i know this isn't anything close to a cupcake, but i believe this is worthy of a post.
panna cotta is something i really truly like. the creamy texture is hard to beat, the flavor is anything you want it to be, and making it, a zinch. the only thing that it needs, just like any thing nice and good is time.
now pardon my memory as i am backtracking what i did as i made this about 2 weeks ago. i can assure you though that this is definitely divine.
i used honey as the base of my panna cotta, as seen on the first picture (as i am making honey panna cotta). if you wish to do this with caramel, be my guest and just adjust.
bloom a packet of unflavored gelatin on a pot of 1/2 cup cold half and half for about 5 minutes. stir in about 3 cups of heavy cream, a tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 cup honey and bring this mixture to a gentle simmer. add vanilla beans. taste to check for flavor and sweetness. adjust if necessary. laddle in ramekins (or martini glass for pretty effect) and let sit undisturbed in your refrigerator for about 6 to 8 hours. note: if you do this in the morning, it'll be ready for dinner.
inspired by michael chiarello's honey panna cotta.