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Simple Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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These simple Caramel Apple Cupcakes are made from a mix. But you don’t have to tell! Topped with a simple homemade buttercream frosting, they make for a quick dessert idea!

Apple Caramel cupcakes

 

With the first day of Fall being less than a week away, I am excited to bake with all the wonderful foods that fall harvest season brings. In Southern California, we are not seeing too many changing leaves yet. But we can feel slightly cooler evenings and mornings.

There are some wonderful places to pick apples nearby, but I usually get mine at the local farmers market. I love baking with apples.

caramel apple cupcakes

Recently, I made these apple cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream frosting. I used apples from a can, but fresh apples could be simmered and added as well. The caramel sauce that I used is also great for ice cream or drizzling over hot tea for a tasty warm drink.

These cupcakes make for a tasty fall treat and it is one of the things I look forward too each fall. We love the flavor of apples in our home! We used to make these for bake sales when the kids were in elementary school. Also nice for a back to school treat for teachers.

Caramel apple cupcakes

How to Make Carmel Apple Cupcakes

Mix brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat.

caramel sauce

Add whipping cream,

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Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Frost cupcakes with frosting. 

I used my favorite  buttercream  recipe with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon added.  Frost cupcakes with frosting. Once frosting has set, drizzle the caramel sauce over the cupcakes.

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These are so good!

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Apple cupcakes with caramel

Easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes

A few years back, I shared easy semi-homemade cupcake recipes. I shared Caramel Pecan Cupcakes,  Pumpkin Cupcakes and Peanut butter cup cupcakes.

Simple Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These simple Caramel Apple Cupcakes are made from a mix. But you don't have to tell! Topped with a simple homemade buttercream frosting, they make for a quick dessert idea!

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2/3 cup apple pie filling, mashed up
  • Caramel Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Instructions



    1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

    2. Add 2/3 cup apple pie filling.

    3. Pour into baking cups and bake as directed, plus 2 - 4 minutes.

    4. While cupcakes are baking, prepare the caramel sauce.

    5. Mix brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat.

    6. Add whipping cream,

    7. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

    8. Frost cupcakes with frosting. (recipe below)

    9. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons milk

3 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.  Add sugar and milk slowly, by alternating.  Whip on medium – high speed until desired consistency is reached.  Use a decorating bag cut at the end to decorate your cookies.  Let cool completely before stacking.

 

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You can use a store-bought caramel sauce if you want to save some time. I strongly recommend making your own buttercream frosting if you can because it tastes SO MUCH BETTER than canned.

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