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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?
Hi! I love your blog! You guys do a great job! I saw these and thought these would be perfect for my niece for her Birthday party next week did you use Dark cocoa powder in frosting? It looks darker than frosting recipe picture and also does the carmel harden hard on cake after its aplied on cake say within 24 hours? Thank you!!! Tina
I was just curious, could I make the chocolate cake from scratch and then follow your recipe
When reading the Instructions for this recipe, at Step 8 I questioned the additional baking of 3 – 15 minutes and thought this unusual. I went back to your hints (with photos) and at #4 you state bake an additional 13-15 minutes which makes more sense.
Yummy cupcakes! Can you use caramel topping
In place of the Kraft caramels?
Can you substitute anything for the sweetened condensed milk so you don’t waste the rest of the can?
I see this post is from quite awhile ago so I hope you see this. You have 1 stick of butter how many tablespoons or ounces of butter is this? 4oz or 8oz?
They look incredible and the pictures are just gorgeous!
Can the turtle cupcakes be frozen if already frosted? If so, what is the best way to do so?
Those looks fabulous! I just love turtle flavors, these cupcakes sound perfect for that 🙂 pinned
Hello, I was viewing your caramel turtle cupcakes and wondered if the cupcake batter can be frozen.
I have discovered cup cakes by the magic you create, thank you:)
I have known cup cakes by your inspiration.
These look divine!!
These look tasty! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade 🙂