EASY Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

Fall is here and (besides pumpkin) nothing screams fall like caramel apples.

Baking cupcakes is one of my many hobbies and I love to put my own twist on a box cake (I am not much of a “from scratch” kind of baker).

This Caramel Apple Cupcake recipe is easy and only pseudo homemade.

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The Cake Ingredients:

  • Boxed Spice Cake with ingredients needed to make it on the box (Eggs, Oil, Water)
  • 3 medium apples (I have used everything from Granny Smith to Gala they all work so you choose the type)
  • Caramel Apple Dip (found in the produce section of the Grocery Store)

Peel and chop your apples like so……

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Mix your cake batter according to the box instructions.  After mixing throw the chopped apples in the batter and mix them in.  Fill your cupcake liners with the batter and bake according to the box instructions.

Once the cupcakes are baked, cool them for a few minutes.  Add your caramel apple dip to an icing bag (or ziplock bag with the corner cut).  Then pump a teaspoon or so of the caramel into the center of your cupcake.

Mine looked a bit messy but don’t worry the icing covers the top……

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Next it is time for the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing.

**I have made these with the Cream Cheese Icing that you can buy in the store and just sprinkled a little cinnamon on top.  It tastes alright with the store stuff but there is NOTHING quite a yummy as home made cream cheese icing…….NOTHING.  But in a pinch the store stuff is ok.**

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Cream together the cream cheese and the unsalted butter then mix in the other ingredients.  Mix on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes till smooth.

After the cupcakes are cooled and the caramel is inserted then it is time to frost…….

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The inside of the finished cupcake…….

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My daughter was excited to taste test this batch for breakfast (hey there are apples in there it is healthy……right??)

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The cupcake received 2 enthusiastic thumbs up and a request for another…….which was promptly denied.

Thanks for stopping by!!

 

 

 

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