Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Happy Halloween Everyone!! What are you doing for this fun filled holiday? Our neighborhood usually gets tons of trick or treaters, so we have to be well prepared with wayyyy too much candy 🙂  Sometimes, I will have no candy left over, and sometimes, I have a ton!!  Today, I decided to create a FABULOUS new recipe highlighting Halloween and the most delicious toffee from one of my favorite confection companies, !! If you haven’t tasted this buttery, chocolatey are seriously missing out!!

Chocolate and caramel are two of my favorite flavor combinations.  I wanted to create a super rich cupcake, so I took it to the next level by dunking it in ganache when it was cooled, then covering it with the most delicious caramel buttercream!! Drizzle them with extra caramel and add some of the toffee pieces, and you will be the most popular house in the neighborhood at Halloween..or any time of the year 🙂

The adorable props are from my favorite party ware shop too, !! Check out all of the adorable pieces by clicking the link on my blog on the bottom right!! I love absolutely everything they make!!  Have a blast making these incredible cupcakes for everyone you love!!

Some of the amazing ingredients that go into this delicious recipe!

I tasted way too much batter while I was creating this recipe 🙂

Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full.

They bake up perfectly and make a sweet, even dozen!

I could have eaten all of the ganache by myself !

The caramel buttercream is the perfect compliment to this cupcake!

Dunking the cupcakes into the ganache will leave some looking funny, but the buttercream covers it completely 🙂

A perfect cupcake under a single cupcake dome!! How cute is that?

They are so incredibly delicious !

They were so adorable, I had to shoot a lot of photos!!

I just can’t help myself 🙂

Adorable little witch cupcake topper!

Last one 🙂

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Makes: One dozen cupcakes Prep Time: 45 minutes Bake time: 19-20 minutes



1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup best cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 large egg

1 teaspoon chocolate or vanilla extract

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Chocolate ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream

8 ounces best quality semi sweet chocolate chips

Caramel buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

8 ounces full fat cream cheese at room temperature

1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping, ( I used Hershey’s)

4 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bag of the best toffee cut into small pieces, ( I used B Toffee)  *this will be for placing on top of the frosting


For the cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake wrappers.

In a large mixing bowl by hand, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.  In another small bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.  Add the wet into the dry and mix until just incorporated.

With a small ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into each cupcake liner.  You will have exactly enough to fill all 12 about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the pan.  Bake for another 9 to 11 minutes.  Take out to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Place the cupcakes on a wire rack and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes while you make the buttercream and the ganache.

Make the ganache

In a microwave safe bowl, place the cream and microwave for one minute.

Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.

Make the buttercream

In the bowl of your stand mixer with a wire whisk, place the butter and cream cheese.  Whisk until smooth and creamy.  Add the caramel, salt and confectioners sugar.  Beat until smooth and creamy.

When the cupcakes are completely chilled, dunk the tops into the ganache.  Place back in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Pipe the caramel buttercream with your favorite tip, ( I used a large star tip for this effect.)  Drizzle a bit of the extra caramel and place a few toffee bits on top!! Use your favorite cupcake topper, or just serve them as is!! They are so special!!

Store them in the fridge until ready to eat.



  1. Karen says:

    Hi Lizzie!! These cupcakes look so delicious !! I am going to make them for a party this weekend..I LOVE everything you do……you are super talented..My daughter and I love reading your blog…Thanks so much!! Karen and Courtney

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Karen. Thank you very much ! That’s so great!! Let me know how you love them. Happy Baking. 💗💗💗

  2. Rachael Becker says:

    Oh wow. These look so good, Lizzie! I am definitely going to try and make these at home. I am not a great baker, but your blog makes me want to be a better one..I know my family would appreciate that too 🙂

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Rachael!! Thank you for such kind words. That means so much. I promise you can bake any of my recipes. Just take your time and start with something a bit more simple. Let me know how it goes. 💗💗

  3. Mickey Daylor says:

    The upcoming holidays will be sweeter than ever with these cupcakes gracing my dessert table….Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Mickey!! Thank you so much. What a compliment coming from a great baker like you!!! I can’t wait for you to make these!! 💗💗

  4. Mark and Judy Callahan says:

    oh my chocolatey goodness!! these cupcakes look beyond yummy, Lizzie!! I love your blog and my wife and I spend a lot of time figuring out what we can bake together when we see all of your pictures!! I think this recipe is in order for the upcoming weekend. With the cooler weather here in Maine, baking is the perfect weekend hobby!! Thanks so much, Lizzie!! Keep the recipes coming

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Mark and Judy!! I love your message. Thank you very much ! I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe!! 🌸💗

  5. Suzanne says:

    I love brownies and I am really a candy lover so….waht could be better than this! What a great idea too…we always have tons of candy left over after Halloween too.
    Gonna make these this week for the kids. Love all your pictures and your website.
    Keep ’em coming!

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