First of all, preheat oven to 175C and put cupcake liners into baking tray(s).
Take a large bowl and put dry ingredients in: cocoa powder, flour, sugar and salt. Add baking soda and pour it over with lemon juice, then mix everything together. In a separate bowl (or a shaker) combine chocolate soy mil, olive oil, vanilla extract and melted vegan butter. Slowly pour the mixture into dry ingredients bowl constantly whisking.
When the mixture is well combine and free of lumps, you can start filling your muffin liners. You should aim to fill about 3/4 of each liner for the best results. Lastly put your muffin tray(s) into the oven for about 40 minutes and start making salted caramel sauce. Caramel sauce is a slow process so you might want to pour yourself a glass of wine or put a TV show in a background 😇
In a sauce pan boil water, sugar and syrup. When you start seeing bubbles - reduce the heat to a minimum and leave for good 15 minutes. You don't need to stir or mix it, just make sure you don't over cook the sauce. When the mixture turns golden brown take the pan from the heat and add vegan butter and coconut cream. Whisk everything well and set aside.
Salted caramel sauce takes about 20 minutes to make, so you should still have time before muffins are done. While waiting you can prepare salted caramel frosting 😇 I think I mentioned this before, but I found an amazing vegan frosting in... Poundland! It is not advertised as vegan of course, but if you read the label there is no dairy or eggs, so it's perfect. When you find this frosting all you need to do is to add 4 table spoons of cocoa powder and pour about 4 spoons of salted caramel sauce that you made earlier, combine well and put into a fridge.
Once muffins are ready, line them up and scoop out a 1 cm hole in the centre of each. Don't throw away scooped middle, as you are going to use it for crumbles. Leave muffins for at least one hour to cool down and only then start decorating.
Pour 1 table spoon of caramel sauce into each hole and decorate with frosting. Finally sprinkle some cocoa powder, sea salt flakes and crumbles on top of each muffin. And here you go - salted caramel muffins are ready!
I hope that you and your friends are going to love this recipe! This is definitely my favourite so far 😇
Have a lovely Sunday and see you soon!