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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love going to carnivals? I look forward to the rides, games, and of course, all of the yummy food! Funnel cakes, smoked turkey legs, cotton candy, and caramel apples are always at the top of my list for must-eats. I know, I know…carnival season is months away, so I must suffer until then…or, do I? Enter Caramel Apple Cupcakes, a delightful dessert that encapsulates the essence of the season.

A Symphony of Autumn Flavors

Caramel Apple Cupcakes are the epitome of autumn in a bite. These delectable treats harmonize the luscious sweetness of caramel with the crisp, slightly tart flavor of apples. Every mouthful is like a cozy stroll through an orchard on a cool fall day.

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The Art of Presentation

These cupcakes aren’t just delicious; they’re also a feast for the eyes. With a smooth caramel drizzle cascading down the sides they are elegant and visually inviting. Whether you’re setting the table for a family dinner or hosting a fall-themed gathering, Caramel Apple Cupcakes make for a stunning dessert centerpiece.

Personalize Your Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Let your creativity shine when making Caramel Apple Cupcakes. Here are some substitutions and variations to consider:

  1. Nutty Crunch: Enhance the texture by adding chopped pecans or walnuts as a garnish. The nutty crunch complements the soft cupcake and creamy caramel beautifully.
  2. Fruit Variety: Experiment with different apple varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady to create diverse flavor profiles. Each type of apple brings its unique charm to the cupcakes.
  3. Gluten-Free Option: If you or your loved ones have gluten sensitivities or allergies, you can make these cupcakes gluten-free by using a high-quality gluten-free flour blend.
  4. Vegan-Friendly: Embrace a plant-based lifestyle by swapping out dairy ingredients for alternatives like almond milk and vegan caramel. Your Caramel Apple Cupcakes can be just as delicious without any animal products.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes are a delightful way to welcome the magic of autumn into your kitchen. Whether you serve them at a harvest celebration, enjoy them as an after-dinner treat, or simply relish them with a cup of tea on a crisp fall afternoon, these cupcakes will undoubtedly make your autumn moments sweeter. So, gather your ingredients, let your creativity flow, and immerse yourself in the cozy and delicious world of Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes
  • 2 ½ Cups Cake Flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups Apple Pie Filling Chopped
  • ½ Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs Beaten
  • For the Caramel Sauce
  • 1 ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
  • ½ Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp. Salt
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Butter Softened
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. For the Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Place cupcake liners into cupcake pan. In a large mixing bowl, on low to medium speed, blend all ingredients. Fill each cupcake liner with 2 ½ Tbsp. of batter. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes or until cake test is passed. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on cooling rack. Once cooled, cut a shallow hole into the top center of the cupcake. Set aside.
  3. For the Caramel Sauce
  4. Place all ingredients in small pot and cook over medium to high heat, while constantly stirring. Allow sauce to come to a slight boil and reduce heat to low. Continue stirring for 1 minute. Remove sauce from heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, fill holes in every cupcake with 1 tsp. of caramel sauce. Set aside.
  5. For the Frosting
  6. On low to medium speed, blend all ingredients. Top cupcakes with frosting.

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