Pumpkin Caramels and Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 3, 2011

These are Pumpkin Chocolate cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream and Pumpkin Caramels on top!

pumpkin caramels

Having never have made caramels before, the process seemed daunting.

But I got this new book, Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat and knew I wanted to try.  Her directions are easy to follow and the photography was done by the amazing Todd and Diane of White on Rice.

The pictures are enough to make you drop everything and run to the store for supplies.

Pumpkin chocolate cupcake with pumpkin caramel

These tasted amazing.  Ah-mazing.

I remembered I had some of these fun fee-standing cupcake liners and I literally danced over to my supply closet to retrieve them.

Um, I like baking.  And cupcake liners.  And dancing in my kitchen.  And eating pumpkin caramels.


I used an open star tip (2D) to pipe out big clouds of cinnamon frosting.  Then I simply went back and added a caramel square to each cupcake.



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  • Wilmer Augsburger says:

    Cool site! I’ve just shared it on Facebook.

  • MonicaS says:

    Is there a possibility of getting a copy of both recipes??? The caramels & cupcakes??? I just saw this, & didn’t even know about the contest! They both sound like complete heaven! (Please say yes!) Otherwise, I will be searching online for similar recipes, but none will match yours…

  • Verónica Cake says:

    They look delicious i´ll make them


  • Melanie says:

    Where do you find that brown paper that you used as your cupcake wrappers?

  • Raschell says:

    Dear I am Baker,

    I am AMAZED.

    Signed Miss Homemade…

  • Nicole Demsey says:

    Am I missing something? The recipe ingredients call for cocoa but it’s never used in the recipe.

  • Elisha Pinto says:

    Hi ! I love your recipe 😀 but I just have one question , how many ounces is the canned pumpkin? – Thank You

  • Angie says:

    I made these cupcake and they tasted amazing! However, the tops spread across the top of the pan. I think it’s because of the altitude here in CO. Any tips for high altitude cooking?

  • Heather M says:

    I made the cupcakes and they are indeed AH-MAZING! No real pumpkin flavor, but the pumpkin does make them super moist and adds depth to the chocolate! The buttercream recipe is good, but I hate shortening personally and made it with cream cheese in place of it and added a little vanilla, came out heavenly! Wonderful cupcake recipe, thank you!!!

  • Jessica says:

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

  • Christy A says:

    Yum! Just made these and the cake was sooooo moist and fluffy (i usually expect a denser cake when I use butter instead of oil)…I wish I would have followed your changes to the icing, but I did not and it was overpowering. Next time I will omit the brown sugar from the icing and they will be perfect!

  • Amy Ling says:

    This looks soOOO yummy but I’m on a restricted starch and sugar diet per the dr. Do you know what I can use in placement of the 2 cups of sugar? I currently use stevia and sometimes honey and I only bake with almond or coconut flour. Please let me know. Really would like to make this.

  • HeatherK says:

    I’m going to make these for a birthday party next week. I’m wondering a) Does the ingredient “cocoa” mean unsweetened cocoa powder? and b) How many cupcakes does this recipe yield? Thanks so much. They look fantastic.

  • Doreen says:

    The cupcakes look amazing! I too dance in my kitchen. I also sing in there, but always say I stepped on the cats tail, if asked what the horrid noise is!

  • Lisa says:

    Is the recipe for the cake the same as for cupcakes?
    I can’t seem to find link for cake.
    Was wondering how long u cook cake for as opposed to cupcake


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