Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

Cinnamon apple cupcakes with salted caramel frosting are the perfect little treat for these cozy fall days.

This recipe is made with a boxed spiced cake mix, apples, apple sauce, cinnamon and pecans.

The delicious frosting is made with cream cheese and salted caramel sauce from a jar.

 

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

 

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

I’m so glad you guys loved these little apple mini hand pies!

I’ve got another delicious apple recipe for you today.

This apple cupcake is super easy and just the right blend of cinnamon and sweet.

If you’re like me and like to bake treats which are quick and easy in the kitchen yet still taste completely homemade, this recipe is for you!

 

dry ingredients for apple cupcakes for Thanksgiving in bowl

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake/Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: about 35 minutes

Serving Size: about 24

wet ingredients for spiced cupcake recipe in bowl

 

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Cupcake Ingredients:

 

1 box spice cake mix

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped up into small pieces

1 3.4 ounce box of Cheesecake instant pudding mix

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup sour cream

4 eggs

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans

apple cinnamon cupcake batter in bowl

 

Directions For Apple Spiced Cinnamon Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: cake mix, pudding, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  3. Mix in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract until combined (don’t over mix.)
  4. Fold in the apples and pecans.
  5. Fill cup cake liners 2/3 full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes.
  7. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool to room temperature before frosting.

Cinnamon Apple cupcake batter in tray

 

Ingredients For Salted Caramel Frosting:

10 ounces cream cheese – softened

6 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened

1/2 cup salted caramel sauce

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

4 cups confectioners sugar – add a bit more if needed to thicken

salt flakes (optional)

 

over head view of salted caramel frosting ingredients on white counter top

 

Directions for Salted Caramel Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl beat together cream cheese and butter – mix until combined and light and fluffy.
  2. Next, add in 2 cups of the confectioners sugar, then mix on medium low until combined.
  3. Then add vanilla and caramel sauce and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the last 2 cups (or more if needed) of confectioners sugar and mix until smooth.
  5. Find your favorite piping tip and bag and pipe the frosting on the cupcakes.
  6. The best part, the caramel drizzle. Drizzle with caramel sauce, sprinkle with sea salt (optional.)
  7. Finally, rate this recipe with all the stars!:)

salted caramel frosting in a bowl

 

FAQ Questions for Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting:

1. What do I need to complete this recipe?

You will need the following ingredients:

spice cake mix

cheesecake instant pudding mix

applesauce

sour cream

eggs

ground cinnamon

brown sugar

pure vanilla extract

Granny Smith apples

pecans

cream cheese

butter

caramel sauce

confectioners sugar

salt flakes (optional)

close up of salted caramel frosting on cinnamon apple cupcakes

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

You will need the following supplies:

large mixing bowls

hand or stand mixer

measuring spoons

muffin tin

cookie tin

cooling rack

wooden tooth picks

measuring cups

 

2. How do I store these cupcakes?

These are very moist cupcakes.

I would suggest placing the cupcakes in an air tight container and keep them in the refrigerator.

If you are not going to serve right away I would wait to add the frosting.

3. What type of apples can I use for this recipe?

You can use a variety of apples for this recipe.

I used Granny Smith since they are a little on the tart side and I think it adds a nice flavor.

Other types of apples which work well for this recipe besides Granny Smith, are Fuji, or Golden Delicious.

4. How many apples do I need for this recipe?

You will need 2 medium apples cut up in small pieces.

finished cinnamon apple cupcakes with salted caramel frosting

5. What is the texture of these apple cinnamon cupcakes?

The texture of these cupcakes are light and tender.

They are very moist with soft chunks of apples.

These apple cupcakes are not overly sweet which is great because the salted caramel frosting adds the perfect blend of sweet to this cupcake.

Caramel and apple, so delicious!

 

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

A delicious cupcake recipe which is just a little different than your typical treat! The apple cinnamon cakes pairs perfectly with this salted caramel frosting. SO good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 3.4 ounce box of cheesecake instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 granny smith apples- peeled and chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 10 ounces cream cheese -softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter - softened
  • 1/2 salted caramel sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar - add more if needed to thicken
  • salt flakes optional

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  3. Mix in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and mix until combined (don't over mix.)
  4. Fold in the apples and pecans.
  5. Fill cup cake liners 2/3 full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes.

Frosting directions:

1. In a large bowl beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy.

2. Add in 2 cups of the confectioners sugar, then mix on medium low until combined.

3. Add vanilla, caramel sauce and beat until smooth.

4. Add the last 2 cups (or more if needed) of confectioners sugar and mix until smooth.

5. Pipe the frosting (or spread it) on to the cupcakes.

6. Drizzle with caramel sauce, sprinkle with sea salt

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 280mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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