Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes are the tastiest way to use up apples! Salted caramel oozes over little individual spiced apple cakes that are topped with apple-infused icing that takes the flavor over the top. These are irresistible!
Warning: I'm about to unleash an abnormal amount of apple recipes here on Pip and Ebby. I have a thing for baking and cooking with apples, the same way I have a thing for watching scary movies in the fall. My boys are back at school this week, so I've had extra time to be in the kitchen.
The apples in my fruit bowl were staring me down, so my only option was to dust off my apple peeler/corer and get busy! These Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes were the first things to come out of my apple frenzy and ohhhhhh my goodness I started off on a good note. They are absolutely, insanely delicious. And easy! Be ready to knock people's socks off with these babies.
HOW TO MAKE SALTED CARAMEL APPLE CUPCAKES
Delicious like apple cake, but even better in individual sizes with gooey, rich caramel!
MAKE THE CUPCAKES
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cupcake tin with liners. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium-low speed until creamy. Add the milk and mix until just combined (batter will be runny).
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter mixture and beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Fold in the apples.
Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners so each is 2/3 of the way full. Bake cupcakes in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Let cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
MAKE THE ICING
In a large bowl, add the cups of powdered sugar (using whisk attachments) the confectioners' sugar, apple powder and apple juice. Mix on medium speed until smooth.
ASSEMBLE THE CUPCAKES
Spread the icing over the tops of the cupcakes. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter and do not go past this point or your cupcakes will grow muffin tops.
Freeze-dried apples (for the icing) can be found at Wal-Mart and they are either sitting out by the fruit or tucked back on the shelves next to the dried fruit/raisins.
Use two different types of apples for a more complex flavor (one tart, one sweet!). See below for ideas of which to buy!
Make sure the milk used in the recipe is at room temperature. If you don't make time for this, microwave it straight from the fridge for 30 seconds.
Assemble the cupcakes as close to serving as possible and sprinkle the salt over the tops just before hungry hands start reaching for them.
WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE!
WHICH APPLES ARE GOOD FOR BAKING
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith apples and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
FALL APPLE RECIPES
Appledoodles - These fabulous cookies are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins - Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake - the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Apple French Toast Bake - Transform classic French Toast into an appley indulgence! Prepare this easy Apple French Toast Bake recipe the night before so there’s no morning prep! It’s also wonderful as a make and bake option. Pour some maple syrup over the steamy cinnamon apples and you’ll have a tasty breakfast for 1 or many!
OTHER DELICIOUS FRUIT RECIPES TO TRY
No Bake Strawberry Pie - This no-bake, FRESH Strawberry Pie is a great dessert for gatherings of any kind. It is super easy to prepare and it is packed with delicious strawberry flavor!
Easy Apple Pie - Here's a little secret...this is the cheater version of Apple Pie! But no one will ever know. The crust is buttery-crispy and the insides are weak-in-the-knees delicious.
Lemon Ice Box Pie - The perfect compliment to the zest of lemon is the graham cracker crust. A citrus flavored cream pie is delightful and so delicious. A small slice goes a long way in flavor, it’s the perfect summer treat!
Berry Slab Pie - Make pie the EASY way by piling delicious pie filling into puff pastry sheets! Use any kind of berry filling for this recipe. Apples and cherries work great, too! This yummy Slab Pie is done in under 30 minutes and you can cut shapes of your choice into the dough to match the occasion.
Fruit Pizza - the classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Let your creative side shine while decorating your pizza and enjoy popping a bite of fresh fruit into your mouth.
Apricot Cheesecake Pockets - These apricot gems are fruity, cheesy and super yummy! Bring these to your next party for a bit of a cookie twist!
Now please tell me I'm not the only one. Raise your hand if you love apples as much as I do and then leave me a comment. I gotta know I'm not alone.