Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I love the idea of making Valentines Day about sharing the love with more than just your significant other.  It’s the perfect opportunity to bake up a batch of  something pink, red and chocolate for  friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers.  After all, who can refuse a little sugary love sent their way?

For Christmas I received  Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book, and my family was quick to pick out all of their favorites they’d like to make……….but we all agreed the first should be the Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes!

But I have to tell you………..I cheated a little.

These cupcakes are pretty involved, and I love love love Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, so I used the cake mix, instead of making the cake from scratch……but I don’t use the directions on the box, I modify it to make it extra yummy.

Chocolate salted caramel cupcakes


Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes


    Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes
  • 1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (butter not margarine)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salted Caramel Filling (recipe below)
  • Dark Chocolate Frosting (recipe below)
  • Salted Caramel Filling
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, preferably fleur de sel (I used about 1tsp Kosher Salt)
  • Dark Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled


    Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix on low until blended, then mix on high for 2 mins.
  3. Pour into paper lined cupcake pans. Bake for 20 min.
  4. Cool completely.
  5. For the filling(recipe below), use a paring knife to cut a cone-shaped piece (around 3/4 inch deep) from the center of each cupcake. Spoon 3-4 teaspoons warm filling into each hollowed out cupcake. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the filling (I used Kosher salt).
  6. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip (I used a 1M) with frosting. Pipe Dark Chocolate frosting (recipe below)on each cupcake and garnish with a pinch of sea salt (again, I used Kosher Salt). Store at room temperature in airtight container, do not refrigerate. (I put mine in the cool basement).
  7. Salted Caramel Filling
  8. Heat sugar with the water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over high, swirling occasionally until syrup is clear. Stop stirring and attach a candy thermometer to side of pan.
  9. Cook until syrup comes to a boil, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush as needed.
  10. Boil, gently swirling pan occasionally until mixture is caramelized and just reaches 360F
  11. Remove from heat, and slowly and CAUTIOUSLY pour in cream. The mixture will spatter. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sea salt.
  12. Use immediately. If the caramel begins to harden, reheat gently until it is pourable again.
  13. **NOTE: you will NEED a candy thermometer for this step
  14. Dark Chocolate Frosting
  15. Combine the cocoa and boiling water, stirring until the cocoa has dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until pale and fluffy.
  16. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture.
  17. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen up to 1 month, in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again.

Like I mentioned before, these cupcakes are pretty time consuming, but well worth the effort!  I didn’t feel cheated at all by using my cake shortcut!  A batch of these cupcakes is a fabulous way to share some love don’t you think?

Other Valentines Day Treats you may enjoy:

Chocolate & Strawberry Cupcakes

Sweetheart Cherry Cake

Chocolate  Valentine Cookies

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

55 Responses to “Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes”

  1. Lynn Brown posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:27 am (#)

    MMMM… Just a great combo of sweet and salty like you said!! I am going to have to bookmark! Now I am thinking I should have gotten the Martha cupcakes book instead of cookie book for Christmas!

    Thanks for sharing! and for the shortcuts!! Sometimes as mom’s we just need those don’t we!?!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:33 am (#)

    These look AMAZING Cheryl!!! I have to make these for my husband!

  3. Amanda posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:40 am (#)

    Wow those sounds amazing, they look mouth watering!

  4. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:54 am (#)

    Wow-these look amazing!! I love sweet and salty treats.

  5. Amanda posted on February 7, 2011 at 7:00 am (#)

    Oh my Word. These look absolutely amazing. Hello breakfast!! Ok, ok, I will wait until lunch. 😉

  6. Cookbook Queen posted on February 7, 2011 at 7:20 am (#)


    These are GORGEOUS!!

    I LOVE that cake mix also…use it often and always get RAVES. I will have to try your method of modifying it…I always use buttermilk, oil, and eggs.


  7. Jennifer (Savor) posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:25 am (#)

    You said Caramel! my fav

  8. Amy posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:30 am (#)

    Cheryl–These look and sound delicious!!

  9. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:33 am (#)

    Cheryl, they look beautiful!

  10. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:08 am (#)

    WOW, Cheryl. These cupcakes look beyond awesome!

