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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These salted caramel cupcakes are made of 3 all-time favourites: classic vanilla cupcakes filled with delicious salted caramel sauce, topped with silky Swiss meringue buttercream then drizzled with even more salted caramel.

Salted Caramel Cupcake

This cupcake is a milestone of sorts for me – I’ve baked enough times and learned enough techniques that I was able to put together 3 of my favorite recipes to make this one awesome cupcake that’s sure to impress.

Determination goes a long way

I don’t consider myself an excellent baker. Not yet, anyway.

I look for recipes I want to try (read: I spend way too much time on Pinterest).

Or more accurately, I look for those that I want to eat – everything in this blog is eaten as soon as it is photographed (or during, whatever).

Some fail, some succeed (a lot fail TBH but I am one determined unlikely baker).

Celebrating the little things

Salted Caramel Cupcake

I do fiddle around with the recipe – is it too sweet? Too rubbery? Too soft?

But I certainly don’t pretend to be a recipe developer. Not yet, anyway.

Which is why I am especially proud of this one. It’s not rocket science and I didn’t do serious experimenting but it’s the little victories, you know?

A few of my favourite things

I’ve been thinking about doing something salted caramel-y for a while so I thought to start, why not put my favourite salted caramel sauce inside my favourite vanilla cupcake and top it with my favourite frosting?

I had sauce to spare so why not go for the win and drizzle salted caramel sauce on top of the frosting?

Salted caramel cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cupcake

The end resulting is one amazing salted caramel cupcake.

I’m tickled pink that my components actually worked great together.

And it looks amazing too – we served these when we had guests one time and they loved it (took some home too, always a great sign).

Baking journey continues

I know putting different components together doesn’t technically count as recipe development but hey, one day at a time right?

That’s what this blog is about after all: a non-baker teaching herself how to bake and slowly but surely getting better at it (read more about it here if you’re curious).

It helps that the food and blogging communities I belong to have been amazing. There are lots of bloggers and bakers that inspire me every day.

But enough about me. Go ahead and enjoy these salted caramel cupcakes. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Author: Jolina
These salted caramel cupcakes are made of 3 all-time favourites: classic vanilla cupcakes filled with delicious salted caramel sauce, topped with silky Swiss meringue buttercream then drizzled with even more salted caramel.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • ingredients for salted caramel sauce see note
  • ingredients for vanilla cupcakes see note
  • ingredients for Swiss meringue buttercream see note


  • Once you have all your components ready, it’s time to fill and frost your cupcakes!
  • Using a small knife, carve a small hole (about an inch in diameter and an inch deep) into the middle of your cupcake. Take the extra cake out and fill the hole with a dollop of salted caramel sauce. Don’t put too much; just put enough so that it’s level with the top of your cupcake.
  • Frost with Swiss meringue buttercream.
  • Finish by drizzling with more salted caramel sauce.


Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Birthday, Celebration, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy baking! Love cupcakes? Check out this equally decadent Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Did you make these salted caramel cupcakes? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it.

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Sunday 17th of April 2016

These look so good. Unfortunately I am trying to cut out sugar. My mixer is making weird noises. I hope it hangs in for a while longer. I have had it about 15 years. Stand mixers are priceless!


Monday 18th of April 2016

Thanks Tara! I have been trying to cut down my sugar intake for years but it has been a losing battle! I just try to compensate by being healthier in other things. Is that cheating? Haha. Sorry to hear about your mixer. Mine is making weird noises too. 15 years is a very long time. Wow. Hope it hangs in there!

Dylan Cutler

Sunday 17th of April 2016

Your frosting skills are so impressive. I have so much fun frosting cupcakes but it is harder than it looks! Also love the salted aspect, a little more interesting than caramel alone.


Monday 18th of April 2016

Thanks Dylan! If you can only see behind-the-scenes...the kitchen is a compete disaster whenever frosting is involved.

The Adventure Ahead

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Oh my goodness - those may be what dreams are made of. Your buttercream looks divine!


Monday 18th of April 2016

Thank you!


Friday 15th of April 2016

These look sooooo good! I'd love to try the frosting and salted caramel with a chocolate cupcake too. If I ever experiment I will definitely let you know how it comes out :-)


Monday 18th of April 2016

Oh absolutely. That would be fantastic. Thanks for stopping by Lauren!


Thursday 14th of April 2016

These look so tasty! haven't had anything salted caramel in a long time and after seeing these I have a craving!


Monday 18th of April 2016

These will definitely satisfy your craving :) It's salted caramel in and out! Let me know how it goes if you ever try it out :)