Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes

Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes

Well they don’t look like turtles, you say. The name comes from turtle candies that consist of caramel, chocolate and pecans that are shaped to resemble a turtle. 
These cupcakes were made for my husbands birthday. His favorite dessert is turtle cheesecake, but I wanted to make something different for him, so I came up with these cupcakes.

Quite the indulgence, these cupcakes come with a nice surprise inside, more caramel. To me, that just makes a cupcake more exciting because not only do you have fun on top, there’s fun in the middle too. To do this, you cut out a cone shaped section, cut the bottom of the cone off so you’re left with a lid and after you’ve filled the cupcake you just pop the lid back on. 

Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes.

Storage: I only frost however many cupcakes I need because the frosting will not last as long as the cupcake. I put the unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container and they will keep for up to a week in the fridge. Frosted cupcakes will keep about 2 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes

Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes

Ingredients                                   print
(makes 12 cupcakes)      

For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • Salted caramel sauce (recipe)
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted * (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pecan pieces. * (see notes)
For the coffee buttercream:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee, cold
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
For the chocolate sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cake cups. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the buttermilk and the vanilla. Set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter until smooth.
  6. Add the granulated sugar and the brown sugar and mix until fluffy.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. 
  8. Add the chocolate and mix well.
  9. Add 1/3 of the flour/ baking soda mixture, mix well. Alternate with the buttermilk vanilla mixture and flour mixture, ending with the flour and baking soda. Mix until incorporated, do not over mix, it should resemble chocolate mousse.
  10. Fill each cake cup 2/3 full with the mixture using an ice cream scoop.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool.
For the coffee buttercream:
  1. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Start slowly or you will end up covered in powdered sugar.
  3. Add the cold coffee and heavy cream. If the mixture is too thick, add 1 more tablespoon heavy cream.
  4. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with closed star tip and pipe onto cupcakes.
For the chocolate sauce:
  1. Heat the heavy cream and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chocolate while stirring, until melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
To assemble the cupcakes:
  1. Take a cooled muffin. Cut a circle about 1 inch in diameter and 2/3 of the way down the inside of the muffin, will be in the shape of a cone. Remove and set aside.
  2. Drizzle into the hole the salted caramel sauce until 2/3 full.
  3. Take the cone piece that was cut out and remove the cone  so you are left with a circular ‘lid’. Place back on top of the muffin.
  4. With the piping bag filled with the buttercream, pipe onto the cupcakes.
  5. Drizzle the tops with chocolate sauce, salted caramel and sprinkle toasted pecans.

*To melt chocolate, place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, check and stir. Keep doing this until the chocolate is melted. Be careful not to overheat.
*To toast pecans, add to a small skillet. Cook over low heat, turning often, until you start to smell them and they are evenly browned.

Chocolate caramel turtle cupcakes


  1. says

    The minute I saw chocolate caramel turtle, I had to stop over and see your post. I love chocolate turtles, and these cupcakes look wonderful! They have everything I love…thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Hi Janette, I’ve featured these yummy turtle cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

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