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How to make Caramel Cupcakes and Caramel Frosting

Updated on December 25, 2015

Homemade caramel cupcakes and frosting

I have a secret passion for caramel (perhaps not so secret) and one way to ensure I get my caramel hit is with these luscious caramel cupcakes. You'll love them too, take my word for it.

Imagine a warm gooey caramel centre covered with a sweet and fluffy caramel frosting. You'll be proud to share these with your friends and family but make sure to hide a couple away for yourself.

I make cupcakes with my small granddaughter, but not caramel frosting. Caramelising sugar needs your full concentration, I don't recommend this recipe for children in the kitchen.

Picture courtesy of little blue hen

Be safe! Caramel is very, very hot. It's also very sticky.

If you're not used to making caramel, have a deep bowl of water with lots of ice in it nearby. If some caramel splashes on your hand, plunge it right into the ice water immediately..

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  • 3 1/2 cups sifted plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 225 g softened butter (1 cup or 2-sticks butter)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs - at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Bag of caramels


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F. Add cupcake liners to your cupcake pan.
  2. To make the batter, sift the flour with the baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until fluffy, then gradually add the sugar, beating until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat in thoroughly.
  5. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir well after each addition, but do not overmix.
  7. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Turn the batter into the prepared pans.
  9. Place one caramel on top of each cupcake before baking.
  10. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes are lightly, browned, about 20 minutes.
  11. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
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How to Make Caramel Frosting

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 110 g butter - 1/2 cup or 1-stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar


  1. Place 1/2 cup of the sugar in a heavy or cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until caramelised.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining 2 cups of sugar with the milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the caramelised sugar to the boiling milk mixture and cook, stirring constantly, to a soft-ball stage when added to cold water or to between 234 to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat, add the butter and vanilla, and beat at high speed until thick enough to hold to the cake when spread.
  5. If the frosting gets too thick, beat in a few drops of hot water. If it gets too thin, beat in a little powdered sugar.
  6. Now frost the cupcakes and serve!
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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never had a caramel cupcake so will give it a try

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      wordpress-guru 5 years ago

      that looks yummy !

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      sinful. delightfully sinful. I must try this recipe!!! ~blessed~

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      naomiyoung 5 years ago

      Yum!! This sounds delicious!

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      OliviaQ 5 years ago

      I like caramel. that look yummy. nice share about this recipe.

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      OliviaQ 5 years ago

      I like caramel. that look yummy. nice share about this recipe.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      I love Caramel Cupcakes! Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds delicious!

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      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      Wow, this looks yummy! I love caramel!

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      lilPinkfairy288 5 years ago

      Looks yummy. Would like to have some. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Glendame 5 years ago

      Caramel was invented by angels - so were cupcakes

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to sprinkle some angel dust to this great lens - these sound SOOOO GOOD.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yummy.. CARAMEL is my FAVORITE! Thanks for sharing such a yummy lens!

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      Agapantha 5 years ago

      yum! caramel cupcakes!

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      Great baking tips.

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      AngelDeanSquidoo 5 years ago

      Looks so delicius, uh! Great lens.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      These caramel cupcakes looks amazing. I bet they would be a treat at any autumn related party. Yum! :)

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      This sounds yummy! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These caramel cupcakes are delicious

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I will try out this caramel cupcake recipe! It sounds great! *blessed*

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      I sure wish I had some of those Caramel Cupcakes right now. I'm not much of a baker, but would love to make some of these cupcakes. Sweet!

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      ria 5 years ago

      looks delicious

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      I think YUM !!!

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      ShoppingWithMonty 5 years ago

      I should not have strayed onto this Lens...I'm trying to get rid of some weight. Now these caramel cupcakes will haunt me for the rest of the day!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      WOW! This caramel cupcake recipe sounds and looks simply amazing! It's my next cupcake project! Kudos on a fantastic article!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Ever since I had to give up chocolate, caramel has been my go to substitute.

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      aurora7 5 years ago

      These cupcakes loo so delicious.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      So much to eat on Squidoo, so little time. ha! Blessed!

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      DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

      I remember the first time I saw someone make caramel - Alton Brown on Food Network. He was like "trust me, if you used the right proportions, it won't explode out of the bowl. It will be scary, but trust me..." and I thought how crazy could it be? But WOW! Yes not for children. Great lens!

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      Bustler 5 years ago

      Yumm, yumm. Already asked my wife to make me one...

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Mmm, my current sweet tooth is demanding I go make these now! Yum!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Carmel and cupcakes sound great together.

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      cupcakeideas2011 6 years ago

      Caramel is always been a perfect ingredients to make tasty cupcakes.

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I am a caramel freak. Love it more than chocolate. This looks wonderful!

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      gatornic15 6 years ago

      This recipe sounds delicious! I am going to have to try it.

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Looks extremely delicious

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      sammyaddams lm 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try this recipe, they sound delicious.

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      Cindy 6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Love it!!! I want to try them this weekend and hope to do it, really!!

