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Caramel Pecan Cup of Cake!

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Take a plain cupcake and turn it into a layered work of art this Thanksgiving!

Everyone loves those beautiful layered trifle desserts. This recipe creates individual layered desserts. Aren’t they fun?? I used butter pecan cupcakes with yummy caramel sauce, pecans and homemade butter cream frosting. They were delicious! You can use this idea with literally ANY combination of flavors though! Get all the flavors of a “filled” cupcake- but SO much easier to assemble!

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Plus, you can wrap them up in cello bags with pretty fall ribbon and ties for an elegant holiday dessert!

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Can you tell that I enjoyed taking pictures of these!?!  Here is how we made them (printable recipe here):

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 24 cups of cake!)

Cake:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package). I used Betty Crocker’s Butter Pecan cake mix. It was AMAZING!!!!!!!

Caramel sauce:

  • 32 unwrapped Kraft caramels
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Buttercream:

  • 4 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • You will also need 4-5 pecan halves per cup- and small clear Solo cups!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake tins as directed by box (spray the pans with non-stick spray if you don’t use liners!). Cool.
  • Make caramel sauce by placing caramels, butter (1 stick) and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.
  • Melt over stove, stirring constantly, until caramels are entirely melted and smooth. 
  • Cool and place in a zip-top bag.
  • Make buttercream by placing 4 sticks of softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. 
  • Use hand mixer to beat on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. 
  • Place frosting in a zip-top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip. Set aside.
  • To assemble, cut a cupcake in half. Pipe a little bit of frosting into bottom of cup and press cupcake bottom in cup.
  • Clip a corner off the bag of caramel and pipe along edge of cup on top of cupcake bottom. 

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  • Press pecans into caramel along edges
  • Pipe a little frosting between pecans (only use a little- mine had a touch too much icing in the middle- you could even skip this step and just have frosting on the bottom and top)
  • Place top of cupcake on, pipe a little more caramel on top of cupcake, and pipe a swirl of frosting on top. 
  • Add a pecan and decorate as desired. I used cute icing leaves by Wilton that I found at Michael’s.

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  • You’ll want to wrap these up or put them in an air-tight container to keep them fresh. I chose cello bags and ribbon ties- and they made me smile 🙂 These stay fresh for 3-4 days when covered.

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My thoughts: These got RAVE reviews. Personally, I thought they were a little sweet and I wished I had used less frosting (plus I ran out of frosting with 3 to go!) so use a little less than pictured (or make a little more…if you really like frosting!!) One of my friends HIGHLY recommended crumbled bacon as a layer in these 🙂 The GREAT news is that you literally can add anything you want to make these into your family’s favorite dessert!  Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other yummy pecan and/or caramel treats here on Easybaked! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

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Caramel Turtle Bundt Cake

Turtle Bundt Cake

Swirls of caramel and chocolate cake, topped with caramel sauce and pecans, make this a beautiful and decadent dessert!

I love bundt cakes. They are just so pretty and fun to serve. This one is a combination of caramel and chocolate in a memorably beautiful and tasty display of yumminess!

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This uses cake mixes and Kraft caramels, so it is a quick and easy dessert to put together, and it serves a ton of people, 14-16 at least.

Here’s how we made it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • One box of caramel cake mix- I use Duncan Hines- (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • 32 Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • Whole Pecans (as many as you want to sprinkle on top)
  • Mini chocolate chips (as many as you want to sprinkle on top)
  • I also added some Kraft caramel bits as sprinkles because I had them and they sounded fun- those are the little round caramel bits you see in my photos.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make up both cake mixes according to package.
  • Alternate pouring them into a well-greased bundt pan. Fill the pan only 3/4 full. You will have a little cake mix left at the end, since both mixes don’t fully fit in the pan.
  • Place on a cookie sheet (just in case of overflow) and bake for 40-50 minutes. A cake tester or skewer should come out clean when cake is fully baked.
  • Allow cake to cool for 5-10 minutes in pan, and then tip onto a wire cake rack to finish cooling.
  • While cake cools, make caramel.
  • Place unwrapped caramels into a medium saucepan with sweetened condensed milk and butter.
  • Heat on medium/high, stirring constantly, until caramels are completely melted and smooth.
  • Place cake on serving plate.
  • Pour caramel sauce over the bundt cake, allowing it to run down the sides.
  • Immediately sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips. If you wait these will not stick to the caramel as it hardens.
  • Allow topping to cool and firm up before cutting.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: This is such a moist cake, and if you aren’t a big fan of frosting this is perfect- no frosting at all- just a soft caramel. It’s a perfect fancy dessert that is so quick to make, and fun to serve!

