Salted Caramel Cupcakes

So, hey.

We’re still redoing our kitchen.

There is an end in sight, at this point…however…sometimes projects lead to more projects.

So while the kitchen cabinets are just about finished and our counter will be installed this week, our kitchen project has lead to a “paint the entire living area project” as well as a “lay all new floors in the house project” and also a “buy new curtains project”.


Then I decided that with all the new floor and new wall and new kitchen business, we might need a new dining room table.  Because you can’t really enjoy the newness of everything else while staring at a kitchen table that has kool-aid rings and Sharpie doodles on it.  It kinda ruins everything.

And really, if we get a new kitchen table, we kind of need a new coffee table in the family room.  But with a new coffee table, you need new end tables.  And seriously, you can’t have new end tables without new couches.

But my husband doesn’t feel the same way.  He doesn’t understand how bad our couches will feel.  They’ll miss the kool-aid rings and Sharpie doodles.  I don’t want my couches to feel abandoned.  And I certainly don’t want my kool-aid rings pulling a Toy Story  on me and trying to find a way back to the house.


So basically I made cupcakes to soften the husband up to the idea of Extreme Home Makeover: DIY edition.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes, actually.

While he loved the cupcakes, he pretended he went deaf during the whole “buy new everything” conversation.

Temporary deafness apparently is a thing.

We’re going to the doctor next week.



So let’s talk.

Are you going to miss seeing my sweet plywood counter tops in pictures?

I’m not.


Here’s the deal with these cupcakes  It starts with caramel sauce.

Homemade caramel sauce.

Wait, come back!  Don’t run scared…you can do it, I promise.

This is the world’s most foolproof caramel sauce ever.

No candy thermometer necessary.

And it’s for-sure easier than unwrapping all those pre-made caramels, I swear it.

Just melt some butter, milk,and  dark and light brown sugar together.


Then boil it.  For just 3 minutes.  That’s totally it.

It will seem too runny, but I promise you, as it cools off it will thicken.  Patience, grasshopper.


While you’re waiting to prove me wrong, bake your cupcakes.



Fill the liners about 3/4 full.


While they are cooling you’ll need to make your frosting.  This is where you’ll need some of the cooled caramel you made…just butter, powdered sugar, caramel and milk.


Then poke some holes in the tops of your cupcakes.

It’s fun.


Then drizzle some caramel on top of those and let it soak all in…


You could stop there, really, but you made frosting, remember?


Just frost them a little, sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with more caramel.

Could a cupcake be more gorgeous?


You will have about 3/4 cup of  caramel left…which is only a problem if you’re an alien.

Save that and use it on ice cream, cake, hot dogs, whatever…



Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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makes 18 cupcakes


Caramel Sauce:

  • 12 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole milk

Caramel Buttercream:

  • 3/4 cup reserved caramel sauce
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Sea Salt for topping


Caramel Sauce:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and light and dark brown sugars, and milk together. Bring to a boil.
  2. Let mixture boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together.
  4. In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar over medium speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  5. Add the flour and the milk, beating on low speed until ingredients are just combined.
  6. Fill each liner about 3/4 full, about 1/4 cup batter.
  7. Bake approx 20 minutes until centers are set.
  8. Transfer to wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

Caramel Buttercream:

  1. While cupcakes are cooling make your frosting. Combine butter, powdered sugar 3/4 cup prepared (and cooled) caramel sauce and milk in a mixing bowl. Beat ingredients together about 2 minutes until creamy.

Constructing Cupcakes:

  1. After cupcakes have cooled for about 10 minutes, pierce tops of cupcakes with a sharp knife or skewer about 10 times. Pour about 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce on top of each cupcake, allowing it to absorb into the holes.
  2. Let the cupcakes finish cooling completely and then frost with about 2 tablespoons of frosting on each. Lightly sprinkle your cupcakes with (coarse or flaked) sea salt.


Here are some other fun Salted Caramel yumminess I am dying to try:

Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes from Bakingdom

Salted Caramel Bundt Cake from Eats Well With Others

and these Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Tidy Mom made with Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer…such a great idea!

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Gosh, I’m hungry now! Really want to make those.
But do you really need two kinds of different sugar for the caramel sauce? (:


I don’t think a cupcake can be more gorgeous!

luv what you do

Those are seriouslly the most beautiful looking cupcakes. I love salted caramel on anything!


I don’t understand how these cupcakes don’t win over someone into the idea of an entire house makeover. Has he eaten more than 1 cupcake? That could be the problem. Give him 3 or 4 😉

Ooh, I like the poking a hole in the cupcake to let the caramel soak in part! And I know exactly what you mean! We are renovating the main bathroom since a huge leak sprung and we had to rip a wall to fix the piping. Now that the bathroom is almost done (Only need to grout and sealant, put the vanity/sink and odds and ends back in), the rest of the house looks a bit…dingy in comparison. HEHEHE I’ve got PLANS for the rest of the house, but he’s a bit hesitant on spending so much (time and money)… Read more »
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

You’ve swooned me again, Shelly. Probably more times than my own boyfriend has, but that’s besides the point. I’m OB.SESSED with caramel sauce and sweet + salty is my jam. Homemade caramel? Now that is something I see myself face-dunking in again and again.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I made some salted caramel bars last week and I just love the salty ‘n sweet combo – and these cupcakes look crazy good! I mean, with the layer of salted caramel anything is destined to be fabulous!

Julie @ Table for Two

that is one delicious looking cupcake! just look at that caramel dripping down the sides. i really like that you made the cupcake like a sponge to soak up all that goodness!


These cupcakes look wonderful!!!!

