One of my favorite fall treats are caramel apples.
But, because my thing is mini dessert recipes, I wanted to come up with a caramel apple cupcake recipe! We have so many great cupcake recipes!
I settled on an apple cupcake recipe for the cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and an homemade caramel drizzle.
And, of course, I added a small wedge of apple to the top – that makes it healthy, right? I love eating mini dessert recipes!
The tartness and warmth of the cinnamon cream cheese frosting perfectly balances the gentle sweetness of the apple cake with the sweet caramel drizzle.
This caramel apple cupcake recipe is decadence in a cupcake.
If you like a bit of texture in your cupcakes, you could add a bit of chopped nuts, raisins, caramel bits, or even grated apple to the cake batter, but I like my cupcakes light and without mix-ins.
Can I make the Caramel Apple Cupcakes ahead of time?
Making cupcakes ahead of time can be a great way to save time on the day of your event. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making caramel apple cupcakes in advance.
First, the cupcakes themselves can be made up to two days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.
However, the caramel frosting should only be made the day before or the day of the event.
It is also important to wait until the day of the event to add any toppings, such as chopped apples or caramel sauce, as these will not keep well.
With a little planning, you can make delicious caramel apple cupcakes that will be fresh and ready to serve on the big day.
Do I need to use special ingredients for the caramel topping?
The answer to this question depends on the recipe you are using. Some recipes will call for specific ingredients, such as heavy cream or corn syrup, while others will be more forgiving and allow you to use whatever you have on hand.
Since I’m using caramel squares for the caramel topping, I keep it simple and stress-free. If you are making your own caramel, there are a few other tips to keep in mind.
In general, the key to successful caramelization is to cook the sugar until it reaches the desired color and consistency. If you are using a recipe that calls for special ingredients, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. These ingredients can have a major impact on the final product.
However, if you are more experimental in your cooking, feel free to experiment with different ingredients and see what works best for you.
Can I decorate these Caramel Apple Cupcakes differently?
Whether you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the autumn season or simply want to enjoy a delicious treat, caramel apple cupcakes are a perfect choice.
And, with a few simple variations, you can easily customize them to suit your taste. For example, instead of using the traditional red apples, try using green apples for a bit of added color.
Or, if you prefer a more tart flavor, add a few drops of lemon juice to the batter. Finally, if you’re feeling really adventurous, try using different types of caramel for the topping.
From classic hard candy to rich and creamy fudge, there are endless possibilities for making these cupcakes your own. So go ahead and get creative – your tastebuds will thank you!
Can I make mini Caramel Apple Cupcakes?
Fall is one of the best times of year for baking. The cooler weather is perfect for whipping up pies, cookies, and other warming treats.
One classic autumn dessert is the caramel apple. If you’re looking for a bite-sized version of this classic, why not try making mini caramel apple cupcakes?
These bite-sized treats are perfect for any fall party or gathering. So if you’re looking for a delicious way to celebrate the season, just make them in a mini size!
Do I need to refrigerate the caramel cupcakes?
One of the most common questions people ask about cupcakes is whether or not they need to be refrigerated. This is particularly true of caramel cupcakes, as the frosting tends to be made with milk or cream.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to storing cupcakes.
First, if the cupcakes are filled with perishable ingredients, such as cream cheese or fresh fruit, they should be refrigerated.
Second, if the frosting contains raw eggs, it is also best to store the cupcakes in the fridge.
Finally, if you are planning on storing the cupcakes for more than a day or two, it is advisable to freeze them.
If stored properly, cupcakes will keep for up to three months in the freezer. So, whether you choose to refrigerate your caramel cupcakes or not, just be sure to take into account all of the factors involved.
What are some variations of caramel apple cupcakes?
While the classic caramel apple is a popular fall treat, there are many variations of this dessert that can be made into cupcakes.
For example, apple cider and spices can be added to the batter to give the cupcakes a festive flavor. Or, for a more decadent treat, chocolate can be drizzled over the top of the cupcakes before they are served.
Another popular variation is to add a layer of streusel in between the cake and frosting.
Whatever ingredients you choose to use, caramel apple cupcakes are sure to be a hit with family and friends alike.
Can I freeze caramel apple cupcakes?
The answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the cupcakes should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container before being frozen. This will help to prevent freezer burn and ensure that the cupcakes retain their moisture.
Second, it’s important to thaw the cupcakes slowly, preferably overnight, in the refrigerator.
If you try to thaw them too quickly, the frosting may become runny, and the cupcakes can become dry and crumbly. With proper care, caramel apple cupcakes can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date.
My frosting is too runny, what can I do?
If your frosting is too runny, there are a few things you can do to thicken it up. First, try refrigerating it for a bit. This will help the frosting to set and become thicker.
If that doesn’t work, you can add more powdered sugar to the mixture. Another option is to add some cream cheese or another type of thickening agent. Finally, make sure you are correctly measuring the ingredients.
If you add too much liquid, it can make the frosting runny.
By following these tips, you should be able to get your frosting to the perfect consistency.
Make sure to pin this caramel apple cupcake recipe for later, and check out my other apple-based recipes:
15-minute Apple, Mushroom, & Chicken Curry
Homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Cupcakes are a simple dessert the whole family will love.
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup apple butter homemade or storebought
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon or less, depending on preference
- 2-3 cups icing sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons whipping cream or milk
- Caramel Drizzle:
- 12 Caramel squares
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- *Or Caramel Sundae Topping
Preheat oven to 375F.
Cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes, or until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs while beating the batter, each one at a time.
Then add the vanilla, apple butter, and milk.
In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together until fully blended. Add to the wet batter one cup at a time. Mix until combined.
Measure out into a lined muffin pan, filling 3/4 of the way full.
Bake 18-22 minutes, until tops are risen and set, and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on a cooling rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Blend ingredients together until fluffy and smooth.
Add more icing sugar, or whipping cream, to achieve your desired consistency.
Place a frosting tip in a frosting bag, and invert in a cup. Scoop the frosting into the bag.
Twist the frosting bag to seal, and snip off the edge of the frosting bag.
Attach a bag clip, if desired.
Start frosting your cupcakes by starting in the middle, swirling slowly out while applying even pressure to the frosting bag, and then swirling up and inward to create a dome shape.
Prepare the caramel sauce while the cupcakes are baking, to allow for it to cool before drizzling.
Melt the caramel squares in the whipping cream, over medium heat, whisking constantly, until melted. Take off the heat immediately, and allow to cool but not harden before drizzling over the cupcakes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 837Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 131gFiber: 2gSugar: 97gProtein: 9g