Karamel Sutra Cupcakes (Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cupcakes)

Devils Food Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Chocolate and Caramel Swirled Frosting (aka Karamel Sutra Cupcakes) | Cookies and Cups

Ben and Jerry’s Week is still a-go.

Round one was fun with What A Cluster Bars, Cherry Garcia Cake and Phish Food Pie.


Round two, we’re getting a little scandy.


Karamel Sutra?  I mean, Ben. And. Jerry.  I’m blushing.

Let me explain what Karamel Sutra Ice Cream is.  Think chocolate and caramel ice cream with fudge chips surrounding a giant core of caramel.

Let’s have a look-see…

karamel sutra

Can you even believe that is a real thing?


So when we were deciding on B&J flavors to replicate this week, there was no way I wasn’t choosing the completely inappropriately named Karamel Sutra.


Here’s my spin:  A devil’s food cake cupcake, filled with caramel sauce, topped with a chocolate buttercream & caramel frosting swirl, garnished with completely optional, but not optional at all chocolate curls.  Basically the best Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cupcake you will ever have.

It’s a lot of steps for one cupcake, I understand…and certainly there are ways to cut corners…so dissect it the way you’d like, anyway you do it, you will not be disappointed.

Devils Food Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Chocolate and Caramel Swirled Frosting (aka Karamel Sutra Cupcakes) | Cookies and Cups

I actually started by making the caramel filling and the frostings the day before.  I did this because there is a bunch a cooling time needed for the caramel, and thought it would be easier.

I started by making the caramel filling.  Annnd I also completely forgot to take pictures.  It’s pretty easy, just boiling some sugar and butter together for a bit, add some cream, stir and cook more and then cool.  Got that?  Sorry, the full instructions are in the recipe.

*If you’re feeling like you don’t want to make caramel filling, you could totally use the wrapped caramels.  Rule of thumb for me is 1 pound caramels + 1/2 cup heavy cream melted together make a good consistency for caramel filling.


Next up I made the chocolate buttercream.  This frosting, by the way is my new favorite chocolate frosting ever ever ever.  I think I might devote an entire post to it next week.

All you do is melt some butter and chocolate chips together.  Yep, that’s it.
 photo IMG_0134_zpsdf168773.jpgLet that cool completely. Honestly I stuck mine in the fridge and let it chill overnight until I was ready to use it.

When it is chilled it will form a solid block. Don’t worry. Just use a hand mixer, or stand mixer and beat it up. It will magically become the softest, fluffiest chocolate frosting ever.
 photo IMG_0135_zps9e3d728e.jpgI also made the caramel frosting the day ahead, but that’s, again, because it will need to cool at least an hour before you are able to add the powdered sugar.

And also because I have been all plan-aheady lately. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.


Just melt your butter and sugar together, add milk, boil some more…let it cool…add powdered sugar and that’s it!
 photo PicMonkeyCollage2_zpsde1a2855.jpgFinally when you’re ready to bake, make your super simple devil’s food cake cupcakes.

And by super simple, I mean literally add all your ingredients in a bowl and then mix. No creaming, no gradually adding, no alternate dry and wet.. just add and mix. The end.

Your batter will be runny, but it’s ok.
 photo IMG_0119_zpsf0b9b46d.jpgWhen they are baked and cooled hollow a little bit out and fill them with the caramel sauce you made earlier…
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Then fill your piping bag with frosting. I filled my piping bag with chocolate frosting on one side and caramel on the other…and squeezed a bit out until they swirled together.

There you go.
Devils Food Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Chocolate and Caramel Swirled Frosting (aka Karamel Sutra Cupcakes) | Cookies and CupsAnd in case you were wondering what it’s guts looked like…
Devils Food Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Chocolate and Caramel Swirled Frosting (aka Karamel Sutra Cupcakes) | Cookies and Cups

Now, let’s talk about some more Ben and Jerry’s, ok?

Ben and Jerry's Week!
Kristan is doing some crazzzzy Everything But the…Brownies. Yes, sir.

Julie is making magic with Americone Dream

And Peabody is also doing Everything But the… but in a totally different way.

Hop over and say hi to each of these girls, they are fan-freaking-tastic!


Karamel Sutra Cupcakes (Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cupcakes)


Makes 15 cupcakes


Caramel Filling

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Chocolate Frosting

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups butter

Caramel Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Devils Food Cake Cupcakes

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate curls (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vegetable shortening


Caramel Filling

  1. Melt butter in heavy saucepan over medium low. Add sugar and corn syrup and cook 6-8 minutes until mixture is a deep caramel color, stirring constantly. Add cream slowly while stirring and cook 2 minutes more until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely (about 2 hours).

Chocolate Frosting

  1. In a large saucepan melt butter and chocolate chips together until smooth. Allow to cool completely. (I let mine sit in the fridge overnight) It will become solid. With hand mixer beat the solid chocolate until it becomes light and fluffy.

Caramel Frosting

  1. In medium saucepan melt butter and sugar together. Bring to a boil and then add milk, stirring until smooth. Allow mixture to come back to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When caramel is cool beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Put all ingredients into stand mixer and beat for 3 minutes.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 way full and bake for 20 minutes until the centers spring back.
  4. Allow to cool completely.

Assemble cupcakes:

  1. Cut out small portion of center of the cupcake with a paring knife. Fill cupcake with approximately 1 Tablespoon of caramel. Place cored piece of cupcake back on top.
  2. Fill a piping bag with frosting fitted with a large tip. Spread caramel frosting on one side of the bag and chocolate on the other, so when you frost the cupcakes, the frostings will swirl together.

