…”

  19. monica says

    my favorite combination is chocolate and some form of salt – salted caramel, sea salt, bacon… yummm!

  20. Emily says

    My favorite dessert combination would have to be lemons and blueberries(especially in cakes). Or any other kind of berry for that matter!

  21. Amanda says

    Yum! This book looks delish! I love white chocolate & peanut butter together. It is so good in brownies!

  22. says

    caramel and sea salt for sure, but maybe only because you just mentioned it. I also love a good heady vanilla bean pairs with basically anything…but yeah, I adore caramel. This book sounds fabulous, perhaps I need to fly out to Portland!

  23. Jennifer says

    You know, I think if someone put a gun to my head and said, “Name your absolute favorite dessert or I’ll shoot you,” I know I would be dead. I love chocolate! And strawberries. I think if I had to answer right now, I’d say chocolate and strawberries. There. Don’t shoot me!! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  24. LilyM says

    Why?! Why would you do this to me? They look so delicious, but I don’t have the ingredients at hand :(

    Now I am forced to drool at the yumminess that are those cupcakes, waiting for tomorrow O.o

  25. Tara says

    These look like an all day project! But so worth it, I imagine! Fav combo is a toss up: chocolate & peanut butter or chocolate & coffee.

  26. says

    My favorite dessert combo is vanilla ice cream with oreo cookies, so anything with that combo flavor would probably be great to me.

  27. Katie Rose says

    My favorite dessert combo is probably strawberry & chocolate, in all it’s forms. Chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry ice cream with chocolate sauce, chocolate ice cream with mashed strawberry topping, etc. If you haven’t tried Dairy Queen’s Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Blizzard you are missing out! You will never order anything else from there :)

  28. Terri Betz says

    Love my hot fudge sundaes with salty peanuts ground to a powder over good vanilla ice cream!

  29. says

    My favorite combination is anything salty and sweet; salted caramel with chocolate is the best. These cupcakes look great, I’ll be making them for my junk food crazed co-workers.

  30. says

    My favourite treat is chili dark chocolate. Lindt makes bars that are 70% cocoa and the chili taste is insane. When my sister first told me about it, I was very skeptical, but now I am hooked. I have yet to make a dessert with the chocolate…it hardly has a chance to make it into the pantry before it hits the bottom of my stomach!

  31. Stephanie says

    My favorite dessert combo is Ruffles with vanilla ice cream. It has been a family favorite for years! If I’m baking then its a vanilla cake, chocolate icing and tons of sprinkles.

  32. celeste meehan says

    hmmmm… where do i begin? caramel with marshmallow is a current favorite, or milk chocolate with walnuts & bananas, dark chocolate with almonds, any chocolate with raspberry, basically anything with chocolate. mango & strawberry, too…

  33. Maxine says

    Too many delicious combinations to choose just one, but I’m currently partial to bananas and caramel.

  34. Maureen says

    OMG, you owe me a new computer because I just shorted out my laptop with my drool!!! LOL! these look heavenly. And in fact, they are my favorite combination which is Chocolate and caramel and anything salty/sweet!! YUM! I want to win this cookook so badly!

  35. Jennifer says

    My favorite flavor combination is chocolate and caramel (with a little bit of sea salt). Mmmmm!

  36. Sara Lawson says

    Definitely Sweet and Salty!!!! I can’t even eat potato chips without having a snickers or twix bar handy! They should start putting sea salt on top of chocolate bars! :-D Yes!! Excellent idea!!

  37. says

    Ohhh man, Im drooling over how great these look!! I would love a copy of this book … this is the first I am hearing of it’s release.

    My favourite flavour combo is : Chocolate and Sea Salt *yumm*

  38. says

    Ooooooooh, I want this cookbook! My favorite dessert flavor combo is coffee and vanilla! Love anything coffee and vanilla!

  39. Asher says

    Dulce de leche with um…anything? Any combo that tastes like s’more or strawberry cheesecake is also beyond welcome on my taste buds.

  40. Melanie says

    I have to say chocolate and peanut butter, but I also love chocolate and malt.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  41. Bobbi says

    I’m so glad the recipe is posted – even if I don’t win the book, I can make these! My fave combination has got to be coffee and chocolate….but vanilla and raspberry comes a close second!

  42. Elena says

    My favourite dessert combination of late is fresh strawberry and cream cheese. There are so many others that I love but this is my flavour “du jour”!