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One more…

Turtle BundtOther yummy caramel desserts you’ll love (just click on photo to be taken to recipe):

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Turtle Cookie Cups

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Turtle Cookie Cup

Chocolate cookie cups full of creamy caramel, chocolate and pecans.  So many fun fall flavors in one little dessert!

There’s something about November that makes me think caramel and pecans. Comfort food, maybe? Thanksgiving?  I’m not sure, but these yummy little treats hit the spot!  They are fun to make, and a pretty mini dessert for all those November and December get-togethers.

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies:

  • 2 sticks (one cup) butter (softened)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Toppings:

  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in milk chocolate
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans and about 60 whole pecans
  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

DIRECTIONS:

Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, and knead into a soft ball of dough
  • Use a small cookie scoop (I used one that holds ½ tablespoon of batter) to portion your dough into mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick spray
  • Use a tart shaper, or a wooden spoon to press the dough into a cup shape.

Making cookie cups

  • Bake at 350F degrees for 7-8 minutes and remove from oven.
  • Press centers in a second time and allow cups to cool for just a couple of minutes.
  • Use a small paring knife to pop each cup out and allow them to cool on the counter.

Toppings:

  • Place caramels, sweetened condensed milk and butter into a medium saucepan and heat on medium over the stove until all of the caramels are melted.
  • Heat milk chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  • Place chopped pecans into a small bowl.
  • To assemble, dip top edge of cup in candy melts and then in chopped nuts.

Dipping tops of cookie cups in chocolate

  • Place caramel sauce into a sturdy zip top bag and clip a corner.
  • Pipe caramel into each cup until filled completely and top with a whole almond.
  • Allow caramel and chocolate to firm up.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are a little time-consuming to make, but sooooo yummy. They are a perfect mini-dessert for any of the upcoming holidays, and they got RAVE reviews in my little world! That caramel….!!!! Enjoy! ~r

Other fun mini desserts here at Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

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Christmas Eve Caramel Pecan Pie!

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This easy pecan pie is full of warm and creamy caramel and nuts.  A Christmas tradition at our house, it’s sure to be a big hit with your family!

Our family has had some odd Christmas eve traditions.  Most notable among them: eating dinner at Arby’s before the Christmas Eve service at church.  I’m not sure how that one got started, but it just wasn’t Christmas Eve without a roast beef sandwich in a cold and relatively lonely Arbys.  Looking back, it was a little depressing I guess… empty restaurant, workers ready to go home, elevator-style Christmas music… but as a kid it was magical.  Our whole family together on the eve of so many exciting things… eating roast beef.

After I left for college, my parents got new neighbors and this wonderful lady would knock on our door every year on Christmas Eve and bring us this pie, piping hot and oozing caramel.  It became a new tradition and we all called it “Christmas Eve Pie”.

The neighbors have since moved, but whenever I taste this pie I am transported to happy memories of Christmas Eves past, enjoying this dessert with my family around me, watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” by the fire. As you enjoy your Christmas traditions with your family, I pray you are blessed with beautiful memories and delicious food!  Merry Christmas dear friends!!!! Caramel Pecan Pie!!!
Here’s the recipe: (printable version)
INGREDIENTS:

  • one pie crust (use your own or get pre-made)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (melted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (12 oz) jar of caramel topping
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) pecan halves

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Press pie crust into pie plate
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly with a fork.
  • Add sugar, stirring until dissolved
  • Stir in caramel topping and butter
  • Stir in pecan halves
  • Pour filling into pie shell
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted off-center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm, but chill to store.