Chocolate curls

  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening on a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, spread chocolate thinly on a baking sheet. Freeze chocolate for 5-10 minutes until set and using a sharp spatula push the chocolate slowly along the edges to form the curls.
  2. Garnish cupcakes with curls.


The chocolate curls are totally optional. You could also garnish with mini chocolate chips.

Helpful Tip… Out of buttermilk?

Buttermilk Substitution


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79 Comments on "Karamel Sutra Cupcakes (Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cupcakes)"

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

This looks soooo lovely!! NEED!


Thanks for ruining my life and showing me that ice cream….and those brownies. I’m divorcing you.

Leah | So, How

You deliver right? Loving this B&J series!

Nancy P@thebittersideofsweet

You guys are killing me! These desserts are absolutely amazing!!

Sarah E

That is my FAVORITE B&J’s ice cream. My husband’s too 🙂
The cupcakes look incrediballs!


These cupcakes would definitely be a kind of aphrodisiac to me…which is I guess the point? 😛


I am digging this cupcake! Digging as in a shovel…shoveling chocolate and caramel into my face, that is. I am so excited to make this. It’s like Christmas morning excitement, that’s how excited I am.


These are insane!! Wow!! I want these now!! So cool!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

Cupcakes that requires lots of steps are usually the yummiest. And the most in calories, but it’s all worth it 🙂

Peabody (Culinary Concoctions By Peabody)

Oh my…those are downright seductive.

This is the one that my fiance was looking forward to seeing what you would do with…it’s his favorite flavor. He’s loving them as am I.

Julianne@ Beyond Frosting

These cupcakes are absolutely darling! I love the caramel and chocolate!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

These may be the best cupcakes ever!

Betsy @JavaCupcake

I must learn to make these chocolate curls! I can never get mine to look this good! GREAT JOB! 🙂

Cookbook Queen

I am intrigued by that frosting.

And by intrigued, I mean I think I need to try a bowlful. You know…for quality testing and all that.

These look amazing!!

Nancy T.

These will be made this weekend, for sure!

I just had to say how much I love the shot of your muffin tin. Old, worn, and well used bakeware always makes me smile.

Colleen @ What

Wow wow wow is about all I can say. These look INSANELY amazing.

jessica @ how sweet

your pictures are OUTSTANDING!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

Wow, and I love the curls of chocolate on top!

bridget {bake at 350}

Shelly…oh my WORD! Those cupcakes are beautiful!!! And why oh why have I never tried this flavor ice cream?

I’m loving this week!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

One of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! 🙂


These sound so good! I’ve never had this ice cream flavor, but I would love to try it!!! Plus, these cupcakes!!!


That cupcake is beautiful and the recipe is so much fun. I love Ben and Jerry’s week 🙂


Oh my goodness I cannot wait to make these! The perfect study treat during exam season.

Natalie @secretsofahappygirl.blogspot.co.uk

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

Chocolate and Caramel are my absolutely fave! How have I never seen this flavor of b&j ice cream!?! And you really had to show the guts- I think my drool got a little wild after seeing that picture!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

Wowza! I want these so badly!


These cupcakes look positively delicious!! Caramel in anything is a win for me. And I love how simple the chocolate buttercream is. I’ll have to try it out sometime! (:


These look absolutely delicious!!!

I have a question…when I ziplist your recipes, the image that is saved is always from an ad, not an image from the recipe. Is there any way to fix this? Thanks!


These look wonderful – did you use a flat tip to pipe the frosting? I love the ribbon look you got!

Colette @ JFF!

These are just so pretty to look at.
Can’t wait to see how they


good gravy this is a beautiful thing!


Mmmmmm….homemade caramel! I can eat it by the spoonfuls until I’m sick! Those Are Beautiful Cupcakes!

ashley - baker by nature

These cupcakes need to get off my screen and into my mouth RIGHT NOW.

Renee @ Awesome on $20

You’ve clearly gone insane in the best possible way. I absolutely must have one of these. I wonder if they have aphrodisiac qualities.


I love how you interpreted the flavor. It looks so good!

All That

In the spirit of the name of the ice cream – yes, yes, yes ;). These have reminded me that I need to stock up on some Ben & Jerry’s, and I need some of these cupcakes. Genius.

Heather @ Snookie

Wow, that looks amazing!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Wow! I love this and now I need to look for that ice cream lol. Super cute chocolate curls!

tracy {pale yellow}

I really am out of words for a cupcake this, amazing! Love the caramel in the middle.

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

GORGEOUS cupcakes! Love the Ben & Jerry’s theme!

Rachel - A Southern Fairytale

Oh my sweet heavenly stars, friend.
These look absolutely amazing <3 Wow. I'm kind of sitting over here drooling.



Holy cow-yum!!! So making these!

the baking cup - carolina

Thank you for showing what they look like inside – OMG! That caramel frosting and filling are calling my name 🙂

Diane {Created by Diane}

Yeah, I NEED these in my life, you had me with the caramel filling!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Pinned…so I won’t get distracted by your next creation!


Uh-huh. Yep. We need to be neighbors. You had me at caramel core.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

yes please! Loving this one


Could I use Dulche de Leche for the caramel?


I made this a it was awsome


I made this and it was awsome


Karamel Sutra, hahahahaha! Once again, I have been in the dark about recent Ben and Jerry’s names but that is fan-freakin-tastic! ANd your cupcakes are gorgeous!