  43. maryam says

    Was looking forward to this insanely sweet post. The cupcakes look delish .. can’t wait to try them. My favorite dessert combination is pineapple and coconut….. Lemon and blueberries is second favorite. Thanx for the giveaway .. can’t wait to whip up some of the goodies ….

  44. Erica says

    I’d love to win this book! My favourite dessert flavour combo is pumpkin and cream cheese. YUM!

  45. Mo says

    Lemon. The more sour it is, the better. But potato chips are my guilty pleasure so I will def be trying these.

  46. Jen C. says

    My ultimate dessert combination is dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter. I’ll take it anyway I can get from ice cream to just simply taking a dark chocolate bar and dipping it straight into the peanut butter jar!

  47. dorothy says

    My all time most favorite is chocolate and raspberry..these Highway to Heaven cupcakes look unbelieveable decadant.
    Can’t wait to make them…

  48. says

    Oh my days, those were crisps on the top! How amazing. This book also looks well worth investigating, I adore food vans and the whole culture. We don’t have them over here sadly. (Perhaps that is a good thing). Hmm, favourite dessert combination? Something creamy with a hint of fruit, maybe berries, maybe lemon. Chocolate’s great but sometimes it can just be too much. Now cheesecake … mmm. :)

  49. Marsha says

    My favorite dessert flavor is chocolate and if it’s chocolate cake, it must have vanilla ice cream beside it! :)

  50. Nancy in NJ says

    I’m oh so boring — chocolate and vanilla! But there’s chocolate and caramel too. And peanut butter and chocolate. Obviously, it has to be chocolate SOMETHING!

  51. Brie says

    These just may be my new favorite dessert combo… but I love anything salty and sweet! Sea salt and chocolate! :)

  52. Cathy says

    You can’t ever go wrong with dark chocolate dipped strawberries!! Well, unless the strawberries have over-ripened. :)

  53. Kathleen Hendry says

    My favorite dessert combo is chocolate and caramel so these cuppies look right up my alley!

  54. Lynn Rosik says

    I favorite combination has to be peanut butter and chocolate. Love, love, LOVE that combination. I sure hope I win =)

  55. step says

    man…those cupcakes look good! my favorite flavor combo has to be tart and sweet. i like things that are not overly sweet

  56. Vanessa says

    Sweet and salty does it for me everytime! Salted caramel, sweet and salty popcorn, chips and chocolate!! I can’t wait to try these cupcakes out as I absolutely LOVE Royce choc-coated chips from Hokkaido, Japan!

  57. says

    Oh. My. Goodness. I wish I could jump through my screen to eat one of those cupcakes. Salty/sweet is by far my most favorite flavor combo. I will be in Portland soon and I’m going to hunt that pink truck down!

  58. says

    So many combinations, Marshmallow and chocolate, caramel and chocolate, coconut and chocolate…are you getting my pattern here. I also love, love, love anything with caramel, so these cupcakes are perfect for me.

  59. Carol says

    I’m really drawn to chocolate-coconut-almond, but I like chocolate-Earl Grey, and chocolate-stout.

  60. Erin says

    Gosh, it’s soooo hard to choose! There are so many good ones! Chocolate & peanut butter, chocolate & raspberry, apple & cinnamon, coconut & vanilla…
    but I think one of my absolute favourites would have to be chocolate cherry.

  61. alison says

    salt and caramel is awesome, but I also love yellow cake and chocolate frosting. can’t beat it!

  62. Sara Sue says

    I would have to say dark chocolate and salt with a close second of citrus curd and whipped cream sitting pleasantly on top of a sice of pound cake

  63. says

    Wow…does this book ever look charming! My very favourite dessert combination is the one that makes my kids the happiest, and right now that’s anything the combines chcolate and peanut butter!

  64. Jessica Nagel says

    Oh man, that is soooo hard to choose! My favorite combo? Has to be Caramel, nuts, and chocolate! YUM! I’ve been making these caramel nut tarts that are to die for, they are so good and addicting!

  65. Karina says

    My favourite dessert combination is whipped mascarpone cheese with chocolate and any kind of berries. Yum :)

    & I also tweeted @karinoula !

  66. Vanessa P says

    Ooooo… anything with sugar and butter. ;) I love chocolate with fruit, but I adore the wonderful contrast of fruit with cheese. I have a recipe for a cheddar pear pie… Mmmmmm…. LOVE your blog, and those cupcakes look amazing!

