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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. 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…

  2. 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?

  3. 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!!!

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