Caramel Apple Cupcakes

It’s the 5th day in this apple-licious series, & I really hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!
 
Today, we’re doing Caramel Apple Cupcakes.  These little gems have shredded apples inside of them with notes of cinnamon & nutmeg – and the tops are dipped in a bowl of caramel as a finishing touch.  

 

This recipe makes 2 dozen.  Just a warning though.  If you intend to keep them overnight, make sure you hide them from any other members of your house because if they are anything like my husband, half of them will come up missing during a 3am bathroom break.  
 
 

 

On to the recipe. 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (prepared according to box directions)
  • 3 medium apples (such as granny smith) peeled & shredded
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 11 ounce bag of caramel bits 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to the temperature stated on the cake mix instructions.  Mix the cake mix ingredients together.  Stir in the shredded apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, & nutmeg.
 
Pour the batter into greased muffin cups, or use liners. (I have a problem with paper cups sticking to almost everything lately, & I have switched to reusable silicone muffin cups.  Totally love them!)
 
 
Bake according to box instructions.  Let cool on a wire rack completely.
 
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramel bits, heavy cream, & vanilla extract in 30 second intervels – whisking each time, until melted.
 
Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the caramel, giving it a little spin.  
 
 
Let them cool about 10 minutes before devouring them.  
 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (prepared according to box directions)
  • 3 medium apples (such as granny smith) peeled & shredded
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 11 ounce bag of caramel bits
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to the temperature stated on the cake mix instructions. Mix the cake mix ingredients together. Stir in the shredded apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, & nutmeg.
  2. Pour the batter into greased muffin cups, or use liners. (I have a problem with paper cups sticking to almost everything lately, & I have switched to reusable silicone muffin cups. Totally love them!)
  3. Bake according to box instructions. Let cool on a wire rack completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramel bits, heavy cream, & vanilla extract in 30 second intervels - whisking each time, until melted.
  5. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the caramel, giving it a little spin.
  6. Let them cool about 10 minutes before devouring them.

 
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  • These look amazing! I love these flavors! I’d like to invite you to share them today at Seasonal Inspiration Saturday!

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  • These look and sound amazing. I have some of the caramel bits and needed a recipe to use them. This looks perfect. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/09/sweet-indulgences-sunday-23.html

  • These look and sound delicious! I will have to try them some time soon. Thank you for sharing it!

  • I have been wanting to make something apple related this month. These look absolutely scrumptious…thank you for sharing. Oh and that is hilarious about your husband eating them in the middle of the night:-)

  • Wow, these look sooooo good!

  • This looks delightful! I stumbled on this….and the drool was instantly flowing. I definitely will need to try these asap.

  • These look delectable- great photos and food styling photos

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  • Yummmy..Sooo pretty… :)) Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..I’m Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ and will love for you to stop in sometime…Loving your blog and off to read more :))

  • The caramel icing got me!
    We went apple picking on Saturday and I just happened to pick up a couple boxes of cake mix for the pantry…I can see what I’ll be doing this afternoon 🙂
    Via Skip to My Lou
    ~Cristy
    a-cristy-craft.blogspot.com

  • Yum! I’m always nervous about shredding apple, though, because the box shredder gets slippery. Might be worth the risk, though. I LOVE that you dipped the cupcakes in caramel. What a neat idea!

  • Sweet welcome to this link party – http://ivanna.blog.com/linkparty01/ ). And happy crafting ).

  • These look delicious! I think I’ll whip these up and bring them to work next week. A perfect little fall treat. 🙂

  • perfect for a fall tea party, thx for sharing!!

  • Anonymous

    These look delicious! I am going to try these tonight since I have everything on hand to do it!

  • YUMMY!

  • I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share it with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

  • What a delicious recipe! This sounds so yummy and looks great! I’d love to have you link up with Creative Me Monday this week! Here’s the link:

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/09/creative-me-monday_25.html

    Hope to see you there!

  • These look so yummy! Definitely on my list to make soon!

  • jan

    Awesome recipe

  • Kaela

    What kind of caramel? My grocery store had no idea what caramel bits would be… Is it skor pieces?

    • They are usually found in the baking aisle, with the chocolate chips. If you still can’t find it, you can use wrapped soft caramels in place of it.


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