Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

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Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next event and watch how quickly they disappear! With a caramelly topping and spice cake base, they're the perfect mix of two fall-favorite treats. —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 (about 2 medium)
  • 20 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 12 wooden skewers (4-1/2 inch)

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 365 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 jumbo muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions; fold in apples. Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In a small saucepan, cook caramels and milk over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Spread over cupcakes. Sprinkle with pecans. Insert a wooden skewer in each. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Cupcakes in Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p27

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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."

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."

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."

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 :)"

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."

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?"

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."

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>"

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"

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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