Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe


Happy October! It is finally fall here in Michigan, the weather is perfection. Cooler nights, lots of rain, leaves on the ground, Pumpkin Spice Lattes– I love it.

We have been experimenting here at the ShaysBakes headquarters, AKA our kitchen, and Shay has been coming up with a lot of fun recipes for the fall that we’re excited to share with you. This recipe was inspired by the Apple Orchard, which we hope to visit very soon!


To create these cupcakes all you really need is your favorite cupcake recipe, a little bit of spice, and apples– lots of them! These cupcakes were really easy to make and they were the perfect treat for our favorite season.


I am not a huge fan of having fruit in my desserts (something I need to work on) but these cupcakes really work if you’re into that. The apples cook in the oven with the batter so you’re left with soft apples in every bite that are flavored with the spice mix to create a lovely flavor profile.


The best part? Caramel!

Drizzled on the cupcake itself and all over the frosting– yum! The caramel is actually salted caramel, which you can make simply by whisking together butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and kosher salt.


If you’re lucky enough to have any left, these cupcakes will last for about 2 days in the fridge. You can serve these right away or if you’re taking them out of the fridge, let them thaw for 30 minutes before serving.


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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

These caramel apple cupcakes are made with chocolate cake, salted caramel, apples, whipped frosting, and spice! These are perfect for the fall.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Your Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

Diced Granny Smith Apples

Pumpkin Spice Mix (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger)

Better Cream Whipping Cream (from GFS or Sam's Club)

For the Salted Caramel:

2 TBSP of salted butter

1/2 C light brown sugar

1/4 C heavy whipping cream

1/4 TSP of kosher salt


Preheat your oven to 350ºF

Make your chocolate cake mix and set aside.

Dice 1 Granny Smith Apple and then combined with 2 TBSP of Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.

Fold the apple mixture into the cake mix and then line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners and scoop the batter evenly into each cupcake mold.

Bake for 12-13 minutes and let it cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make your caramel sauce and whipped frosting.

To make the caramel sauce, whisk together 2 TBSP of salted butter, 1/2 C light brown sugar, 1/4 C heavy whipping cream, 1/4 TSP of kosher salt over medium-high heat. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes while wisking. Wisk vanilla extract and salt to taste. and remove from heat.

Drizzle some salted caramel onto the cupcakes.

To make the whipped frosting, take your Better Cream and whip it on high speed on your Kitchen Aid mixer until it forms stiff peaks but do not over whip.

Using a piping bag and your favorite tip, scoop the whipping cream into the piping bag and then frost each cupcake to your liking. Drizzle the remainder of the caramel sauce onto the cupcakes and sprinkle the tops with a little bit of pumpkin spice.

Serve immediately or place in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Have you had Caramel Apple Cupcakes before?
What is your favorite thing to bake this season?

9 Responses to “Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe”

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    Oceana | M + M — October 2, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Wow these look so good!

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    Jennifer Van Huss — October 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Those look fabulous! I love this time of year for all the flavours and colours! You have done a great job creating a masterpiece!

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    Tee — October 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I have never seen a cupcake recipe like this before. We’re going apple picking within the next couple of weeks. I’d love to make something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Censie Sawyer — October 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Caramel Apple is my favorite, well pumpkin spice is first but other than that caramel apple is my flavor for fall! I made a caramel apple pizza out of a sugar cookie crust last year. everyone loved that one.

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking — October 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Fall desserts are probably my favorite! Who am I kidding, desserts in general are my favorite! :) I love that this is the season for all things Caramel Apple. I can’t wait to try this recipe using a gluten free mix so that I can enjoy it, too!

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    Amy @ Marvelous Mommy — October 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    These look so amazing! I love how you put the apples in the mix.

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    Kate | My Mommy Brain — October 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Oh my goddness, that looks like heaven! I had a caramel apple cupcake last year from a local bakery and it was sooooo yummy. I have looked for a good recipe and hadn’t found one yet. I’m really looking forward to trying this one out. My girls will be so surprised!

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    Jasmine — October 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Thats an amazing combo of flavors! This perfectly combines apples and caramel a fall favorite with a cupcake! Perfect for dessert or a special treat with a cup of coffee! Cant wait to try it out!

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    krystal — October 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    That frosting looks AMAZINGLY creamy and moist. What a fun way to top a baked good. I need something fall themed for a bake sale and this would be a creative treat to bring!

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