If turtle candies are your favorite find in a box of chocolates, try these rich cupcakes that incorporate all of the same flavors like caramel, pecans and cocoa.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Karla Conrad

Recipe Summary

stand:
30 mins
bake:
16 mins at 350°
cool:
45 mins
prep:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
24 to 26 cupcakes
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Chocolate, Caramel, and Pecan Cupcakes

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Directions

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  • Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty-four to twenty-six 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating on medium speed until well mixed. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat for 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

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  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fouths full. Place a candy half on top of batter in each cup.

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  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

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  • To serve, remove paper liners from cupcakes. Spread cupcakes with Ganache; sprinkle with pecans. If desired, drizzle with caramel ice cream topping.

Nutrition Facts (Chocolate, Caramel, and Pecan Cupcakes)

339 calories; total fat 19g; saturated fat 10g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 6g; cholesterol 59mg; sodium 163mg; potassium 217mg; carbohydrates 41g; fiber 2g; sugar 25g; protein 5g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 389IU; vitamin c 1mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 28mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 101mg; iron 1mg.

Chocolate Ganache

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Directions

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  • In a small heavy saucepan combine whipping cream, butter, and sugar. Bring just to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Place chocolate pieces in a medium mixing bowl. Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool to room temperature before using. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

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