Caramel Apple Cupcakes

When I got my Rachel Ray magazine in the mail, I was flipping through it when I came across the Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These looked so good I knew I needed to make ‘em. However, I am more of a cake mix girl rather than a from scratch cake kinda girl most days.

So, I thought maybe I could create my own recipe with a cake mix. And boy did they turn out good! Don’t you just want one now?

I started with a spiced cake mix and figured I could just add the shredded apples to the mix. But the trick, how much of a reduction in water would I need?

The cake mix called for 1 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, and 3 eggs. I reduced the water by 1/2 cup and added two skinned and shredded apples. Mixed all the ingredients together.

The recipe says it make 24 cupcakes. They lie. I filled my cupcake papers a little too full, but at most I would have 18. Make sure you don’t over fill!

Bake them for 25-30 minutes on 350 degrees. I was smooth enough to run out of gas to the oven about 2/3 of the way through the cooking process. Luckily, the oven kept the heat pretty well and by the time we got the gas switched to a full tank there was no harm done.

Let the cupcakes cool and make the caramel topping. Take 1-1 1/2 cups of caramels and melt them in the microwave. Add enough half and half to make smooth. Now, my friend Liz over at Two Maids a Milking showed up just in time at my Pampered Chef party to help do this part. I would have made a huge mess trying to get the caramel on the cupcakes, but Liz is so much wiser.

She enlisted Princess to help dunk the top of the cupcakes in the caramel.

She had fun and Liz saved me from a huge mess. And everyone enjoyed them!

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  1. Katie says

    Well you could just host the semi-homemade television show and I think cake mix is the way to go. I just loaded up in my pantry with Betty Crocker cakes mixes on sale for 99 cents so I am game to try this recipe and I have a couple of helpers to dunk the cupcakes! Great recipe Leah!

  2. Lana says

    Yummy! This is the second foody blog I have read, and it's 10:41 P.M.! I am going to wake up hungry about four hours from now! ;-)

  3. Heather @ 3 kids and lots of pigs says

    So bummed I didn't get to try these. They look amazing and you are so creative in the kitchen. The bravest substitution I have made in the kitchen lately is substituing honey for corn syrup. :-)

  4. Rose Forever says

    Yummy cameral-y cup cakes! It makes me eat plenty of it. I should stop dieting before eating these delicious cup cakes. I will try this recipe by weekend. The kid’s wills surely love this. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Melanie Giant says

    Those are very caramelize cupcakes. Lol. I love the sticky texture of caramel and adding to cupcakes makes it the best. Thanks for this recipe.

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