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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Fall is my favorite season to bake! With all the delicious flavors to enjoy – pumpkin, cinnamon, apples, caramel and more – how can you wrong? We continue Apple Week today with these Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

Starting with a doctored cake mix, then stuffed with apples, and topped with a Caramel Frosting, a sprinkle of walnuts and drizzled with caramel these cupcakes are not only the perfect Fall treat, they are also part of the OXO Bake a Difference and Cookies for Kids Cancer campaign.

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I’m super excited to be working with OXO on this campaign. Not only do they have amazing baking tools, they are also a really great company. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and they are showing their annual support for Cookies for Kids Cancer program that was founded by two OXO employees.

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To help, I created these Caramel Apple Cupcakes and OXO will donate $100 to the Cookies for Kids Cancer program.

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One of the baking tools I received was the Cupcake Corer, along with Measuring Cups, Spoons and a Cupcake Icing Knife, which all part of specially marked products for the Bake a Difference program. OXO will donate .25 cents for each product purchased.

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We learned how to core and fill cupcakes during Cupcake Boot Camp, and now we can add this great OXO Cupcake Corer to the list. Just push into the center of the cupcake, a quick twist and pull out the core.

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Then fill with chopped Fried Apples.

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A big dollop of Caramel Frosting, then walnuts and drizzle of caramel finishes off the cupcakes.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 18-24 cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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  • 1 yellow or butter flavor cake mix
  • 1 small box instant butterscotch pudding
  • 1 cup buttermilk (splash of vinegar in a measuring cup, fill with milk, let set a couple minutes)
  • 4 eggs, room temp
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creations - Caramel Flavor
  • Filling
  • Use this Fried Apples Recipe or Apple Pie Filling
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons very cold milk
  • 8-9 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping
  • Topping
  • Walnuts, chopped roughly, if desired
  • Caramel Topping, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add cupcake pan with liners
  2. Mix all ingredients until smooth, divide batter into cupcake liners
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  4. Let cool completely
  5. Frosting
  6. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butters and shortening until smooth, about 3-5 minutes
  7. Add vanilla and cream together
  8. Gradually add 4-5 cups of powdered sugar
  9. Alternating with a couple tablespoons of milk
  10. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, alternating with more milk until desired consistency
  11. Mix in caramel topping until smooth
  12. Assembly
  13. Core cupcake and fill with apples
  14. Frost cupcakes, add walnuts and drizzle of caramel topping if desired
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  1. These look absolutely incredible! Adding this recipe to my holiday baking lineup!

  2. Dina says:

    they look delish!

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