Chocolate Caramel Corn Cupcakes

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Updated

Our chococlate caramel corn cupcakes will satisfy any dessert craving. You just can't beat that crunchy popcorn on top of fluffy frosting!

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Soooo, question: Is putting popcorn on cupcakes weird? Oh.

What about if it's caramel corn? Covered in chocolate? Yes. I thought that might be acceptable.

Lately, I am eating a lot of caramel corn. It's like a phase. I go through these weird phases where I eat something CONSTANTLY, then I get so sick of it, I don't want to see it again for like a year. But of course, I don't update my husband, so then one evening he'll ask, "can I get you something? Want some caramel corn?" and I'll be all offended and yell things like, "that was over a month ago!! You don't even know me!!"

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Then I realize that he left the room because he knows that there is no reasoning with a crazy person.


For right now, these are my new favorite cupcake. Chocolate cake, rich caramel-y frosting, and crunchy caramel corn, all topped with a gorgeous chocolate ganache.

Eat these in front of your enemies. It'll make them super jealous.

Chocolate Caramel Corn Cupcakes Recipe

    24 Servings


  • 1 box moist deluxe cake mix - dark chocolate fudge
  • 3/4 cup corn oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 package chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with liners.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, milk, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes. Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full, and bake cupcakes for 12 - 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Remove and let cool on wire racks.
  3. Prepare ganache: In a microwave safe bowl, combine cream and chopped semi-sweet chocolate. Microwave for about 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir well. Once the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, stir in the corn syrup and set aside to cool and thicken.
  4. Prepare frosting: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cream and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, still stirring. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour mixture in bowl of mixer and beat with wire whisk attachment for about 30 seconds, to cool slightly. Add powdered sugar slowly, with the mixture on low speed. Increase speed to high and whip until a thick frosting is formed.
  5. Frost cupcakes generously. Top with caramel corn and prepared ganache.


You can use Caramel Corn for garnish (I bought a box of Crunch N' Munch).

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Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

Melisa bajrami

OMG these look fantastic!


Oh, these are gorgeous!


These look so yummy! Definitely will make!


Snow Day tomorrow... I'll be baking these!


Yeah... all about this! I'll take the whole batch, please!

Mariah mcmasters

Looks delicious! That frosting is to die for, yum!

Heather at sugar dish me

I am so glad I'm not the only person that yells unreasonably about baked goods and sweets.


Yum....the frosting especially sounds mouthwatering! I adore all things caramel.


These look amazing. But to answer the first question, I'd totally eat this if it was buttered popcorn, too. But at the movies I put M&Ms in my popcorn. >.> Yeah, I'm the weirdo. =P


These sound (and look) amazing! Yum!