Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes

Hello yummy.
If you want to know what September tastes like…take a bite out of one of these cupcakes.  Cider plus caramel plus frosting equals perfection in my book.

Shopping List
1 box of spice cake mix
1 cup apple cider (plus a little more for your frosting)
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup grated apple (I used a Gala apple, see below for grating instructions)
1 cup of caramel topping (the kind you would use for ice cream)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, softened

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line 2 (12 count) muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a mixing bowl, combine spice cake mix, cider, eggs and vegetable oil with an electric mixer.  Stir in grated apple.  Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

Bake 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

After you remove the cupcakes from the oven, poke holes across the tops of the warm cupcakes and pour about a tablespoon or so of caramel topping down over the tops of each one.  Let cupcakes cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make your frosting.  In a bowl, beat your butter, powdered sugar and a splash of cider with an electric mixer.  Add more cider if your frosting is too thick or more sugar if it’s too thin.  Top cooled cupcakes with your frosting.

That’s it!

The apple makes the cupcakes extra moist and delicious!  To grate mine, I just used a cheese grater and ran my apple across it like you would a block of cheese.  You could also substitute applesauce for the grated apple in this recipe.  Enjoy!

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} September 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Oh WOW. These look great! I think I'm going to have to make these this weekend. COME. ON. FALL.

  • Aubrey September 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    This is so awesome. I made THESE EXACT CUPCAKES on Monday. Only difference is that I used a Braeburn apple, added a vanilla pudding mix, and melted fancy English caramels in heavy cream for the caramel sauce. Your mix-and-match ways have me mixing and matching myself! These taste like autumn in a cupcake wrapper!

  • Marianne September 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    What did you use to poke the holes?

  • Lori September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    These look so good!!! Love love love your blog! It's my favorite!

  • Lori September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    These look so good!!! Love love love your blog! It's my favorite!

  • Mix and Match Mama September 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I used a fork to poke the holes!

  • Kris September 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Okay, these look awesome! Last night we tried the bacon and corn pasta (which has since been named "Cheesy ba-corn pasta" by my kids!!) and it was HUGE hit!!

  • Fisher September 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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  • Paula September 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oh-making those today! Yum!