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Caramel Pecan Cupcakes

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These Easy Caramel Pecan Cupcakes are flavorful and delicious and perfect for the season.  They are made with a boxed cake mix, but we won’t tell.



Caramel Pecan Cupcake


Hello Friends! How is your week going? This weekend we enjoyed football and a concert. I also attended a fundraiser to help with the recent fires that have been burning in our state. My heart goes out to those affected and I am grateful for all the men and women that fight the fires. 

This weekend I felt the urge to bake something flavorful and comforting and sweet for a change. It has been a while since I have shared a cupcake recipe so I’ve got a tasty one for you. 

This Pecan and Caramel Dessert recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a not-too-complicated dessert idea that comes together deliciously. I love simple recipes like this one because I can use ingredients I already have on hand and the amount of clean up is minimal. 


pecan and caramel cupcakes


For this recipe, I used a box cake mix to save some time. I like to keep boxed mixes on hand because it helps me makes a perfect dessert for celebrations rather quickly. Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

This festive cupcake recipe incorporates the flavors of pecans and caramel in a way that really embraces the colors and flavors of the season.


caramel cupcakes with pecans


We love cupcakes here on Organized Island. They are just the perfect little dessert and you can really make them fun and festive by changing up the flavors and are always eaten up.

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caramel pecan cupcakes

These are a perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert too!

caramel pecan cupcakes

Caramel Pecan Cupcakes

Caramel Pecan Cupcake
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Caramel Pecan Cupcake

Delicious Caramel Pecan Cupcake made easily with a boxed cake mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, cupcakes, dessert, fall produce, pecan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 24


  • 1 box White or Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramel pieces


  • In a large bowl, mix cake mix, water, oil, and eggs.
  • Beat until well-blened by hand 2 minutes
  • Fold in 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup caramel pieces.
  • Pour into prepared cupcake liners 
  • Bake per package directions.

  • Prepare Buttercream frosting (below)
  • Top with remaining pecans and caramel pieces.

Caramel Pecan Cupcakes

Easy Buttercream Frosting

1/4   cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons milk or water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.

Add sugar slowly one-half cup at a time and blend.

Add milk and vanilla extract.

Whip on medium speed until frosting peaks.

Frost when cupcakes have cooled.


timesaving tips to streamline recipes


  • This recipe is really streamlined by using a boxed mix. But you can save some time by chopping the pecans ahead of time for the cupcakes and the topping.
  • Mix the pecans and caramel pieces ahead of time and keep in a baggie so they are ready to go.

caramel pecan cupcakes

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Easy Caramel Pecan cupcakes

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

These are gorgeous. And you absolutely can’t tell they are from a box, but a lot of mine are as well. And Caramel and pecan are sort of a match made in heaven.


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

And I cut myself off before mentioning that I had wondered about your proximity to the fires.