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      alex89 lm 6 years ago

      I have one word... YUM!

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      angelsigh 6 years ago

      Warning! This lenses will make you drool.

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      angelsigh 6 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: That is too funny! I was just thinking the same thing.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 6 years ago

      The cupcakes sound absolutely fabulous. I am making them this weekend. Also, thank you for the quick response in the help section about the YouTube videos. I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful evening.

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      helpmeetingneeds 6 years ago

      I have to, must try some of these, they look delicious. I like this lens.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Back to Angel Bless this for the OMG factor. Now how many hours on the treadmill do I need to justify these?

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Those caramel cupcakes look great! Yum.

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      danowrites lm 6 years ago

      this looks good

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      This recipe sounds so good. There's only one problem I have with never makes the pot. Seriously, I don't think I have ever made anything with caramel.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      I like caramel. Can't wait to eat caramel cupcakes!

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I adore caramel and cake. Too much I am afraid. I unfortunately came to this lens after I read your lens on liver and had all kinds of healthy intent!

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      navalava lm 6 years ago

      Oh, I love cupcakes! This is great addition to my cupcake recipe collection. :)

      Thank you!

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      ninakreativa 6 years ago

      Since I love to make cupcakes, this lens is going to be of great help when I next decide to make something new and delicious. Great lens!

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      Gonna forward this to my wife


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      nira-dg 6 years ago

      It looks yami. thanks for sharing a new idea.

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      jmillerepps 6 years ago

      wow excellent lens!!! I will be trying these cupcakes-awesome!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      There is a caramel lover in this house . . thanks for sharing this excellent recipe. Take good care, Rose

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      ernad18 6 years ago

      i'am hungry....

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      davies86 6 years ago

      look very yummy

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Mmm! Sound delicous! I'll have to try these soon :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      They are in the oven right now and they look delicious! :)

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      cupcakeideas1 6 years ago

      These look sooo delicious!

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      Katie Harp 6 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      love4randomness1 6 years ago

      Yummy lens! Squid-liked!

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      Frugal Bride 6 years ago

      Oh yum yum yum! I want some for my tum tum tum!

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      Lezterz 6 years ago

      I love preparing food specially making some cupcakes for snack. cooking is an activity unique to humans, when you have someone it is really nice to cooked them caramel cupcakes the sweet feel so good.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've got to try these! I love carmel candies. I never thought to put them into cupcakes. Blessed for posting this recipe.

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      sojourner-1 6 years ago

      I'm in the club for caramel cupcakes.

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      Magicalpony4 6 years ago

      Ok Those Are Delicious

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      ximifx 6 years ago

      Those cupcakes look delicious!

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      Rudy145 LM 6 years ago

      Those look sooo good!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy! Iâll definitely share this with my friends. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      These may be the most awesome cupcake I've ever come across! I would probably steal for these!

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      emmajowebster 6 years ago

      think I'm in heaven!

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      So no more - these sound absolutely delicious!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Sounds so yummy. A must try recipe.

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      I love caramel.

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      cupcakeideas2011 6 years ago

      I love caramel cupcakes. When using caramel, make sure to pour a thin layer of caramel on the frosting. When caramel cool down, it will add a thin layer of crispy caramel on the cupcakes. Thank you for sharing this tasty cupcake recipe.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Mmmm, I'm definitely going to have to try this!

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      BlondeBomber 6 years ago

      These look very enticing. I am looking to incorporate another fun dessert to my Thanksgiving repertoire, while staying away from the pumpkin flavor. This seems perfect! thank you so much!

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      MyDestination 6 years ago

      looks so good!

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      sustainableartist 6 years ago

      Those look amazing!! Also, thanks for the safety tips, I can totally picture myself splashing caramel :)

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      These look and sound delicious. I will have to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

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      juvinurse 6 years ago

      These look wonderful. I make homemade caramel every year to make Pecan Turtles. I will have to make some extra to make some cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding recipe.

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      I love caramel. This looks delicious!

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      Well, I probably won't make these just because I'd be eating the entire batch myself, but they look heavenly!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, sound like a good switch from the norm.

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      x-stage 6 years ago

      they look good enough to eat!!!

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      These look very nice!

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      FreelancinFran 6 years ago

      These pics made my mouth water! A most tasty and excellent lens :)

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      Mmm those look yummy!

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      A printable version of the cupcakes, pleeeee-se??!! ;-)

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      I'm not into overly sweet but this really has the drool factor!! Oh YUM!

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      YUMMMM! What else can I say? I am SO making these! I am a passionate fan of anything caramel!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Sounds yummy; I love my caramel. Blessings;)

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      Netlexis LM 6 years ago

      OMG! A Carmel in the middle. I've got to try this one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't wait to try this, thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I haven't had breakfast this morning and these sure looked good. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Trulee Ann 6 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

      Great sharings!

      I have baked for well over 40 years and shall try your suggestions.


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If only I had an oven I would make some now - no ovens in Bali!