  67. Ashley Oh says

    Ooh, probably chocolate & espresso! I am a sucker for anything with apples & caramel, though, so I think I might have a tie for #1Favourite.

  68. Mary Sanavia says

    These look extreme! It’s very hard to choose just one, but I would say I love hazelnuts,raspberries and cinnamon….I think I have to go bake cookies now….

  69. Sylvie says

    I love sweets with a slightly savory riff – like lemon and thyme, chocolate and salt, caramel and rosemary, etc.

  70. Amy K says

    My favorite combo is coconut and well…anything! Maybe coconut and coffee is inching its way to the front of my palate!
    P.S. I love your photos!!!

  71. Patricia says

    There are so many combinations that I adore: chocolate/raspberry, chocolate/orange, chocolate/ginger, strawberry/vanilla, lemon/blueberry… the list goes on. But, I have been a long time fan of the salty/sweet/crunchy/gooey combo. I have been known to eat a bag of chips and a chocolate bar at the same time.

  72. says

    My favorite dessert combination has to be vanilla and chocolate! Although after reading this post I am def going to have to try and make these and maybe I will be more of a sweet and salty type of girl…almost definetly I think I wil have more of a sweet and salty tastebud based on your photos!

    Jessie Lynn @Bloominthedetails

  73. Daniela says

    It is hard to decide… flavor combinations depends on the mood and season… Chocolate,caramel and marshmallow with some pretzels maybe for fall/winter; vanilla-lemon (specially if has anything to do with some curd)for spring/summer; bu then again I could try 100 flavor combination that I would go crazy for…. ohhh desserts…

  74. Michelle says

    My favourite combo of all time is salt and chocolate. So whether it be salted carmel or peanuts with chocolate. I know that these cupcakes will be mind-blowing because when I was young I used to dip chips in nutella as a snack. So yummy.

  75. Anna Picorale says

    A newly discovered favorite for me is Chili and Chocolate! I discovered it in a chocolate bar. I haven’t had a chance to make it in cupcake form YET, but cannot wait.

  76. Cheryl says

    One of my favourite flavour combos has got to be maple-glazed bacon with chocolate . . . mmmmm…. sweet/salty/chocolatey goodness I swear! Would love to win this intriguing book as I love new inspiration.

  77. Kylee says

    Salty-sweet is my favourite. Salty caramel – because salted isn’t salty enough ;) – chocolate tarts, salted peanut butter icecream with rich chocolate fudge… Lindt Sea Salt chocolate… what’s not to love?

  78. says

    I recently added this cookbook to my wishlist on Amazon. My favorite flavor combination is chocolate, almond and coconut. Simple, yes, but delicious.

  79. Kelly says

    I love your blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    My favorite combinations are chocolate/coconut/caramel (Girl Scout Samoas are my favorite!) closely followed these days by lemon/almond.

  80. Doreen says

    My all time favourite is peanut butter and chocolate but I have been known to each an Aero chocolate bar with a bag of chips, so these cupcakes look delicious!

  81. says

    Gosh those look tasty…

    How to choose just one combination?! Malted-chocolate-something (cake, frosting, whatever!) and marshmallows is always wonderful. Or with caramel. Or cream. Can I just have malted chocolate with all the other flavours, please?

  82. Heather says

    My favorite flavor combo is definitely salted caramel + chocolate. Which is great because it looks like these cupcakes are perfect for that!

  83. says

    What the what?! That’s just insane right there but I’m intrigued. sweet/salty desserts are totally hit or miss with me. My favorite combo – does apples and cinnamon count because I can’t get enough of that.

  84. natasha says

    It’s got to be either chocolate and peanut butter or choclate and banana, or wait maybe chocolate and coconut. There are just too many!

  85. Pam says

    I adore everything sweet & salty <3
    chocolate & peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels, salted caramel, kettle corn mmmmm

  86. Amanda says

    bananas with chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. I used to cram it all into a sandwich when I was younger. Now I’ll make a banana layer cake with peanut butter and fluff filling, and chocolate frosting. Seriously yummy.

  87. Shannon says

    I love lots of combos with chocolate but my favorite (albeit boring) is probably chocolate and raspberry! :)

  88. Chris says

    I’d have to say mine is chocolate, caramel and pecans… and also love the chocolate with fleur de sel combo.

