Caramel Apple Cupcakes

I’m almost in disbelief that the holiday season is already upon us! Life around here has turned from grilling and outdoor dining to comfort food and caramel. Lots of caramel. With the exception of a vacation recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my kitchen lately testing out new desserts that feature one of my favorite fall flavors: caramel. There’s just something about fall that draws me to this delicious treat, as I look to drizzle it on everything in sight.

I know that the holiday season typically calls for pies but I’m all about a variety of desserts. My family also seems to continually be adding children and I think that pies just are not enough anymore. Not to mention I’m totally a cake person. If you gave me a choice of chocolate cake or pumpkin pie, I’d totally take the cake. And today I bring you a delectable cupcake recipe that is sure to ‘take the cake’ this holiday season.

These cupcake are super quick and easy to make and look so beautiful that nobody will even believe that you made them yourself. Unless you’re a professional cake decorator, or a baker, then they might believe you. I know it seems like cheating but I started with a boxed spice cake mix and added in fresh apples to create a decedent cupcake base. The frosting is a buttercream/cream cheese mixture with a hint of caramel. Topping these cupcakes off with an extra drizzle of Litehouse Old Fashioned Caramel brings all of the spicy apple flavors together into the perfect fall dessert. You’ll be the hit of the party if you serve these on Thanksgiving.

Creating beautiful desserts doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. You can easily dress up a box cake mix to create a gourmet treat. Add these cupcakes to your holiday dessert table this year and your guests will be asking for more!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Serves 24 | Finish in 40 minutes
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These cupcakes are the essence of Fall in bit-sized form! The recipe is quick and easy to make and takes a boxed cake mix and turns it into something delectable!

Ingredients

1 boxed spice cake mix, prepared according to package instructions

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced

1 cup butter, softened

½ cup shortening

ounces oz cream cheese, softened

8 cups powdered sugar

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons Litehouse Old Fashioned Caramel Dip

Directions

Mix together the spice cake mix and apples for 30 seconds on low speed and two minutes on medium speed.

Divide the batter between 24 muffin cups that have been lined with cupcake wrappers. Fill each about ⅔ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them with the cream cheese buttercream.


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