Double Chocolate Caramel Heath Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on March 23, 2016

Double Chocolate Caramel Heath Cupcakes are an indulgent way to treat yourself! This over-the-top treat was adapted from Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes and Whipped Chocolate Buttercream.

It started off as a craving and ended up so darn pretty that I didn’t want to eat it!

Dieters should just look away now.

How to Make Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Heath

Chocolate cupcake recipe (below)

Chocolate frosting recipe (below)

Caramel sauce

Heath chips

Muffin pan and cupcake liners (I used dark brown)

9FT tip from Bakery Crafts

Dieters should just look away now.

You can see there is no shortage of frosting on these cupcakes. You can certainly use less frosting and still achieve the same amazing flavor!

Dieters should just look away now.

I filled a pastry bag with a 9FT tip and some of this glorious chocolate frosting. Starting at the center of the cupcake, I applied pressure then went around in a circle, slowing moving up and piling frosting on top of itself.

You can see how I did it here. (I used a 1M tip in the post but it is the same technique)

Dieters should just look away now.

When you are done drizzling caramel sauce (I love my homemade caramel sauce here) you can sprinkle with heath chips. Heath chips can be found in the baking aisle right next to the chocolate morsels and they are buttery toffee bits of deliciousness!

Dieters should just look away now.

Now, these cupcakes kinda “break the rules” when it comes to traditional chocolate cupcakes:

I highly recommend eating them COLD. Something magical happens to this flavor combination when you snack on them right out of the fridge. Seriously, just try it!

The messier, the better. Drizzle that caramel sauce all over, being sure to let it drip over the sides and onto whatever surface you serve them on. Then drop the heath chips over top… they will bounce and fall everywhere and that is not only OK, it’s Fabulous.

Hope you love these as much as I do!

5 from 3 votes
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Heath Topping
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Double Chocolate Caramel Heath Cupcakes are an indulgent way to treat yourself!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter
  • 2 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks or 340g) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups (512g) confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup (94g) cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. (60ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. (10ml) McCormick vanilla extract
  • pinch table salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes, so prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.

  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside to cool.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment; add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and whisk on medium speed until smooth. (about 1 minute)
  4. In a medium sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  6. Slowly add in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.
  7. As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. (You do not want to over-mix!)
  8. The batter will be very thick.
  9. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The center of the cupcake should spring back up if gently pressed.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. In a the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment whisk butter and sugar on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy or about five minutes.
  2. Be sure to stop at least once and scrape the bowl.
  3. With the mixer off, add in cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.
  4. Turn mixer on low and blend for about 30 seconds.
  5. One tablespoon at a time add in heavy cream.
  6. Once all cream has been added and mixture is mostly combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Now turn the mixer onto medium-high to high and whisk for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is lighter and fluffier. The frosting will be shiny and seem to have many large air bubbles throughout and this is exactly what we are going for. (You can smooth those out on the cake if so desired.)
Assemble the Cupcakes
  1. After frosting cupcakes drizzle with caramel sauce and then sprinkle heath chips over top. Serve immediately. Cupcakes should be served the same day they are made.

Recipe Video


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  • GlassesShop says:

    Looks yummy, love this cupcake, thank you for sharing!

  • Jeanette Whitfield says:

    Ohhhhh I thought it said “health” cupcakes!! They make me feel good just looking at the picture, so yeah … it’s all about healthy choices. I choose to be healthy and eat these cupcakes because life is too short;
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  • Mila furman says:

    This is so stunning AMANDA!!! I seriously want to devour it all!!! Your piping and frosting always looks so delicious and tempting…You little temptress you always make me want to cheat on my diet 🙂

  • Online Cake delivery in Delhi NCR says:

    Ohhoo it so Yummy..yum yum

  • anett says:

    They look amaaaaazing!

  • aisha says:

    Hi Amanda, Where did you purchase the dark brown cupcake liners?

  • Lynn Knoll says:

    where is the break between the cupcake ingredients and the frosting?

  • Deb says:

    Ack! I usually test any recipe I’m going to bring to a function beforehand, but I normally have such good luck with your recipes so I didnt. Big mistake! These cupcakes went from under baked to unbelievably dry in literally one minute in the oven. And the frosting was so thick it almost burned up my mixer. I could smell the burning motor. I didn’t taste one until after I almost cried because they were awful and I am so embarrassed that people tried to eat them. I hope others have better luck with this one!

  • Kristina says:

    These cupcakes were great. The only thing I did different was make half recipe of frosting and still had plenty. Too much frosting takes away the taste of cake. Just my opinion. These will be my go to choco.cupcake😊

  • Vicki Fletcher says:

    Is your book available for Kindle? I tried the Cup Cakes and they were Amazing!! I did take them out about 2 min sooner than you have directed. I think the altitude may have been the reason.

  • Theresa says:

    Sad. I thought the chocolate were health cakes. Hmm time for a vision test? I will stick with that being a health cake. As all cakes are! Thanks Amanda 💕

  • Pam says:

    You always make the yummiest stuff. Happy birthday to you ❤️❤️

  • Judy schoneman Schoneman says:

    Looks so good.
    Would like to do gluten free. Could I use different flour?

  • Shilpa says:

    Wat is alternative of eggs

  • Ann Wabiszewski Galletta says:

    I made this frosting and hmmmmm boring. But then it sat for an hour and wow!

  • Tricia says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Making the double choc caramel toffee cupcakes: Can I mix everything today and bake them tomorrow? I could just give them a quick re-beat in the morning. Would it need to be room temp again before baking? I doubled the recipe to make one traditional layer cake and one set of cupcakes. That’s okay, right?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Tricia – I don’t recommend preparing the batter ahead of time. You can actually bake the cupcakes ahead of time and then just make sure they are stored in an air-tight container until you are ready to frost. I like to add a piece of bread. 🙂

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