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Caramel Cupcakes

These Caramel Cupcakes are all kinds of delicious. They’re made with a moist butter cake topped with a Werther’s buttercream frosting. Whip up a batch in 30 minutes!

Cupcake Recipe

Caramel Cupcakes Recipe

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What a treat partnering with Werther’s Original in honor of National Caramel Day! I’ve developed a cupcake that you are going to absolutely love. You have a homemade yellow butter cake with crushed caramel candies melted throughout when baked and my homemade buttercream on top with melted Werther’s Soft Caramels.

How To Make The Best Caramel Cupcakes

Cupcake Recipe

To start, cream your butter and sugar until well combined.

Cupcake Recipe

You’ll add your eggs and vanilla then sour cream up next.


Caramel Cupcakes with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

Add half of your dry ingredients and continue with remaining ingredients.

Caramel Cupcakes with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

Stir in your crushed caramels.


Caramel Cupcakes with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 20-22 minutes, until baked through. Let cool completely.

Caramel Cupcakes with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

Place unwrapped caramels into a small saucepan with a couple tablespoons of milk to melt.

Caramel Cupcakes with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

Prepare the buttercream, scoop or spread onto cupcakes and slowly drizzle partially cooled caramel.

Caramel Cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These Caramel Cupcakes are all kinds of delicious. They're made with a moist butter cake topped with a Werther's buttercream frosting. Whip up a batch in 30 minutes!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best cupcake recipe, caramel buttercream, caramel cupcakes, caramel frosting recipe, caramel in cupcakes, cupcake recipes from scratch, easy cupcake recipe, homemade cupcakes, salted caramel cupcakes, vanilla cupcake recipe
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Jenny
Caramel Butter Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk no substitutions
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 unwrapped Werther’s Original Caramel Hard Candies
Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 20 unwrapped Werther’s Original Soft Caramels
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Place butter and sugar into stand mixer, beat until well combined. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add half of buttermilk, half of dry ingredients then remaining buttermilk and dry ingredients mixing until well combined. Stir in Werther’s Original crushed caramels.
  3. While cupcakes are cooling, place butter into stand mixer and beat until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until you’ve got a nice consistency. Stir heavy cream until smooth. Frost over cupcakes. Place Werther’s soft caramels and milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and let cool until thick yet still able to drizzle. Slowly drizzle over tops of frosting and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    Ohhh my, I’m drooling! These sound incredible, and so easy with those Werther’s caramels! Still in love with your Kitchenaid, too. I sort of love everything about this post, lol.

  2. 2
    zameer khan says:

    Wow! thanks for the great recipe of Caramel Cupcakes,your posts are awesome 🙂

  3. 3

    One of my all-time favorite candies!! Crushing them up into cupcakes is the best idea ever!!

  4. 4

    Yellow cake is my FAVORITE, and then with all that caramel topping? You NAILED it with these babies! Pinned!

  5. 5
    naomi says:

    One of my FAV combos! That caramel drizzle – yes, please!

  6. 6

    my fav candy!! love that you used it in this cupcake!

  7. 7
    Chris Bennett says:

    Hi Jenny,
    The carmel cupcakes sound delish..!
    I have a question about the number of eggs needed for the cupcakes – does it require more the 1 egg??
    I see more than 1 in the photo and the recipe is plural- wouldn’t want them to be a failure. Thanks!
    Chris Bennett

  8. 8
    Kristen says:

    The cutest cupcakes! Love that giant drizzle of caramel. These look so good. ?

  9. 9

    Jenny, we love Werther’s, too. SO yummy. Classic! Great recipe!

  10. 10
    Kim says:

    OMG Werther’s <3 This recipe looks so easy and so yummy! Should definitely try. Thank you so much for sharing

  11. 11

    Gahh!!! I love weathers original! these look awesome!

  12. 12

    Jenny, these cupcakes look amazing. Love that caramel on top and the bits inside. Genius!

  13. 13
    Maria says:

    These look so delicious!

  14. 14
    Gaby Dalkin says:

    Werther’s are so addicting! I love that you incorporated both the hard and soft candies into this recipe.

  15. 15

    Those cupcakes look so good! Love the melted caramel topping!

  16. 16
    Rachel says:

    Yum! My hubby loves caramel so I am definitely going to have to make these. 🙂

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  17. 17

    OMG! These cupcakes are beautiful! Would not last long around my house!

  18. 18
    Giovanna says:

    Wow this looks so good, can’t wait to try. Your blog is amazing, would love to get your feedback on my blog 🙂

  19. 19
    Matt says:

    that drizzle makes those cupcakes.

  20. 20

    Those cupcakes…..that caramel….I.CAN’T.EVEN!

  21. 21

    Such tempting cupcakes!

  22. 22
  23. 23

    It’s kind of silly, but when I was a kid Werther’s was my favorite. I was like a little butterscotch caramel addict. Pretty sure I still am too. These cupcakes look absolutely amazing!

  24. 24

    I am a sucker for soft caramels – I’m swooning over these!!

  25. 25
    Faith says:

    It’s great.
    Thank you so much!

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