These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are fluffy cinnamon cupcakes stuffed with caramel apple filling and topped with a creamy vanilla frosting drizzled with caramel. The perfect cupcake to get you ready for fall.
When it comes to the fall season, I go all out. I get my PSL of the season the moment it comes out.
I decorate the first slightly chilly day in all autumn leaves and mini pumpkins. The whole family goes apple and pumpkin picking while sipping on apple cider.
Pumpkins are carved, and Halloween movies are watched over bowls of butter and caramel popcorn.
And I bake all.the.things.
Yes, I love pumpkin spice and pumpkin everything, but apples are definitely my favorite of the season.
Caramel apples are my weakness to the point where I rarely keep them in the house because I will eat them all. But that doesn’t stop me from having caramel apple-flavored things all the time.
I’ve been dreaming about these caramel apple cupcakes for ages.
I was just waiting for the time when it would be more appropriate to make them and share because no one besides me is thinking about caramel apple anything in the middle of summer.
Originally, I thought I would make an apple-infused cupcake, but then I realized I really wanted to balance the apple and caramel flavors, so it is really like eating my favorite fall treat.
Instead, I opted for a fluffy cinnamon cupcake. It’s moist and incredibly warm with spice.
I then made the filling by cooking down shredded apple with butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and a touch of sugar.
The trick is to really pack in that caramel apple filling. It may be just me, but I like it when I almost overstuff the cupcakes with the filling. It’s soooo good.
Again, because I didn’t want to overwhelm the cupcakes, we top them with a simple fluffy vanilla frosting and a drizzle of more caramel sauce.
It’s like the full embodiment of fall in a single bite.
If you want to get fancy, you can top them with dried apples, or even small slices of apples drizzled with more caramel.
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