Salted Caramel Cupcakes!

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Deliciously & Moist Cupcakes, with a hidden Salted Caramel centre, topped with a Silky Smooth Salted Caramel Buttercream with a Caramel Drizzle!


These cupcakes are something that I have been wanting to post for a good while, but just haven’t got round to it! They are so deliciously light that you won’t even feel guilty about having one! Or two.. Three maybe? Okay four. Anyway, this cupcake recipe I have used on my Caramac Cupcakes recipe – I use Light brown Sugar in the sponge and it gives it a lovely caramel flavoured sponge without having to add any caramel itself to the mix.

I just adore how light and moist these cupcakes are! And they are so simple to make! The Caramel Buttercream is inspired by the fact that I have an utter obsession with Caramel, especially Salted Caramel. I honestly can’t even explain why to my family – other than the salt takes away the overly sweet caramellyness to make the perfect flavour!


The idea of having to give cupcakes away without eating any is torturous, so I always bake a couple of extra to enjoy myself! However, these are so utterly light and delicious, I always want more anyway! The Buttercream has the perfect ratio of Caramel to Buttercream so that you get the hint of caramel without it being overpowering, but the drizzle on top give it a sweet kick to combat the salt! The perfect combination!

After the success of my No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Nut Slice I know that these will be loved by all you salted caramel lovers out there, because like I’m obsessed. Enjoy!


This recipe make 12 cupcakes!


– 175g Unsalted Butter, Softened
– 175g Light Brown Sugar
– 3 Large Free Range Eggs, beaten
– 175g Self Raising Flour
– 2tbsp Whole Milk
– 12tsps Caramel*
– Pinch of Sea Salt

Salted Caramel Buttercream
– 150g Butter
– 350g Icing Sugar
– 100g Caramel*
– Pinch of Sea Salt

– Caramel*
– Gold Sprinkles



1) To make the Cupcakes – Preheat your oven to 170C/160CFan and Line a 12 Hole Muffin Tray with Large Cupcake Cases/Muffin Cases

2) Cream together the Butter and Light Brown Sugar with an electric beater till smooth – add in the Beaten Eggs and Flour and beat again for about about 20-30 seconds on a Medium Speed – Once combined it might still be a little stiff, so loosen with the Whole Milk  

3) Using a cookie/ice-cream scoop, scoop your batter into your Cases and Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through! Leave to cool on a wire rack. Once fully cooled, mix the caramel for the cupcakes with a pinch of salt, cut a small hole into the cupcakes and fill with the caramel.

4) To make the Salted Caramel Buttercream – Beat the butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it – Gradually add the icing sugar on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and smooth.

5) Add the caramel and salt to the buttercream and continue mixing. Keep on beating for 5 minutes until whipped!

6) To decorate the Cupcakes – I use a medium 2d close star tip for my cupcakes, and pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes – drizzled with some extra caramel and some gold sprinkles for a bit of crunch!


Tips and Ideas

I buy my Cupcakes Cases from Iced Jems – here!

*For the Cupcakes Centre/Buttercream/Drizzle you can either use Carnations Caramel, Dr Oetker Salted Caramel centres, Dulce de Leche etc – a thick caramel sauce is all you need! If you are already using a salted caramel sauce, don’t add any more salt!

I always tend to mix my butter and caster sugar first even if the recipe says the all in one method – I find it makes it smoother and more likely to be light and soft!

Be careful not to over bake the cakes or you might lose the light texture – I bake mine for 18 minutes in my oven, every single time, as I know how long my oven takes to bake certain things – all ovens can be different!



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  • Lucy
    October 22, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Hi Jane,
    Would it be possible to bake this as a 2 layer cake? If so what size tin would you reccomend?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 22, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      I usually say one batch of cupcakes makes one decent 8″ cake, so I would double it for a two layer 8″ cake!

  • Chrissy
    September 24, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Is there a reason you use butter in this recipe rather than baking block or butter?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 24, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Hello – sorry I’m confused – I do use butter in the recipe?

  • holly
    August 13, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m looking to bake these cupcakes for a charity bake sale im holding. Would I be able to freeze them once baked and if so would you advise filing the cupcakes with the caramel before freezing or after they have thawed? Looking to get as fresh as possible for the day. Another option is for me to bake them on a Friday evening and the bake sale is on the Sunday? Any avice is fully appreciated 😊 thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      If freezing I would freeze without filling – as it just makes sure they will be okay – but Friday evening for a Sunday bake sale is definitely fine!! X

  • Aoife Ryan
    August 12, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Made these tonight, they are super tasty but adding the salt if the caramel isnt salted step is missing so I forgot it! But as caramel cupcakes they are tasty.

