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These candied caramel chocolate cupcakes are AMAZING!  If you love Milk Duds candy then you’ll love this candied caramel chocolate cupcakes recipe.

Candied Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Candied Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

A little bit of caramel with lots of chocolate in a delicious little cupcake!

I remember, as a kid, whenever we would go to the movies my dad would get a box of Milk Duds as his candy of choice…in addition to our big family tub of popcorn and drinks.  This was back when a trip to the movies cost about $25 for a family of 4….now if we go all out with our kids it’s close to $100! Isn’t it crazy how much prices have gone up?!  And, of course, now I sound like my grandfather….(cue gruffy old man voice) “well back in my day we paid 2 pennies for a box of candy while walking 10 miles in the snow  to get to the town’s only radio just to hear the news….”

Anyway, instead of going out to the movies I’ve started to embrace movie nights at home. But we can watch a movie anytime so to make it special I jazz things up a little bit with themed treats and loads of fun!

These candied caramel chocolate cupcakes are a fun way to include a classic movie candy with a new treat….but be careful….you may not be able to eat just one!

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candied caramel chocolate cupcakes recipe

Candied Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe


2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 large egg yokes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Caramel Sauce:
1 1 /2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
6 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temp)
1 cup heavy cream

Caramel frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, (room temp)
4 cups powder sugar
3/4 cup Caramel Sauce, (cool completely)
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large heat mixing bowl, mix cocoa powder and baking soda.

Add the boiling water and mix until bubbles subsides and mix is well blended, allow to cool for 5 minutes.

In a second large mixing bowl, use a electric hand mixer on low speed, add melted butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt and mix.

Stir in eggs and eggs yolks, mix well until its all well combined

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Fold in cocoa mixture then blend in heavy cream.

Slowly add in flour and blend until combined, make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
Divide batter among 24 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.

Bake in the oven for 2o minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin

Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Cool completely

Frost with caramel frosting ( recipe below ) , drizzle with caramel sauce  ( recipe below )

Top with Milk Duds

Salted caramel frosting:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes.

Add powdered sugar and blend on low speed until mixture forms a stiff peak.

Add caramel sauce and vanilla and whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
Caramel sauce:

In a 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium to high heat stirring to dissolve sugar.

Once mix reaches a boil, stop mixing and allow the sugar mix to boil until it reaches a dark amber color.

Once the sugar mix reaches a dark amber color, add butter and mix until butter has melted then  remove from heat.

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Carefully pour in cream and mix it till it bubbles

Mix until mix is smooth.

The caramel will need to cool several minutes then pour into a mason jar to cool completely then refrigerate.


Salted Candied Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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