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Spiced cupcakes are filled with fresh apples and then topped with caramel sauce and a thick caramel icing in these Caramel Apple Cupcakes that are perfect for fall.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes - it is fall in a cupcake!

Well, I caved. I know the official start of fall isn’t for a couple more weeks, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve spent too much time on Facebook and Pinterest lately, and all everyone is talking about is apple and pumpkin. So even though the days may still be hot as can be, it looks like you all are ready to turn to fall.

(But don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll still have another summer recipe or two thrown in the mix before the summer is officially gone!)

I love making cupcakes. I would seriously make a new one every week if I could get away with it. And while I do enjoy eating them, I really have fun creating them. And these Caramel Apple Cupcakes were no exception. I actually ran across a caramel apple cupcake recipe in a cookbook, but the recipe started with a cake mix and the topping was simply caramel sauce drizzled on the top. And while I’m sure those cupcakes were just fine, and maybe even delicious, I knew I wanted something more.

So I went to town. I had my family to test these on, and from what I could tell, everyone loved them. I know I did. I sampled way too many of them, so I had to leave them all behind at my sister’s house so that I would stay away from them.

For the Caramel Apple Cupcakes, you start with a simple spiced cupcake, and then load in the fresh apples. I used granny smith apples so that the tart apple flavor would shine through. The cupcakes are baked and then cooled. I knew I wanted to add the caramel icing, but I wanted to add another layer of caramel as well. I had seen people do caramel candy melted with cream or evaporated milk, but I know that you have to get the temperature just right, otherwise it will totally harden so that you can’t even bite into it. My solution? The caramel dip that you can find in the produce section of the grocery store. It’s thick enough to stay in place on top of the cupcake, but stays soft and delicious.

The caramel icing isn’t your typical cupcake icing. It’s much thicker, not like most light and fluffy frostings. But I love this stuff. It does harden if you don’t work fast enough, so be prepared to make the icing and pipe it on right away.

These caramel apple cupcakes scream fall, and I’m excited to be welcoming in fall baking. There’s nothing better than a house that smells like sweet spices while you are baking!

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Spiced cupcakes are filled with fresh apples and then topped with caramel sauce and a thick caramel icing in these Caramel Apple Cupcakes that are perfect for fall.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups chopped tart apples
  • ½ cup caramel apple dip (found in the produce section)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and cloves.
  4. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until combined. Add half of the milk, mix, then ½ of the remaining flour, the remaining milk and then the remaining flour, beating in-between additions. Stir in the chopped apples.
  5. Divide the mixture between the prepared cups, filling each about ⅔ full. Bake until the center springs back when touched, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the caramel topping on top of each cupcake.
  7. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cook until dissolved, a few minutes. Stir in the cream. Remove from the heat and add in half of the powdered sugar. Beat until combined, then add the remaining powdered sugar. Add the vanilla then beat until smooth and shiny. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe the frosting on top of the caramel sauce.
*Note - this frosting sets up fairly quickly, so you’ll want to pipe the frosting on before it cools completely. If it does cool, you’ll want to slightly heat it up and beat it to smooth it out before piping.

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35 Responses to Caramel Apple Cupcakes

  1. I 100% agree! These cupcakes totally scream Fall. They look amazing 🙂

  2. love the caramel apple dip and the caramel icing!! great idea for these cupcakes! love Fall baking!

  3. I’m having a hard time holding off on fall recipes. I can’t wait for soups and stews! And then I’d have to finish off the soup meal with one of these cupcakes. Gorgeous!

  4. PassTheKnife says:

    These look amazing, one of my favorite things about fall is caramel apples, I can’t get enough!!

  5. Perfect fall cupcakes! Love the double topping!

  6. These are adorable! So perfect for fall! I have’t started my pumpkin or apple baking yet, but soon enough. And this is on my list!!

  7. These look absolutely amazing. I’ve been wanting everything caramel apple lately, and I think these just might finally satisfy that!! They’re so simple and gorgeous looking, I love everything about them 🙂

  8. these look amazing!! I adore fall-ish recipes like these cupcakes!

  9. Joanna says:

    These will have to be next on my list of caramel apple goodness. I just posted the caramel apple scones that I made last week! I love fall flavors and this one reminds me so much of the county fair!


  10. Love fall desserts. These cupcakes look amazing!

  11. Perfect fall cupcakes! Love the caramel icing!

  12. Gorgeous cupcakes, love the caramel topping!

  13. Caramel and Apples are an incredible flavour combination.. these look so delicious!

  14. Janell says:

    These were super yum! And maybe even better the next day (or maybe I was just too full from dinner the day before!)

  15. Monet says:

    Oh my Deborah! This looks like a cupcake to celebrate fall! Love the thought of that caramel layer!

  16. Emily says:

    YES! These sound so good!

  17. Tash says:

    No 2 words go together like “Caramel” and “Apple”
    These look heavenly! Pinned.

  18. Chels R. says:

    These look just like perfection to me.

  19. Joanne says:

    I made my first caramel apple dessert this weekend also! It felt a little wrong but tasted VERY VERY right, so I’m okay with it. These sound amazing.

  20. Jennifer says:

    started making these and the recipe says to add in the sugar and cream? How much cream? Cream is not listed in the ingredients list for the batter, only the icing? Help!

  21. Nicole says:

    The frosting would be so much lighter and fluffier if you bought caramel extract at Walmart or even bought some the the coffee syrups in caramel flavor and flavored your normal buttercream with that. Its so good and yummy. That’s how I make my caramel frosting, which is perfect for this recipe. I have had so many compliments on the flavor. I also use the caramel frosting on my Snickers cupcakes. Just a idea.

  22. Sharon Sparks says:

    I made these cupcakes and everyone that ate them said they were the best they had ever had

  23. miniya browning says:

    Hi Im an 11 year old girl making these cupcakes and it said to add milk but what milkthat want on the ingredients list

  24. Sallie says:

    These were amazing!!! I am in Colorado so because of high altitude I added 2Tbl extra flour and raised baking powder to 1tsp. The cupcake came out perfect! I did not try the frosting. I made a cream cheese caramel frosting and a caramel drizzel and everybody said best cupcake ever!!!!! Thanks!!

  25. Nicolette says:

    I am looking forward to making these this friday. I just have one quick question, do the apples melt while baking or are they just like chunks in the cupcake. I know it might sound silly , but thanks anyways

    • Deborah says:

      They soften, so they aren’t like chunks in the cupcakes, but they don’t disappear into the cupcake. I hope you enjoy them!

  26. Katie O says:

    These cupcakes are incredible. I made them tonight and the only thing I changed was the amount of powdered sugar in the frosting. I halved it, which I think brought out the flavor of the brown sugar a little more. The cake is fluffy with the perfect proportions of spice and the apples add delicious juiciness to it. I also added a little course salt on the caramel. I highly recommend this recipe and I will definitely be making it again this fall!

  27. Lindsey says:

    Quick question, do you peel your apples?

    • Deborah says:

      I usually keep the peel on because I’m lazy like that 😉 and I like the texture it gives. But feel free to peel your apples if you’d like to!

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