Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read the full disclosure here.

Did you know that December 15th was National Cupcake Day?  I just found out about it this year and unfortunately I was too wrapped up in my holiday cookie baking to make cupcakes.   Now that Christmas is over I had plenty of time to bake up a batch of cupcakes.

Make these flavorful Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Since I am the cupcake queen sometimes it’s hard for me to come up with new flavor combinations.  I went through my cupboards and pulled out all of the ingredients I thought would be great in a cupcake.   After making several groupings of flavors I decided on my favorite one.

Kerrygold Butter makes these Spiced Walnut Cupcakes amazing!

The cupcake is a tasty spiced walnut cupcake.  It’s flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts.  The frosting is a buttercream frosting made with Kerrygold salted butter.   I like using salted butter when I make caramel frosting because it makes it taste more like salted caramel.

These delicious Spiced Walnut Cupcakes taste amazing with fluffy caramel frosting on top!

The frosting is mixed with Dulce de Leche to give it a wonderful caramel flavor.  The pairing of spices and caramel is just about perfect.  This is a great cupcake for parties, birthdays, or any special occasion.

Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Make these flavorful Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Delicious spiced cupcakes with walnuts topped with a creamy caramel frosting and chopped walnuts!


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 c. Kerrygold unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 c. milk

For the frosting:

  • 1 c. Kerrygold salted butter, softened
  • 1/3 c. Dulce de Leche
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. walnuts, finally chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Add in the milk and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining flour until smooth.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with the vanilla batter.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Meanwhile beat the butter for the frosting with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the Dulce de Leche and mix well.
  9. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until your frosting is the desired consistency. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  10. Sprinkle the cupcakes with chopped walnuts and cinnamon.


A Hezzi-D Original Recipe

Love these Spiced Walnut Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

I was provided with the Kerrygold products featured in this post but all opinions are 100% my own.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *