Dark Chocolate & Caramel Cupcakes...

The thing I love about dark chocolate is that since it's not as sweet, I feel like I'm being healthier... and though apparently, that's a bit true, I don't think that applies to cupcakes... darn. 

Black & gold dark chocolate caramel cupcakes

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup special dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup special dark cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Whisk together the coconut milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and beat until no lumps remain (or very few remain).
  • Pour into liners, filling each with 1/4 cup of batter. Optionally add a dollop of caramel sauce to each cup. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  • For frosting, cream butter until smooth and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add cocoa powder and beat until incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon soymilk and mix to combine. Add confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes total. Add caramel topping and mix well. If frosting is too thick, add more soymilk and beat until fluffy. If frosting is too soft, add more sugar and again, beat until fluffy. You want the frosting to keep it's shape when piped on to the cupcake, but still fluffy enough that it stays light and soft when eaten. Top with a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.
{photos/recipe via love and olive oil}



Julie said...

Those look so tasty!! I'm more of a milk chocolate fan but I'm sure these are really good!


The Baker said...

These look so rich and amazing!!!

Wren said...

Dark chocolate is my absolute favourite. Especially with chili powder. If you ever invent a dark chocolate chili powder cupcake pleeeeease let me know.

meesch said...

@wren - well, looks like I now have a weekend activity = )

Jenny in Ohio said...

oh wow, those look sinful!!! yum.

Rebecca said...

dark chocolate and caramel - my two favorite things! they look so good too, i can't wait to try making them!

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