  89. Wendy B says

    Chocolate and PB of course, but I also love coconut with anything…chocolate, white chocolate and even PB!!

  90. Laura says

    Strawberry-rhubarb, with either a touch of cinnamon or balsamic vinegar. mmmmmmm I have a crisp in the oven right now!

  91. Janene says

    I was going to say peanut butter and chocolate, (my mouth waters just thinking of it), but after reading other comments someone said cherry and almond- I didn’t think of that when I was thinking of my answer, but cherry pie with a hint of almond extract- LOVE IT! So, my favourite dessert flavour combination is…. cherry and almond. :)

  92. Clare says

    I have a couple favorite combinations: chocolate and vanilla (vanilla cake w/ chocolate frosting), and chocolate and peanut butter.

  93. RobynR says

    I am all about salty/sweet. Bacon and chocolate, salted caramel. Those cupcakes look incredible!!

  94. Sugs says

    Wowzers!!! These look sinfully decadent! I LOVE the salty and sweet combos. I am also a fan of the coconut and chocolate mix as well as marshmallow and hot fudge. That’s right, my favourite sundae growing up was the marshmallow and hot fudge, hold the nuts! xo

  95. Christie Darago says

    I seriously love anything that has salted caramel. Especially if it is combined with chocolate!!! Possibly add in a pretzel and I am in heaven!

  96. Rebecca says

    My absolute fav dessert combo would have to be chocolate with passion fruit I just LOVE passion fruit it goes so well with chocolate maybe a hint of raspberry in thee along with it!

  97. says

    It’s near-impossible to pick just one flavor combination as my number on e favorite… though I must say I’ve been partial to chocolate and cinnamon lately!

  98. Faye Tronsgard says

    I love just about anything as long as it is with chocolate. Those chocolate cupcakes with potato chips look scrumptious- salt with sweet- gotta love it!!

  99. Lori Stilger says

    Thanks for a GREAT giveaway! I may have to find that cart next time I get to Portland! :D
    My fave combo would be cream cheese and anything – today I think PB. PB Pie sounds SO good today. LOL!
    Thanks again!

  100. Carmela says

    Favorite combo?? That’s a realy unfair question…lol! I can’t choose. It’s a toss up between…Vanilla/Strawberry, Vanilla/Coconut, Chocolate/Rasberry and last but certainly not least, sweet/salty. Although it has taken a while to acquire a taste to the latter, it’s realy awesome. Chips in cupcakes…BRILLIANT!! :)

  101. Weena says

    I love cannolis!! The sweet ricotta filling stuffed into a crunchy shell is a winning combination!
    Thank you! :)

  102. Amanda L. says

    I really love dark chocolate and peanut butter, but I also love sweet and salty, and lemon and blueberry.

  103. Sarah Akers says

    I love any cake and any frosting, any time any place, you can’t go wrong with mini pieces of heaven!!!

  104. Daphne says

    I really am intrigued by this book! (As I had never heard of the Sugar Cube!

    I am torn between salted caramel and anything with cookie dough. My pin boards are full of recipes with both flavors!

  105. Morgan says

    chocolate, salted carmel & fruit together!

    I’m also a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate :)

  106. Sophie says

    Love the combo of strawberries and cream :)

    Also, working on making those cupcakes–so far the batter is delish!!

  107. says

    Ah! I would LOVE another sweet cookbook! I’ve gone through mine heheh and i loooove salted caramel…. (lucky number 400 here we go…)

  108. says

    though it’s been a super trendy flavor; i’ve loved salted caramel since before it was cool ;)
    But tahitian vanilla, chinese five spice and orange are amazing together!

  109. Debbie says

    Love, love, love salted caramel!!! Love it in ice cream and baked goods. This great restaurant in Phoenix, AZ (The Arrogant Butcher), has the most amazing dessert…..Salted Caramel Pudding….OMG!!! These cupcakes look amazing – salt, caramel and chocolate AND the cookbook is to die for.

    Thanks for having this giveaway….love your blog, and will be following it faithfully.

  110. Hanni says

    This recipe sounds super yummy! Chocolate and caramel are definitely two of my favorite dessert flavors :)

  111. Katie Green says

    My favorite combo is salted peanuts and caramel! You can’t go wrong with the two of them paired together!

