Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling and Fudge Icing

These Chocolate Cupcakes with caramel filling are too delicious to pass up – so grab a napkin and bite into one! The cupcakes consist of a dark chocolate cake, a gooey caramel center and a rich fudge topping.

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Filled cupcakes offer an unexpected surprise when bitten into. Additionally, filling cupcakes adds to the texture of what could otherwise be a boring cupcake. The soft caramel filling and fudgy icing make this treat extra special.

Tips for making the caramel filled cupcakes:


This recipe requires a few more ingredients than your ‘standard’ cupcake. You will need:

For the cupcake and filling:

  • All-purpose flour, granulated cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • Eggs
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Brewed coffee (cooled). You may use water in place of the coffee if preferred.
  • Caramel filling: you may make your own or purchase a brand you like.

For the fudge icing:

  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Light corn syrup
  • Heavy cream

The fudge icing will require an hour or two to set-up before you can pipe with it. I usually make my icing before baking the cupcake. It will then be ready when it is time to assemble the cupcakes.

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What is the best way to fill a cupcake?

There are many ways to fill a cupcake but my favorite is to use an apple corer. Simply insert the corer three-quarters of the way into the baked cupcake, twist and pull out the center. You will have a decent size hole to pipe or spoon the caramel into.

I like to use a caramel sauce to fill the cupcakes, but if preferred, you can use a thicker caramel.

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Can I fill the cupcakes with another flavor?

Certainly! The sky is the limit on flavors for filling a chocolate cupcake. Try raspberry jam, cookies and cream filling, add some roasted nuts to the caramel, peanut butter sauce, etc…

I hope you enjoy these caramel filled cupcakes as much as my family and friends do!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling

These rich chocolate cupcakes are stuffed with a caramel filling and topped off with a rich fudge icing.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24



Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 75 Grams Cocoa Powder (3/4 cup) Use a combination of dark cocoa powder and regular cocoa powder for a richer chocolate taste and appearance.
  • 260 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 cups) (2 cups)
  • 400 Grams Granulated Sugar (2 cups)
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil (6 fluid ounces)
  • 4 Large Eggs Room temperature
  • 1 1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee (10 fluid ounces) May substitute water

Fudge Icing

  • 8 Fluid Ounces Heavy Cream (1 cup)
  • 2 Fluid Ounces Light Corn Syrup (¼ cup)
  • 350 Grams Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped into chunks (12 ounces)
  • 85 Grams Unsalted Butter, room temperature (6 Tbsp / ¾ stick)


  • 4 Fluid Ounces Caramel Sauce, store bought or homemade (½ cup)



  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line the cupcake pans with liners.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer. If mixing by hand or with a hand mixer, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add oil and eggs and mix until combined.
  • Slowly pour brewed coffee into bowl while continuing to mix, scraping the bowl occasionally. The batter should be smooth.
  • Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 20 – 24 minutes, or until cupcakes are fully risen and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Place cupcakes on a rack and allow to cool completely before filling and icing.

Fudge Icing

  • Place the chocolate in a bowl.
  • Combine cream and corn syrup and bring to a boil.
  • Pour cream/corn syrup over chocolate.
  • Let stand 2 – 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  • Add softened butter and stir until smooth.
  • Allow the icing to sit at room temperature and cool until it is firm enough to spread or pipe.

Cupcake Assembly

  • Place an apple corer in the middle of each cupcake, press down about halfway into the cupcake, twist and remove the core of the cupcake.
  • Fill the hollowed center of the cupcake with caramel sauce.
  • Spread the fudge frosting over the cupcake or pipe onto the cupcake using a piping tip of your choice. Optional: drizzle caramel over fudge frosting.


Keyword caramel filled cupcakes, filled cupcakes, fudge icing
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  1. Katherine McLee


    5 stars
    These look amazing! An apple corer to get the centre of the cupcake out is genius!

  2. Mila


    5 stars
    Oh my GOSH I am drooling looking at the cupcakes! Wow, the caramel in the center is AMAZING. Off to scrounge up some ingredients!

  3. Monidipa


    5 stars
    Wow! Your chocolate cupcakes with caramel filling recipe is a game-changer. The step-by-step instructions, paired with the mouth-watering images, make it so easy to follow along. I can’t wait to try making these delicious treats for myself!

  4. Stephanie


    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these cupcakes are a sweet tooth’s dream! Such a delicious combination of flavors in one cupcake.

  5. Beeb


    5 stars
    These cupcakes are moist and decadent ! I cannot wait to impress my friends with your recipe.

  6. Ntensibe Edgar


    5 stars
    Nnniiiccceeeee….I am so in for these cupcakes. They are so beautiful and with chocolate, I don’t even have to complete that sentence. Thanks for sharing their recipe.

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