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Coconut Caramel Cupcakes

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Caramel Coconut Cupcakes
Half-n-half coconut and caramel cupcakes topped with coconut buttercream and melted caramel sauce…yum…!

I was in the baking aisle of my grocery store the other day (of course!) and I saw these:

Cupcake DividerI was understandably intrigued….two flavors in one cupcake….?  This has to be better than just one lonely flavor…..?  Plus they weren’t very expensive.  I had to try them!  So I stood in front of the cake mixes pondering the possibilities… caramel sounded good…but with what?  Coconut!!!  Like those yummy Girl Scout cookies….

I grabbed two cake mixes, some caramels and some coconut.  Ready to go.  Note the two cake mixes.  If you want two flavors you need two mixes, which means that this recipe makes a TON of cupcakes.  48 to be exact.  I made 24 full size cupcakes and then used the rest of the batter making minis for a different recipe idea.  You could make the full 48 and freeze half without the toppings too- just thaw and frost when you need them!

Here’s the recipe.  Makes and frosts 48 cupcakes. (printer-friendly recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boxed caramel cake mix (with water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 1 boxed white cake mix (with water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (divided)
  • 4 teaspoons of coconut flavoring (divided)
  • 32 Kraft caramel candies (unwrapped)
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) salted butter (divided)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make both cake mixes according to box instructions
  • Add 3/4 cup of shredded coconut to the white cake mix along with 2 teaspoons of the coconut flavoring.  Mix well.
  • Place the rest of the shredded coconut on a small cookie sheet in oven for 10-12 minutes until toasted and browned.  Set aside to cool and use for topping at the end.
  • Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan and set batter dividers into center of cups. (get 12….I got 6 and it took longer than I wanted it to!!)
  • Gently spoon batter on each side of divider and tap pan to settle batter into bottom of cup.

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  • Once batter is evenly spooned in on both sides, just pull divider straight up and out, leaving a half caramel/ half coconut cupcake!  (so fun!!!)
  • Bake at 350F degrees according to times on boxed mix, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While cupcakes are baking, make your caramel sauce:

  • Place 32 Kraft caramels, sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) of salted butter into a saucepan and heat it on high, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth (takes about 5-6 minutes).  Set aside.
  • Make buttercream frosting by adding 2 sticks of salted butter, 2 sticks of unsalted butter, powdered sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring to a large mixing bowl and beating it until it is light and fluffy.
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Mix caramel sauce (reheat a bit if it has started to harden) and dip the tops of each cupcake in the sauce.

Dipping cupcakes in caramel

  • Allow caramel sauce to harden and cool completely (or it will melt your buttercream!)
  • Place coconut buttercream in a large zip top bag that has been fitted with a piping tip in one corner.
  • Pipe frosting over top of each cupcake.
  • Sprinkle toasted coconut on top.
  • Drizzle with any remaining caramel sauce you have left….and enjoy!!!


Coconut Caramel Cupcakes!My thoughts:  Loved these cupcakes…so flavorful and fun!  The two-flavor center got lots of “wow”s and that caramel topping…yum….!  I would get 12 of the batter dividers.  It was just inconvenient to need to wash and dry them half way through.  I’m excited to try other color and flavor combinations now.  Super fun for school colors or sports team cupcakes (go Packers!!).  Hope you are inspired to try these.  I think you will really love them!  Enjoy!!!! ~r

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Turtle Brownie Bars

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Caramel Turtle Bars!!


