Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Ever have one of those days where you are in the mood to be so productive, but you cannot think straight enough to get one thing done? Today is one of those days. I have had this blog post draft sitting up for hours, I’ve distracted myself with researching new books to read, I’ve attempted to still reorganize my Pinterest, I have an ungodly amount of tabs open ranging from a recap of Bindi Irwin’s DWTS “Dirty Dancing” reenactment to Google’s results of my search “Kaley Cuoco workout” to my Gmail account. Seriously, I’m all over the place. I only had 1 cup of coffee too!

So the entire point of this post is to tell you about these yummy, yummy, yummy (seriously, so yummy) cupcakes I made! Disregard the somewhat ugliness of the frosting… I need to learn how to pipe frosting! Well I need to learn, and I also need to invest in a piping kit. Anyone have any suggestions?

The thought of creating my own baking recipe intimidates me. It isn’t like a soup, or a pasta dish where if it needs a bit more salt- you can just throw it in. Once whatever your baking goes into the oven- there’s absolutely no turning back. So hope that it turns out good, or else you run the risk of tossing what you just made!

With that being said, and with it being fall, my mom has kept an abundance of apples around the house. I’m not complaining, they are downright delicious and so flavorful. In an effort to be creative, I attempted to somewhat create my own Apple Cupcakes recipe, but since I was bringing them to a party- I didn’t want to run the risk of making them, having them taste terrible, and then being stuck with no dessert for the party. Cause what party doesn’t have dessert!? A lame one- that’s what kind of party doesn’t have dessert.

I googled “Apple Cupcake Recipe” and good chunk of the results gave me “Apple Pie Cupcakes”. Don’t get me wrong, they look great, but I was looking to incorporate the apple into the bread- not as a filling. I finally settled on this recipe from Food Network. The only thing different from the recipe that I did was use plain sugar, use 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract,ย didn’t use Apple Butter, and used 1 1/2 c. chopped Apples.

As for the frosting, I did do my research and felt comfortable enough to make my own. Below you will find a printable version of the recipe I derived from Food Network, along with my changes, as well as the frosting recipe.

Does anyone have any more tips for a new baker, such as myself? Please do share

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Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

20-24 Cupcakes

Ingredients

    For the Cupcake:
  • 1 c. Butter at room temp, aka 2 sticks
  • 1 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 1/2 c. Apples, chopped finely
    For the Frosting
  • 1 c Butter at room temp, aka 2 sticks
  • 1/3 c. Caramel Dipping Sauce
  • 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350. Line 20-24 muffin tins. Depending on how full you fill them will depend on how many to line. You can always line more and take out the lining ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Beat together the 2 sticks of butter and sugar until fluffy. Roughly 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs one by one, and then add in the vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Then slowly, add in the dry mixture.
  • Fold in your chopped apples
  • Divide your batter between your lined muffin tins
  • Cook your cupcakes for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick could be stuck in the middle and come out clean
  • While your cupcakes are cooking, make your frosting. Put your 2 sticks of butter into a bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Add in your caramel dipping sauce and salt, and beat that until mixed.
  • Add in your powdered sugar. Make sure to add your powdered sugar little by little, you do not want it getting all over yourself and the kitchen.
  • Put your frosting in the fridge, and by this time your cupcakes should be just about done. Allow your cupcakes to cool for at least 15 minutes before frosting them.
  • Once it comes time to frosting them, you can do that anyway you like.
  • You can also garnish this with apple chips, caramel candies, Milky Way Caramel Apple (Halloween favorite!), or some extra caramel drizzled on top.
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