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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.


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……


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……



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…….


The inside of the finished cupcake…….


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


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

Thanks for stopping by!!




Pear-Chardonnay Momcakes

Momcake Noun [momkeyk]

A small sweet, baked food, made with alcohol, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, and eggs normally served at a kick ass gathering of ladies who are ready to party.

Alright so this is not a real word…….yet.

I have learned that when baking yummy adult treats I have to call them something other than cupcakes or the kiddos go crazy (and these are only for the big people).

Time for some Pear-Chardonnay Momcakes…….


I ran across a recipe a few years back on a blog called “Shazam in the Kitchen” that this is based on.  I switched up the cake part to make it super simple but the icing recipe is exactly as I found it all those years ago.

So the cake is super easy……take one white cake mix, make the batter as instructed on the box then mix in 1/2 cup diced pears (I used the canned kind in lite syrup) and 1/2 cup chardonnay.  Fill cupcakes liners with batter and bake according to box instructions…..easy peasy.

Icing ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pear juice (I used the lite syrup from the can of pears I diced for the cake)
  • 1/4 cup Chardonnay
  • 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Mix pear juice, Chardonnay and dark brown sugar in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Simmer uncovered until mixture is reduced to 1/4 cup and is thick and syrupy.  Set aside and cool.

Mix in separate bowl mix the cream cheese and butter together then carefully mix in the powdered sugar.  Pour in the cooled pear syrup mixture and mix well.

The hard part is trying to frost the cupcakes without eating all of the icing……seriously this icing is ridiculously good but even better when it makes it on the momcake.


Hopefully you find an opportunity to try these…..they are just that good!!