Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Spring Frosting


Made these bad boys for a pre-Easter pot luck at the store. The girls loved them! Then we took some to a family night with Levi’s family and they were a big hit there too! These ended up being super light and fluffy without being dry at all. They were perfect!! It’s a good thing I’ve been taking up running lately because I have been chowing down on these babies! I added some Milk Duds on top and named them “Rabbit Poop” Cupcakes for Easter 😀

Sometimes I feel like using a box of cake mix to make cupcakes is cheating, but it’s super convenient when you have a lot going on. This recipe adds a few more ingredients to help enhance that flavor and texture of the cupcakes.

If you like to load up on frosting then I would double the frosting recipe.

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Package Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Frosting:

  • 1 Cup Butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Caramel Melts
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Coarse Salt
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Optional toppings: Sprinkles, Milk Duds, Shredded Coconut

To make Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make the cupcakes add all the ingredients into a mixer and mix for 2 minutes until all ingredients are well combined. Line cupcake pan with cupcake papers. Fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make Frosting:

In a stand mixer beat the butter until smooth. Add 1 cup powdered sugar, food coloring and vanilla. Mix completely. In a microwave safe bowl melt the caramel with the cream in 30 second increments stirring in between each round until completely melted. Slowly add caramel with the mixer on low. Add salt. Slowly add the rest of the powdered sugar until you have a light and fluffy frosting. I used a star tip to pipe on the frosting kind of like grass.

Add your favorite toppings and set some aside for yourself cause your friends and family are sure to gobble them up!

 

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