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Vanilla Sponges filled with a Caramel Sauce – topped with a Chocolate Buttercream, and a touch of Shortbread = Millionaires Cupcakes!

After posting my recipe for Millionaires Shortbread recently I decided that this still wasn’t enough – I seriously adore Caramel Shortbread, like to the extent that I buy it when I’m at work for my break… dedicated. But anyway, the combination of shortbread, chocolate & caramel is heaven for me. This created the mindset of ‘must have it again’ but decided to try something a little different… cupcakes!

The moist Vanilla & Caramelly sponge has a hidden caramel centre topped with a light & fluffy chocolate buttercream. HELLO YUMMY! I did think that maybe I should stop here, but I couldn’t go on without any shortbread. Crumbles of Shortbread and a whole piece top the cupcakes off. Perfection.

Sometimes I find that cupcakes have too much buttercream, so when I pipe my buttercream I do some with more buttercream than others so others have the choice of what they want! The shortbread in this cupcake does also help this though as I like to eat it with some of the buttercream! Unhealthy? Yes. Delicious? Yes.

I love to use Light Brown Sugar in some of my cupcake recipes as it makes it so moist and it changes the flavour compared to using caster sugar. It is SO tasty! You can also use a Salted Caramel centre like the Dr Oetker Cake centres as they have the perfect amount in compared to an entire tin/jar of caramel that you can also buy.

I bought these utterly gorgeous little Iced Jems Baking Cups as I am obsessed with them. They are amazing as you can put the cups onto a flat tray rather than in a muffin case, so if you do have a little mixture left over you can still fit them onto the same shelf in the oven! When you go to eat the cupcake, the case itself pulls out and ends up being almost its own little plate! I can’t get over them. They’re amazing and so cute. Buy them HERE!

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes!


– 150g Stork/Unsalted Butter
– 150g Light Brown Sugar
– 3 Medium Eggs
– 150g Self-Raising Flour
– 1tsp Vanilla Bean Extract

– Caramel/Dr Oetker Caramel Centres

– 150g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
– 300g Icing Sugar
– 30g cocoa powder
– 1-2tbsp Boiling Water

– Shortbread


1) Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan and line a 12-hole Muffin Tray with cases, or put some Iced Jems Baking Cups on a flat tray!

2) Beat together the Stork & Sugar till creamy and smooth. Add in the Flour, Eggs & Vanilla and mix on a medium speed (I use my KitchenAid, any electric mixer will do!) until mixed through together thoroughly – try not to mix more than necessary!

3) Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases (just over half full) and bake in the oven for 17-20 minutes until slightly golden on top and a skewer poked into one of them comes out clean – remove from the trays and leave to cool on a wire rack.

4) Once cooled, cut out a hole in the middle of the cupcake (like you would a butterfly cupcake!) and spoon in some caramel.

5) To make the Chocolate Buttercream – Beat the butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it – gradually beat in the icing sugar until well combined, then add the cocoa powder and  beat for 5 minutes until a silky lovely buttercream texture is produced. If the mixture is a little stiff, add one tablespoon of boiling water at a time till you reach the consistency you want!

6) To decorate the Cupcakes – I used a 1M wilton tip to decorate my cakes but you can do whatever you like! Add in a shortbread cookie, or crumble it over the top! 

Tips and Ideas

I used a basic sponge recipe, but you can easily change the sponge to be a chocolate one as well if you’re craving even more chocolate goodness.

These will last in an airtight container for 3-4 days (if they last that long!)

I used pre-made Shortbread as I was being particularly lazy and I had some leftover from Christmas, but you can use my Chocolate Shortbread Hearts as well for example.


You can find my other Cupcake Recipes on my Recipes Page!

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  1. Matilda on June 15, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Hi just made these and I’m just wondering if you know how many cals they are😊

  2. Georgia Barber on December 25, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    could I use carnation caramel drizzle for the centres?

  3. sophie jennings on March 26, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    hello, i just wondered i dont have any light brown sugar in but i have dark brown sugar, if i do half caster sugar and half dark brown sugar would that work?

    many thanks

  4. Julainne on April 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I really want to make these for my husband because he loves millionaire shortcake but I have a question, is carnation caramel the same as dulce de Leche?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 14, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Yes! You can use dulce de leche instead! X

  5. Millionaire Cupcakes – Megan Jackson on August 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    […] and instead taking the classic recipes and putting a bit of a twist on them. So when I found this recipe on Janes Patisserie I knew I had to give it a shot. This is a recipe that you can obviously make […]

  6. Nicole on June 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I made these for a cake sale and my brother in law loved them. Is there a way you can adapt the recipe to make it into a cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 17, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      I’m working on a Millionaires cake as we speak, but its something you could try! You’d need to multiply up the recipe though! X

    • Nicole on June 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Oh lovely. I will try to be inventive until you release your recipy! Thank you x

  7. Jess on May 31, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This may be an absolutely ridiculous question but something I always wonder when buying sugar- does light brown sugar only come as soft? Cause this is the only thing I can ever find and I want to make sure I’m getting the right thing!
    These cupcakes look incredible can’t wait to give them a go this weekend! All your recipes are amazing thanks for an amazing blog!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Sometimes it isn’t described as soft, but in most places it is! That is the correct one though! ☺️ And thank you!! I hope you love them if you do!

  8. Paula Roberts on January 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hi Jane- I have to say I absolutely love your recipes as every single one I have tried has worked out perfectly! You definitely have a very good eye for recipes and the balance! I am going to try this but I thought I might make the shortbread hearts that you do and put them in instead of the other biscuits for Valentines day. I have already made the shortbread and it was delicious so hopefully they should look quite cute!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Oooh that sounds delicious! And thank you!!

  9. Lynz Real Cooking on July 28, 2015 at 6:15 am

    These look so good! Love the name too

  10. jabrush1213 on July 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Cupcakes are by far the best! You can’t eat just one!

  11. ilashesandsuch on July 21, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Reblogged this on ilashesandsuch.

  12. Sophie Sjösten on July 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    *Droooool* 🙂

  13. OldCountryGirl on July 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I just had to nominate you for the Dragon`s Loyalty Award. Your blog is inspiring and the pictures are gorgeous. You are an outstanding baker! You can read about the nomination in my last post!

  14. lactosefreekitchen on July 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Your blog is really interesting and I always look forward to seeing new posts, which is why I have given it a follow and also nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award 🙂 https://lactosefreekitchen.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/dragons-loyalty-award/

  15. allaboutchantelle on July 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I have to try these, cupcakes and millionaires shortbread… 2 of my favourite things!

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Same!! Combining them was definitely one of the best things I have done in a while, so much yum!

  16. Matt on July 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    For a second there I thought if I eat one of these little cakes of yum I’d become a millionaire.. I’ll guess I’ll just have to settle for stuffing my face with cakes! These sound great 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Hahaha if that were true I would have 12 million in the bank.. 😉 Thank you!

  17. ginandmorecake on July 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! ❤

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