Caramel Apple Cupcakes – Delicious apple cupcakes made with fresh apples, topped with delicious homemade caramel glaze. Cute cupcakes that are perfect for bake sales and school treats.
It only takes a few minutes to turn these cupcakes into a fun treat. You’ll need some ribbon and popsicle sticks. That’s it. And bam! There have some pizzazz. Your cupcake goes from a dessert to a DESSERT. You know the difference, right?
In all seriousness though.. isn’t it the little things like this that just somehow have a way of making us smile a little more? Or they help us to forget the petty thing we were just fretting over. That’s what life’s about. Finding the little things that don’t take a lot of time or money but looking for the things that somehow just give us a boost.
That’s how I felt when I made these. It just made my day a little brighter. And I wondered whom I could give them to that would make their day a little brighter too. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Finding ways to do good to others and sharing what you have? What’s the point of keeping it all for myself. I love to see the smiles when I give someone something special. It lights up my day.
Hoping you’ll find someone to share these Caramel Apple Cupcakes with!
Til we meet and eat again,
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- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 cups finely chopped tart apples (i.e. Granny Smith)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
- 12 Popsicle sticks
- Line cupcake pan with papers liners or grease well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until incorporated.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Mix well.
- Gently stir in apples. Scoop batter into prepared pans. Fill ¾ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.
- Get ingredients ready prior to starting. Using a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over moderately high heat. Whisk stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. When the mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and let mixture come to a boil until it reaches a dark amber color making sure to carefully swirl mixture around in pot occasionally. When mixture reaches a dark amber color, immediately add butter. Whisk until butter has melted. Immediately remove from heat. Wait 3 seconds and add in cream. Whisk immediately to combine (it will bubble vigorously). Whisk until mixture is smooth. Allow caramel to cool several minutes.
- Spread caramel sauce over cupcakes. Insert Popsicle stick. Tie ribbon around stick. Sprinkle with pecans.
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