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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

  • Author: Midwestern Moms
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Delicious Caramel Apples Cupcakes. These apple cupcakes are topped with Caramel Frosting and drizzled with caramel.



Apple Cupcakes

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup PLUS 2 tablespoons buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1½ cups shredded Gala apples (about 2 medium apples, peeled and cored)

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping (like what you would buy for ice cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Apple Cupcakes

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter with a mixer until it is soft and creamy
  3. Add the sugar to the butter and beat until mixed.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until completely mixed together.
  5. Add about half the flour mix and blend on low speed.
  6. Add in the buttermilk and mix on low speed.
  7. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until mostly combined.
  8. Fold in the shredded apples (and any juice) into the batter.
  9. Divide the batter between 12 cupcake cups.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and it comes out clean.
  11. Allow the cupcakes to fully cool before adding frosting.

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  1. Cream the butter, caramel topping, and salt in your stand mixer.
  2. Add the powdered sugar. Mix until you have the desired consistency
  3. Place the frosting into a piping bag with your favorite tip. Pipe onto the cupcakes once they are cooled.


optional: Drizzle caramel over the top of the cupcakes.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 444
  • Sugar: 58.1 g
  • Sodium: 251.8 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 67.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.5 mg

Keywords: caramel apple cupcakes