Week 48: Chocolate, Caramel and Walnut "Turtle" Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting for the TERPS!

I made these cupcakes in honor of the University of Maryland Women's Basketball team making the elite eight in the NCAA tournament last night...now they play Utah tomorrow night...and hopefully they'll get to the final four!

The cupcakes are based on a vanilla cupcake recipe. I made turtles (you know...the caramel, chocolate, walnuts (usually pecans but I don't care for them) candies). Then I made the batter. I put a couple of tablespoons of batter in the cupcake liner and then put i the turtle and then covered the turtle with more batter. They turned out really well. The caramel and chocolated melted a bit but stayed together as a unit. I made Milk Chocolate Frosting for them. I picked up the candy turtles on top at the LIttle Bits Cake store in Wheaton. At the time I didn't know what I would use them for, but then the tournament began and the women's team just keeps winning...so the timing seems perfect!

Take a look at the entire process HERE.

Fear the Turtle, Baby!


  1. How cute and how yummy tasting! I just realized you are almost to 52!! What are you going to do then?! Hopefully find another passion or keep going with this one... I love coming to your blog!

  2. I've been reading your blog for a long time, and I cannot get over how creative you are! Personally, I'm terrible at baking anything (other than a pie) so I have never tried your recipes, but the more I read the more I want to. You may just be an inspiration to me someday!
    Great job!

  3. Anonymous2:45 PM

    See, it's this kind of stuff that should go in the book you should write! They sound heavenly!

    BTW, I just bought some of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten's coconut cupcake MIX. Have you tried it? I think I'll take them to our church potluck this Sunday and let you know how they turned out. (I also bought some of the Outrageous Brownie Mix!)

  4. Anonymous3:01 PM

    These look sooooo yummy! I really love all the pics. And you never whimp out on "easy" cupcakes. Jeesh. I can't believe you even made the turtles (in the center)! You're amazing!
    I, too, have been reading for a long time. I'm very nervous that you're getting close to 52. What then??!!

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  6. Anonymous9:09 PM

    I will not think about the end. I will not!

    p.s. These are the cutest little tasties.

  7. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Hi CupcakeQueen,

    Maybe you could do 52 MORE cupcakes? I just found you a few months ago!!! To think that you might end your wonderful blog is awful. Your site is almost like cupcake porn--they look so yummy and mouthwatering!!!
    I've looked forward to each Monday to see what you've made over the weekend! Thanks for making Monday's a little better!!!
    Cookie Wench

  8. Anonymous5:35 PM

    Please don't stop blogging after 52 weeks! I just discovered this sight and I LOVE all your cupcakes! You're so creative!

  9. Anonymous10:18 PM

    I tried to find Little Bits on Yahoo Yellow Pages in Wheaton, but it didn't bring up a result. Could you tell me exactly where that is, or the address? I'd love to check it out this weekend.

    I have no blog, but I love reading yours.



  10. wow,
    those turtles are just adorable!
    i wish i could make them too, if you could tell me how :)

    all of your posts have been nothing but totally delectable!

  11. I love the blog, and the cupcakes look amazing.

  12. lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this