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Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

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Oh so decadent! These Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes are made with Salted Caramel Creamer and topped with Caramel Buttercream Frosting. Drizzled of Caramel Topping and Hot Fudge, then sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and chopped pecans. And you guessed it…they are easy!

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes topped with Caramel Buttercream Frosting, drizzled with Caramel Topping and Hot Fudge, then sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and chopped pecans! Stop drooling! Pin to your Recipe Board!

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There are many flavors of cupcakes that I adore. But when I bake Chocolate Cupcakes, they almost always go straight to the top of my favorite list. Turtle desserts all started with a candy from the early 1900’s, Turtles. These delicious treats are made with pecans, that are coated with caramel and dipped in rich chocolate.

And the Turtles Candy has been transformed over the years and made into delicious desserts, like Turtle Cheesecake Pie.

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

Starting with a Devil’s Food cake mix, I added International Delight Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer in place of the milk or water. And the usual eggs and oil. For the frosting, I started with my Buttercream Frosting recipe and added caramel topping. Super easy and delicious!

A drizzle of Caramel Sauce, Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and a sprinkle of chopped pecans and mini chocolate chips tops off these Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes.

Turtle Cupcakes

Do you love the flavors of Turtle? You may also like my Turtle Cheesecake Pie!

Turtle Cheesecake Pie

Turtle Cheesecake Pie Recipe

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Decadent but easy cupcakes. Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com



  • 1 Devil’s Food (or chocolate) cake mix
  • 1 cup International Delight Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer, or milk or water, according to the package
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 eggs – room temp

Caramel Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons very cold milk
  • 8-9 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping


  • Caramel Topping – store bought or make your own caramel
  • Hot fudge or chocolate topping – store bought or make your own hot fudge
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Mini Chocolate Chips


  1. Bake and cool cupcakes


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butters and shortening until smooth, about 3-5 minutes
  2. Add vanilla and cream together
  3. Gradually add 4-5 cups of powdered sugar
  4. Alternating with a couple tablespoons of milk
  5. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, alternating with more milk until desired consistency
  6. Mix in caramel topping until smooth


  1. Fit a decorator bag with a #1M Tip and fill with frosting. Pipe on frosting
  2. Fill plastic squeeze bottles with caramel and hot fudge, drizzle over frosting
  3. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips

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  1. Hello! If my box mix calls for 3 eggs should i still use 4 like the directions state?! Thank you!

    1. Hi Haley, yes I always use 4 eggs, be sure they are room temperature. You can add them to a bowl of hot water for a couple minutes to get them room temperature.
      Happy Baking!

  2. Delicious cup cakes ! How long will the icing keep? Should I keep it in the refrigerator since it has milk in it?

    1. Hi Sandy, yes keep the frosting in the refrigerator. If the frosting is NOT on the cupcakes, it should last about a week in an airtight container.
      You will need to bring it to room temperature before frosting the cupcakes.
      Happy Baking!

  3. Deanette Watson says:

    Can I prepare these without adding shortning?

    1. Hi Deanette, yes, any type of frosting is fine. You can use all butter if you like. Then just add the caramel topping.
      Happy Baking!

  4. I could definitely go for one of these babies right now!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Beth! It’s definitely hard to eat just one!
      Happy Baking!

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