Caramel Cream Cupcakes

With a brown sugar cupcake, cream filling and caramel icing, these Caramel Cream Cupcakes are as sweet and delicious as the candy! I love them so darn much!

Caramel Cream Cupcakes side view

Caramel Cream Cupcakes on a wooden board

Caramel Cream Cupcakes

I have been a fan of Caramel Cream candies for as long as I can remember. Both the caramel and the cream take me to a happy place. These cupcakes do just that as well.

So over the last week or so, we’ve be trying out different shades of light blue to finally paint our living room. We’ve been in our house for about 4 years and it was new when we bought it. We’ve yet to paint and we are finally getting on it.

I’m telling you, picking a paint color is tough! We had little patches of about 8 different shades on one wall and I went back and forth many times.

I finally picked a shade and the hubs is painting a wall at a time. He likes doing that kind of thing. I can’t wait to see it all done! I think the light blue walls with the white trim will look quite nice.

Now I just need a new rug and decorative pillows to match! 😉

Caramel Cream Cupcakes on blue and white paper
Caramel Cream Cupcakes with a bite out of one

But back to these amazing cupcakes. I have a funny way of eating some of my favorite foods. These candies are one of those foods.

I like eating the caramel and cream separate. That way I can really taste each of them. Honestly, the cream is my favorite part. So sweet and delicious.

I bite one of the thin ends of caramel off, then peel the caramel off the cream, and eat the caramel. Then I savor the cream. It’s quite a delicate process. 🙂

To make one of my favorite candies into a cupcake, I started with by making the cupcake with brown sugar and browned butter. Browned butter is really not hard to make. It’s just melted butter that is cooked until brown. You just need to watch it while it cooks because it can burn very quickly – and it’s not a nice smell when it burns. But when done right, browned butter has a wonderfully caramel-y smell and flavor. The browned butter and brown sugar lend their flavor to the cupcake.

Caramel Cream Cupcakes on blue and white paper
Caramel Cream Cupcakes on blue and white paper

Then the cream filing – my favorite part. It’s made with shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla. It’s so similar to the filling in the candy – it’s delicious!

The caramel icing is…well…the icing on the cake. Together it all makes a wonderfully sweet, candy-like cupcake. I absolutely love them! Caramel-y, creamy, moist and delicious!

Caramel Cream Cupcakes on blue and white paper

 

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Caramel Cream Cupcakes with bite taken out
Recipe

Caramel Cream Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With a brown sugar cupcake, cream filling and caramel icing, these Caramel Cream Cupcakes are as sweet and delicious as the candy! I love them so darn much!


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Ingredients

CUPCAKES

  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp milk (I recommend 2%)

CARAMEL ICING

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 34 tbsp milk
  • 1214 caramel cream candies

CREAM FILLING

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup water

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES:

1. Slice butter into tablespoon sized pieces.
2. Heat butter in a light colored saucepan on medium heat until melted, whisking while it melts.
3. After the butter melts, it will foam and bubble. Keep whisking.
4. As the foam starts to fade, the butter will start to brown and have a nutty smell.
5. Once brown, remove it from heat and pour into another bowl to cool. The butter can go from brown to burned very quickly, so watch it carefully.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
8. Add egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add brown butter while mixing.
9. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
10. Bake 18-20 minutes.
11. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
Note: You may notice little bits of butter in the batter, but that’s ok. They will melt into the cupcake as they bake.

TO MAKE THE ICING:

1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
2. Add brown sugar and heavy cream and whisk constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
3. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 3 minutes, no more.
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
5. Transfer caramel to mixer bowl.
6. Mix in powdered sugar, beginning with 3 cups and increasing from there until you get the desired consistency.
7. Add milk to thin out the icing a bit.
8. Allow icing to cool fully. Icing will be thick.

TO MAKE THE FILLING:

1. Beat the shortening until smooth.
2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and water and mix until smooth. Filling will me thick.

TO FINISH OFF THE CUPCAKES:

1. Use a cupcake corer to remove the center of the cupcakes. If you don’t have a corer, use a knife.
2. Spoon filling into the hole in the cupcakes.
3. Ice the cupcakes.
4. Top cupcakes with caramel cream candies.