  112. Colleen Xie says

    I actually adore the flavor of red bean, with chocolate or matcha… but the classic peanut butter & chocolate combo will always win me over!

  113. Charlene M. Haddad says

    Favorite combo? Chocolate and YES. So, chocolate with almost every other conceivable combination. Doesn’t matter!
    LOL, I can definitely see craving these once a month. . . especially at certain *times* of the month. ; }

  114. says

    Fave dessert combo: salt and chocolate. Ooooh. I almost can’t make the combo because I WILL eat it all up! I think these amazing cupcakes would fit the bill.

  115. Julie says

    My favourite dessert flavour combination is chocolate and strawberry. I adore chocolate covered strawberries and I love fresh sliced strawberries on ice cream with chocolate sauce. Soo delightful :)

  116. sarahbeesweets says

    hmmmm, my favorite flavor combination has to be… Oh! chocolate, meyer lemon, and thyme. i made truffles once with these three ingredients and the result was just beautiful.

  117. Alyssa says

    Mmmm salty and sweet is definitely the ideal flavor combo – usually dark chocolate with salt :)

  118. Camila Williams says

    I love the combination of banana and chocolate, or strawberry and chocolate, ok.. pretty much anything with chocolate ;)

  119. says

    OMG! These cupcakes look out of this world. My favorite combo is dark chocolate, caramel and fleur de sel. Now I have to figure out when to make these cupcakes.

  120. Erin says

    These are just a delight. Going to surprise my my friends for our weekly tea and serve them these with icy cold milk instead. As for favorite flavor, the most amazing cookie I ever head was a batch I made last week. Oatmeal cookie dough with dark chocolate covered dried cranberries, macadamia nuts, and crispy bacon. They were fantastic.

  121. Kelly L. says

    Lemon and blueberry has always been a favorite but I also love vanilla/strawberry and banana/caramel (banana’s foster is the best dessert ever!). I guess I can’t decide. haha!

  122. Corisa says

    I love the sweet and salty mix and I think that’s why I was so attracted to these cupcakes! Salty peanuts or chips with chocolate is always delicious

  123. Natasha Carlton says

    I tweeted you (@justplaintasha)
    Favorite combo is red velvet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting

  124. merissa says

    one of my favorite combos is vanilla and lemon!
    (ps i made this recipe for chocolate cupcakes and they came out amazing!)

  125. Carolee says

    Definitely love Salted Caramel and Chocolate! I’ll be making these cupcakes to auction off at my favorite charity auction in June (Village Community Services benefits people with autism and other developmental disabilities). Wouldn’t it be nice if I could add in this gorgeous cookbook to “sweeten” the deal? Typically these desserts go for hundreds of dollars – with this cookbook added in its sure to bring in lots of $$$ for these deserving people!

    (P.S. I’d tweet, but can’t figure out how…)

  126. Christina says

    My favorite combo is chocolate and caramel, though chocolate and strawberry comes in a close second!

  127. Dominique says

    I never thought I’d say it but chocolate and banana is one of my fave dessert combos, despite the fact that I really dislike bananas. There’s a bakery in my town that does a layered chocolate and banana layered cake and it’s fantastic. I could eat it all day long.

  128. Dani C says

    I’m a major fan of chocolate and orange. Sweet and tangy, reminds me of Christmas and summer at the same time!

  129. says

    I love cupcakes anything from red velvet to fudge.. That’s why when I tried making this cupcakes last night as desserts for the family they were all thrilled by what I just did.. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I wanted you to know that we all love your cupcake.. xoxoxo

  130. Vanessa says

    Tried these today – they’re awesome! The caramel doesn’t taste great on its own (not sure why, maybe I messed something up?) but the cupcakes taste great with everything together! Love the taste of the ruffles and caramel with the dark chocolate. Posted a pic on my fb and people love the idea!

  131. says

    I didn’t make the cupcakes, but this totally inspired me. I dipped Ruffles potato chips in melted bitter sweet chocolate, and sprinkles them with Heath bits. Totally easy and yummy! Thanks for being inspiring!

  132. says

    I LUV vanilla bean with salted caramel and dark chocolate… mmmm…

    those cupcakes look super-cute and creativ, got 2 ask my friends what they think of the the combination idea for the ruffles and caramel! xD

    Sophia

  133. Erin says

    Question: do these cupcakes store well? I’d like to make them 2 days in advance. Should I just put the potato chips in at the last minute?

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