Caramel Apple Cupcakes are a little bit of heaven. Well, not really, but pretty darn close! I mean look at the photo – doesn’t that just make you want to run into the kitchen and get to baking?

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
There are certain foods that scream fall.  One of them is apples.
Since we have 5 apple trees in our yard, I am always on the lookout for good apple recipes.  While hopping around Pinterest one day, I found, what I consider, one of the best apple cupcake recipes around!   Why, you may ask?  The answer is, because these cupcakes have real caramel candy on the top of them!  It is like eating a caramel apple, only in cake form!
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Serves 8
Caramel apple cupcakes scream fall. What could be better than moist apple cupcakes dripping with sweet, sticky caramel?
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 1 1/4 cups flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 eggs, room temperature
  6. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  9. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  10. 2 - 3 Granny Smith or Rome apples, peeled and shredded
  11. 1 1/2 cups chewy caramel candies (such as Kraft)
  12. 1 tablespoon heavy cream
For the Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with baking liners.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Grate enough apples to ensure you'll get apple in every bite of cupcake (I used 2).
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry and mix until just combined. Stir in the apples.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake pan until almost full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. About 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
For the topping
  1. In a small pan, combine the caramels and cream. Place the pan on low heat and cook until the caramels are completely melted. Stir constantly.
  2. Slowly pour the caramel over the cupcakes with a spoon until you reach the desired amount. Top with nuts or sprinkles if desired.
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I found a couple other versions of this recipe.  Caramel Apple Cupcakes by Paula Deen and Caramel Apple Cupcakes by The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Paula Deen’s version adds apple butter and yogurt and The Girl Who Ate Everything begins her recipe with a spice cake mix.  Both of these versions sound good too!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and come back again!



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46 Responses to Moist Caramel Apple Cupcakes

  1. Shay says:

    In a word – yum! I want to run off and make cupcakes now….

  2. AMW says:

    Oh my! These look scrumptious!

  3. These look delicious! Pinning for later! :)

  4. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  5. These look fab! Have you tried making them as baked donuts?

  6. Gina Stanley says:

    Love the caramel dripping off the tops. Happy Halloween.

  7. Winnie says:

    These look absolutely delicious !!
    My family loves everything with apples, but I’ve never tried with this topping

  8. Pam says:

    This looks really good. I have really wanted a caramel apple lately but feel guilty because my daughter can’t eat them right now with her braces.

  9. Erica says:

    5 apple trees? yum!
    These look amazing.

    We Three Crabs

  10. brett says:

    oh gosh. scrumptious!! we had 2 huge apple trees and lost one in storm isaac? i think. now just one.

  11. Yum! I love caramel apples but I never would have thought to make a caramel apple cupcake, this is genius.

  12. Tracy says:

    I’m not a huge fan of apples but I think the caramel will help me make an exception and whip up a batch of these yummy looking cupcakes!

  13. Jennifer B says:

    These look AMAZING and so mouth watering! I love anything with apples and caramel too!

  14. Dawn Lopez says:

    Yum! These sounds delicious! I love fall inspired treats.. these will be perfect for company this weekend. Thanks!

  15. These look so good. I think I am going to make cupcakes in a few. I am craving something but not sure what lol.

  16. Liz says:

    Those look decadent and amazing! That topping is begging me to eat it!

  17. YUMMMM.. these look amazing and I can already see that they are moist… WOW.. I can’t wait to try them.. your pictures made my mouth water.. great pic’s and thanks for sharing a great recipe

  18. Oh these look absolutely delicious. I love the taste of caramel and apple together but have never had it in a cupcake. Great idea.

  19. These look divine.. apples and caramel are my favorite..

  20. those would be gone in two seconds in my house

  21. Amazing!! These look so good! I love anything with apples!! :)

  22. Emerald says:

    Omgosh delicous but I only looked at the computer and immediately felt my hips spreading.

  23. Malia says:

    Oh my…that looks heavenly!!

  24. Jenny says:

    definitely not a caramel fan but still looks good if i was. maybe i’ll pass it along to my sister in law :)

  25. YUM!! You have found my weakness, caramel and apple….there goes the diet today….sigh…

  26. Anu says:

    Completely drooling over them!
    and you have apple trees in your backyard!!!!!

  27. Elise says:

    Those look so amazing! I’d kill (well, not really, but… ya know) to have apple trees on our place. :)

  28. Andrea says:

    Wow, these look delicious! I love apples in sweet dishes. This would be a fun dessert for my daughter and me to make together.

  29. Jody Cowan says:

    This photo made my mouth water! lol Im going to try this recipe! Thank you! And thanks for adding this to my Halloween Linky on Mom ‘N Daughter Savings! Much appreciated!

  30. Susan says:

    How wonderful that you have apple trees. You must enjoy having all those fresh apples every fall. (see how I’m trying not to think of that delicious looking cupcake calling my name?) Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  31. Thanks for sharing these at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  32. Winnie says:

    Cynthia – these are scrumptious cupcakes!!
    I want one pleasssssssssssssssssssssssse

  33. Cynthia these look delicious. I would love to eat these instead of getting TMJ trying to bite into a real caramel apple. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to make these.


  34. Amelia V. says:

    12 cups of caramels? I assume this is a misprint, but I’m not sure if it is supposed to be 12 caramels or 12 oz. of caramels.

    • Cynthia says:

      Amelia, you are so right – this is a typo! 12 cups of caramels would be too much (they would taste good though) I went in and changed the recipe. It should read 1 1/2 cups of caramels. Thanks for pointing out the error! I may have been on a sugar high!

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