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Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Filling

Fluffy and decadent chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel filling and a rich salted caramel buttercream frosting. The perfect chocolate dessert.
Servings 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


For the chocolate cupcakes

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk room temperature
  • ¾ cup flour all-purpose
  • ½ cup natural cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the salted caramel

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup unsalted butter room temperature, cubed
  • ½ cup heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

For the salted caramel buttercream

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 and ½ cups powdered sugar sifted
  • ½ cup salted caramel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • Make the cupcake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract until combined. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined. Pour half of the wet ingredients over the dry ones, then half of the buttermilk. Whisk gently for 10 seconds. Add the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk and whisk until JUST combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be quite thin.
  • Bake the cupcakes: Pour cupcake batter into prepared muffin pan. Fill only halfway! Otherwise, the cupcake batter will spill over the sides. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • Make the salted caramel: Add granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan and gently stir it. Place over medium-high heat and don't touch the pan until the sugar has caramelised. The color of the mixture will change gradually, taking about 10-15 minutes. It will start transparent, then a golden color and lastly a dark amber. Do not leave the sugar unattended, once it starts changing color, it will darken quickly. Once the caramel reaches that amber color, add in cubed butter and mix energetically. Be careful - the mixture will start to bubble and rise up. Then, carefully and slowly pour heavy cream into the mixture, whisking vigorously. Take off the heat and add vanilla extract and salt. Let it cool completely at room temperature before using.
  • Make the salted caramel buttercream: Add butter in a medium bowl and beat on high speed using an electric mixer until doubled on volume, pale yellow and fluffy. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add powdered sugar and mix until combined. Then, beat in salted caramel and vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  • Assemble the cupcakes: Using a spoon or a sharp knife, cut a circle into the center of the cupcake to create a little pocket, about ½ inch deep. Fill the cupcakes with 1 tsp salted caramel and top with the piece of cupcake you removed to seal. Repeat with all the cupcakes. Frost the cupcakes with the salted caramel buttercream however you like. I just used a spoon to spread it on top of the cupcakes. Drizzle with the rest of the salted caramel sauce.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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