I made these cupcakes for my friend Arantha’s birthday!
The husband helped me decorate. I had another decoration idea but it failed miserably so I am going to work on that and perfect it before I post about it. . .
This is such a great, delicious and fun treat! I LOVE LOVE LOVE caramel apples and basically anything that has caramel! And these did not disappoint.
I did a semi homemade recipe for this to save some time – but please feel free to use your favorite cake recipe.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Adapted from Something Shiny
What You Need:
1 box of yellow or spice cake mix
Two peeled and sliced up apples
1 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Half a lemon
35 caramels (I use the ones you can microwave and make caramel apples)
1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk
Make the cake according to the instructions on the box.
In a small bowl combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon. Mix it well and let it rest while you make the caramel
Melt half the caramel with the heavy cream (adding the cream will make the caramel not hard when the cupcakes cool.
After you have poured the cupcakes in the cupcake tins put the apples
in the middle then spoon the caramel on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 22 min
Let them cool for 15 min in the cupcake tins on a cooling rack then take them out and let them cool all the way before you frost.
Use the left over frosting to decorate
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
What You Need:
4 oz (1/2 block) cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick (4 oz) butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Beat butter thoroughly until smooth. Scrape bowl and add 1 cup sugar beating thoroughly. Add vanilla; beat. Add remaining 2 more cups sugar and cream cheese – mix until combined.
Add heavy cream and beat on high until light and fluffy. This will take a few minutes and you’ll need to scrape the bowl a few times during the process. If the mix seems too thin, add more sugar a little at a time until it reaches piping consistency. If it’s too thick, add more cream (or milk).