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Enjoy!

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47 Comments
  1. Fiona

    Amazingggg! These were a real winner in my house. It’s my sisters birthday next week and I’m hoping to make the same recipe but bake it in a cake form. Do you think this could cause any issues with the final results?

  2. jessica murray

    can you replace sour cream with cream cheese?? whats the sour cream do for the cupcakes? So curious!
    Thanks,
    Jess

  3. Anniejoe

    I made these today. I’ve baked thousands of treats over  the span of my 33 years marriage. Even had a small baking business for a few years. THESE  hands down were the best cupcakes I’ve  ever had . Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. 

  4. Cindi Dickens

    Wowza! These are my favorite candies. I can eat an entire bag in one sitting. This is the next cake I make…tonight 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. I love all your recipes.

  5. Leslie

    I’d never had caramel creams and so had to find some to try out this recipe.  It totally imitates the flavor!  Super yummy, lots of compliments.  Any ideas on what stores carry the Ateco 809 tip?  I’d love to try that sort of frosting finish

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Sometimes Sur La Table carries those larger Ateco tips, but I also tend to just find things on Amazon. 🙂

  6. jami

    I would also like to know how you got the frosting white…?  I have never seen a white caramel frosting white…. ?

    Thanks!!!

    1. Lindsay

      It’s definitely lighter in color, though not totally white in person. It’s a lighter caramel frosting than some.

  7. Miss Ekk

    Followed this recipe exactly and produced the most amazing fluffy soft cupcakes with a beautiful butterscotch taste . I now know what clouds taste and feel like! Haha .

    This is my goto cupcake recipe forever.
    Thankyou for sharing it.

  8. Kathy

    Please help? My icing is the color of caramel not white like yours in the picture. It seems to be too thick/heavy also. Do you know what I did wrong?

  9. Jess+@+On+Sugar+Mountain

    These cupcakes are absolutely adorable, Lindsay! That frosting looks so fluffy and poofy and it totally reminds me those wonderful caramel cream candies that I ADORE. 😀 Pinning!

  10. Lindsey@American+Heritage+Cooking

    I’ve never had a caramel cream? Isn’t that a shame?! Honestly I think I would rather just eat your cupcake version! They are gorgeous! What tip did you use for the frosting?
    I bet your living room with look amazing light blue! With the throw pillows 😉

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      What?! You’ve never had a caramel cream?! This must be fixed! And I used the Ateco tip 809.

  11. Tina+Vlerebome

    Like mother, like daughter… these are your mom’s favorite as well. I am sure these are absolutely divine just like you!!!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Tina! Yes, she did like these. Sounds like they were a hit at the tailgate she took them to too. 🙂

  12. Heather

    These sound fabulous!
    Can you tell me what tip you used on the frosting or is it just a cut-tip piping bag?
    Thanks so much!! Hope you are well 🙂

  13. Michelle @ My California Kitchen

    I will be making these asap!! Love the caramel and cream idea. I have never tried these candies and I love that I have an excuse to go buy some now!!

  14. funsize+wife

    Lindsay, you make the prettiest treats! This candy is a favorite of my husband, and to have it in cupcake form is terrific. With the holidays coming, it will be fun to add this to the pastry tray for friends and family. Thanks for working out the goofs so I can make the final product.

  15. Melanie+@+Carmel+Moments

    Your treats are amazing! Looks like we’re both on the same wavelength today. I posted cupcakes as well. Let the holiday goodies begin! 🙂 Pinned.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  16. Betsy | JavaCupcake.com

    OH EM GEE! These cupcakes look so good. AND perfectly styled photos too!! YUM! Makes me want to jump thru my computer and eat them!!

  17. Mir

    Wow, do these look amazing. How did you get the icing so perfect on top? Really. I want to know!
    I love these cupcakes. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but I would pay some serious money for these! So much prettier and better than anything local bakeries make! And I live right near Georgetown Cupcake, and yours are much better.

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