Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Spider Cupcakes

Updated On: Apr 25, 2024

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes is the perfect spooky recipe for a Halloween table or use a chocolate icing and serve any day!

how to make Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Spider Cupcakes

I recently joined in on the fun at the Secret Recipe Club .  It’s a great way to find a new blog or get the chance to make a recipe from one you already know and love.  I was assigned to Indulge Bakery  and quickly realized that I want to be Corrine’s neighbor.  Or best friend.  Or just a really good acquaintance so she’ll bring me sweet treats.  I changed up her recipe only slightly in that I used black buttercream frosting to make these cupcakes scary for my kids today for Halloween.  I hope you take the opportunity to go check out Corrine’s super sugary sweet site.  You won’t be disappointed, unless you’re allergic to sugar!

Ingredients in Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder or Dark Chocolate cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Warm water
  • Light corn syrup
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt
how to make Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Spider Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Spider Cupcakes

A spooky delicious Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake served in a silicone spider cup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder or Dark Chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup warm water

Salted Caramel Filling

  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½ teaspoons sea salt preferably fleur de sel



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add eggs, buttermilk, oil, extract, and the water; beat until smooth and combined.
  • Spoon the batter into liners about two-thirds full. Bake approximately 15 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Transfer tins to wire racks and allow to cool for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 1 month in airtight containers.
  • To finish, use a paring knife to cut a cone-shaped piece (about 1/2 inch deep) from the center of each cupcake and throw away the pieces (or eat them). Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons warm Salted Caramel Filling into each hollowed-out cupcake. You will notice the caramel will sink into the cupcake a little, just fill it up a bit more. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over filling.
  • Use a pastry bag with a medium open-star tip and pipe Dark Chocolate Frosting onto each cupcake, swirling tip and releasing as you pull up to form a peak. Garnish each cupcake with a pinch of sea salt. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are filled and frosted. Store at room temperature in airtight containers – do NOT refrigerate.


  • Heat sugar with the water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over high, stirring occasionally, until syrup is clear; clip a candy thermometer to side of pan and stop stirring.
  • Cook until syrup comes to a boil, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush as needed. Boil, gently swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is caramelized and just reaches 360°F. Remove from heat and slowly pour in cream; stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sea salt.
  • Use immediately; if caramel begins to harden reheat gently until pourable.
  • Icing
  • Use your favorite buttercream frosting tinted with black food coloring.
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. BlondeBomber says:

    oh my gosh these are the cutest and best cupcakes ever!! If I saw these before Halloween, I would have made these in a heartbeat! I will definitely make these next year, or even for Thanksgiving! Thank you!

  2. How cute for Halloween!! Sounds like a great tasting cupcake too.

  3. Perfect for Halloween!!! Welcome to SRC!

  4. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny says:

    Wow how cute are these?! They look absolutely delicious too, what a great choice for SRC! Love your blog, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  5. Such fun holiday cupcakes!

  6. Vivian - Let's Try These... says:

    I’m from group B and just thought I would pop on by. What a yummy combination! Great photos!

  7. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says:

    super cute!!

  8. Yum yum! I love chocolate with salted caramel and I love your cupcakes! The spider holders are just too cute.

  9. Baker Street says:

    Delicious, spooky and perfect for halloween!

  10. Rituparna says:

    These are probably the first spiders I really like. They are even smiling !

  11. ok, question for you, how did you get your frosting so black? I use the gel coloring and practically use half the bottle and it’s still gray

  12. Aren’t these amazing?? Glad you enjoyed them, I love how cute yours are! Did you make the cupcake wrappers? Too cute!

  13. this is such a great recipe to post on halloween!!! awesome

  14. PinkGranny says:


  15. Fuji Mama says:

    So darn cute!!! Plus, anything that combines dark chocolate and salted caramel is going to be AMAZING.

  16. I’m from Group C but I’m an honorary Group D member this week, welcome to SRC. Your cupcakes look darling, in a scary way. I adore salted caramel…add chocolate, to die for!

  17. I think that putting the words chocolate, salted, and caramel together mean that these have to be fantastic! Cute spiders, too.

  18. These turned out fantastic and very scary! What a fun first month at SRC,isn’t it? These cupcakes sound divine.

  19. Cute and yum! I just need to know where you got those cupcake liners. 😉

  20. withoutadornment says:

    Those are so ridiculously cute! Good job with decorating them!

  21. Super cute and perfect for today! Glad your joined SRC. It’s fun! 🙂

  22. cookingwhims says:

    How cute are those! Perfect for Halloween!

  23. oh me oh my….I will be making these! This week! Thanks so much.

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