Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake or muffin pans
with 18 cupcake liners.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, warm water, applesauce
, vanilla extract
, and mix until well combined.
Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter
and bake or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.
To assemble: Cut a hole in the center of the chocolate cupcakes with a paring knife. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon of Cookie Dough Filling into the center. Replace the piece of cake
you cut out. Generously frost the top of the cupcake with the Peanut Butter Frosting. Drizzle
with store-bought caramel
sauce and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place the Fondant Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Tire on top.