These easy chocolate caramel cupcakes are made with dark chocolate cocoa, coffee and sweet caramels. The combination of chocolate and caramel flavors will delight your family and friends!
Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes
Okay so let’s just get this out there right now… chocolate and caramel… It’s what’s in every amazing dessert or candy. You can’t go wrong with creating a dessert made with these flavors. And yes, today was the day for me to use up some caramels I had leftover. And what better way to use them than in chocolate caramel cupcakes? If you don’t have caramels around the house, then here is a very easy homemade caramel sauce recipe you can make from scratch and store for these or other desserts!
These chocolate caramel cupcakes are super easy to make. My chocolate cupcake recipe has been modified so many times, I’ve lost track. But every time I play with the recipe, I discover some new trick or delightful flavor to add in. I wondered what would happen if I substituted some regular sugar for brown sugar, and then I added a caramel into the chocolate cupcake batter. Well, pure Heaven happened, that’s what! You know you’re a cupcake nerd when you jump up and down as you are biting into cupcakes you just frosted. Yeah, I know… silly. But it’s the small things in life.
And yes, this is a homemade chocolate cupcake recipe. I know you may be tempted to go to the store and just buy a box of chocolate cake batter to make your cupcakes, but whoa whoa… This chocolate cupcake recipe is soooo easy and you probably have a bunch of the ingredients already. And if you don’t, then, for shame 😉 I keep these ingredients handy because well, chocolate cupcakes are a standard. You can bake them for birthdays, baby showers, holiday treats, parties of any sort. And truthfully, I would rather bake up my own chocolate cupcakes and know what’s in them. When you bake from scratch, you get to use fresh and organic ingredients, AND you get to upgrade to the finer chocolates. It really does make a difference. If you don’t believe me, bake these once and compare them to the boxed stuff.
Oh, look at that caramel dripping down the butter cream frosting. And yes, those are roasted chopped butter pecans mixed in and garnishing the cupcake! THAT frosting on top of the caramel stuffed chocolate cupcake is why I was jumping up and down after taking a bite. Yep, that good!
Here’s the recipe for the chocolate caramel cupcakes with caramel butter pecan frosting: