This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy.
Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cupcakes have creamy caramel, chocolate chips and pecans on the inside and are topped with chocolate buttercream. They have an unbeatable fudgy, brownie-like flavor and texture.
OK, friends. I have a special recipe to share with you today. These Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cupcakes were one of those recipes that was swimming in my head for awhile. But I didn’t allow these to stay in my head for long. Just a few days after I put these together in my mind, we had a weekend full of three parties. When those kind of weekends roll around, I bake up serious amounts of desserts, because I know I can take them to the parties and not end up eating the decadent treats all myself. I like to spread around the calories and not keep them all to myself, ya know?
If you love chocolate cake, caramel, pecans, chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream, you’ll be so happy to meet these little Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cupcakes. The chocolate cupcakes themselves have a gooey caramel filling, chocolate chips and pecans throughout.
Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cupcakes are easy to make. Here are a few hints for making these:
1. You’ll start with a Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix. Instead of using the water and oil as it says on the back of the box, use butter and milk. You’ll use the same amounts, but switching to butter and milk will give you more of a bakery flavor to your cupcakes. So you’ll add 3 eggs, 1 stick of softened butter and 1 ¼ cups milk to your dry cake mix.
2. Fill cupcake liners half full with cake batter. Bake this for 7 minutes at 350 degrees. You’re doing this step so that the caramel in the middle doesn’t sink to the bottom of the cupcake when it is baking. You want it to bake nicely in the center of the cupcake!
3. While the cupcakes are baking for those 7 minutes, melt your caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk together on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Keep stirring until your caramel is soft and smooth.
4. Put a spoonful of this melted caramel over each partially baked cupcake. Then fill the cupcakes liners to the top with the remaining cake batter. Sprinkle some chocolate chips and chopped pecans on top of the batter and bake the remaining 13-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cupcake without any cake batter on it.
These Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cupcakes…they’re fudgy. FULL of chocolate flavor. Almost brownie-like in texture with the extra caramel and chocolate inside.
Just try not to eat one of these turtle cupcakes fresh from the oven with that gooey caramel and those melty chocolate chips inside. Even without the buttercream, they’re amazing!
Q: What is your favorite cupcake flavor?