Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

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These Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes are made with a moist chocolate cupcake topped with caramel pecan frosting, caramel drizzle and some pecan crumbles! The flavors are perfection.

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes on a cake stand

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes on a cake stand

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

So this past Monday was The Bachelorette season finale. The hubs has been a big trooper this season and has watched quite a few episodes with me so he knew exactly what was going on as we sat down to watch the finale. He’s not quite as informed as I am on reading the very obvious editing that they do though. It’s pretty typical that they make it look like she’s picking one guy over another. You always know she’ll pick the opposite one. After the guys visited with her family, it was clear the editing was in favor of Robby so obviously Jordan would be the final choice.

But since the hubs doesn’t understand the editing game as well, he was not just shocked, he was completely convinced that she made the wrong choice. He was seriously so upset – even angry. It was hilarious. He was up and pacing around the room and telling me all the reasons girls always pick the wrong guy. I mean, he was so upset I had to pause the show to let him finish his rant. Hilarious! 🙂

Chocolate Turtle Cupcake with a bite removed
Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes on a cake stand

So along with sharing stories about our Bachelorette watching, I have cupcakes to share! These were declared a new favorite by co-workers – and they have tasted a lot of my recipes. That is saying a lot!

The chocolate cupcake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey. The frosting is flavored with caramel sauce and finely chopped pecans. The frosting – as simple as it seems – is totally amazing and makes the cupcake. I used my favorite homemade caramel sauce and it’s definitely the one I’d recommend. It’s got great caramel flavor that works perfectly. If you decide to use a different caramel sauce, you want to make sure it’s one that’s thicker at room temperature. If it’s too thin, you won’t be able to add much without thinning out the frosting too much and then you’ll either have too thin frosting or a frosting that isn’t caramel-y enough.

Because of the pecans in the frosting, I used a large round tip for piping. The pecans would likely get caught in a star tip, so to get a nice swirl a round tip will be best. Add a drizzle of caramel and a few pecan crumbs and you’re all set! You officially have one amazing cupcake to bite into!

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes on a cake stand

This is another of my posts over on The Cake Blog, so head over there for the full recipe. Enjoy!!

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Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 Cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes are made with a moist chocolate cupcake topped with caramel pecan frosting, caramel drizzle and some pecan crumbles! The flavors are perfection.



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 6 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 7 tbsp caramel sauce
  • 12 tbsp water or milk, as needed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Caramel sauce, as needed for drizzle
  • Chopped pecans, as needed for topping


Find the full recipe and instructions on The Cake Blog.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
  • Calories: 409
  • Sugar: 43.3 g
  • Sodium: 169.2 mg
  • Fat: 22.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.4 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.4 mg

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Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes topped with caramel pecan frosting, caramel drizzle and chopped pecans

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  1. Sydney

    Hi Lindsay! I am so looking forward to making these cupcakes! I heard coffee makes the chocolate flavor stand out more, can I substitute the 6tbsp of water for 6tbsp of fresh brewed coffee? 

  2. Johanna

    Just made these cupcakes. I’m a white cake fan, but I think these are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted.

  3. Brittany

    Quick question related to a different topic – I saw on the side of your website “Latest Videos” and it was for an Oreo Brookie Layer Cake and it looks absolutely delicious!! I tried searching for it on your site and I couldn’t find it. So I was just wondering if I’m searching for the wrong thing or how I could view that recipe. Thanks so much!!

    Oh and by the way, these cupcakes look amazing! Already added them to my list of things to make!! =)

    1. Lindsay

      Hey Brittany! That video was added on accident a little too soon. That cake will be posted Wednesday, along with a full sized video. 🙂

  4. Mir

    Wow. That frosting is so amazing. I want to marry it right now. Caramel frosting is kind of where all life begins, ya know?

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