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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.

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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

Valentine Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark

Valentines Day FREE Printables

Valentines Day FREE Downloads

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  1. 1

    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. 2

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

  3. 3

    Wow those sounds amazing, they look mouth watering!

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6


    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. 7

    You said Caramel! my fav

  8. 8

    Cheryl–These look and sound delicious!!

  9. 9

    Cheryl, they look beautiful!

  10. 10

    WOW, Cheryl. These cupcakes look beyond awesome!

  11. 11

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

  12. 12

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


  13. 13
    Lynne Slouka says:

    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. 14

    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. 15

    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. 16

    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. 17

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

  18. 18

    Yum yum yum!!!

  19. 19

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

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  21. 21

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

  22. 22

    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. 23

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

  24. 24

    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. 25

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

  26. 26

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

  27. 27

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

  28. 28

    Oh. MY. WORD.

  29. 29

    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. 30

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

  31. 31

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

  32. 32

    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. 33


    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. 34

    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. 35

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

  36. 36

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

  37. 37

    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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