Chocolate Cupcakes with Penuche Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Cupcakes with Penuche Frosting Recipe

How To Make Chocolate Cupcakes with Penuche Frosting

This recipe bakes into soft and moist chocolate cupcakes, topped with the heavenly caramel flavor of penuche frosting. What’s not to love?

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2cupsgranulated sugar
  • ¾cupcocoa powder
  • 2tspbaking soda
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • 1tspsalt
  • 2largeeggs
  • ¼cupsour cream
  • 6tbspapplesauce
  • ¼cupbutter,melted
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • 2tbspunsulphured molasses
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • ¾cuphot water

For Penuche Frosting:

  • ½cupbutter
  • 1cupdark brown sugar,packed
  • ¼cuphalf-and-half
  • 1pinchsalt
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 2cupspowdered sugar
  • 2tbsphot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill two muffin tins with paper liners and butter top of the muffin tin.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Add in eggs, sour cream, applesauce, melted butter, buttermilk, molasses and vanilla and mix until blended. Stir in hot water and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.

  4. Pour about ¼ cup mixture (or fill cups ¾ full) into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, and bake for 17 to 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

  5. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.

Penuche Frosting:

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar and salt and bring mixture just to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  2. Stir in half-and-half and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to cool to warm, then beat in powdered sugar.

  3. Add hot water as needed to thin frosting out 1 tablespoon at a time. Immediately spread frosting over cooled cupcakes before it sets.


  • Calories: 242.77kcal
  • Fat: 7.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.52g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.01g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.38g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.63g
  • Fiber: 1.28g
  • Sugar: 34.77g
  • Protein: 2.53g
  • Cholesterol: 33.34mg
  • Sodium: 200.46mg
  • Calcium: 49.46mg
  • Potassium: 118.12mg
  • Iron: 1.05mg
  • Vitamin A: 63.32µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.95mg
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