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September 30, 2013

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans

Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans | The Crafting Foodie

Last week I was in the mood to celebrate, so I decided to make myself the cupcake version of a chocolate turtle - a moist chocolate cupcake stuffed with homemade salted caramel and pecans.

Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans | The Crafting Foodie

I gilded the cupcake by topping it off with chocolate ganache frosting and a drizzle of more salted caramel. My tummy is grumbling just remembering these beauties.

What was I celebrating? Well, last week I ran my first fifty-plus week since I was pregnant with the baby. Okay, maybe she isn't a baby anymore. She's already 19 months old!

I love running, and I love sweets. It's sort of a dysfunctional coexistence, but I'd like to think that I balance the sugar intake with running :)

Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans | The Crafting Foodie

The salted caramel/pecan filling is so good that I started eating it with a spoon. Then I heard a little voice say, "Mommy! Mommy! Stop eating the candy for the cupcakes!" Ahh, the voice of reason coming from my five-year-old. Good thing she was there to stop me because the filling is amazingly addictive. I'm thinking of just making the filling one of these days and putting it over a scoop of ice cream. Or maybe just getting rid of the ice cream and eating the salted caramel/pecan filling all by its lonesome.

Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans | The Crafting Foodie

While these cupcakes may seem to have too many components to be considered simple, they're super easy to make because the process is easily broken down into steps. You can make the cupcakes, salted caramel filling, and ganache one day. The next day (the day you plan to eat or serve the cupcakes), mix the pecans into the salted caramel, whip the ganache, and assemble the cupcakes. Then you're done, and you can focus on gorging yourself with these confections!

  Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with Homemade Salted Caramel and Pecans | The Crafting Foodie

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart's One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup warm water

3/4 cup milk

3/4 tbs white vinegar

3 tbs vegetable oil

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard size cupcake tin with paper liners.

Mix the milk and vinegar in a small bowl. Let it stand (the milk will separate).

Sift the cocoa, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs, warm water, milk and vinegar mixture, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.

Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full of the batter.

Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans half way through the baking time.


Salted Caramel Filling

Adapted from the blog Sweet as Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tbs butter, cubed

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup plus 2 tbs heavy cream at room temperature


Place the sugar in a medium-heavy-bottom pan. Cook over medium heat. Once the sugar at the edges of the pan starts to turn dark amber, use a heatproof spatula to drag the cooked sugar to the center of the pan. There's no need to continually mix. Allow all of the sugar to reach a deep, amber color. Watch the caramel carefully because it can easy turn from being a deep amber to being burnt!

Once the sugar is a deep enough color, add the butter, and stir until melted.

Then carefully add the salt and cream. At this point, the caramel will bubble vigorously, and it will be extremely hot. Please add the cream with caution. Whisk the mixture until smooth, and allow it to cool until it's a thick consistency.

Ganache Frosting

12 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract


Heat cream over a medium-low flame on the stove until simmering.

Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and allow it to sit for a one minute. Add the vanilla then whisk the chocolate and cream mixture until smooth. Allow it to cool completely.

Then whisk the ganache until it is creamy and light.

Assemble the Cupcakes

2/3 cup chopped pecans

baked chocolate cupcakes

cooled salted caramel

whipped ganache frosting

sharp paring knife


Mix 1/2 of the salted caramel mixture with 1/4 of a cup of chopped pecans.

Carve out a 1 1/2 inch circle in the center of each cupcake using a sharp paring knife.

Fill the carved-out center with a heaping teaspoon of the salted caramel and pecan filling. Replace the top of the cupcake piece you carved out of the cupcake to cover the filling.

Dip the edges of each cupcake in the reserved salted caramel and rim with the remaining chopped pecans.

Top each cupcake with a generous scoop of ganache frosting, and drizzle with reserved salted caramel.

Yields 18 cupcakes


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Okay, YUM. Though three of the last four baking projects I've done have involved caramel so totally pinning this for a future when I haven't ODed on it quite so hard! Thanks!

Oh My Gunnis! These look so good! Of course, I HAVE to pin this! Thanks so much for sharing these on the Sweet Sharing Linkey. I enjoyed your site, and would love you to come over and visit my site at Hope to see you there, and have a great week! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

I think I just gained 10 pounds scrolling through your site! YUM! Everything looks amazing!

Your cupcakes look so good, my mouth is watering just from looking at the pictures.

These cupcakes look amazing, Aida! I wish I had one right now! Pinning and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

Hi Ali,
I feel for your affinity for caramel. I find that almost everything I bake these days includes some type of caramel. Thanks for pinning them. Let me know how they turn out when you make them :)


Hi Deb,

Thanks so much for the kind words! I hope you give these cupcakes a try! Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie! Hope to see you around here often :)

Hi Kelley,

Lol! If I could only enjoy baked goods by looking at them instead of eating them, it would be perfect. Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie!


Hi Darlene,

Thanks so much! The cupcakes taste even better than they look :) Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie. I hope to see you around here often.


Oh my goodness! These cupcakes looks absolutely amazing!!! I can't wait to try them.

wow! I'm going to need you to send me a couple of these to test! Pinned! Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays pinned to my Marv Mon. board.

These cupcakes look amazing! I'm gonna have to try this recipe soon. Pinned!

Hello, returning the blog love (you checked out mine earlier). This is such a beautiful picture, it looks so appetizing! I am following you now on Google+ :)

These look amazing! Thank you for linking up to The Project Stash. I just pinned these to my Amazing Cupcakes Pinterest Board!

Hi Aida,

This is seriously troublesome and I know I will have to try these cupcakes.They really knocked me dowm...Oh they looked so good..Thank You for sharing!!!!

These sound and look delicious!

holy schmoly. it's the cupcakes of my dreams! i'm SOOO happy you commented on my blog and led me here-your blog is BEAUTY FULL! :>D

Turtles are so irresistible and I would bet your cupcakes are too! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Hi Sherri,

I hope you do give them a try. They're so rich and delicious!
Thanks for stopping by the Crafting Foodie! Hope to see you here often.


Wow Aida...these look amazing, especially becuse I am obsessed with salted caramel right now. The best part is you can do most of the work ahead of time. I'll probably eat all the salted caramel before I get to the rest of the recipe :)

These look absolutely amazing! I love the frosting on top!

Hi Ritchil,

Thanks so much! These cupcakes really are delicious - the salted caramel frosting and pecans. Such salty-sweet goodness! I hope you give them a try!
Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie! Hope to see you around often.

Hi Mareli,

Sorry for causing trouble with the cupcakes ;) I do hope you give them a try. They're so worth it!

Thanks for stopping by the Crafting Foodie! Hope to see you around here more often!


Hi Nadia,

Thanks so much! They're pretty good little treats.



Thanks so much for the kind comments about my blog! It means a lot from such a great blogger like you. You're blog is full of such creative ideas, and your posts are laugh-out-loud funny!

I hope to see you around here more often!

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