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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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Reminder, not all ingredients in the chocolate caramel candy flavored cupcakes recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Who’s ready to start meal planning? I’ve been meal planning for years and it saves my sanity and time! The kids love it as well because now they know well in advance what we’re having for dinner! Meal planning is a great way to communicate as a family.

Main Dish: Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Vegetable Side: Easy Carrot Soup

Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Iced Tea Recipes

Best Cupcake Recipes:

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!

Feeling fancy? These Champagne Cupcakes are just what you need!

Let’s celebrate Taco Tuesday with these Taco Cupcakes!

These Spooky Halloween Eyeball Punch & Graveyard Cupcakes are perfect for Halloween!

I love the flavor of these Oreo Cookie Cupcakes!

Don’t miss out on making these Amazing Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.

You’re going to love the recipe for these Adorable & Delicious Octopus Cupcakes!

These Sweet Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes taste just like how summer should.

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.

Do professional bakers use box cake mix?

The art of baking has been around for centuries, and it has evolved in many ways over time. One question that often comes up among aspiring bakers is whether professionals use box cake mix in their creations.

While different bakers have different methods and preferences, it’s safe to say that most professionals don’t rely solely on pre-packaged mixes to make their cakes.

Instead, they may opt to use high-quality ingredients and their own recipes to achieve just the right taste, texture, and appearance.

Whether you’re a professional baker or a novice in the kitchen, experimenting with different techniques and ingredients can help you discover your own unique style and create cakes that are sure to delight.

What does adding an extra egg to a box cake mix do?

Box cake mix is a convenient way to whip up a delicious baked treat with minimal effort. However, many bakers have wondered whether adding an extra egg to the mix could enhance the end result. The answer is a resounding yes!

By adding an extra egg to your boxed cake mix, you’ll end up with a cake that is moister, fluffier, and richer in taste.

The added protein from the egg provides structure and stability to the batter, resulting in a cake that is less likely to crumble or collapse.

Additionally, the extra egg helps the cake rise higher, creating a lofty, tender texture that will make every slice melt in your mouth.

So, next time you’re trying to take your boxed cake mix to the next level, don’t hesitate to add an extra egg!

How do you make box cake mix fluffier?

Box cake mixes can be a quick and easy way to whip up a delicious dessert, but sometimes the texture can be a bit lackluster. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to make your box cake mix fluffier and more satisfying.

One option is to add an extra egg or two to the mix, as eggs are key to creating a light and airy texture.

Another strategy is to swap out some of the liquid called for in the recipe with milk or buttermilk, which can add richness and help the cake rise higher.

Finally, be sure not to overmix your batter, as this can lead to a tough and dense cake.

With these tips in mind, you can elevate your box cake mix to a whole new level of fluffy deliciousness.

How do you make cupcakes rise perfectly?

Whether you’re baking for a special occasion, or simply treating yourself, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly risen cupcake. So, what’s the secret? Well, first and foremost, you’ll need to get your measurements right.

Too much flour can result in dense, heavy cakes, while too much baking powder can cause your cupcakes to sink in the middle.

Another key factor is temperature. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin, and preheat your oven to the correct temperature.

And of course, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavor combinations and decorating techniques to create your own signature cupcakes – after all, baking is all about having fun and getting creative!

More Cake Mix Recipes:

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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