Pumpkin Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

I was GOING to write a post about how potty training is going, but the Rule of the Internet* bit me in the ass BEFORE I EVEN WROTE IT so my update is this: GAH.

Wednesdays are my day off from Stroller Strides, but my day on for ALL THE OTHER THINGS. I clean and do laundry and meal plan and grocery shop and go to BJ’s for toothpaste because somehow we each have five unopened deodorants but zero tubes of toothpaste left. To round out my homemaker-y day I usually bake something. Baking (and cooking) is my love language, and even though no one in my family knows what that means they certainly appreciate pie.

But this week I made cupcakes.

Pumpkin cupcakes (based on a recipe I’ve seen on Pinterest and on Nicci’s blog this week and on the Weight Watchers message boards). Pumpkin cupcakes with mini-candy bars in the middle (an idea I will FULLY ADMIT I got from a rerun of 30 Rock last night – Liz makes them for the crew when she’s trying to be a Cool Boss and I jumped up off the couch and shouted “OH MY GOD WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THAT WAS A THING???”)

These might be the easiest cupcakes you ever eat way way too many of.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix
1 15 oz can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
12 mini candy bars (I used Milky Ways and Snickers)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first three ingredients in a bowl. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers (or just spray the cups well with non-stick cooking spray). Use a measuring cup to fill each liner half way with the batter. Set a mini candy bar on top of batter, fill the cup the rest of the way. Bake for 23-27 minutes, until the tips of the top start to brown. Let them cool a little before you eat them, so you don’t burn your mouth on the melted caramel inside.

I made exactly 12 cupcakes and they puffed up pretty large. You could probably make 18 by filling each cup a little less, but I worked out the Weight Watchers points for 12 and each cupcake ends up being 7 points. Not too bad!

Review from my husband: Oh. These are interesting.

Review from the ladies at my knitting group: OMG THESE ARE THE BEST THING I’VE EATEN IN MONTHS I NEED TO MAKE SOME RIGHT NOW GET IN MY FACE.

Then I made mini pumpkin pies. Because, why the hell not? (Plus I had half a can of pumpkin left because I bought the big kind.)

p.s. Food photography is NOT my forte. I took approximately 500 shots to get these 5 pictures and they are STILL terrible. I need a class or a workshop or someone to just come do it for me so I can spend my time baking more things while they artfully scatter pumpkin seeds and half-folded napkins around a pure white plate.

*The Rule of the Internet: As soon as you write about how your baby sleeps through the night/eats tons of vegetables/never cries on your blog/never bites his sister, your baby will stop sleeping through the night/eating vegetables/start crying all the time/bite everything all the time.

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18 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes”

  1. Cole says:

    Mommy read Nicci’s post and was wondering about using the same recipe to make cupcakes, so thanks for proving it can be done. Also? Snickers in the middle? Genius.

    • bebehblog says:

      I just followed the cupcake time listed on the box. I was afraid the middles would be too mushy, but the semi-hard chocolate got softer and the cake was fully cooked and they are PERFECT.

  2. I have to repeat what your knitting group ladies said and say GET IN MAH FACE!!!

    Alena mentioned that this recipe would be fab with chocolate chips, but the whole candy bar? FREAKING GENIUS!

  3. I saw your tweet about cupcakes and I was SO SAD when I saw these were pumpkin. Because I am a freak who hates pumpkin. But they look yummy.

    • bebehblog says:

      New recipe, just for you. 1 box white cake mix, one can crushed pineapple, with a Mounds or an Almond Joy in the middle. BOOM.

      • TMae says:

        OH MY MAUDE. I have all the ingredients for BOTH of these ideas, and I have no idea which to make. Pumpkin! Pineapple! Pumpkin! Pineapple! Okay, OKAY. I’ll make both.

  4. merin says:

    I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry, and I live across from a CVS that is fully stocked with candy and packaged, processed food (which I’m sure includes cake mix). I’m all about this recipe!! Thanks Suzanne!

  5. Amanda says:

    Grrr they had NO pumpkin at the grocery store today! I have everything else I would need though. Off to Target I go.

  6. Michgal18 says:

    I have made similar brownies except u put cookie dough in the middle of your brownie…..yummas!!!

  7. Veronica says:

    I don’t know how you do it but these look amazing and I will be trying them. Thank you!

  8. sarrible says:

    I am making the cupcakes for our Sunday afternoon watching-of-Miss-Universe (several weeks late). So excited.

  9. Shasta says:

    Those looks absolutely divine! I’m definitely going to give them a try. :)

  10. ummm, those look amazing. and your food photography is pretty spectacular too! girl, shut yo mouth.

  11. Oh my goodness. These cupcakes really look amazing. Look at you, finding inspiration from 30 Rock. I think I”m too much of a zombie to really notice great things likes these from television, but you’ve done it!

  12. Sarah-Anne says:

    wow. these look AMAZING! whoever pinned these is one smart person.

  13. Erin (the one with the toddler) says:

    Dear Suzanne,

    Please make all of these things for me when I visit. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Me

    :)

  14. I bought the ingredients tonight to make these Friday! I CAN’T WAIT!!

  15. […] oooh’ing & aaahhh’ing over these cupcakes on Nicci & Suzanne‘s blogs, I knew I had to make them & soon. My parents’ visit & our big tailgate […]

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