Caramel Apple Cupcakes

 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Hooray, it’s cupcake Monday! Trust me, it’s a thing. If you don’t believe me, check out my friend Kelsie’s blog, or Zainab’s. My contribution for this particular cupcake Monday is a recipe that totally screams summer to me. Maybe it’s my missing the Calgary Stampede this year that has me jonesing for all of the fair food!

What do you guys usually flock to at a fair? There are all sorts of weird things to pick from at Stampede, like Canadian bacon pickle balls…..really!? I am a sucker for mini donuts and soft serve ice cream, and although I wouldn’t say no to a deep fried Oreo staring me in the face, I thought I’d go with a more classic fair trade for these cupcakes – the caramel apple! Also kind of a Halloween thing, I think. Like popcorn balls. Maybe I’m just really into Halloween food. Either way, these cupcakes are good any time of year!

caramel apple cupcakes

caramel apple cupcakes

These babies are made up of a lightly spiced, fluffy apple cupcake topped with a decadent caramel buttercream. I stole borrowed the frosting recipe from Two Sisters Crafting. I love all of their frosting recipes, and reference their page often!

You could use any apple for the cupcake, but Granny Smith apples are the classic go-to caramel apple (apple), so I thought they’d be fitting for these! I also just love that little bit of tartness that they contribute to a dessert.

The best part about this recipe is the decorating. You can literally use anything to top the frosting with! Throw down your favourite candies or toppings, just like you would if you were making regular caramel apples. My faves are shredded coconut and toffee pieces – because – you can never have enough caramel.

Have some fun with your kids next time the need for a batch of cupcakes arises…so….tomorrow? They’ll love the decorating part!

Happy Cupcake Monday!!

Oh, and be sure to check out all of the links at the bottom of this post to more delectable cupcake recipes, as well as a link for a GIVEAWAY!!

caramel apple cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Yield 12 cupcakes

Bring the fair to your kitchen with these caramel apple cupcakes. Take a bite out of a soft, fluffy apple cupcake donned with thick caramel frosting and decorated with your favourite candies, just like the caramel apples you know and love!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large apple, finely chopped*
  • Shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, chocolate drizzle, chopped nuts, etc for decorating (optional)

Caramel Frosting

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk + 2 tbsp*
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer, beat the butter on high for about 1 minute. Add both the sugars and continue to beat on high until soft and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat for another minute or so. Add half of the dry ingredients, and mix slowly to just combine. Add the buttermilk, and slowly mix. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat until just combined. The batter will be fairly thick. Add in the diced apple, and mix slowly on low until incorporated, or use a large wooden spoon to stir it in.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cupcake liners, and bake for approximately 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add together the brown sugar, butter and milk. Stir to combine until butter is completely melted and brown sugar is dissolved. Leave the mixture to bubble over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until it turns a deep amber colour. Remove the mixture from heat, and transfer to a mixing bowl to cool.
  6. Once the mixture is cool, use the paddle attachment on your mixer or an electric mixer and add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat on high.  I needed to add a bit of extra milk as well, to achieve the right consistency (see notes). Continue to mix on high until your frosting is stiff enough to ice with. 
  7. Frost the cupcakes and decorate with coconut, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, and chocolate drizzle. Add a lollipop stick in the center for that real caramel apple effect! 

Notes

  1. I like to use Granny Smith, but any apple will do. 1 large apple is about 1 1/2 cups chopped.
  2. The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup milk, but I found the icing too stiff once I added in the powdered sugar. I added approximately 2 tbsp extra milk when mixing the caramel with the powdered sugar; feel free to add as much milk as required, 1 tbsp at a time until you achieve the right consistency

Caramel frosting recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting

To continue the #CupcakeMondays party, be sure to check out the other cupcake recipes from my friends. You are in for a treat!!

Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen

Salted Caramel Cupcakes from A Table Full of Joy

Better Than Box Mix Cupcakes from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats

Peach Moscato Cupcakes from Blue Bowl Recipes

Candy Apple Cupcakes from Love in My Oven

White and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes from Pies and Tacos

Tropical Passion Fruit Cupcakes from A Classic Twist

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Bring the fair to your kitchen with these caramel apple cupcakes. Take a bite out of a soft, fluffy apple cupcake donned with thick caramel frosting and decorated with your favourite candies, just like the caramel apples you know and love!
 

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  4. A Classic Twist

    You are so right. Caramel apples are classics to summer festivals. Love them in cupcake form even more. Thanks for joining in the party 🙂

  5. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    OK, YUM! These look soooo good! Caramel apples totally remind me of summer too. In cupcake form I bet they’re even better!

  6. Yum! Love caramel apple cupcakes and all the cupcakes you all come up with!! 🙂

  7. These are so fun Katherine! You’ve definitely outdone yourself in the cupcake department. The flavor sounds incredible. And they totally remind me of the fair or Halloween parties!

  8. These cupcakes look so pretty Katherine. Caramel apple is such an amazing combination of deliciousness. I am absolutely loving this recipe 🙂

  9. these cupcakes are genius!! Super cool!! Love the idea!

  10. How freakin’ fun are these? And I can’t believe I just read the word ‘Halloween’ Before we know it, it’ll be here. I’d much rather one of these beauties than some candy or an actual caramel apple. They look divine, Katherine! XO

  11. I totally love the bits of apple in these! What a fun cupcake…which combines two of my favorite things: Candy and Cupcakes!! So much fun participating in #CupcakeMondays with you 🙂 XOXOXO

  12. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Apple desserts are 100% fall treat for me. On another hand, you’re right – caramel apples are associated with summer festivals too. After all, caramel is appropriate all year round, isn’t it? Delicious cupcakes!

  13. Caramel Apples are a favorite of mine and these cupcakes look amazing! Hopefully I can make them soon!

  14. ooooo yum! caramel apples are kind of a pain to eat (i’m that person who has to cut them up sigh), so these sound just as tasty but so much easier to enjoy (:

  15. Cupecake Monday rocks! And I love how you decorated these! So appealing

  16. This is such a clever play on caramel apples, Katherine! These cupcakes are just too cute!! In fact, I would pick them over caramel apples any day!

  17. How cute are these Katherine?! And they sound totally fantastic too! Love apple desserts!

  18. Oh my gosh these are SO adorable! Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats and eating it in cupcake form would be a dream come true. I love Cupcake Monday! 🙂

  19. hummingbirdthyme

    Katherine, these look and sound so goood! Anything with caramel frosting has my name all over it! I love a caramel apple and I imagine these are even better because the caramel s doesn’t get stuck in your teeth! Thanks for the recipe I can’t wait to make them!

  20. Caramel Apples are one of my favorite treats on the planet so these beautiful cupcakes are SO calling my name, Katherine!

  21. All I can say is, ‘Yes, please!!!!’

  22. This caramel apple cupcake is look like very nice.I love this cupcake.thanks to shear this recipe

  23. These cupcakes look so delicious and the best part is that kids will totally love all the decorating!!! Apples are available all year long, so this is just a keeper whenever craving strikes:) Love the cupcake Mondays, keep it coming.

  24. OMG they look adorable! So glad I’ve discovered your blog, your recipes look stunning 🙂

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