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Divinely Decadent Salted Caramel, Macadamia & Chocolate Cupcakes

Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cupcakes
Indulge in these Salted Caramel, Macadamia & Chocolate Cupcakes for a decadent mix of salty, sweet, and YUM!

Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cupcakes

Spring has sprung and birthdays, baby showers, and family gatherings are bursting onto our calendars. With the help of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls, we’ve created a salty, yet sweet, way to kick off the season. Each cupcake is bursting with flavor and a hidden surprise within, inspired by Nestle Toll House DelightFulls and all of their bite-sized yummy goodness.

cupcake ingredients

The recipe is really simple! Gather a box of cake mix and its directed ingredients, a jar or two of chocolate frosting, Nestle Toll House DelightFulls with Caramel Filling, roasted macadamia nuts, and sea salt.

Nestle Toll House DelightFulls with Caramel Filling are slightly larger than the usual Toll House morsel, but are filled with bold flavors, perfect for a variety of recipes, trail mix, or just as a snack. I could not stop “sampling” them throughout the baking process! Other flavors include Peanut Butter, Mint, or Cherry. I can already imagine using the peanut butter variety on some ice cream, the mint to create a girl’s troop inspired mint-chocolate chip cookie, and follow those up with a not-your-grandmother’s cherry cordial pie.

cupcake mix

Prepare the cake mix and spoon about 3 tablespoons per cupcake baking cup. The mix we used claimed to make 24 cupcakes, but we ended up with about 16 total. Check the doneness with a toothpick, even if they look fully baked. Your toothpick should come out clean or with only tiny bits of cake attached.

cupcake filling

While the cupcakes are baking, measure 3/4 cup of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls with Caramel Filling in a small bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Add 1/4 cup chopped or ground macadamia nuts and mix into a paste. This will become the stuffing for your cupcakes. 

It’s quick to grind the macadamia nuts lightly in a bullet-style blender or chop for a slight crunch in the center of your cupcakes. Add more Toll House filled morsels or frosting to the mix if you prefer the center to be more creamy.

cupcake frosting

When your cupcakes have cooled, use a melon baller or a knife to cut out a space for your DelightFulls caramel-nut filling. Stuff each cupcake with a grape-sized (2 to 3 teaspoons) ball of filling, then frost.

Sprinkle macadamia bits and crushed sea salt to add a finishing touch and additional flavor layers.

Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cupcakes

Stop drooling and head over to your local market for ingredients or just to experience the hidden burst of flavor inside any of the four Nestle Toll House DelightFulls varieties!

For other recipes, check out this link to all DelightFulls recipes on Pinterest.

Thank you to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s story and inspiring me to try the new DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels!

About the author

Carissa Pelletier

Carissa Pelletier

Carissa became the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Grown Ups after a career in the medical field and academia. She is married and has three (very) loud and active kids. She enjoys loose leaf tea, her kids' inventive bedtime stories, and the (apparently futile) notion of work-life balance.

  • OneTIPsy Chick

    These cupcakes look amazing! I have to try them!

  • Xenia @ Thanks, Mail Carrier

    These look incredible!! I love the extra “surprise” in the middle and the salted chocolate… mmm!

  • Andrea Summers

    These look incredibly delicious and not to complicated for those of us who might be a little more baking challenged. 🙂 Great photo’s can’t wait to try. 🙂

  • Jeannette

    These just look yummy! They are one of my hubby’s favorite flavor combos so I can’t wait to whip some up and see what he thinks!

  • That looks incredible with that center of deliciousness! You came up with a great idea!

  • rebeccaorr

    Yum! I love hazelnuts (and not just Nutella!). I can ‘t wait to try these out.

  • Avry Byington

    I just pinned these! Wow they look so good – On my must make list.

  • Jennifer H

    Wow – they look awesome! I totally want a bite! 🙂

  • Sara Phillips

    Oh BOY do those look good!! I think they’d be a huge hit around my house!

  • Crystal

    Man, those sound incredible. I love every flavor included in your cupcakes.

  • Brittany

    Oh my heavens, these look tasty! I’d be allllll over them.

  • Kira

    I love a good cupcake recipe and this is right up there. However, I am not a fan of Macadamia nuts but the salted caramel and chocolate sold me.

  • Oh my word, if I could eat my screen. Those really look good!

  • Joy Williams

    Ohh these look absolutely beautiful.

  • blm03

    Those looks amazing. I can’t wait to try them.

  • Whitney J.

    You had me at salted caramel. Yum!!

  • These look delicious. Love salted caramel & cupcakes!

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