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Moist apple cinnamon cupcakes with caramel buttercream!
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.
Perfect for a summer picnic.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!