Caramel Cupcakes

Easy to make caramel cupcakes which get their caramel flavour from using both light brown sugar and adding caramel sauce to the mix.

Perfect topped with caramel buttercream.

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Six caramel cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream on a wooden board.A few days ago I shared my recipe for caramel buttercream (which you seemed to love 🙂 ), and what better to go with caramel buttercream than a delicious caramel cupcake.

As with all of my basic cupcake recipes I’ve tried to keep them as easy to make as it humanly possible (stick it in a bowl and mix it up – it really is as simple as that) and also to make sure that the caramel flavour really comes through. I should actually call them double caramel cupcakes as I’ve sneaked the flavour in twice, once by using light brown sugar rather than caster sugar (which seems to be the popular way of making caramel cupcakes from what I’ve seen) and then really pushing the caramel favour by mixing lots of caramel sauce into the mix too.

Caramel cupcakes on a cooling rack.I designed these to go with the caramel buttercream, but they’d actually go brilliantly with other flavours such as chocolate or vanilla too. The reason I like to post my cupcakes as the cake and buttercream separately is that it makes it easy to find the bits to be able to mix and match between the two to create whatever combination you want. I’m in the process of putting together a mix and match cupcake index to keep all the recipes together in one place (as well as some yummy fillings too) so keep an eye out for it over the next few weeks.

Caramel cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream on a wooden board.

4 from 3 votes

Caramel Cupcakes

Easy to make caramel cupcakes which get their caramel flavour from using both light brown sugar and adding caramel sauce to the mix.
Active Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


  • 165 g self-raising flour
  • 165 g soft light brown sugar - you could use dark brown sugar or light muscovado sugar if that’s what you happen to have in your cupboard.
  • 3 large eggs
  • 165 g soft margarine or butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g caramel sauce - 1 batch of my homemade caramel sauce


  • 12 cupcake cases


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan.
  • Place your cupcakes cases into a muffin tin.
  • Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl (165g self-raising flour, 165g soft margarine, 3 large eggs, 165g soft light brown sugar, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, 150g caramel sauce) and mix until fully combined (you can do this by hand or using an electric mixer on a low speed).
  • Evenly distribute the cake mixture into the 12 cupcake cases.
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Once cooked, place onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.


These caramel cupcakes are perfect topped with caramel buttercream or if you fancy trying something different then you can find all of my icing flavours in my cupcake index.
Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.
Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 57mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 11.5% | Calcium: 2.8% | Iron: 2.3%
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Caramel cupcakes on a cooling rack.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

Easy to make caramel cupcakes which get their caramel flavour from using both light brown sugar and adding caramel sauce to the mix.

I’m sharing this recipe with the following blog challenges… #TreatPetite with CakeyBoi and The Baking Explorer and #CookBlogShare with Hijacked by Twins.


  1. I have made this recipe twice and both times when I put them in the oven they rise up then fall completely flat with a large dip in the middle. Maybe I’m doing something wrong but they haven’t worked either time.

  2. Hello Charlotte – Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe, the cakes turned out perfectly and taste real nice. I love your site.

  3. These cupcakes are scrumptious. I used them with your caramel buttercream recipe and they turned out really well. You should definitely do a large cake recipe version of this…please

  4. HI Charlotte,

    Can I use this recipe for a cake ? and if yes which tin size can I use?

    Thank you 🙂

    • I haven’t tried it but it should work. This about of mixture would be for a 18cm round tin. If you’re using sandwich tins then it’ll take 30-35 minutes to bake. If you’re using one deeper tin the it’ll be around 45-50 minutes.

      • Thanks Charlotte. One last question 🙂

        Does it work if I cover the with fondant or marzipan ? I mean is it very soft and will crumble or will hold its shape as a cake.

        Sorry for asking too many questions.

        Thanks 🙂

  5. Hi Charlotte,
    Thank you for the recipe, so quick and easy and came out amazingly. Will definitely be trying some more of your recipes. I’m planning to make them again next week for bonfire night, little caramel bonfires. Yummy.

  6. Thanks for this recipe, I tweeked it a little using a caramel & vanilla flavouring inside, then I scooped out the middle of cooled cakes and filled with your caramel. To finish I drizzled more caramel on top and some of the crystallised pieces of caramel from my failed first attempt! I found your buttercream quantity plenty for 12 cakes too. The cakes turned out beautifully, I’ll definitely use this recipe again

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