Thursday, September 9, 2010

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Welcome to Day Three of Apple Harvest Week at Red Couch Recipes.  Today my daughter Talley and I made Caramel Apple Cupcakes after school.  The cupcake is appley goodness and it's topped with caramel...just like a caramel apples.

Have you ever visited the craft blog Skip to My Lou?  She has an incredible blog jammed packed with ideas.  I couldn't find red cupcake liners so I used her template to make red  (for apples) cupcake wrappers. I also made some patterned ones because I liked the way they looked.  Click HERE for the template.

A Baker's Dozen of Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Recipe for Caramel Apple Cupcakes -- Adapted From Woman's Day

Cupcake Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour -- Can use whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄2 tsp salt
1 1⁄2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1⁄2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs

Glaze Ingredients
1 pkg (14 oz) 50 caramel candies
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Popsicle Sticks
Red jimmies or sprinkles

Recipe Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. You’ll need 24 muffin cups lined with paper liners.
2. Cupcakes: Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Beat applesauce, sugars, butter, sour cream and eggs in a bowl with mixer on low speed just to combine. in flour mixture until well blended.
4. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake for 15-30 30 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
5. Glaze: Heat caramels in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Add heavy cream and stir until combined. Cool 2 minutes. Working quickly, while mixture is still warm, spread top of each cupcake with about 3 teaspoons of glaze. If glaze gets hard to spread, heat on low, stirring until more melted. Insert a Popsicle stick into center and top with jimmies or sprinkles, if using. Place in freezer for 5 minutes to set.  This is important to do, especially if you are placing the cupcakes close together.

Thanks for dropping by my Red Couch for Apple Harvest Week.
You might be interested in the other Apple Harvest Week Posts.

I am posting this with the following;

Gollum's Foodie Friday
504 Main Tickled Pink
Skip to My Lou's Made By You Monday
Texas Monkey's All About You -- Fall Decorations
Fudge Ripple's Tuesday Night Supper Club
Hoosier Homemade Cupcake Tuesday
Tasty Tuesday
Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday


Anonymous said...

Yum! I bet the house smells terrific while they are baking!
Love visiting your beautiful blog, Joni.

Julie Harward said...

These look so good! And what a great idea..thanks for sharing :D

shannon i olson said...

Your killin me with these apple posts! Yummmm

Jamie said...

Those are too cute. I have an apple muffin recipe that I want to post next week but I have to give these a try too.

Julie said...

How fun are these! Perfect for a Fall party!

Sue said...

You are killing me with all these great recipes this week. I feel myself gaining weight just reading them.

Kathleen said...

OH YUM! I am craving something app;e. Maybe I can stay home tomorrow and BAKE!
Thanks, they look great!
(I make my own wrappers too, did you see what the fancy ones cost!)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

These cupcakes are just so fabulously cute! I love the stick in them. And the carmel glaze... just perfect.
I could eat more than one, that's for sure!

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Oh Wow! These look super yummy!

Pondside said...

What a treat! I'd never thought of making my own wrappers, but I went to the links and I think even a craft-challenged person like Yours Truly could do this!

Ginger Jones said...

What a great treat for a bake sale at the school fall festival! Thanks for sharing :)

Sandra said...

I have to try these yummy looking cupcakes! I was raised in Logan, now in AZ, so I really miss the changing leaves and crisp fall air of Utah. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

Lynn said...

Joni, they look great and such a fun presentation! I'm sure they were very good!

Allie and Pattie said...

Joni! How cute are these! I'm going to make these for the neighborhood kids this weekend!
xoxo Pattie

Jacqueline said...

These are toooo cute! I have been meaning to make my own wrappers but haven't gotten around to it. I hopped on over to Skip to My Lou. I had downloaded her instructions before and forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. I love the red and the plain and so cute with the stick.

I also followed her link to Cricut Cake, that is the special Cricut where you can cut fondant. It was fascinating. Good link. Thanks. I want one of those Cricut Cake machines.

Renée said...

Cute, cute, cute and yummy too! I'm lovin' your apple harvest week as much as all the others. Your blog is a delight.

Also, thanks for the preserving tips for the sauce. You're exactly right, I will waterbath it!!!! Have a happy weekend.

Gabe said...

wow do those look good! BTW you won my give away. email me your address and I will pop it in the mail for you. Maybe you can do a week on pumpkins!!

Gabe said... might help if I gave you my email. .

Decor To Adore said...

Oh boy does this look good! What time is desert? :)

Sue said...

I already had caramel apple cupcakes on my "to bake" list:) Aren't they darling?!? They look delicious too!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

These look amazing... instantly bookmarked. I think I'll make these for the kiddos Harvest Festival bake sale.

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...
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Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

OH Wow, YUUUMMMMM OOOO I love it. It would be perfect for linking up to our Fall Decorations link up party, would love to have you join in!

Stacy Risenmay said...

These look amazing! Have you ever seen the TV show cupcake wars? I love it and it has inspired me to come up with my own recipes. check 2 of them out here

And two more will be added tomorrow.

Sarah said...

Joni, I purchased some caramels just this week. Apples and caramels speak of Fall to me. Thanks for sharing this delicious idea. ~ Sarah

Kirby said...

Oh WOW! These sound SOOO GOOODDD! Thank you for this recipe!

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

Again, these sound and look so delish! thank you for linking up with All About You Monday. I hope you come back next week where the theme is all about ribbon but any fun project, craft, recipe, etc is welcomed! So glad I found your blog!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

Oh my, these are adorable and they look delicious.

Unknown said...

so cute! i have an apple post coming this week too! we visited an cider mill while on vacation and it got me so excited about autumn. you have the best ideas! thank you for linking up to TNSC

HoosierHomemade said...

Yum! I never thought about using caramels on the top...great idea!
Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

Diane Schmidt said...

They look delicious!

Holly Lefevre said...

LOVE this. I cannot wait to make these. I am so ready for apple picking and apple everything.