Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

Kyla had so much fun making these!  They are really simple because of the boxed cake mix and can of frosting, but you'd never know it.  The caramel, walnuts, and extra chocolate turn this ordinary cupcake into a wonderful delight!

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes
Recipe from Taste of Home
1 package Chocolate Cake Mix (we used Devil's food cake)
24 caramels
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
Chocolate frosting
Additional walnuts, optional

Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.  Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups one-third full; set remaining batter aside.  Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until top of cupcake appears set. 

Gently press a caramel into each cupcake; sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts.  Top with remaining batter.  Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Cool for 5 minutes before removing form pans to wire racks to cool completely.  Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  You can either just spread it on with a knife or pipe it on like we did.  Kyla's actually getting pretty good at the piping!:)  Sprinkle with additional nuts if desired.

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