Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cupcake a Week: Caramel Apple

Every fall at least once I find myself making caramel apples! I just love the ooey gooey goodness of melted caramel and the stickiness that it leaves behind once you sink your teeth into one of those babies! You know what I'm talking about the thin strands of caramel that hang down from the sides of your mouth as you pull the apple away after your first bite!

My favorite kind of apples are granny smiths for sure! I love their tartness and light green color!

When I was in Chicago a few weeks ago I discovered one of my new favorite cupcake flavors Caramel Apple when I visited Sprinkles. I tasted nine of their cupcake flavors that day and at the top of my list by far was their seasonal caramel apple flavor.

I loved the finely chopped bits of apples and cinnamon flavors in their cupcake and not to mention the caramel buttercream. Oh my goodness this was amazing! So from just one simple cupcake that I tasted I was determined to create a recipe to replicate those amazing flavors and textures I tasted that day at Sprinkles!

I took an entirely different angle with the decorating though and thought it would be fun to decorate them to look somewhat like a real caramel dipped apple! I added the wooden stick and all...what do you think? I love the green cupcake liners too, it just screams granny smith to me! And I'm a nuts girl on my caramel apples so I garnished some with chopped pecans!

It doesn't get much more fall than caramel apple cupcakes! These are sure to be an awesome addition to any Thanksgiving dessert display! And if you don't like granny smith apples substitute a golden delicious, red delicious or gala. You can even switch up the cupcake liners to match the color apple you choose! Grab your kids too and get them in the kitchen with you to help insert the wooden sticks and sprinkle the nuts on top!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes (makes 20)

-3 cups flour
-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-3/4 cup light brown sugar
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-t tsp cinnamon
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup applesauce
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-3 cups finely chopped apples, peeled and coated with 3 Tbsp sugar & 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 2 granny smith)
-20 wooden popsicle sticks
-1 cup chopped pecans for garnish (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In large bowl combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix.
  • In medium bowl combine: granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, apple sauce and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add eggs to wet mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until combined.
  • Fold in chopped apples.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 18 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in pans 10 minutes then move to wire racks to continue cooling.
  • Once cupcakes are cool frost with caramel buttercream.
Caramel Buttercream

-1 stick unsalted butter
-1 cup light brown sugar
-1/3 cup heavy cream
-3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

  • In saucepan over medium heat melt butter.
  • Stir in brown sugar and heavy cream and keep over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer mixture to mixing bowl.
  • Gradually add confectioner's sugar 1 cup at a time and mix with electric mixer until incorporated.
  • Frost cupcakes using an offset spatula.
  • Insert wooden popsicle sticks and sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.
Take a bite, I promise it will be caramel apple yumminess!


  1. Love the idea and the presentation!. I am interested in trying the caramel buttercream.

  2. Very clever twist on the caramel apple. I'm sure they make the whole place smell great when making, then you get to eat them. Love the liner color you went with.

  3. These are just gorgeous. You really nailed them!! Beautiful pics as well!


  4. I would like a big old bowl of that lovely colored caramel frosting, some slices of granny smith apple and a SPOOn please!!!

    these seriously look sooo yummy.


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