Happy (very belated) Birthday, K!!! These cupcakes were made for a friend's birthday - I wanted something special, something a little different. Cream cheese frosting is a favorite in my house - and adding salted caramel (to pretty much anything) never hurts. So I thought some salted caramel cream cheese frosting was in order - but what to slather it on? I've made chocolate cupcakes before, but never really been satisfied with the final product. They're usually either dry, dense, heavy, or too sweet. So I decided to go with a classic - Hershey's deep dark chocolate cake. I'd never made it before, and this is a crime. I'll definitely be making it again - this is a classic for a reason. For many reasons - it's rich, but not too sweet. It's moist, but not too dense. It's light and cakey and chocolatey and basically the perfect vehicle for your favorite frosting. The frosting is my mom's classic cream cheese frosting - it is the only cream cheese frosting I make, and the recipe card is written in my mom's handwriting, so I'm going with "mom's cream cheese frosting" on this one. I cheated and used Trader Joe's fleur de sel caramel - and I suggest you do, too. It makes an easy fun dessert even more easy - while the cupcakes cool you can whip up the frosting and then wham, bam, frost them and you're done. Enjoy with some friends, human and horsey alike!