Everyone loves a good bar dessert.  These are absolutely stuffed full of yummy goodness.  Caramel and three kinds of chocolate mixed with chocolate cake….these will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1c. each of white chips, semi-sweet chips, milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. margarine or butter
  • 32 unwrapped Kraft caramels
  • 1 (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13pan.  
  • Combine cake mix, oil and eggs.  Blend well and stir in all of the chips (mixture will be very thick).  
  • Press half of the mixture into bottom of pan (it will press into a very thin layer).  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.
  • While this is baking, in a medium saucepan, combine butter, caramels and condensed milk.
  •  Cook over low/medium heat until melted and smooth (stir constantly!)  
  • Spread caramel over partially baked cake mixture.  
  • Top with remaining cake/chip mixture (it will not completely cover, but you can press the mixture flat with your fingers and lay it in small sections over the caramel.)
  • Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes.  
  • Run knife around edges.  Cool completely before cutting. Makes about 20 bars.

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My thoughts:  I make this recipe with a variety of cake mix flavors every time I start accumulating odds and ends of chips in my pantry.  When you bake a lot, you end up with lots of almost-empty bags of baking chips in all sort of flavors.  I just use them all up in this recipe!  I’ve made this with yellow, chocolate and caramel cake mix.  I’ve used dark, milk, white, swirled, peanut butter, cinnamon and butterscotch chips.  Each time I make it there’s a whole new flavor and look.  I *love* recipes like that!  It’s like having so many recipes all in one.  I hope you have fun – both following this recipe  AND experimenting with it!  Enjoy!!  ~r

Caramel Turtle Bars!!We love chocolate and caramel here at Easybaked!!  Check out some of our other recipes that use this favorite combination.  Just click on an image to be taken to the recipe.

Turtle CheesecakeSalted Caramel Cookie Cup!!!Caramel Fudge Brownies!!Inside-out Caramel Apple!!

*****SPECIAL NOTE******  Ruthanne will be wandering the Amazon Jungle when this recipe posts.  If you don’t get replies to your comments or questions it is because I have no internet….I’ll be back soon though!!!!

Dulce de Leche Caramel Sauce

This creamy sweet caramel sauce couldn’t be easier to make.  Ingredients?  One can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and a very brave spirit…..

 

I had heard from several people about the “boil a can of condensed milk to make caramel” idea, and I knew someday I would try it.  That “someday” arrived when I was asked to bring a birthday cheesecake for my brother this weekend.  He likes PLAIN cheesecake.  For those of you who have followed easybaked for awhile, you know I don’t do “plain” anything.  I take plain and add peanut butter, chocolate, glazes, ganache, frosting, candy….nothing plain.  But for my wonderful brother John….I present:  a plain white cheesecake…..

so…..plain.  In case you are wondering, this recipe is the basis for almost all of my cheesecakes, and you can click on one of the following pictures to get the recipe using white chocolate (plus fun toppings!!!!) Using other chip flavors gives you chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon or even butterscotch cheesecakes.

In any case, I made the plain cheesecake, but I wanted a fun topping sauce to serve with it.  Dulce de Leche.  Now, I don’t know about you, but in my mind boiling a can of any sort sounds like a disaster….so I looked up the technique- just to be sure I did it right and didn’t explode anything.

I found a cute blog called Not Without Salt that gave instructions….scary instructions….and I quote:

“In a large pan, completely submerge the can of sweetened condensed milk in water. Make sure it is covered by at least one inch of water and remains covered throughout the entire process – this is VERY important otherwise it could explode. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for three hours. Continually check to make sure the can is completely covered with water.”

Yes, it could explode.  Needless to say, I obsessively checked my water level for 3 hours.  I never needed to add any…but I imagined lovely dulce de leche covering my ceiling and walls and I obsessed.

After 3 hours of fear, I took the pan off the stove and had a debate with my friend Danielle about if I should leave it in the hot water to cool…or take it out…?  I took it out.  And I set it outside on my sunporch to cool- or explode.

It cooled beautifully and when I opened the can….oh my.

I love it.  I would do this again in a heartbeat— it is SO good.  I’m so excited to serve it with my cheesecake in a few hours.  It would be good over ice cream or apples…so many possibilities.  ENJOY!!! (and be very careful that your water doesn’t evaporate!!)    ~r

Happy Birthday!!!

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