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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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


  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.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Cupcakes in Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p27

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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."

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 :)"

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."

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?"

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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