Caramel Spice Cupcakes & Salted Caramel Frosting

Nothing screams fall louder than these caramel spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. A moist cupcake that has just the right amount of spice, filled with salted caramel and topped with a light and fluffy salted caramel frosting.

caramel spice cupcakes

About The Recipe

These caramel spice cupcakes are made with my favorite homemade salted caramel sauce, it literally take minutes to make and can be used in soo many different desserts! And one batch is more than enough for this recipe.

These spice cupcakes are an oil based cake batter, which means no need to cream butter and sugar, which also means no tools needed! Just a whisk and a bowl. Also the flavor of spices in these cupcakes is just right, not too much or too little. Once the cupcakes are cooled, they’re filled with salted caramel sauce, this takes this dessert to a whole new level!

For the salted caramel frosting, I decided to make a salted caramel whipped cream instead of a buttercream, because the cupcakes are already sweet, and a buttercream would make them too sweet and also quite heavy. And yes the frosting is also flavored with my homemade salted caramel sauce.

Caramel spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Ingredients for spice cupcakes

Oil: use a neutral oil like vegetable or canola oil.

Brown sugar: I used light brown sugar, but dark brown will work as well.

Corn Starch: give the cupcakes a soft crumb making them super moist.

Spices: for this recipe I used nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove all in powdered form.

Yogurt: use full fat yogurt or sour cream. The creaminess of yogurt keep the cupcakes moist and it’s acidity help to activate the baking soda.

Ingredients for filling and salted caramel frosting.

Powdered Sugar: used to sweeten the whipped cream frosting.

Salted Caramel Sauce: this is used to fill the cupcakes and also to flavor the salted caramel frosting. Use my recipe to make your own in minutes without any corn syrup.

Heavy Whipping Cream: use cold heavy whipping cream that has a fat percentage of 35% or higher.

How To Make Caramel Spice Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

Step 1: Make the spice cupcakes.

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients.

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients until the everything is fully combined and the batter is smooth. Divide the batter into a prepared cupcake pan. Bake in an oven preheated at 180 °C / 350 °F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Once the cupcakes are baked, let them cool down completely before filling them.

Step 2: Fill the cupcakes with caramel!

Using a piping tip press into the center of the cupcakes to remove some cake out of the center, make sure not to press all the way to the bottom or the filling will leak out. Fill the cupcake with salted caramel sauce. Add as much or as little as you like.

Step 3: Make salted caramel frosting.

Pour the cold whipping cream into a large bowl, add in the powdered sugar and beat using a hand or stand mixer (or even a whisk) until stiff peaks form (6-7 minutes). Add in some salted caramel sauce and beat until fully combined. The frosting is now ready to be piped on to the cupcakes.

Step 4: Pipe on the salted caramel frosting, drizzle on some more caramel and enjoy!

Use any piping tip you want, I used a basic star tip. I’m gonna tell you a secret, I’m not that good when it comes to piping, some of the cupcakes did look better than other’s, and if you struggle with this as well or anything else, than this is your sign to keep trying, don’t let it stop you from making these delicious caramel spice cupcakes, or anything else! Practice make perfect after all!

How To Store The Caramel Spice Cupcakes

Store any leftover cupcakes in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Don’t leave them out as the whipped cream frosting can go bad.

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Pro Tips

  • Make the salted caramel sauce ahead of time to save time and energy!
  • When it comes to the spices, you could add any that you like. And if you don’t have any one of the spices I used you could just leave it out, except for cinnamon of course!
  • If you want to you could also just skip filling the cupcakes with salted caramel sauce.
  • Measure your ingredients properly, for the flour spoon it into a measuring cup and level it using the back of a spoon.
  • If you have a convection oven (oven with a fan setting) I recommend reducing the temperature by 20 degrees.

FAQ’s

Can I frost the cupcakes with a salted caramel buttercream instead?

Definitely, but I recommend you don’t fill the spice cupcakes with caramel, or the cupcakes will be too sweet. I don’t have a recipe for a slated caramel buttercream on my blog, but here a recipe that I love.

Can I use this recipe to make a spice cake?

Yes you can, pour the batter into a greased and lined 6 inch cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked in comes out clean.

Why is my whipping cream not beating into stiff peaks?

There are different factors which could cause this, but these are the 2 main causes: Your cream is not cold enough, the cream you’re using has a fat percentage that’s lower than 35%. If you have the first problem, simply refrigerate the whipping cream until it’s nice and cold, then whip it up. For the second problem, well you’re going to have to switch to a cream with a fat percentage of 35% or above.

How do I measure 1/8 cup?

1/8 is basically just half of 1/4, so fill you 1/4 measuring cup halfway, that’ll give give you 1/8 cup.

Recipe Card

Caramel Spice Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

Nothing screams fall louder than these caramel spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. A moist cupcake that has just the right amount of spice, filled with salted caramel and topped with a light and fluffy salted caramel frosting.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 40 min

Course: Dessert

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Calories: 273kcal

Ingredients

For Spice Cupcakes

  • 1 1/8 cup all purpose flour (140g)
  • 1/8 cup corn starch (15g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (113g)
  • 1 large egg, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (118ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

For Filling

For salted caramel frosting

  • 200ml heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. salted caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C / 350 °F, line your cupcake tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, sift in the all purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all the spices. Give it a whisk and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine together the brown sugar, egg, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and yogurt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk everything together until fully combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the cupcake tin filling up to 3/4 of the way up.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  7. Using a piping tip or a knife, remove some cake out of the center of the cupcake, check video. Make sure nit to cut all the way to the bottom of the cupcake. Repeat with all of the cupcakes.
  8. Fill the center with salted caramel sauce.
  9. Prepare the salted caramel frosting: Beat cold heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar together until stiff peaks form. Add salted caramel sauce and beat until combined.
  10. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and frost all the cupcakes with any piping tip.
  11. Drizzle on some more salted caramel and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 272.94kcal

Total Fat: 17.12g

Carbs: 27.59g

Protein: 2.59g

Sodium: 122.8mg

Fiber: 0.49g

Sugars: 16.09g

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