  11. Tracy posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:14 am (#)

    I just love the sweet & salty combo…couldn’t bookmark these fast enough, YUM!

  12. Maggie posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:38 am (#)

    These look totally decadent! You should share htem further over at the Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent hop.


  13. Lynne Slouka posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:50 am (#)

    I LOVE the font you used to write “Chocolate Salted Carmel”. I have seen it all over the internet and can never find the name…..can you tell me what it is called?

  14. Amy | She Wears Many Hats posted on February 7, 2011 at 10:03 am (#)

    Anything with “salted caramel” in the title has my name on it.

    Anything with “cupcake” in the title has my name on it.

    This, uh, has my name all over it. :)

  15. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 7, 2011 at 10:29 am (#)

    wow, oh wow, oh wow!!! These look really, really dangerous….and really, really delicious! I’ll take 3! :)

    {Well, I joined WW today, so I’ll take ONE…and REALLY savor it! ;)}

  16. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida posted on February 7, 2011 at 10:37 am (#)

    OMG! These look amazing! And I love the whole salted/caramel rage thing that is going on at the moment. I’m trying these.

  17. Cara posted on February 7, 2011 at 11:57 am (#)

    I am all for cheater recipes! I love this recipe!

  18. SweetSugarBelle posted on February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm (#)

    Yum yum yum!!!

  19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on February 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm (#)

    I love all things with salted caramel! These look incredible!

  20. Lisa Brown posted on February 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm (#)


  21. Diane {} posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm (#)

    They look yummy. I love shortcuts and use them all the time :) Salted Caramel is so delicious!! I can almost taste it.

  22. SMITH BITES posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm (#)

    oh Cheryl ~ could totally face-plant myself in those cupcakes! ‘Salted Caramel’ may as well be a neon sign to my rear-end because that’s exactly where it’s headed!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!!

  23. naomi posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm (#)

    Can I have more than one? These are heavenly!!!

  24. Dana posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm (#)

    These look like ther perfect combo for Valentines! I’m going to cheat too, I’ll use the gluten free cake mix. :) Thank you Cheryl!

  25. the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin posted on February 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm (#)

    Oh my, those look delicious! I love the idea of biting into a cupcake to find a deliciously smooth caramel surprise.

  26. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on February 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with all things salted caramel, so these sound like perfection to me!

  27. Cookin' Canuck posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm (#)

    Salted caramel filling? Wow, now those are some tempting cupcakes.

  28. Rachel posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm (#)

    Oh. MY. WORD.

  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on February 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm (#)

    I have a serious salted caramel addiction! I love that salty sweet combination so much, and I think I would be tempted to just eat the filling all by itself :-)

  30. Kristen posted on February 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm (#)

    Some of my favorite flavors all wrapped up in one! Yum!

  31. marla posted on February 8, 2011 at 7:05 am (#)

    We will need to forgive you for cheating a little – these cupcakes look great!

  32. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm (#)

    You combined three of my favorite things! I’m dying to try these cupcakes.

    I’m hosting a weekly link up called Sweet Tooth Friday. I’d love to have you share your recipe.

  33. this blessed nest posted on February 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm (#)


    there’s something about salt & caramel. who would of thought this would be a perfect combo.

    i discovered it a few years ago & go nuts when i can eat the combination together. especially homemade salted caramels.

    happy weekend.

  34. Rachel posted on February 18, 2011 at 1:10 am (#)

    WOW!!! These look so yummy!!! I love salt… I love caramel… I love everything about this cupcake1 Please check out the party I host every Friday… we would love to have your projects linked up!

  35. Rebecca Cooper posted on February 14, 2012 at 12:46 am (#)

    thank you so much for sharing my printable hearts Cheryl! you truly are a doll. have a wonderful valentine’s day! :)

  36. Cari posted on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m a total sucker for salted caramel, so these are sure to get me in some trouble. :)

  37. Linda posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:43 am (#)

    Oh My Goodness! I just made the Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes in ‘mini form’ for my bookclub cookie exchange tomorrow. They are soooooooooo delicious!


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