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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Moist apple cinnamon cupcakes with caramel buttercream!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cups Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cups Apple Sauce
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 3 cups Finely Chopped Granny Smith Apples
  • _____
  • FOR THE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ cups Heavy Cream
  • 3-½ cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans

Preparation

For the cupcakes:
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
* Line cupcake pan with paper liners (this recipe makes 20).
* In large bowl combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix.
* In medium bowl combine: granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, apple sauce and vanilla and mix well.
* Add eggs to wet mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition.
* Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until combined.
* Fold in chopped apples.
* Pour batter into prepared pans about 2/3 full.
* Bake for 18 minutes.
* Allow cupcakes to cool in pans 10 minutes then move to wire racks to continue cooling.
* Once cupcakes are cool frost with caramel buttercream.

For the caramel buttercream:
* In saucepan over medium heat and melt butter.
* Stir in brown sugar and heavy cream and keep over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
* Transfer mixture to mixing bowl.
* Gradually add confectioner’s sugar 1 cup at a time and mix with electric mixer until incorporated.
* Frost cupcakes using an offset spatula.
* Insert wooden popsicle sticks and sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.

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Merryweather Mama on 11.11.2010

I’m making these as we speak!! Such a great idea–thank you!

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irunforcake on 11.9.2010

Thanks for the comment, you are going to love these cupcakes! Let me know how they turn out!

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alyj on 11.9.2010

Precious! I am helping a friend this weekend with a Fall festival and she asked me to bake some goodies. I have a bushel of granny smith apples so this will be perfect to take! Thanks so much. Can’t wait to make them!

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Elizabeth on 11.10.2012

These were simply delicious. The cake is moist, tart, and fluffy and the caramel buttercream is just yummy. My frosting was also too thick to frost the cupcakes so I added more heavy cream. Next time I’ll just use less confectioner’s sugar. I can’t wait to make them again!

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prairieprincess on 10.14.2011

Made these last night and the reviews from my family and coworkers, although muffled because they have their mouth fulls, and in between groans of delight, are “TWO THUMBS UP”. They smell and taste just like a caramel apple. My frosting turned out really really thick (I may have miscounted when adding in the powdered sugar and added too much, I’m blonde it’s hard to say) so I added extra butter and it was perfection.

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Merryweather Mama on 11.12.2010

These were really good–I especially loved the chunks of apple! I gave some to a friend and she thought they were adorable!

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