Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Last year, Doodle and I decided to make caramel apples.

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You know, the real apples on a stick, dipped in oooey, goooey caramel and then dipped in nuts or drizzled with chocolate??

It was a mess.

And he ate just two bites before declaring himself “all done.”

Now that it’s fall, and we’re seeing pictures all over the internet, magazines and in stores…Doodle asked to make them again. And while I want to be the “fun mom” who makes awesome seasonal goodies for her kid, I’m drawing the line one this one. Kind of.

This version of caramel apples isn’t quite as healthy(?), but it’s certainly a little less messy–and just as fun!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box (18.25 ounce) spice cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can apple pie filling
For the Topping:
  • 20 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 18 lollipop sticks
  • ribbon, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Combine cake mix, buttermilk, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, about 2 more minutes.
  3. Fill the paper liners two-thirds full and dollop a small spoonful of apple pie filling on top. Bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pans. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the caramels and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes and sprinkle with pecans. Insert lollipop stick into the center of each cupcake.



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Have a wonderful weekend–what do you all have planned? We’re headed up to my old college town after work today for football Saturday–which should be interesting, since it’s my K-State Wildcats against my husband’s team, the Jayhawks. Someone is going to be bummed at the end of the day, and it’s not going to be me. Go Cats! 😉

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!

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  1. We’re headed to the game, too, but with a stop to see our 9-month-old granddaughter, too. It doesn’t get much better than that! Thankfully, we only bleed purple around here, so unless the unthinkable happens, it will be a happy time! I love the caramel apple cupcake idea. So cute! I made a version of your Almond Joy Bars this week (I did a scratch blondie recipe instead of cake mix, but I used the idea, plus the coconut and the Almond Joy bites.) They were a hit with the guys! Thanks! I REALLY hope you enjoy the game.
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    • Kim–so glad you liked the Almond Joy bars–yours sound great with the from scratch blondie recipe. Now you’ve got me thinking I need to make those again. 🙂 Have a great time at the game, and enjoy seeing your granddaughter! GO CATS!

  2. That is some beautiful photography. These look absolutely delicious! What a lovely fall treat.
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    • Thanks for the nice photography compliment, Jen. I really struggle with my photography, so I appreciate your kind words. These cupcakes were pretty tasty, and fun to make, too. =)

  3. Would you believe I’ve never had a caramel apple in my life? I don’t like messy stuff, so I always shy away from them, ha! I bet i’d like these much better. =)
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    • I haven’t eaten many caramel apples either, for the same reason. After making/eating them with a (then) 4-year old, it will probably be a long time before I do it again! =) These were much easier.

  4. These are so fun! And they look amazing!
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  5. These look awesome. Great pics! I love my Silpat. Hope I can win another one.

  6. These look so fun and the perfect fall dessert. Great pics Ashley!

  7. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Awesome pictures!!!! Plus they look even better than caramel apples
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  8. Oh my gosh, Ashley! These are so insanely cute and look AMAZING. Caramel apples, mmm. And in cupcake form–so cute!
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  9. Love these! Your presentation is beautiful and the photos are fab! You’ve got the whole package, girl!
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  10. These look so yummy and I think the kid will love making (and eating) them with me. Can’t wait to try them 🙂
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  11. These are totally gorgeous! LOVE the idea of the cupcake vs. the apple. I hate the mess it creates. And, it comes on a stick…but you have to cut it to eat it. I never understood that about caramel apples!
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  12. curious baker says:

    What do you do with the buttermilk…?

    • The buttermilk goes in with the cake mix, oil, and eggs. I’ve corrected it in the printable recipe–thanks so much for spotting that!

  13. These look amazing! Do leftover cupcakes need to be refridgerated or are they fine left on the counter in an airtight container?

    • Hi Gina! I’m kind of weird about my baked goods containing fruit–I usually refrigerate them. But, I also know a lot of people who say it’s just fine to leave something like this at room temp. So I think you’d be fine either way. =)

  14. i’ve never made homemade caramel apples from scratch- and yes, they seem like quite the mess and pain in the butt! These are adorable – saving time, money, and a huge MESS!!!
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  15. These look AMAZINGGGG
    Simply to-die-for


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