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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package spice or carrot cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 20 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 12 Popsicle sticks

Directions

  • 1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions; fold in apples.
  • 2. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a small saucepan, cook the caramels and milk over low heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes. Sprinkle with pecans. Insert a wooden stick into the center of each cupcake. Yield: 1 dozen.

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 233419
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"We used boxed carrot cake and chopped gala apples, btut left the nuts off. At one point I thought to use caramel sauce, instead of melting down caramels...I am glad we didn't! the regular square caramels add a delicious, old fashioned taste. Worth the extra few minutes to melt them down. Kids enjoyed and it was a cute idea to add the popsicle stick too."

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 226198
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"I didn't have enough apple, but these were still delicious! I used the boxed carrot cake."

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Lv2butr User ID: 6864648 73790
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"Over cooking the caramel turns it into hardened toffee. The longer it is cooked, the harder it becomes. I suggest you cut back your cooking time, TheresaW."

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bailygirl User ID: 7347125 204451
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"OMG!!! It's so amazing, everyone loved these. The caramel was perfect and as others have said the caramel just kind of starts to run off the longer they sit, however it tastes great. I would not change the topping at all!!!! OOEY, GOOEY MESSY GREATNESS JUST LIKE A CARAMEL APPLE...this will be in my recipe book FOREVER :)"

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dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 33019
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I needed to make more than 12, so I used a box spice cake mix, 3 cups of apples, and about 30 caramels. It made about 20 cupcakes, and they turned out good."

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TheresaW User ID: 467575 89652
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"I made these for my son's birthday . The cupcakes were good but the icing was rock hard, and nobody could eat it. What did I do wrong?"

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gaptomom User ID: 5679383 36638
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Made this in a 13x9 pan and served to a group of medical students. There were no leftovers at the end of the evening! Instead of 20 Caramels I used a bag of the caramel bits and it worked just fine. Was rushed and that saved me time to not have to unwrap the caramels. Will definitely make again."

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ChandiP User ID: 3885565 91735
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"<p>My family really liked these cupcakes. I made them regular size. I also added less water then the cake mix called for by 1/3 cup. But after the apples cooked in it I found it turned out perfect. I did keep the cupcakes that hadn't been ate in the fridge because of the reviews I read.  The caramel was just as pretty and tasty the next morning. I liked it better a little cold but that is how I like my caramel apples too.</p>"

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pinklady628 User ID: 6262337 49538
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"Perfect amount of flavor/crunch. Not to sweet. I made 24 cupcakes and they were all gone in a matter of 2 hours! Will make over and over again"

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em5470 User ID: 6249729 31434
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I made them for a tailgate party. They were a huge hit with many people wanting the recipe."

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tosatrio User ID: 567690 36637
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"Just made this for a bake sale. Ingredients are accurate, but I found I needed 1 and 1/2 cups of pecans to top. And they are delicious!  BUT--do NOT leave them sit overnight.  I thought my porch was cool enough, but 40 degrees was still too warm.  The carmel ran ALL down the sides and on the containers."

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TerriOhio User ID: 6209213 91734
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"These are really good, and look so cute. I agree with the other reviews, make them the same day you plan to serve them. The frosting (Caramel) melts if they sit over night."

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PannieH User ID: 6011052 55950
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"You'll want to chill these cupcakes or you will have a mess! I left these out over night with our AC on and the caramel melted, soaked into the cupcakes and melted down the sides. These were for a party and they looked so nice the night before..."

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PannieH User ID: 6011052 107908
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"These are really good. I made regular sized ones, with chopped peanuts instead of the pecans. When I make these again I will use foil wrappers though because these have a lot of moisture from the apples and I don't like the way it made the paper wrappers look when they were done. Oh and if you aren't gonna eat these within a few hours of "frosting" chill them because the caramel will soak into the cupcakes and melt down the sides...what a mess!  But they are really good and I will make them again.

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kkparsons User ID: 3004190 33018
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"These were easy, delicious, and had such a cute presentation with the popsicle sticks. I did change two things - first used a caramel icing recipe that I found on Rachal Ray's magazine website (for Caramel Apple Layer cake) since the reviews said that the caramel came off. Also used chopped peanuts in place of pecans."

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 49537
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"I love the chopped up apples in the cupcakes! These would also be great with cream cheese frosting. The melted caramels are messy and my kids don't care for nuts, but they are delicious with or without the nuts!"

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foag User ID: 2647017 32145
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"I completely agree. These cupcakes were amazing when I had one right after frosting it. But the next morning the plate they were on was covered in caramel! So next time I make these I am going to search on google for a diferent caramel frosting. Would defiantly recommend making these, just please use a different frosting!"

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lindachicken__Oklahoma User ID: 227696 55947
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2008

 

This sounds awesome, thank you!

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lilaria User ID: 2118037 73785
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2008

"These cupcakes were yummy. Had one issue though, the next day the caramel topping seemed to have slid off the cupcakes and onto the plate. As one person put it it was like they were "bleeding" caramel. Maybe I should have refrigerated them?"

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cburd7 User ID: 3155862 55946
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"Me and my boyfriend made these cupcakes and loved them! They are a fun dessert! The only was we doubled the recipe and instead if getting 24 we had closer to 40. I'm not sure why but in case anyone wants to double it be cautious!"

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vickyv User ID: 2103441 32142
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"These cupcakes were delicious...just like the picture looked. I will definitely make them again!"

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kimabbott User ID: 360294 89648
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"Great tasting - easy to follow recipe - nice fall treat for the office

Kim"

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KathyMS User ID: 2716272 55945
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"This was very good. I first of all made it in a cake pan instead of the cupcakes. I cut the caramels in half and drizzled it over the warm cake and then made a caramel icing. Wow, was it good. My husband really liked it. If I do it again I will also put the nuts in the cake batter along with the apples."

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gddess001 User ID: 2498741 81221
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"The recipe made me a total of 36 regular-sized cupcakes - so be aware that you may end up with extras! This isn't a bad thing, though - they were delicious and a big hit with all! They are easier to make, I think, with an extra set of hands in the kitchen (one that prepares the apples while the other prepares the cake mix). I would also agree that the caramel was delicious but a tad messy. I made some with and without the pecans in the topping, which also seemed a good route for pleasing the entire office. I definitely plan to make these again!!"

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tristnshout User ID: 3363383 31350
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"Excellent cupcake, the caramel is a mess but very delicious!!!"

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southygirl User ID: 2064890 36636
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"very, very good. Gave samples to 2 of my neighbors, receipe to my son and he gave to his neighbor. Everyone enjoyed them and a receipe I will make often."

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hip chick User ID: 3377440 32141
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008

"these are good but not very easy to eat. I think they would be better with a caramel frosting instead of just plain sticky caramel."

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