Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

If you’re looking for the moistest, most wonderful caramel and chocolate nugget, you are in the right place. Every time I make these cupcakes, they get rave reviews. They include a couple of baking shortcuts, which is an even bigger bonus. Yes, you have got to try them!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 box (3 oz.) Jello chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream

Salted Caramel Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter use Irish butter, if possible
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • garnishes (pretzels, caramel or chocolate caramel candy)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  • Using a stand mixer on medium speed, beat together the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, milk and sour cream. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Scoop the batter evenly into cupcake liners. I prefer to use a retractable ice cream scoop or large baking scoop.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the frosting. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, add brown sugar and cream. Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add salt. Allow to bubble for exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Beat in confectioner's sugar 1 cup at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Frost the cupcakes using a pastry bag and tip or with an icing spatula. Top with a pretzel and drizzled caramel, or consider adding a chocolate caramel candy.


Recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

See? I told you, you would not be disappointed — but do try to share a few!


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