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Moose Munch® Dark Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes Recipe

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For Cupcakes:

  • Moose Munch® Gourmet Popcorn
  • 1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • cup whole milk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup hot water

For Caramel:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate morsels
  • For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1-3 tsp. milk



  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line cupcake tray with 18 liners.
  • Place dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sift ingredients together with a wire whisk until combined.
  • With mixer on low, add eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined.
  • Add milk, oil, and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  • Slowly add hot water and mix until combined.


  • Heat sugar, butter, cream, and salt in a pot over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking gently.
  • Stir in vanilla, remove from heat, and let cool.


  • Heat cream and butter on medium-high in pot until just before boiling.
  • Remove from heat and pour over morsels.
  • Let sit for one minute and then stir together until completely incorporated and smooth.


  • Sift sugar and cocoa together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mixer, cream the butter. Slowly add sugar in intervals on low speed, mixing until combined.
  • Add vanilla, salt, and 1 teaspoon of milk and beat 1-2 minutes. Add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until creamy.

To assemble:

  • Core cooled cupcakes and fill center well with caramel filling. Replace removed cupcake section to cover opening.
  • Pipe chocolate buttercream frosting on top.
  • Top with chocolate ganache.
  • Place Moose Munch® Gourmet Popcorn on top of ganache and then drizzle with more caramel.
  • Note: If ganache or caramel started to thicken too much, simply heat slightly and stir to use.


Hope you enjoy every last chocolaty, caramel-y, crunchy bite!

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