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

I’ve got just the cupcake recipe for you! Homemade yellow cake on bottom and salted caramel on top! You are in for a treat with my homemade cupcake.

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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 with Homemade Yellow Butter Cake

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!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Jenny
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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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 95mg | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Werther’s Original. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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25 Responses
  1. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    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!

  2. Gaby Dalkin

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

  3. Laura Dembowski

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

  4. Kim

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

  5. Chris Bennett

    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

  6. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

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

  7. cookbook queen

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

  8. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    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.

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