Sinful Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Sinfully Delicious Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? You can cut the time and list of ingredients way down if you start with a box of chocolate cake mix, but as usual, I do think scratch makes a difference here.

The thing I love the most about my Costco membership is the jar of sea-salted chocolate covered caramels that we get and keep in the fridge. Being cold seems to make a difference in how amazing they taste, kind of like a frozen Snicker’s Bar. The Reese’s Topping Mix pack, when paired with the caramel topping, takes these simple chocolate cupcakes to the same level as those caramels we love. The flavors simply dance together across your tongue.

Why do those flavors work so well together? As the popularity of gourmet sea salts started to increase, its inclusion in caramel treats began to rise as well. The enormous appeal of this sweet and salty combination is simple, seeing as blending two flavors doubles the taste sensation. Add chocolate into that? You knock it out of the ballpark!

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Sinful Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

For your Cupcakes you will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C boiling water

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream
  • 3 C + 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream.
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt plus 1/8 for later
  • caramel sauce for drizzle,
  • Reese’s topping mix pack.

Sinful Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.

Sea Salt buttercream Frosting Directions:

  1. Beat powder sugar, butter, and sea salt in a bowl.
  2. Incorporate the vanilla
  3. Add in the heavy whipping cream, and continue to mix until stiff peaks form.
  4. Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  5. Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  6. Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
  7. Drizzle the caramel sauce and then sprinkle the Reeses snack pack.
  8. sprinkle some of the remaining sea salt.

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

caramel apple cupcakes

These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are simple, yummy, and beautiful – my favorite kind of treat!

This is a SIMPLE recipe for a moist, treat that will have people asking for more. Simply start with your own cupcakes – I used a box mix and made it according to the box instructions.




Here is the secret weapon: Fruit Squish’ems apple sauce!


Simply uncap it, turn upside down and “squish” into your cupcakes. One tube should nicely fill 6 cupcakes.


Now, my clearance score on frosting — it was $0.75 and I had coupons for $1.00/2 – making it just $0.25 each.


I popped it into my decorating bag with a star tip — and here is how you make it fancier: start at the center of the cupcake and swirl out in a circle. If you start on the outside and swirl in, it’s not as “fancy” a finish.


Simply top with a few seasonal sprinkles and you are golden!


They will think they are just “pretty” until they bite in and see how moist and scrumptious they are!