Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

My mother always made these quick and easy cupcakes for impromptu summer barbeques and they are a childhood favorite of mine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 15 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. In a large bowl, stir together the white sugar, flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Make a well...


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

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