Caramel Apple Cupcakes

by Sugar on November 9, 2012 · 11 comments

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Print

What’s better than a Caramel Apple? How about Caramel Apple Cupcakes! Everyone will love these buttery spiced caramel apple cupcakes dipped in gooey caramel and topped with peanuts! You can get creative and add any type of nuts you like or a drizzle of chocolate.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Start to Finish: 1 hour

18 cupcakes


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Butter Recipe Yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup chunky apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 25 caramels
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
  • 18 popsicle or lollipop sticks (optional)


Preheat oven to 325°F

Prepare cake batter according to directions on the box, then fold in apple sauce and apple pie spice.

Divide cake batter evenly among lined muffin cups. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Add the caramels and the heavy cream to a small, microwavable safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir; repeat in 30 second intervals stirring in between until caramels are melted and smooth. Let cool for about 10 minutes so it can thicken slightly. Once caramel is cool enough to stick to the cupcakes, turn cooled cupcakes over and dip the tops of the cupcakes into the caramel and then sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Cooking Tips:

A tablespoon or two of melted butter can also be added to the melted caramel and cream for extra flavor and a softer texture.

A drizzle of chocolate can also be done over the top of the cupcakes.

Pecans and walnuts can be used in place of the peanuts.

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Elishah says:

These look wonderful cant wait to make them.

Sugar says:

Let me know how you like them. :)

kareem says:

these will be great for my daughters class.. i’ll make a few without nuts.

Sugar says:

Great! I’m sure they will love them. :)

Terri says:

Oooo Sugar these look so yummy! I love the stick and bow added to them. Another awesome recipe of yours to try.

Ter 😉

Sugar says:

Terri honey thanks for the post. You can’t go wrong with these flavors. :) Do make sure you thin the caramel with the cream so it won’t be too chewy.

you come up with the coolest receipes & you seem like you are soooo much fun. i wish i can meet you someday, i live in northeast pa.

Sugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. Well if you are ever in south Florida let me know. :)

These look wonderful!

Can’t wait to make them.Thanks Sugar

Sugar says:

Thanks for the feedback. Do make sure you thin the caramel with the cream so it won’t be too chewy. Enjoy!