Friday, November 2, 2012

Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes



After finding how much I love apples in baked good, a cake or cupcake wasn't far behind these amazing cookies.  This cupcake is sensational.  The recipe was created to be a spin on a carrot cake, using grated apple in place of the carrots.  It is warm , moist and amazing.  The caramel filling and vanilla bean cream cheese frosting push this cupcake over the top.  Such amazing Autumn flavor. 

Your fall cupcake is calling.  Enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes
makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups grated apple (I used gala)
1 recipe Caramel Filling (recipe to follow)
1 recipe Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cupcake tins with liners.

Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl, until well combined.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or electric mixer) mix together the sugar, oil, eggs an vanilla.  Add flour mixture.  Add apples and mix well.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.  Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 18-22 minutes.  Mine take 20 minutes.

Allow cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow cupcakes to cool completely.  Fill with caramel filling.  Using the tip of a pairing knife.  Cut a cone in the center of the cupcake, about 1" in diameter.  Add filling to hole.  Cut off the top portion of the cone and place it back on top of the cupcake and frost cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting.

Caramel Filling
1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons milk
3 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter, stir in brown sugar and salt. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add milk and return to heat. Bring to rolling boil, cool to lukewarm and stir in powdered sugar. Add a bit more if necessary for piping.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

In a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla beans until smooth and thoroughly blended. Slowly add the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until smooth.  

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com 

13 comments:

  1. Seriously Donna - I am completely jealous! I made spiced apple cupcakes with a caramel drizzle last weekend and it was a total failure! My family said they were good but I was not at all pleased. I used a brown sugar icing that set up like fudge. I didn't have a dessert to post on Monday for the first time ever! I was very sad :( But yours however, looks amazing. Love the idea of the carrot cake spin. Hope you and your family are doing great.

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    1. You know a dessert round up would be fabulous! The filling I used is pretty thick, but it set up nicely. I was afraid with the powdered sugar in there it would turn into a rock, but I was wrong.

      We are well, my Mom is a fighter. She is doing pretty good considering. Have a fabulous weekend.

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  2. Great photos! The cupcakes have me drooling.

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  3. I could just sit down with that frosting and eat it with a spoon. And that drizzle is fabulous!

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  4. This does look like a perfect fall cupcake, and that photo is stunning!

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  5. I love the flavor combination of these cupcakes. Caramel and apples are like my favorite things ever. Putting them in cupcake form is such a wonderful idea!

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  6. How do you get the filling into the cupcake? Thanks!
    They do look yummy!

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  7. I made a cake instead of cupcakes and it turned out amazing. This is a great recipie!

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  8. I absolutely adore your site!! Love it!! I use the same base for one of my apple cupcakes, but I'm going to try these with the caramel! I'm actually making them right now... Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Using the tip of a pairing knife. Cut a cone in the center of the cupcake, about 1" in diameter. Add filling to hole. Cut off the top portion of the cone and place it back on top of the cupcake. Continue as written...

      Hope that helps. Enjoy!

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  10. How did you fill these?

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    1. Using the tip of a pairing knife. Cut a cone in the center of the cupcake, about 1" in diameter. Add filling to hole. Cut off the top portion of the cone and place it back on top of the cupcake. Continue as written...

      Hope that helps. Enjoy!

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