Cheat’s Caramel Cupcakes

These are so easy to make.

Finding new ways to cheat at making cupcakes is becoming a bit of a favourite past-time of mine, as you may have noticed 🙂

To make the caramel flavour in these little beauties I simply melted some Nestle Caramel Bits. I think that I am starting to prefer these to chocolate chips, even though previously I didn’t actually like caramel. It proves that everyone’s taste change over time I suppose.

In addition to the cupcake batter being easy to mix, I also like not having to mess around too much with frosting (as I have said multiple times before). If you want to make your own frosting then be my guest, but the ready-made stuff is perfectly fine for this purpose. And after all, they wouldn’t really be cheat’s cupcakes without it.

Ingredients – makes 12 cupcakes:

  • 1/3 cup caramel chips
  • 1/4 cup milk, plus a little extra
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 packet (340g/12 oz) vanilla cake mix  (I used my supermarket’s own brand)
  • ready-made vanilla frosting, to decorate
  • your favourite caramel flavoured candy, to decorate (I used chopped jersey caramels)


  • Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F.
  • Line 12 holes of a muffin pan with cupcake papers.
  • Place the caramel chips and 1/4 cup of milk into a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the caramel chips melt. Remove from the heat.
  • Place the oil in a measuring jug then add the melted caramel mixture. Add a little more milk to make up to 1 cup in total.
  • Add the sour cream to the jug and whisk to combine with the oil and caramel milk.
  • Place the cake mix into a medium bowl. Add the beaten egg plus the liquid from the jug and then mix with a fork until smooth.
  • Carefully divide the batter between the cupcake papers in the pan.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes – the time taken will depend on the depth of the cupcake papers that you are using. They are cooked when a skewer inserted into one of the centre cakes comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and leave in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, spread a little frosting over the top of each cupcake. Decorate with your caramel candy.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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7 Responses to Cheat’s Caramel Cupcakes

  1. Ev says:

    I love how you’ve found all these shortcuts to achieve a perfectly good looking and I’m sure tasty cupcake 🙂 Looks great.

  2. Delicious caramel cupcakes. I just love those little cupcake holders. Adorable!

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  4. Leanne kohler says:

    I live in a small rural and remote town and no caramel chips, can I use an alternative for the caramel flavour?

    • Hi! Buy your favourite flavoured bar of chocolate and chop it into small pieces 🙂 If you specifically want caramel then that would be the best way. For another flavour idea, try Reece’s pieces either chopped up, or in chip format if you can find them.

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