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Turtle Cupcakes Recipe from a Cake Mix!

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This Turtle Cupcakes Recipe is one of my favorite cake mix recipes! The chopped pecans on top are such a delicious texture and treat! I love making these chocolate turtle cupcakes any time of the year because it really is such a simple and great recipe.

I have a lot of easy cake mix recipes that I think you’ll love as well!

Make certain to check out my other easy cupcake recipes, too!

There’s no denying these cupcakes with caramel sauce are the best. One bite and I really think you’ll agree! Having the caramel inside the cupcake just waiting for you to taste is my favorite part!

Turtle Cupcakes Recipe

I love this recipe because it’s a bit of a shortcut. Let’s be honest… Making cupcakes from a flour mixture isn’t hard but it takes a lot more time. And right now – I don’t have time for that! This is why I make this cake mix recipe and all I have to worry about is scraping down the sides of the bowl so that I don’t miss any of the simple goodness.

My boys beg me to make these cupcakes and I do so quite often. How can I not? The flavor and texture are what make these stand out far above the rest! If you love turtle candy, you’re going to love these easy turtle cupcakes!

Can you change up the flavor of the cake mix?

Absolutely! While this simple cupcake recipe calls for a chocolate cake mix, you can easily use a yellow cake mix or a white cake mix as well. The more often you change it up, the more often you can make this simple dessert!

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Make it a Meal:

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Vegetable Side: Easy Carrot Soup

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Once you make this Easy Pecan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe, keep that sweet tooth kicking! You can easily make cupcakes all the time – and I think you should! Below are a few of my favorite cupcake recipes that you need to try. So many cupcakes, so little time!

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Can you top these cupcakes with something besides frosting?

You bet! You can top it with whipped cream or even powdered sugar as well. The frosting is an added bonus but it’s not a requirement. You top your cupcakes with whatever makes you and your taste buds happy.

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Turtle Cupcakes Recipe

Turtle Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 18 cupcakes

You're going to love the ease of this simple cupcake recipe!


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix + ingredients listed on box
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/3 cup of crushed pecans

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cupof butter
  • 4-5 cups of powdered icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milk as needed


Make the cake mix cupcakes as instructed on the box.

To make the frosting, mix the butter, the 4 cups of powdered sugar, and cocoa powder for 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag with a tip.

If the frosting is thick, you can stir in a bit of milk.

After the cupcakes have cooled, remove a small area from the middle and set them aside.

Fill the middle with the caramel sauce and then put back on the piece of cupcake that you took off.

Put the frosting on top and make it looked swirled.

Drizzle caramel sauce on top. Add pecan pieces.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 557Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 136gFiber: 1gSugar: 131gProtein: 1g

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