Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe Courtesy of


Servings: 15 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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For the Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup apple butter
1 cup (about 1 medium-sized apple) of your favorite variety of apple, peeled and finely chopped (save the apple peel to make the candies)

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or heavy whipping cream

For the Mini Caramel Apple Candy:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup hard apple cider
Peels from one to two medium apples
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4” wood skewers (available at cooking stores or hobby shops)


 

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Directions

For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs and yogurt until blended.
Alternately fold in flour mixture and apple butter, beginning and ending with flour.
Fold in the chopped apples.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched.

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or heavy whipping cream

For the Mini Caramel Apple Candy:
Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
Fill a small bowl with the cinnamon and set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring cream and butter to a boil, whisking occasionally.
Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the cider, corn syrup, and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Continue boiling until mixture is a light, golden caramel.
Add the cream mixture and simmer, stirring frequently, until candy reaches 245 degrees (known as the soft-ball stage). To test if the candy will be the correct consistency, drop some of the mixture into a cup of cold water. It should form a soft ball that is about the consistency that you want the final candy to be.
Pour the candy into the prepared baking dish.
Allow to cool for about five minutes or until you can comfortably touch it.
Working quickly, use a melon baller or your hands to make small balls of caramel.  If the caramel gets too hard to work with, you can microwave the baking dish for one minute to soften it.  Note that you will end up with many more candies than cupcakes.
Use a skewer to attach small pieces of apple peel to the top of each caramel ball.
Dip the bottom of each skewered caramel ball in the bowl of cinnamon.
Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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HELLO, REALLY LIKE THE APPLE CARMEL CUPCAKES.GOOD SNACK,OLD TIMEY FOR ANYONE WHO ENJOYS APPLES. NOTHING LIKE FRIED APPLES AND FRESH BISCUITS. WHEN IS PAULA COMING TO RICHMOND,VA THIS YEAR REALLY WANT TO SEE HER,SINCE I'VE NEVER SEEN HER. PLEASE PUT HER RICHMOND, WASHINGTON,DC SCHEDULE UP SOON AS DECIDED, THANK YOU.

By MARY FOSTER on May 31, 2011

I enjoy making cupcakes for my family & this recipe will be one that I will make.

  When my son & daughter-in-law come home from
Jacksonville I like to try different things for
them to have at our house.

  Keep up the good work Paula Deen. You truly
are a special person!!!!!!!!!!

By olivia oklok on November 11, 2009

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