  • Shazmin
    July 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Jane! This recipe looks wonderful 🙂 For the cupcake batter, would you have to use butter or can you use a butter substitute like clover or willow? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 25, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      For the actual sponge you can use block butter or a spread!! x

  • Megg
    June 27, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Could i use salted caramel flavouring for the icing sugar? rather than caramel

  • Claire
    June 18, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Hi, I absolutely love making your recipes I’m inspired by them so much! I was wondering if you could use salted butter for the buttercream with the caramel sauce instead of adding salt to the caramel or would they end up to salty?
    Thank you xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 19, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Hey! So this could very much depend on the butter as I find some are more salty than others – but it should work! X

  • Gemma Fallon
    May 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Made these as a treat for the family during lockdown and they went down a treat. The only complaint was that I hadn’t made enough of them! Thanks for an easy to follow, delicious recipe

  • Amy
    May 17, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Hi Jane,
    I made these cupcakes about a month ago and they were gone within hours of me taking them to work! My boss has now asked me to make him some for his son’s birthday party but I am away the day of the party and for 2 days before that. Do you think they would still be OK if I make them on a Wednesday night and kept them in an airtight container until Saturday?
    Thanks for all of the amazing recipes 💖

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Hiya! Yes If you made them on Wednesday, and kept them in a cake box so that they don’t sweat, and away from the fridge so they don’t dry out, they’d be fine! x

  • Shannon
    April 10, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hi Jane! May i ask how long you have to bake the cupcakes for

  • Michelle
    February 7, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I made these for work today and they were delicious! Everyone raved about them- I even had an anonymous note saying they were “blooming lovely!” I made my own caramel using this recipe which is super easy, though you need to make several hours ahead and chill for it to set.

  • Felicity Foster
    January 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Jane can I freeze the cupcake mix. Need to make 2 lots one this weekend then some in a few weeks thought I would mix up all at once

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      I personally always think fresh is best to be honest – if you are practiced in doing it, then go ahead… but I never freeze raw mix!

  • Jasmine
    October 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Do you put Baking Powder in the cupcake batter?

  • Rachel
    June 18, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    This looks like a lovely recipe! I was wondering if the cupcakes freeze well?

  • Maya
    June 8, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Jane
    I was wondering if I could add the caramel inside the cupcake mixture before baking it instead of cutting a hole and adding it as a centre filling
    Would that work? X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Personally I don’t think it would be as tasty – it might all sink to the bottom or disappear through baking – but its worth a try if you want to! x

  • Izi
    May 24, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Hi! I absolutely love your recipes make them all the time 🙂
    Please could you tell me what sort of nozzle you use to achieve this type of piping?
    Thank you!!

  • Emma
    November 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I know this is an old recipe but I had loads of caramel to use up last night so found this recipe and made these! Oh my god they were amazing, so golden and springy the perfect cupcake and the buttercream was too good! Can’t recommend these enough! 🙂 Also it’s so nice to find a really good English so there’s no conversions involved! 🙂

  • Deirdre Lavinia lavender
    September 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

    How do you make the caramel plz x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

      You buy it in the tin already made. x

  • Sarah Fewings
    September 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    These look great! Is there anyway they could be adapted so the sponge was like a sticky toffee pudding flavour? Thinking ahead for Macmillan Coffee morning

  • Susannah
    September 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    These have become a real staple for family events, such a great recipe – keep up the good work Jane!

  • Lesley
    July 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Made these for a baby shower and they went down a treat. These are devise and easy receive to follow. I found I had quite a bit of buttercream left over and didn’t need to use all the milk. They are so good I’ve made them again!

  • michelle
    July 25, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Hi Jane, I was just wondering how long it takes to make 12 of these cupcakes ?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Depends on your skill set… an hour not including cooling time maybe?

    • michelle
      July 26, 2017 at 1:27 am

      Oh okay thank you Jane (:

  • TCL
    July 4, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Hi Jane, came across your pin as im looking for cupcakes recipe & attracted to this caramel. Btw the caramel is bgt off the rack or home-made? I like that you are working on grams so im yr follower now ?
    Thank you.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      I used carnations caramel from the supermarket ?

  • Sinead Hislam
    May 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Jane, thankyou for this recipe, I have made these many times now and they always go down a treat. Enough so that my friend has asked me to make 80 for her wedding! What do you think is the most in advance I can make them and still be at their best? Thankyou, sinead xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Amazing! With Cupcakes unfortunately I’d say they only really last 2-3days… so ideally you want to bake them the day before, but if you’re too squeezed for time the day before that is fine as you’ll be eating them on the 3rd day if that makes sense? Store them in cupcake boxes though and not an airtight container xx

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    March 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    […] used the cupcake and buttercream recipe straight from Jane’s Patisserie here, and it’s so easy to follow! The recipe makes about 22, with some buttercream left over. […]

  • Paula Roberts
    February 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry- I meant to say same not sane!?

  • Paula Roberts
    February 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Jane! These look fantastic! Can I ask a really stupid question? How small do you need to cut the hole? Is it the sane as for a butterfly cake maybe? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Yeah basically the same – just a smallish hole to put the caramel in!

    • Paula Roberts
      February 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you!

  • Brooke
    November 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Do you know these measurements in the United States customary units?

  • Lydia
    September 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Just finished making these for my mums birthday as she loves salted caramel so much! This recipe was so easy to follow & the cupcakes turned out looking great! Can’t wait to try tomorrow, thanks for posting this! 🙂 X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Oh thats amazing! 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed them and I hope your mum loves them too!! x

  • Julie
    April 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    These salted caramel cupcakes look scrumptious! Must be a little bite of heaven.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 5, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Ohh thank you Julie!! They were rather delicious I must say! xx

  • Sophie
    April 5, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Oh my goodness! I seem to be bookmarking all your recipes! Haha.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Hahaha thank you! That’s no bad thing 😉 Hehe!

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