And oh my goodness about the opening up the can of worms…I know your pain, believe me! Good luck!!


They look gorgeous!! 😀

sally @ sallys baking addiction

salted caramel is one of my weaknesses! I made salted caramel krispie treats this weekend. I can’t get enough of the stuff!

My favorite part about these cupcakes is that you poked holes so that the caramel could soak right in. I can imagine how incredible each bite much have been with the drippy caramel inside!

Colleen @ What

Ummm, yeah, so you pretty much CANNOT go wrong with salted caramel.
Good luck with the renovations and potential new furniture purchases!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

I totally get what you mean about once you start a project other projects are just sitting there smirking at ya. Or at least they smirk at our house. 🙂

These salted caramel cupcakes are killer gorgeous, Shelly. And I’m drooling!


Already pinned these babies! In love!

Cookbook Queen

I kinda wanna swim in the caramel sauce.

Except that it would probably burn.


Goodness me! What a lovely cupcake!!


oh Shelley your cupcakes sound incredible !!!

so I’m right there with you on wanting the whole house makeover! we are getting all new appliances, and family room flooring, and it’s making me want all new everything else!

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty

Oh wow. Salted caramel never gets old. I was already with you, and then I saw the whole poke-the-cupcake-and-let-the-caramel-soak-in thing. Oh my.

And the plywood counters are kind of cute. Rustic! But I can understand why you’re ready to retire them. 😉

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

See salt and caramel such a tasty combo. 🙂

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

see those right there, they totally count towards new furniture.

The Brunette Baker

You are seriously killing me, you know that right? These look incredible! XO

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

Use it on hotdogs?? hahaha That’s amazing!


Adore these Shelly. Salted caramel is a huge weakness of mine!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Oh my! Your pics of drizzled caramel are enough to convince me to make these cupcakes. Heaven!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Hot dogs with leftover caramel – now that is new 🙂 I always love your cupcakes!
I hear ya’ on needing all new stuff – we just moved and it is the perfect excuse to get new furniture. Got office furniture and a new kitchen table and chairs this weekend. Already thinking of new furniture for the basement.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

I had my first salted caramel cupcake last week, and I am obsessed!


I love this idea. I also love the idea of foolproof caramel. I have my doubts…but I trust you.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

I can totally see how you’d need new couches after redoing your kitchen… totally! lol 🙂 Love these cupcakes, especially the drizzle. Oh my!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

Love these cupcakes! Want now!

Christie Ferguson

These look delicious! Where do you get the flaked sea salt? At the local grocery store or a specialty store?


Did anyone elses cupcake fall down? We used the fallen cupakes as a crumble cake instead and it still was awesome. Probably will use a sturdier cupcake next time tho.

Jen @ Savory Simple

These are so sinful! I’d love to get my hands on them.


My mom has temporary deafness as well!! But it always seems to wear off once I say that I’m leaving to go shopping with her credit card. I’m betting the husband will be the same way. 😛

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I’m pretty much in love with these. Yum!

Rachel Cooks

I am soooo in love with these cupcakes. You cannot beat homemade caramel sauce. It’s the best! Love that you let it soak into the cupcakes–divine!

PS: Are we going to see finished kitchen pictures when it is done?


These didn’t do the trick at getting the whole house makeover??? That surprises me because those are insanely good looking. And poke holes in the top for more drippy caramel to go inside…I am so there!!! Salted caramel gets me every single time!!!

Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

Wow, I can’t believe how easy that caramel sauce really looks! And stuffed into the cupcake and drizzled over that frosting?? Too yummy!

Tina {My Life as a Mrs}

These look amazing, girl! I’m pretty sure I could drink that salted caramel sauce… 🙂

Ashley - Baker by Nature

These are STUNNING! We’ve been obsessed with caramel everything lately, so why not add cupcakes to the mix?! Bookmarked!


I`m totally loving this cupcake! 😀

Carla @ Carla
Carla @ Carla's Confections

I don’t think these could look more beautiful!!! I want some right now! I promise I’ll let you do all the DIY home makeovers you want! 😉


This made me smile..My hubby gets temporary deafness too sometimes.. I think it is in the hubby handbook. I am drooling over these. I will try the caramel sauce..I was always unwrapping those buggers and it is a royal pain. Soon it will cool down and I will bake up a storm. Hubby is waiting for the oven to heat up all summer,but unless he put in airconditioning in the ktichen, it won’t happen….ha ha..Thanks!


These look absolutely AMAZING!

Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes}

Ooh yum these cupcakes look delicious. I’d love some right now!


I want to lick the paper, then the spoon and then gobble up a couple of those cupcakes, YUM! Have fun with the re-do!


WOW! These sound delicious and SO easy to make! Thank you for sharing these!!


This looks amazing! My sister loves Salted Caramel Cupcakes and I want to make some for her baby shower in a few days. How long will these keep?


thanks for sharing! i made these yesterday (sans buttercream) and they were delish! initially, i thought the cupcakes would be a flop as they smelt eggy and looked very textured even after baking. however, they came out perfect and we would even eat it on its own.


I made these for a Christmas party and they were a hit! Soooo yummy! My caramel didn’t exactly soak in as much as I would have liked, perhaps it cooled too long? Doesn’t really matter because they were delicious anyway!

I decided recently to have a Dessert Party! 😉 Since Valentine’s Day was coming up, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make this party! 🙂 Everyone must bring their own self made dessert, and wear Valentine Colors!! 🙂 Hehe! So I decided to try something new, as I am baking treats all the time, and didn’t want to do one of my norms’ for everyone! I follow your site already, and found these! I made them today for the party! Naturally, I had to try one of the finished product before serving to my guests, and all I… Read more »