Spiced Caramel Apple Cupcakes

by Suzanne on September 22, 2010

in Sweet Things

Caramel apple cupcake | you-made-that.comCraving Fall baking, then make these little cupcakes, they are a cinch and oh so good.  Everyone loves cupcakes because it’s not like eating a great big piece of cake.  If you have kids in school these cupcakes would make a great bake sale item for those fundraisers.

Spiced Caramel Apple Cupcakes

1 box of spice cake mix (I used Ducan Hines)
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup Caramel topping
1 granny smith apple peeled and grated
2 egg whites
1 egg yolk

1 1/2 sticks or 3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/2  tsp.vanilla paste or extract
2 T milk

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Step 2: Put all ingredients into a large bowl and either mix by hand or use a mixer until well blended.
Step 3: Pour the batter into the liners in a muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 22 min or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cupcakes cool in pan for about 10 min. then turn out onto a wire rack, and let cool completely before frosting.

Making the frosting:
Step 1: Soften butter and add the rest of ingredients.
Step 2: Turn on mixer and beat until well combined.

Frosting Tips: After the frosting is made get it ready to pipe onto the cupcakes. One of the tricks I learned years ago was to put the frosting in plastic wrap first then into the pastry bag. I just fold the bottom up almost to the top then fold the sides over. You want to make sure there is an opening on one end of the frosting bag you just created. Then slip this into the pastry bag fitted with the tip of your preference. Now you’re ready to pipe the circles on the cupcakes. I started from the outside and ended in the middle. It seems that half of the people I know don’t like nuts and the other half do, so that’s why I did both to make everyone happy.

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1 The Blue-Eyed Bakers September 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

Yum! Perfect fall flavors! And they look just gorgeous!

2 bunkycooks September 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

These are perfect flavors for Fall!

3 Suzanne September 22, 2010 at 5:47 am

thank you, I'm in the Fall mode for sure now if only the weather would corporate.

4 Maile September 22, 2010 at 12:24 am


5 Suzanne September 22, 2010 at 5:47 am


6 Reeni September 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

Those are the most gorgeous cupcakes! I feel like I can reach in and grab one.

7 Suzanne September 22, 2010 at 5:44 am

thank you! then I'm improving on my photos!

8 Pat September 22, 2010 at 2:00 am

Absolutely scrumptious! Would love to have one right now with a hot cup of coffee. I probably should not admit to this but I'm prolly the only person in blogland that hasn't learned to do the frosting this way. Thanks for your hints! I must try this recipe.

Have a wonderful week!

9 Suzanne September 22, 2010 at 5:44 am

your welcome Pat glad to share some tips anytime.

10 kelli battraw September 22, 2010 at 2:54 am

Oh, I'm definitely going to add these to my growing list of apple recipes to try. : )

11 Suzanne September 22, 2010 at 5:45 am

Kelli since you are watching what your eating if you leave off the frosting they are still really good and you could even leave out the egg yolk too.

12 oneordinaryday September 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

These sound delicious. We're taking the kids apple picking this weekend and this would make a fun treat for that afternoon.

13 Suzanne September 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

apple picking sound so fun, enjoy!

14 justanordinarygirlbl September 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

This looks soooo amazing! I can't wait to try. Thanks so much for the recipe. I enjoy reading your blog and getting new ideas and recipes for my family.

With that said I wanted to pass along to you the One Lovely Blog Award! You can read more here:

15 Jennifer @ Maple n C October 3, 2010 at 2:33 am

These must taste like a heavenly bite of fall!!! YUM!

16 Suzanne October 4, 2010 at 12:06 am

Yep the best part is there easy too!

17 Joanne October 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I am a big fan of cupcake eating and making, especially when it involves these glorious fall flavors!

18 Suzanne October 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

Cupcakes are yummy for sure and Fall gives us a good excuse!

19 Heavenly Housewife October 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

What a beautiful desert. I have several apple trees and I'm at a loss how to use all of my apples. Thank you for this wonderful idea.
*kisses* HH

20 Suzanne October 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

Apple trees wow that's great, have fun trying these out.

21 Jenn@eatcakefordinne October 4, 2010 at 3:36 am

These sound so good! I have a spice cake mix that is about to expire and I needed something to make with it. No butter or oil huh? Since you grate the apple, does it kinda end up like the texture of zucchini or carrot cake?

22 Suzanne October 4, 2010 at 3:59 am

No oil or butter and it works and yes it does end up a bit like zucchini cake.

23 Kita October 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thank you so much for the pastry bag tip! I tried wrapping my frosting in it today and it was so much cleaner then my previous attempt!

24 Suzanne October 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

great so glad it worked out better for you!

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