Caramel Apple Cupcakes

The morning began with a three hour power outage….a transformer exploded down the street. I had just started to heat up soup for school lunches. With an electric stove, that was no longergoing to happen. Since Oregon mornings, especially this one, can be very dark and dreary, at 7:30 AM it was almost pitch black in my kitchen.

With two kids holding flashlights, I whipped up some sandwiches last minute and off to school they went. I remained home in the dark contemplating what I would do with my already derailed day.

I ended up taking my 5 mile walk and thinking about what sinful treat I would bake, sometimes I wonder why I exercise. Honestly, why I would bake anything is beyond mewhen we have pounds of Halloween candy, a MarionberryPie and chocolate cupcakes sitting around from last night’s festivities. But whatever, these cupcakes are fabulous and worth every ounce of flab they will put on my bottom.

They truly do taste like caramel apples, minus the sour apple taste. They are fabulous and you must try them…soon.

I’m seeing this on a Thanksgiving dessert buffet….yes I am.

Preheat oven to 350o F. Line a cupcake pan with baking liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Grate your apples to ensure you’ll get apple with every bite of caramel.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugars until smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined; stir in the apples.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until almost full.

Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

In a small, microwavable bowl, combine the caramels and cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until caramel is melted and smooth. Dip cupcakes upside down into caramel and let cool.

Enjoy these in all their oozingfabulousness!

Candied Apple Cupcakes
Adapted from Everyday

1-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2-3 Granny Smith or Rome apples (about 1 pound), peeled and shredded
1-1/2 cups chewy caramel candies
1 Tablespoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350o F. Line a cupcake pan with baking liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Grate your apples to ensure you’ll get apple with every bite of caramel. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugars until smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined; stir in the apples.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until almost full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

In a small, microwavable bowl, combine the caramels and cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until caramel is melted and smooth. Dip cupcakes upside down into caramel and let cool.

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21 Comments and 3 Replies

  1. I just ate dinner and would *love* one of these for dessert…*YUM*!! :)

  2. Amanda 2

    Wow Cathy, those look amazing! Love the dripping caramel!

  3. Jennifer 3

    Wow. Those are insane. I can’t wait to make them. or better yet, find someone else to make them for me.

  4. desserts like this MAKE me want to run more !! :D

    when I do the Wine Country Half next year, I’ll have to run by your house to grab one of these!! :D

  5. These sound beyond awesome. So good.

  6. laura 6

    this is some serious food porn. yum.

  7. Taina 7

    I love the idea of grating instead of dicing the apples for more even distribution. And dunking the tops into caramel goo? Looks like another awesome recipe! Cathy, my family loves it when I make food from a recipe I’ve gotten from your blog :) Thanks!

  8. Janet 8

    I know you hear this all the time, but please allow me to chime in with my, WOW!

    LOVE your beautiful blog!

    Best to you,

    Janet

  9. I’m thinking I may just take a spoon to the caramel sauce…..oh yeah!

  10. Pam 10

    well we made these…..I guess we used the wrong caramels….bought the square ones in the celophone wrapping…
    .(like BRACHTS brand I think)
    the cupcakes were sort of “bland” and the caramel topping mixture turend out to thick and hard to actually enjoy..I think they would be tastier with the apples cut into small chunks….a little sweeter maybe…and probably use the right caramels, the longer ones she shows in the picture…I’m sure they turn out creamier….

  11. Hi! These look SOOOO great! How many cupcakes does one batch make??

  12. YAY!! I can’t wait to make them! Thanks for such a quick response!

  13. grace 14

    apple cupcakes? fine. oozing caramel goodness dripping down said apple cupcakes? divine.

  14. Ryan B 15

    THEY’RE IN THE OVEN RIGHT NOW!!!! OUR APARTMENT (IN BOSTON) SMELLS DELICIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. We’re brining them to a friends for dinner, and expecting some good reviews. THANK YOU!

  15. Courtney 16

    This was my 6th and final recipe attempt for a caramel apple cupcake that I am baking to sell for a Christmas Boutique and fundraiser for our adoption. Finally, a recipe that looks good and tastes good, and was quite simple to make. I am using a caramel buttercream frosting and drizzling caramel on top of that, but I will try the dunked in caramel for home. Thank-you! This is the recipe I have been searching for.

  16. So delicious! ! I f you agree , I would like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog . Best regards

  17. marla 19

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  18. Cathy 21

    my husband and his friends haven’t gotten over the deliciousness of your coconut/pineapple cupcakes I made a few wks ago.. these are going to blow their minds – I am sure. Thanks for all the great recipes.. whenever I need inspirations for a great recipe I go to your blog !!

  19. Lynna 23

    These are wonderful! I would love to eat some of these~ ♥

  20. We LOVE this recipe and added it to our Tasty Tuesday list for recipes to welcome Fall! Great combo!

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